Entries by lsteinglass

Welcome to Poetry Friday!

                            Why I’m Here I’m here to make pancakes when it’s hard to go to school. I’m here to save the crossword and talk about the day. I’m here to be calm when others can’t, to hug and find what’s lost. I’m […]

iPhone Epitaph

    Rose Gold Here lie the shattered remains of Liz’s iPhone 7. It succumbed to the weight of her minivan and now it rings in heaven.   As always, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes has a wonderful interview and inspirational challenge on her blog this month. This time the interview takes the form of a mock […]

Learning from the Best Haiku Teachers

    chapstick and nail clippers all that’s left in my father’s dresser   For almost twenty years, the Haiku Society of America has hosted The Nicholas A. Virgilio Memorial Haiku and Senryu Competition for students in grades 7-12. I hope you’ll take a moment at some point to read the winning entries. The students’ […]

Winter Puppy Haiku

                                            puppy walk stopping to sniff the falling snow   I love reading Jama Rattigan’s gorgeous blog Alphabet Soup. She recommends wonderful books, cooks delicious (looking) foods, and takes beautiful pictures that generally include […]

Tired Trees

                          I wrote this cinquain in response to Carol Varsalona’s invitation to contribute to her gallery Autumn Ablaze. Carol’s galleries are always full of gorgeous images and provocative language. Thank you, Carol for your inspiration and for your regular celebrations of poetry, community, […]


                          Someone Someone has to. Someone has to go. Someone has to go down in the dark, musty basement. Someone has to. Someone has to tip toe along the concrete floor. Someone has to. Someone has to listen for the quiet, steady snores. […]

Crazy for Pet Crazy!

    Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have done it again! They’ve brought another wonderful book of children’s poetry into the world. I’m beyond thrilled to be included with so many other fabulous children’s poets. Pet Crazy is Sylvia and Janet’s 7th Poetry Friday book and their 3rd Poetry Friday Power Book. What makes it […]

How to Be a Wall

  How to Be a Wall Stand tall. Stand still. Keep people out. Keep people in. Let the ivy grab hold. Watch the birds soar over. Sear in the sun. Peel. Chip. Give the ants an Everest. Watch the shadows switch sides. Stand tall. Stand still. Crack. Crumble. Don’t last forever. Make someone ask do […]

Billy Collins: The Lanyard

    The Lanyard by Billy Collins The other day I was ricocheting slowly off the blue walls of this room, moving as if underwater from typewriter to piano, from bookshelf to an envelope lying on the floor, when I found myself in the L section of the dictionary where my eyes fell upon the […]

Empathy: My One Little Word

  Ouch   My friend fell at recess and scraped up his knee. I heard some kids laugh— What a clown! Did you see? Though the sky was bright blue, in my heart it felt gray, so I sat with my friend till the pain went away.   I’ve realized in recent years that I […]