Just a Glimpse

The heavens provided a peephole
through a cloudy sky.
A smear of rainbow
shimmered in midair,
no bigger than a thumbprint.
Colors–red and orange and green–danced,
hinting at the full promise
of the hidden arch.
No pot of gold teased
with empty promises
where a rainbow touched the earth.
Instead, the prism smear becckoned
us to be content with every step.

PO-EMotions graphicAfter watching and reading the April poetry challenge by Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Readingfor the past several years, I decided to write a poem a day this month. Mary Lee is hosting PO-EMotion, with a different emotion for each day of the month. Today’s focus is CONTENTMENT. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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I am still keeping up with the PO-EMotion challenge sponsored by Mary Lee at A Year of Reading. I have enjoyed reading the poems that others have written and have stretched myself in writing a poem every day. I hope you enjoy some of the poems linked below.

It has been a week filled with ups and downs. We had an orchestra concert and piano recital, Academic Awards Banquet. In the middle were two trips to the hospital for tests and xrays for my daughter and me. Let’s just say I lost the fight with the avocado and knife. No permanent damage, but I’m currently typing with one hand. The other hand is auditioning for a role in The Mummy.

I finished…

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March Toward the Thunder by Joseph Bruchac – another winning historical fiction novel with unforgettable characters. Louis Nollette, an Abenaki Indian/French Canadian joins the 69th Fighting Irish Brigade of the Union Army in 1864.

I’m currently reading…

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What Have You Lost – edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – Each poem is a juicy morsel for me to chew on throughout the day. All of them are breathtaking with their language and imagery.

The Niching Nest by Tad Hargrave – more business reading

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A Praying Life by Paul E. Miller – I just started this one

Coming up…

I’m hoping for a much less eventful week this week.

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A Few Clerihew

I was inspired by Mary Lee to try my hand at writing some clerihew about people who showed some  zest.

There was a disciple named John.
This son of thunder was never wan.
Once Jesus called, he left his nets
Telling all that Jesus paid our debts.

Simon’s brother Andrew
followed Jesus instead of his family’s fishing crew.
He brought Jesus a boy with two fish and five loaves of bread
even when he didn’t know how the crowd would be fed.

A Pharisee named Saul changed his name to Paul.
His Lord Jesus told him to get on the ball.
No matter what insults the world hurled,
he continued to preach throughout the world.

After watching and reading the April poetry challenge by Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Readingfor the past several years, I decided to write a poem a day this month. Mary Lee is hosting PO-EMotion, with a different emotion for each day of the month. Today’s focus is ZEST. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

Family Portrait

Click,

Flash,

Smile!

 

PO-EMotions graphicAfter watching and reading the April poetry challenge by Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Readingfor the past several years, I decided to write a poem a day this month. Mary Lee is hosting PO-EMotion, with a different emotion for each day of the month. Today’s focus is CHEERFULNESS. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

The Procrastinator

Blank pages stare
right back at me.
I tap my pen
and hope to see
a way to end my great distress.
It’s all my fault–
I must confess.
I knew I had
this page to write,
but put if off
for one more night.
Now here I sit
with no more time
to waste away
before I rhyme.

After watching and reading the April poetry challenge by Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Readingfor the past several years, I decided to write a poem a day this month. Mary Lee is hosting PO-EMotion, with a different emotion for each day of the month. Today’s focus is DISTRESS. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

Broken Promises

The path of faith
is littered with broken promises.
Determined to save ourselves,
we scuplt golden calves
fashioned by our own hands
out of pretty baubles
or bank accounts filled
with money earned on the backs
of the poor.
We put on quite a religious show,
building monuments
out of the Ten Commandments
to tower over the public square,
praying on street corners
to show our piety.
We tithe a tenth of our herbs
and dedicate foundataions
to advance our beliefs
while the children next door
go to bed hungry.
We quote long passages
of Scripture from memory
to prove our points
while words of encouragement
go unspoken.
God above cries with the downtrodden,
but we remain deaf and blind
in our contempt
for those we think beneath us.

PO-EMotions graphicAfter watching and reading the April poetry challenge by Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Readingfor the past several years, I decided to write a poem a day this month. Mary Lee is hosting PO-EMotion, with a different emotion for each day of the month. Today’s focus is CONTEMPT. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

My Shame

I heard
the taunts
hurled
like stones
on the playground
and whispered
like a knife
that cuts
straight
to the heart.
I almost said hello,
but
I was
too afraid
and laughed
instead.

I saw her stand
alone
with her lunch
tray,
every seat
saved or filled
to shut her out.
I almost
offered
a hint of a smile,
but
I was
too afraid
and turned
away.

PO-EMotions graphicAfter watching and reading the April poetry challenge by Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Readingfor the past several years, I decided to write a poem a day this month. Mary Lee is hosting PO-EMotion, with a different emotion for each day of the month. Today’s focus is SHAME. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

This Is Just to Say*

I have eaten
the last
of the chocolates
from Easter

and which
you were probably
saving
for tonight

Forgive me
they were delicious
so rich
and so creamy

they called
my name until
I could no longer resist
sinking my teeth into one

*Many thanks to William Carlos Williams for his original poem “This Is Just to Say” and to Joyce Sidman and Pamela Zagarenski for their book This Is Just to Say: Poems of Apology and Forgiveness for inspiration for my poem today.

After watching and reading the April poetry challenge by Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Readingfor the past several years, I decided to write a poem a day this month. Mary Lee is hosting PO-EMotion, with a different emotion for each day of the month. Today’s focus is GUILT. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

It’s Monday! What are you reading?

It’s Monday! What are you reading? Is a meme sponsored by Sheila at Book Journey.  Kellee at Unleashing Readers and Jen at Teach Mentor Texts gave the meme a kidlit twist.  It’s a great way to reflect on what you’ve read and reviewed the last week and plan what you want to read next.  Join up with us and discover what good books other people  are reading.

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I am still keeping up with the PO-EMotion challenge sponsored by Mary Lee at a Year of Reading. I have enjoyed reading the poems that others have written and have stretched myself in writing a poem every day. I hope you enjoy some of the poems linked below. I have enjoyed eating fresh spinach (that sprouted after surviving the winter) from the garden this week. We’ve planted more spinach, onions, broccoli and cauliflower to look forward to as spring continues to warm up.

I finished…

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Audience Revolution by Danny Iny – Iny presents the case for a shift in doing business in the online marketplace. Rather than spending time and effort to develop a product or service that people may not even want, the new model says to build an audience first. Once you know your audience and develop a relationship with them, you can build your business around meeting their needs by offering those things people want and are willing to buy. I do like the focus of making your business about serving the needs of your audience and offering something of value to them.

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Wild Things: Acts of Mishief in Children’s Literature by Betsy Bird, Julie Danielson and Peter Sieruta – I expected to enjoy this romp through children’s literature based on reviews I had read before Christmas, and I was not disappointed. Reading it is like sitting down with a group of smart, funny friends who know the dirt on everyone in the business. Not only do they know fascinating trivia and scandalous stories, but they also have immense respect for the people–writers, illustrators and editors (maybe not all the celebrities)–who have contributed to children’s literature through the ages.

I’m currently reading…

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What Have You Lost – edited by Naomi Shihab Nye – Each poem is a juicy morsel for me to chew on throughout the day. Some of the poems make me laugh in recognition, but most of them break my heart. All of them are breathtaking with their language and imagery.

Coming up…

I will definitely continue to savor a poem every day. I’m not sure what else I will read. I will let serendipity guide my reading adverntures this week.

Disclosure: I participate in the Amazon Associates Program. If you decide to make a purchase by clicking on the affiliate links, Amazon will pay me a commission. This commission doesn’t cost you any extra. All opinions are my own.

The Other Side of Darkness

A beam of light opens
a doorway throught the darkness.
If I could sprout wings
and fly through it,
I might find anything at all
on the other side of darkness.
Instead, I lie here
with darkness covering me
like a blanket,
enfolding me in an embrace
that hides as much as it reveals.

After watching and reading the April poetry challenge by Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Readingfor the past several years, I decided to write a poem a day this month. Mary Lee is hosting PO-EMotion, with a different emotion for each day of the month. Today’s focus is WONDER. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

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