Posts Tagged ‘Poetry’

In an Instant

Earthquakes crumble
cities and villages
halfway round the world,
crushing people
under the rubble
of collapsed temples
and upended lives
in an instant,
while closer to home
fear and anger simmer underground
until another unexplicable act of violence
boils over into city streets,
setting fire to lives and communities
in an instant.
I want to help,
but any relief
I have to offer
seems puny
in the face
of so many lives
challenged in an instant.

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

Piano Pride

Fingers plink at ivory keys,
looking for the ones
that match the notes
dancing across the clefs.
Again and again
fingers stumble and trip
until at last
melody and chords
pour out in song.

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

An Inconvenient Optimism

A flash of red
darts under the back porch.
A yellow beak
grasps lengths of dried grass
to tuck behind the light.
Every day I clean
out the grass behind the light.
Every day the robin
deposits more,
hoping to build its nest
in the most inconvenient spot.

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

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.

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.

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