Tuesday, March 30, 2010


Goose stands on one foot
Waiting for her mate to come
On the wings of spring

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Sunday haiku

I have very little practice writing haiku.  No time like the present to get started!

squirrel tails flicking
acrobats without a net
jumping for bird seed

Friday, March 26, 2010

Forget March Madness, what about April

I am aware of March Madness, but I'm not a big sports fan, so I don't much care about March Madness and all its little brackets and paring and whittling down.

There's another kind of madness coming up in April, though.  April is NaPoWriMo (short for National Poetry Writing Month).  What's mad about it?  Writing a poem every single day for the entire month, that's what!  I've never attempted such a thing in my life, and I suspect it will be a great challenge, but I think I'm up for it.

I want to up front with myself about this NaPoWriMo thing.  I realize that:
- It will be difficult
- I will come up with lots of excuses to not write
- I will get stuck
- I will get unstuck
- Not every poem will be a home run (honestly, I'll be happy to knock out one a week that I'm actually pleased with)
- The prompts from readwritepoem will help
- I will learn a lot
- I'll find out how it feels to push for creativity every day for a month

etc, etc.  I get the idea.  Wish me luck!

Something's coming

I paw at the ground,
Tossing aside leaf litter and rich humus -
Searching for signs of life,
Inhaling the aroma of sweet earth primordial.

The mist of morn,
Of spring new-born -
It beckons forth
And I am torn.

The fern is furtive as I fumble with the soil -
Not yet ready to burst forth, to show itself,
To leave behind the shackles of dormancy;
Still waiting for thirst-quenching rains,
And for mercy from the strains of dormancy.

Knees on the ground
I listen to the sound
Of earthworms crawling 'round -
Happy that new life will soon abound.

-my response to read write poem prompt #118


Hurry, quick, jot it down!
Something, anything, write it now!

Must write for exercise,
to stretch the brain -
Must write for exercise,
to reach, to search, to strain.

Can't worry about TV,
can't worry about time.
Must focus on the words,
it's all about the rhyme.

Practice makes perfect,
write a little each day.
But LOST is about to come on,
so I must be on my way!