Friday, December 27, 2013

Little Bits

A heart’s longing.
A day dawning.
A poem’s calling.

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Never Stop

Legs bent in a diagonal
I sit on my feet
head leaning on the wall
watching you run
run the circle in our house
"NO running in the house,"
expired long ago
as you got faster
laughed harder, who could stop you
I watch you chase her
grabbing the wall
swinging around the curve
you run
run out of breath and have to stop
bending down for breath
smile blazing
sister tags and you're off
I watch you run around the circle
a little bigger at every turn
when will you stop running
stop to take a breath
a longer breath
and then just stop.
I ask,
you answer
"I'm never going to stop."
I'm good with that.
Never stop.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Jingling Chatter

Robyn at Life on the Deckle Edge has the roundup today.
Coins clatter
pocket chatter
splitting through
the walls of matter
straight in my ears
out through my eyes
a jangling jingle
in disguise.

Yesterday I chalked the first two lines of this poem as part of my Chalk-A-Day for #nerdlution on Twitter. I thought I would expand on it and think more about what I was visualizing when I wrote those first two lines. In the spirit of the season, a jingle bell came into play, but it didn't stay.

Friday, November 29, 2013


Poetry Friday is hosted today at Carol's Corner.

I was reading some posts this morning. I stopped by Teacherdance to visit Linda's latest offering and got inspired to write this:

in a state of arrest?
No need for resurrection
or defibrillation.
It lives each day
in a flow of words
from my pitcher.
It fills my cup, brimming
spilling over onto my page.
Poetry is eternal.


Friday, November 22, 2013

Poem Song

 Find the roundup at Write.Sketch.Repeat. for a feast of poetry!

A poem song
rose into the red
it bleed on rocks
and flower beds
it flowed on rivers
dark and deep
it flew on surface
mirrored trees
I watched it glide
I went on by
the poem song
sung its lullaby

Friday, November 8, 2013

A Flake in Fall

flakes fall
the first snow
cold on my head
freezing my toes
I stand in the air
I breathe
like a dream
the flakes
like vapor
my discouraged hour
I awake

Join the poetry party at Random Noodling.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tiny Hands

Visit Cathy for the round-up at Merely Day By Day.

Tiny things...this seems to be on my mind lately. I wrote a post on Two Writing Teachers Thursday and a commenter said it sounded like the start of a poem. I thought, of course, it must be. So I went with it and created a little poem about tiny hands.

Tiny hands
miniature fingers
tipped with limitless stories
tiny hands holding
new beginnings
creating memories
tiny but mighty.

Friday, October 11, 2013

Morning Quiet Song

Take a peek into some poetry at Writing the World for Kids with Laura Purdie Salas. You can also find me over at Amy Ludwig VanDerwater's blog Sharing Our Notebooks.
Here is my Poetry Friday haiku of a morning quiet song.

in morning stillness 
one cricket chirps in the dark
stars turn into sun

Friday, September 27, 2013

Evening of Laughter

Go visit The Poem Farm with Amy Ludwig VanDerwater for the roundup! 

I was lucky this evening to share a dinner table with Mary Lee Hahn, Cathy Mere, Deb Frazier and Marie Nixon. What great company and there was lots of laughter. I kept talking about how I didn't have a poem for today. I kept seeing things on my drive all afternoon that would be great, but got nothing. I had little nuggets and lines but it all sounded so random. So, I decided a random poem was in order. It turned out not so random after least not entirely. :)
I hope you all had a lovely Poetry Friday.

a random
dairy dream
ocean breeze
cool night air
goes up my sleeve
sitting here
watching there
warmth and laughter
my hair a net
to capture life
I hold it close
all through the night.

Friday, September 20, 2013

Dark Horses

Visit Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference for more Poetry Friday Posts! 

Dark horses
Swift through trees
Shadows creep
As they create a breeze
In the leaves
And shape shift in the night
Dark horses fly
Through fields of moonlight
They fear not of fear
They run
They are free
Dark horses flee
from you
To me.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Earthetry Re-Visited with Tagxedo

This week our host is Jen from Teach Mentor Texts!

Haven't done this in a while but remembered when Mary Lee first introduced me to Wordle inspired poems. So, I gave Tagxedo a try this time with an old post titled Earthetry

A poetry smile
spreads over my lips
poem inspired
happiness rich.

Imagining an hour
with rays for trees
the sun as the breeze
eyes crinkled and green.

Reading the words
of pine sweet views
sometimes I think
earth's windows look through.

Friday, September 6, 2013

Words Flow

Poetry Friday is hosted by Author Amok this week. Join in and read some poetry with friends. 

Words flow free
from you to me
and waves of doubt
swirl in and out
but we don’t care,
we stop and stare
in each other’s eyes
no one can hide.

Friday, August 30, 2013

Spreading Myself Out

Thank you Tara from A Teaching Life for hosting Poetry Friday!

Please, please, please go to Two Writing Teachers blog today to read my guest post on "Where is Poetry? It's Everywhere." I share some personal early on experiences with poetry and talk about the importance it has in the classroom....everyday. 

Here is my PF offering of the day.

I spread over water
I spread over land
If love is the lake
My heart is the sand.

I spread over head
I spread over trees
If love is the sky
My heart is the breeze.

I spread over grass
I spread over flowers
If love is the clouds
My heart is the showers.

I spread over two
I spread over one
If all this is love
My heart is the sun

Friday, August 23, 2013

Poetry Friday is Here!

You found it! I am excited to be hosting Poetry Friday once again, but from my newer toddler, one might say! I have been working on other writing projects about poetry instead of writing poems lately. But, as I sat here this week pondering a poem, a rhyme, anything really I realized all I can think about is summer slipping away. How it comes and then it goes and we all move through to the next season.

I hope you will all join me for Chalk-A-Bration on Saturday August, 31st! I hope to keep the Chalk-A-Bration going all year long this time so be sure to join in and check out all the chalkers next week!

And now onto my offerings of the day...





And then.....I saw a bee! I am so easily distracted. But, had to write about it, because it was a bee buzzing really close to me on my hydrangea bush. Don't worry, the bee was unharmed.

Pollen parcels
packed for flight.
From petal to petal
your dance, a sight

I watch you
captured in the web.
As petals cradle
your little head.

Photo by Shawn Hubbard

And so begins the roundup.....drum roll......

Go catch some fish with Charles Ghigna over at Father Goose!

Check it Out with Jone where she shares a collaborative poem with Mary Lee and information on the Cybils.

Linda, from Teacherdance, wrote a poem back in April using a prompt idea shared by Mary Lee! Linda shares this poem as well as some thoughts about beginning the new school year.

April has guest Sonya Sones who offers teaching tips and a big poetry reveal at Teaching Authors. But that's not all...there's a book giveaway!

Join BJ Lee over at Blue Window for an original ballad.

Myra at Gathering Books shares a wreath of words and a heroic crown of sonnets.

This week at The Drift Record, Julie posts several double dactyls and challenges readers to write one as a way to honor the late poet John Hollander.

Michelle shares an original mask poem titled "Sky Calling" at Today's Little Ditty.

Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference has a cleave poem.

Mary Lee shares two poetry book reviews as she begins a busy school year. Go see the reviews at A Year of Reading.

At Carol's Corner you will find a poem celebrating the unknowns of  "The First Day of School" by Judith Viorst.

Margaret has an exercise she did with her kids this week at Reflection on the Teche.

At The Late Bloomer's Book Blog Gigi has some entertaining animal poetry.

Irene Latham has Valerie Worth poems about farm animals this Poetry Friday at Live Your Poem.

Jama is back from a blogging break and is featuring Kate Lebo, Seattle's Pie Poet. Go check it out at Jama's Alphabet Soup.

Join Author Amok in Gettysburg while her family tours the battlefields ans she shares a poem by a Confederate veteran, describing (some think) the doomed and famous Pickett's Charge.

Stefanie from Morning Musing comes with an ode to one of her favorite summer activities.

Want to read an original poem from the garden? Join Liz Steinglass at her blog for some Fuzzy Tails.

Diane swoops in with a summer poem at Random Noodling and of course KK's Kwotes joins us too!

Check out some Poetry Resources from Penny at a penny and her jots.

Jeannine wrote about deepening poems at Views from a Window Seat.

Ruth has Christina Ressetti's "In an Artist's Studio," at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town.

At Poet! Poet! Anastasia shares a "Why Haiku" that she wrote for Michelle's Haiku garden.

Keri joins us with her last poem swap at Keri Recommends.

Ready for a double haiku about an emu? Go get it with Becky at Tapestry of Words.

Matt joins in with a poem called "To the Newborn," at Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme. You must stop here to see this precious new baby.

Little Willow joins in with Universal by Walt Whitman.

At has five new poems and 15 lunchbox doodle cartons as a result of taking suggestions from twitter and Facebook for challenging poem vocabulary. Check out the tricky words with Samuel.

The Drawer of M.M. Socks brings us an original poem about Mr. Knuckles!

Find an original poem and a writing exercise with Joy at Poetry for Kids Joy.

JoAnn has an original poem in The Fib form, check out her blog to learn more!

In this week with Billy Collins and Aimless Love is Karen.

With a poem called Surrender Dia joins the party.

Robin joins us from Teaching Tomorrow's Leaders with a new and improved revised version of a poem called The Summer Bathtub.

Liana joins us from Commas Have Wings, she is a poetry advocate (love her already). Go read her poetic share!

Doraine's post from Dori Reads was inspired by Little Dog, Lost by Marion Dane Bauer.

Jen from Teach Mentor Texts brings us two poems from the book Falling Hard, 100 Love Poems by Teenagers by Betsy Franco.

Bridget Magee brings a poem about three little...but big on importance words. Find her at wee words for wee ones.

Amy from The Poem Farm is in late but joins us with a post including some cats and life in New York City.

Roundup complete now onto reading all of you! Happy weekend poetry friends.

Friday, August 9, 2013

A Hunch

Little hunches
Stir in bunches
Wishes from
A well of punches

Hunches grab
They grow and swell
Up the wall
Into your well

Then suddenly
They become clear
Reality to you
But you must steer

Away from it
For it will spec-
you-late away
all truths and traits

Your wishes
Let them wash you
don’t doubt your truth
let that be clear.

Hostess Renee at No Water River will have the roundup!

Friday, July 26, 2013

Sun Night Light

Poetry Friday is hosted by Sherri at Semicolon.

Sun Night Light

his light
never sleeps
it shines
over me
each night
in the dark
no fire
not burning
but reflecting
his beauty

I think about the sun a lot. It is there everyday, hard not to. But even when I am squinting, or sweating in its heat I appreciate the sun. Even when he goes to shine on others around the corner he still shines for us at night when he kisses the moon. The moon is my sun night light.

Meet up at Teaching Young Writers for a Chalk-A-Bration on July 31st! Chalk a poem or illustrate one, take a photo and link it next Wednesday. Hope to see you there.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Earthetry: Earth Inspired Poetry

More poems inspired by the U.P. of Michigan.


Sun in my eyes
pupils small
crinkled brow
I strain to smile
the rays are silent
but the growth
billows in the grass and
greens as I


I imagine happiness 
smelling like a pine cone,
sweet, earthy, 


Hills and mountains
topped with trees
rocky islands
lined with leaves
piney stems
greenlit views
sun sprinkled in
like little windows
on a birch
the rays more round
my view in search
of little fairies
watching me
I hear them scurry
I hear them flee.

Little Rock Island

Little island
distant land
isolated from
your own sand
your own trees
defy and find
through the cracks
birch and pine
row and tow
the people go
to test your water
with chill dipped toes.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013


My children were having a conversation in the car and it lead to this:

J, "What's a honeymoon?"
E, "It's when honey gets on the moon."

My thought..."honey on the moon." Don't you just instantly see that? The fact that it started with the word honeymoon lead me to a love poem. Short and sweet like a drop of honey. Long on meaning if you are struggling with the sticky strings of love.


Like honey on the moon
I fall right back to you
Slow and golden sweet
My heart’s biggest feat.

Friday, July 12, 2013

A Poetic Peek at My Recent Vacation

I was in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan recently. I love it there. The beauty is bountiful. The colors vibrant. The people are happy and removed from tech this and tech that. They have no cell service in many areas still but you can occasionally find a spot of WiFi here and there (a few times I got it right in my tent)! I wrote a lot of lines, descriptions, anticipations of things I would see. I wrote a lot of words while up there. The first poem is one that I wanted to find before I left. I wrote it and then we went in search of it each day. The second poem was inspired by a beautiful sunset on the night of July 4th. It could not have been pinker or more beautiful. 


Wildflowers will abound
With each step
Soft and sound
A water spray 
From falling springs
Toward river flows
And cliffs that bring
The greenery
The scenery
I wonder and I wait
To see what I am longing for
Outside where I escape.


Wind carries away
a blissful day
of sun’s sweet air
perfumed with care
of each bud and bloom
she blankets them
with chromatic hues. 

Michelle has the Poetry Friday roundup today at Today's Little Ditty.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Live Today


Little Poems of My Day

You blew in,
no one knew
you knocked down towering trees
yet we could see through
we gawked and we shook
as you boomed and flashed
your transparent drops
began to cloud
and crash
against the glass
as we strained
our eyes burned...
another tree
at each turn
then as quick as you came
you blew away
to us a minute interuption
but to the trees
a forever fallen memory.

I see small sways
and your drops
come my way
and winds
blow you down
while my dogwood
holds on
to what?
the ground?
to life?
roots straining against you
While you
get washed,
lay down
won't stop
will grow
even taller
greener, stronger
while my little dogwood
struggles towering over
you, a green carpet below her
she struggles
you look weak
you will get cut
but you will go on

We say
live today
we say
let go
we say
be present
we say
go forward
we say
we say
we say
but when
is like
we stay
and I
go do

Friday, July 5, 2013


As I sit alone
I see the clarity
of nature's position
she takes all of what she needs
lest it be taken from her
the sun says goodnight
and she rests until morning
to start all over again
drinking the rain
welcoming the rays
singing earth's song

Head over to  Keri at Keri Recommends for more poetry offerings. 

Tuesday, July 2, 2013


the waterfall wrapped itself around my ankles
as its spray lifted over my head and I was misted
smile stretching hands over head
I stand in a back bend welcoming the wet

Can you see this poem? I have a vivid image and hope that I am doing this right now as I am exploring the woods on a nature adventure.

Come slice with us slicers over at the Two Writing Teachers blog with Stacey and Ruth!

Friday, June 28, 2013


A wander, a wonder
My hand at my side.

I pet lilies and wilds
With black little eyes

Soft and sound steps
As the tweets fill the air.

I spy blue and red berries
To munch and to share.

A butterfly landing
On my cone flowered ear

I listen, wings whisper
As sunlight appears.

This poem is coming out of my imagination of my soon to be vacation to wooded bliss. I look forward to the wildflowers, waterfall sprays and sounds of nature. I am always bewildered by the beauty of this home we all share. I don't have to go far to enjoy it (well, ten hours, maybe kind of far). But, it feels worth it to see something that is so natural, carved out of water, growing wild, greens and purples. The lushness and softness of the chromatic colors amaze me. I will pet the flowers and listen for those whispering wings.
 Go visit the lovely Amy Ludwig VanDerwater over at her wordifull poemy space The Poem Farm. (I just love making up words). 

Before I go, I hope you will join in on Sunday for Chalk-A-Bration over at Teaching Young Writers. See details here