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Happy Poetry Friday!

  Welcome to this week’s Poetry Friday party! (If you’re wondering what Poetry Friday is and how it works, check out this post by Renee LaTulippe.) This poem came to me one day after years of mulling about the importance of this little word, especially in contrast to its twin or. It’s wonderful to be […]

Night Fright

Night Fright I am a ghost. I live in the park. I skulk all day. I slip out after dark. I drift along unseen, alone, haunting souls of flesh and bone. I skim the streets the whole, long night. I never fly higher— I’d die of fright!   Happy Poetry Friday! I’m a little late, […]

Soccerverse Discussion and Activity Guide

  Happy Poetry Friday! I don’t have a poem to share today, but I did want to announce that I have posted a Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer Discussion and Activity Guide. The 11-page guide is free to download and includes a broad range of discussion questions about the poems. Most are organized around particular poems […]

On the eve of your departure

      Last week I shared the poem I wrote in response to Marilyn Ackerman’s inspiration piece (as part of our participation in Spark!). As her inspiration piece, I sent Marilyn the poem below, which I wrote at the end of the summer, as our middle child headed off to college.   On the […]

What If?

Summer is over, school has begun, and I am happily enjoying more time to write. To kick off the season, I signed up for Spark! Four times a year, organizer, Amy Souza, matches artists and writers who send each other pieces to inspire the creation of new work over 10 days. It’s a fabulous way […]

Happy Poetry Friday!

  Welcome to Poetry Friday! It’s a little crazy at our house these days. In the next month we’ll have one child graduate from middle school, another graduate from high school, and my book Soccerverse: Poems about Soccer will make its way into the world! Soccerverse includes 22 poems about everything soccer—the ball, shin guards, uniforms, […]

The Progressive Poem–Day 28!

Progressive Poem 2019 Endless summer; I can see for miles… Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles. No time for school- just time to play, we swim the laughin’ sea each and every day. You had only to rise, lean from your window, the curtain opens on a portrait of today. Kodachrome greens, […]

On this Perfect Spring Day

On this Perfect Spring Day   We didn’t listen when she whispered. The plants heard. The animals too. The checkerspot butterfly moved up the mountain. White oaks, sugar maples, and hollies headed north and west. The nine-banded armadillo found its way from Texas to South Carolina. But we kept drilling and fracking, driving and flying. […]

What is a Fact?

    A fact is a fish on ice. We can all see its glassy eye. We can all feel its razor-edged fins.We can all smell its sea-salty past. A fact is raw.It can be baked, grilled, or fried,but we can all agree we are eating fish. Perhaps you like fish,perhaps you don’t,but there it is—staring up at you.  […]

H is for Haiku in the Classroom!

Last week I wrote about a lesson I did with two local elementary classes that began with a discussion of haiku. I thought I’d follow up today with a little more about haiku and teaching poetry. I’ve probably already said this, but I’ll say it again: I think haiku are wonderful to share with students. […]