Thursday, February 20, 2020

DMC: "Coot-Spooky" by B.J. Lee




COOT-SPOOKY

A moss-hung bayou
has a coot-spooky feel.

It's a gator-gliding,
limpkin-screaming,
cypress-kneeling deal,

where snakes a-sliding,
raptors hiding
give it squeal appeal.

© 2020 by B.J. Lee. All rights reserved.



Kylen Louanne


Buffy Silverman has challenged us to write a poem that uses combined or invented words. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our February 2020 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 28th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her nonfiction poetry picture book from Millbrook Press:






Wednesday, February 19, 2020

DMC: "Winter Walking" by Rebekah Hoeft




WINTER WALKING

On winter walks
on crisp cold mornings
my favorite part
of frozen gravel paths
is finding
rumpled edges
and shallow ditches
where skims of
clouded ice
hang waiting for
my ice-searching
puddle-crunching
foot to
smash crash crinkle crackle crunch through
to the hollow space beneath.

© 2020 by Rebekah Hoeft. All rights reserved.



Image by Rene Schue from Pixabay


Buffy Silverman has challenged us to write a poem that uses combined or invented words. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our February 2020 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 28th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her nonfiction poetry picture book from Millbrook Press:






Tuesday, February 18, 2020

DMC: "In a White Kingdom" by Cindy Breedlove




IN A WHITE KINGDOM

A tree-sparkling palace
was built overnight.
So armed with my camera
I took in the sight.
Booted and bundled,
snow-crunching my way,
I captured the beauty
God sent me that day.

© 2020 by Cindy Breedlove. All rights reserved.



Cindy Breedlove


Buffy Silverman has challenged us to write a poem that uses combined or invented words. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our February 2020 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 28th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her nonfiction poetry picture book from Millbrook Press:






Monday, February 17, 2020

Monday Musing: Presidents' Day



President Barack Obama greets a young visitor in the Oval Office,
Feb. 5, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


Associate yourself with men of good quality 
if you esteem your own reputation; 
for 'tis better to be alone than in bad company.

– George Washington



Thursday, February 13, 2020

DMC: "A Springtime Affair" by Michelle Heidenrich Barnes


T.Kiya


In honor of Valentine's Day, I thought I might try a love poem for Buffy Silverman's challenge. It's not a typical love poem, perhaps, but I've learned it's best to let my muse have her way.


A SPRINGTIME AFFAIR

Nature and I have an understanding.
She goes about her day—
          bees pollen-bobbing for their deliveries
          clouds sky-surfing at high tide
          roses petal-kissing on the bush I neglected to trim last season
And I pretend to go about mine—
          words clinging to the page
          like Spanish moss on blossom-ready branches
          holding on to hope despite a stiff, chilling breeze.

© 2020 Michelle Heidenrich Barnes. All rights reserved.


I shared another poem about a chance springtime rendezvous this past Monday. It's well worth a read if you missed it.


Buffy Silverman has challenged us to write a poem that uses combined or invented words. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview. Our featured daily ditties this week included poems by 4th grader Breighlynn, Tabatha Yeatts, and Janice Scully. All poems on our February 2020 padlet will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 28th. One lucky participant will win a personalized copy of On a Snow-Melting Day: Seeking Signs of Spring (Millbrook Press, 2020).
Linda Baie is our Poetry Friday roundup matchmaker today. You'll find love poems (and other offerings) at TeacherDance—take one home that touches your heart.






DMC: "Winter Storm" by Janice Scully




WINTER STORM

Snowflakes bumping
gliding, crashing
down in heavy
storm-silence.

Such bough-drooping
bark-mottling
random artistry!
Watch as it leaves lacy
crystal hieroglyphs
everywhere.


© 2020 by Janice Scully. All rights reserved.


Buffy Silverman has challenged us to write a poem that uses combined or invented words. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our February 2020 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 28th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her nonfiction poetry picture book from Millbrook Press:






Wednesday, February 12, 2020

DMC: "Pups at Play" by Tabatha Yeatts




PUPS AT PLAY

A wee nose-nudge
in a sleeping ear
    earns a grrreeting...
    but she's still sleeping!

He tries a paw-prod,
a leg-chew, a collar-chomp—
    what will it take
    to get her up?

Finally,
she snarl-rolls to her feet,
    Stop gnawing on me
     while I'm trying to sleep!

He tears down the hall
with her fast on his heels—
    playtime has started
    with a roar and retreat!

© 2020 by Tabatha Yeatts. All rights reserved.



Buffy Silverman has challenged us to write a poem that uses combined or invented words. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our February 2020 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, February 28th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her nonfiction poetry picture book from Millbrook Press: