Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

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
thta 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.

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.

Invisible Trails

The dog
trots beside me
until she sniffs
a scent
and follows her nose
along an invisible path
that twists and circles
through the grass.
Ears perk up
and tail wags high
as she searches
for the swish of a squirrel
that remains just
out of reach.

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 INTEREST. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

Happiness is…

Happiness is
planting straight rows of seeds
in freshly turned dirt,
waiting for them to sprout
into leafy greens and crunchy carrots,
sniffing the first lilac blooms.

Happiness is
paddling around the curves of a winding river,
watching a great blue heron
splash water as he takes flight,
licking chocolate mint ice cream
scooped into a waffle cone.

Happiness is
hiking through vibrant reds and yellows and oranges,
crisp leaves crunching under foot,
roasting marshmallows to squish
between choclate and graham crackers,
watching campfire flames dance and crackle.

Happiness is
watching snowflakes swirl and glisten
while I curl up beside the fireplace
with a mug of cocoa and a favorite book,
bundling up in hat and scarf and gloves and coat
to build a snowman in the front yard.

Happiness is
found all year round.

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 HAPPINESS. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

Darkness Falls

Last night I sat on the back porch
and watched the dark fall softly,
tucking gently around the end of day
like the blanket wrapped snugly around my shoulders.
Rain dripped and glistened
along the dark silloheutes of bare branches
stretching against an ever-changing canvas.
Pearl gray clouds caught the lingering light
of a setting sun I could not see,
then deepened to an inky blue
that blotted out both moon and stars.
The gathering dark washed out the colors
of the barn and swings
as rain dripped and trickled and plinked.
I sat still and silent
as the darkness wrapped me
in its cool embrace,
wishing my swirling thoughts
would settle into rest
as day slid into night.

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 SORROW. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

Today is also the Poetry Friday Roundup. Discover more poetry hosted by Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge.

Wanted:

God who created the universe
is seeking followers
who will love God
with heart, mind, strength and soul.
Must also be willing
to love your neighbor as yourself,
even when you don’t want to.
Qualified applicants
don’t need education or experience,
just a willingness to be transformed
into the image of God
and shine God’s light and love
into a the hurting places of the world:
feed the hungry,
heal the sick
and bring good news to the brokenhearted.
Benefits include ridicule and persecution
as you take up your cross
and deny yourself.
Experience a peace that passes all understanding
(You’ll need it because the world still won’t make sense.)
and know that you are loved
beyond measure.

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 LOVE. For even more poetry fun throughout April, check out the roundup of poetry celebrations and projects at Jama’s Alphabet Soup.

I am also taking part in Spiritual Journey Thursday hosted by Holly Mueller on Reading, Teaching, Learning.

Hope pokes

Hope pokes
out of battered lives
and shattered souls
like a dandelion
sprouts from a crack
in broken concrete.
Green leaves fringe
a burst of gold
and sends roots
down into the earth,
drawing strength
from deep below
and spreading new life
across the world.

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 HOPE. 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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