poppy will bloom soonnow the buds are tightly clenchedtime will loosen them ©Mary Lee Hahn, 2022 Carmela has this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup at Teaching Authors. Edited to add… Yesterday morning was cloudy and drizzly. As I cleaned oak flowers out of the garden beds, I turned a corner, saw this, and literally said out … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: Cusp”
Awhile back, Margaret shared extra sheets of build-your-own-metaphor-dice that Taylor Mali had sent for her students. I rolled “courage will be a sparkling needle” and it felt like the Universe was speaking directly to me. Earlier in the day I had posted my embroidered mandala for this week (19 of 52 weeks of embroidery mandalas). … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: Courage”
Linda gave us our Inkling challenge for this month, suggesting that we “Honor someone’s April Poetry project in some way with a poem in the spirit of their project, a response poem, or some way that suits you.” I am honoring Amy, who wrote poems in response to proverbs. I’m also honoring Tanita, who did … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: In Honor Of”
My Chlorophyll HeartI’m for photosynthetic optimism –the bulbous kind you plant in the fallin spite of squirrels who dig ruthlesslyand urban deer who nibble indiscriminately,the kind that seed packets hold through the winterbelieving in butterflies and hummingbirdsbefore they’ve ever known sun and rain. Here’s to the blazing green energy of plants–from the toughest blade of … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: My Chlorophyll Heart”
EARTH SPEAKSMyoceansare dying.My forests arecut down or burning.My systems are weakened,and my glaciers are melting.So many species are extinct.How can I convince you to help me? © Mary Lee Hahn, 2022 . Today, Earth Day 2022, I’ll pass the mic to Earth and let her speak. All the rest of my NPM 2022 poems can … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: Earth Speaks”
. From the essay, “Loving a Vanishing World,” by Emily N. Johnston in ALL WE CAN SAVE: “It’s a constant question for me every time I’m entranced by the beauty of this world: What does it mean to love this place? What does it mean to love anyone or anything in a world whose vanishing … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: Witnessing the Insect Apocalypse”
. Contrails don’t give me hope in a time of climate crisis. They play a significant role in aviation-related global warming by creating clouds that trap heat on earth. But the fact that scientists are studying them does give me hope. The sudden, dramatic drop in airplane traffic in 2020 proved to researchers at MIT that their … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: Contrails”
The Progressive Poem has been around since 2012, when Irene Latham got it started. In 2020, Margaret Simon took the reins. I’ve taken part every year! I thought I was being so clever this year, choosing a day early in the schedule when I would have a chance to perhaps bring the first quatrain to … Continue reading “2022 Progressive Poem, Day 4”
Texts for this Text Set have been posted daily on Instagram. Follow @TextSets there to get daily updates! I worry when people think board books are only appropriate for infants and toddlers. Although they are great for that age, they are also great for older readers. I am a big fan of a laundry basket … Continue reading “Franki’s Weekly Text Set: Board Books for All Ages”
I’m reading and listening to ALL WE CAN SAVE: TRUTH, COURAGE, AND SOLUTIONS FOR THE CLIMATE CRISIS. My poems this month will be inspired by the essays and poems in this book, and by this gorgeous living planet we call home. Sometimes I get a panicky feeling about our future, but I’m trying hard to hold … Continue reading “Poetry Friday: NPM Day 1”
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