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Haiku a Day: Day 29 (4/29/15)

              Strings of cormorants
              skim Lake Michigan's surface
              necks stretching northward

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Haiku a Day: Day 28 (4/28/15)

              hyacinth fragrance
              permeates the neighborhood
              trespass for a sniff

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Haiku a Day: Day 27 (4/27/15)

              Here is one good tern.
              You know what they say, don't you?
              Waiting. Watching. Where?

 

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National Poetry Month Book Giveaway!

I've posted all my National Poetry Month daily haiku on this blog--hooray! I'm up to date--let's celebrate! I'll give away an autographed copy of Write a Poem Step by Step to a random winner. To enter, add a comment to this post by midnight on April 30, 2015. Be sure to include your contact information. Good luck!
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Haiku a Day: Day 25 (4/25/15)

              Sorry, orioles--
              no grape jelly in the fridge.
              Oranges okay?

 

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Haiku a Day: Day 21 (4/21/15)

              I'd like to lie down
              in a blue bed of scilla
              forget everything

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Haiku a Day: Day 20 (4/20/15)

              today's pond report:
              goose in threat pose guarding nest
              gnarled willow sprouting

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Haiku a Day: Day 19 (4/19/15)

              raindrops on catkins
              brighten this gray, dreary day
              okay, back to work

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Haiku a Day: Day 18 (4/18/15)

              at last, I've found you
              woodpecker rapping up high
              camouflaged on birch

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Haiku a Day: Day 17 (4/17/15)

              pulmonaria
              early blossoms on our hill
              pink and blue bee treats

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Haiku a Day: Day 12 (4/12/15)

              hush--do not disturb
              mallard under bird feeders
              yard cleanup can wait

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Haiku a Day: Day 11 (4/11/15)

              haul heavy buckets
              watch boiling sap steam windows
              tomorrow, French toast

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Haiku a Day: Day 15 (4/15/15)

              lake wind chills my ears
              pesticide smells hurt my head
              oh, but look--bloodroot

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Haiku a Day: Day 13 (4/13/15)

              swollen buds explode
              on each tree as we walk by
              firecrackers of spring

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Haiku a Day: Day 10 (4/10/15)

Oops! I missed a day. Belated post:

              yesterday's haiku
              first on today's to-do list
              O, slippery slope

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Haiku a Day: Day 9 (4/9/15)

              rain gushes down streets
              pools in backyards and basements
              brings ducks out to play

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Haiku a Day: Day 8 (4/8/15)

              stop to photograph
              daffodils in rustic frame
              lose another glove

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Haiku a Day: Day 7 (4/7/15)

              I pause, glance outside
              yellow-bellied sapsucker
              turn back to work, cheered



No photo today, but you can learn about the yellow-bellied sapsucker from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology's Bird Guide.

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Haiku a Day: Day 4 (4/4/15)

              Spring peepers call me
              down a faint deer trail. Surprise!
              Bea must hear them, too!



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Haiku a Day: Day 2 (4/2/15)

              wrinkled foreheads touch
              two rocks kissing form a bridge
              river doesn't care

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Haiku a Day: Day 22 (4/22/15)

              April must not know
              I put away my mittens
              wind chill: 32

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Haiku a Day: Day 14 (4/14/15)


              tiny diving grebe
              disappears in quiet pond
              ripples mark the spot

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Haiku a Day: Day 5 (4/5/15)

              skunk cabbage unfurls
              under last year's leaf litter--
              stinky sign of spring

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Haiku a Day: Day 23 (4/23/15)

              flock of umbrellas
              May apples wait in April
              ready to unfurl

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Haiku a Day: Day 16 (4/16/15)

              Soon to be revealed--
              mystery spring flower buds.
              What did I plant here?

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Haiku a Day: Day 3 (4/3/15)

              binoculars poised
              we prowl the marshy pathways
              stalking whooping cranes



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National Poetry Month! Haiku a Day! Catching Up! (Day 1: 4/1/15)

I've been posting a haiku each day this month on Facebook and Twitter. Now I'm catching up by gathering them all here in one spot. Enjoy!

              Nighttime walk, strange town--
              foundry rumble, fast food glare,
              same familiar moon

 

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Haiku a Day: Day 6 (4/6/15)

I try to walk to Lake Michigan every day. Thinking about my ‪‎haiku a day‬ for ‎National Poetry Month‬ while I walk helps me pay attention.

              today's gifts: pansies
              mergansers diving through waves
              children holding hands

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Haiku a Day: Day 24 (4/24/15)

              Bea lies in sunshine
              just when I need a poem
              good old helpful pal



Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at No Water River. Enjoy!

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March 4th!


Yippee! We made it! I always think of March 4th as the true beginning of spring. March forth! It's time to take stock, plan ahead, begin anew. Happy Marching!
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The "Deeper Wisdom" of Rivers

Milwaukee River


Last week on Today's Little Ditty, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes interviewed Joyce Sidman about her gorgeous new poetry collection, Winter Bees & Other Poems of the Cold. Joyce issued a challenge: a "Deeper Wisdom” poem, modeled after her thoughtful “What Do the Trees Know?”

Here's mine:

              What do rivers know?

                    To carve our paths through rock, through snow
                    To carry everything in tow
                    When ice forms, how to slip below

              What do rivers know?

                    Dams are temporary, so
                    Whatever happens, we still flow
                    We find—or make—a way to go

              JoAnn Early Macken



Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Live Your Poem. . . with Irene Latham. Enjoy!


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The Perfect Poem


Here in Wisconsin, we’ve got cold. It’s a good time to buckle down and write. I’m plowing ahead on the seventh book of eight in my Poet’s Workshop series, and somehow I lost a poem I wrote for a chapter on riddle poems. Here’s my thought for today.

              The Perfect Poem

              Once I wrote a perfect poem.
              If only I could find it!
              I searched inside my messy desk,
              on top, beneath, behind it.
              I poked through every pocket
              and each notebook I could see.
              I think it was a perfect poem.
              This really bothers me.
              Once I wrote a perfect poem.
              I’m not sure what it said.
              So now I have to wonder:
              Was it only in my head?

              JoAnn Early Macken



Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Tabatha Yeatts: The Opposite of Indifference. Enjoy!

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Planning for 2015

I’m trying something new for 2015—scheduling my work time in blocks so that I include time for top priorities every week.
Happy New Year! I'm always looking for ways to be more efficient and productive. Today seems like a good time to start something new.

My son Jimmy sent me a link to an article about time management for creative people, "5 alternative ways to manage your time." Jimmy said he especially liked the second method, “How to Schedule Your Day for Peak Creative Performance,” and so do I. I’ve adapted it to use with the activities I want to include:

• Create: I’ve been starting my days with coffee and my own writing for a long time; this practice works well for me. My Inner Critic sleeps late, so I’m less likely to reject my own ideas first thing in the morning. The earlier I start, the more time I have in this block.

• Exercise: I want to make this more of a priority, so I’m scheduling it earlier in the day. Plus it’s a nice transition into the next time block.

• Sticking My Neck Out, or Push (as in “pushing myself outside my comfort zone,” as the author of the article labels it). I have a long list of Maybe/Someday ideas I hope to address in this time slot.

• Work for Hire (WfH): Right now, this includes two nonfiction series I’m writing for educational publishers. With deadlines approaching, this block might expand temporarily, but I don't mind being flexible. Teaching could also be an option later in the year. We'll see.

I've included a couple of breaks for showering, checking email, throwing in a load of laundry, eating lunch, etc., because I’m trying to be realistic. And the whole five-day plan is subject to change, of course. (I am not scheduling evenings or weekends!) I'll try to post updates as I figure out what works.

What do you think? Are you planning your work hours? Any recommendations? Let me know!

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Back to the Desk!


Yesterday, I spent a lovely, relaxing Labor Day afternoon at our neighborhood's fourth annual block party. The parents in the crowd excused themselves early to get their kids ready for the first day of school. The rest of us lingered to share fond memories.

The Back to You-Know-What Book Giveaway is all wrapped up, the winner is notified, and today is the first day of school. Like teachers, students, and writers everywhere, I'm heading back to my desk. I wish all of us a positive, prosperous, and productive school year!  Read More 
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Back to You-Know-What Book Giveaway!

Wisconsin River canoe trip, July 2014


My husband and many other teachers return to their classrooms next week. Every year around this time, I can't help thinking about trying to cram in every last summer activity I can before it's too late. (We finally took our first tandem bike ride of the year!)

This morning's mysterious fog curtain inspired a haiku:

              
              Last vacation day--
              swim, bike, soccer, jump rope, skate?
              Rain! Write a poem.

              Book Giveaway: Write a Poem Step by Step!

              Add a comment to this post by midnight on Labor Day (September 1) to enter to win an autographed paperback copy of Write a Poem Step by Step. Be sure to include your email address so I can contact you for mailing and personalizing info. (You can email it to me if you prefer--use the "Write to JoAnn" link on the left.) I'll choose a random winner on Tuesday, September 2, when the students go back to school. Good luck!

              Today's Poetry Friday Roundup is at Live Your Poem... with Irene Latham. Enjoy!

              JoAnn

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