Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Thursday, May 28, 2020

May DMC Wrap-Up Celebration


Marco Verch

The little things? The little moments? They aren't little.
          – Jon Kabat-Zinn


At the beginning of this month, Margaret Simon challenged us to write poems of presence— mindful poems about the present moment. Mary Lee Hahn and Heidi Mordhorst took up the challenge with enthusiasm and turned it into a movement... or at least a hashtag on Twitter


that has been quietly bustling all month long. Combined with activity on blogs and other social media platforms, there were far more mindfulness poems this month than could possibly be captured on our humble DMC padlet. Nevertheless, we ended up with a diverse collection of more than 50 submissions that I'm proud to share with you today.

I marvel at so many of these insightful little gems—

poems from home . . .

"Mindfulness Meditation" by telwink

 from yards . . .

"Keeping the Balance" by Matthias Ripp

and gardens . . .

"Zen in the Gardens" by Joseph Illingworth

from our jaunts around the neighborhood . . .

"Mindfulness" by Paul Ritchie

poems that teach us
"Wherever you go, there you are."
                    – Jon Kabat-Zinn
Satish Krishnamurthy

and
"The things that matter most in our lives are not fantastic or grand. They are moments where we touch each other." 
          – Jack Kornfield
Sharon Pazner

Thank you to everyone who contributed poems this month—I was touched by them all. I hope they've helped you stay afloat as much as they've helped me.

"Mindfulness on Red Lake" by Steve Jurvetson

But most of all, my heartfelt gratitude goes to Margaret who came up with just the right challenge at just the right time.

Scroll through the poems below or CLICK HERE to open a new tab.

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Inspired to add your own mindfulness poem to the collection? Visit Margaret's spotlight interview for instructions and then click on the pink dot with the plus sign to add your poem to the padlet. While there aren't many days left in May, I'll be leaving this padlet open indefinitely, so feel free to add to it at any point in the future.


At this week's Poetry Friday roundup, Mary Lee Hahn introduces readers to the Reading Without Walls challenge and multi-award-winning "activist poet" Marilyn Chin. Join her at A Year of Reading.





DMC: "Water's Meditation" by Lynn Vieira




WATER'S MEDITATION

still lake, reflecting
drop a pebble in, witness
thoughts, rippling outward

© 2020 Lynn Vieira. All rights reserved.



TLD reader Margaret Simon has challenged us to write a mindful poem about the present moment. Click HERE for more details and to add your poem to the padlet. While some poems will be shared as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration tomorrow, Friday, May 29th.



Wednesday, May 27, 2020

DMC: "I Didn't See" by Kevin Hodgson (Dogtrax)




I Didn’t See

What I saw,
only in words

a single water
droplet dancing
off the edge of
the maple leaf

a young curious
fox watching
by the rocks of
the pine wood

a soft folding
flower shivering
in its blanket
of pink petals
 

© 2020 Kevin Hodgson (Dogtrax). All rights reserved.


TLD reader Margaret Simon has challenged us to write a mindful poem about the present moment. Click HERE for more details and to add your poem to the padlet. While some poems will be shared as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, May 29th.

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

DMC: "Wren" by Steve Peterson




WREN

A tiny wren searches
the cracks
the crevices
the low and
beneath-our-notice
places
the crawl and creep places
the afraid-of-
the-dark places

© 2020 Steve Peterson. All rights reserved.



TLD reader Margaret Simon has challenged us to write a mindful poem about the present moment. Click HERE for more details and to add your poem to the padlet. While some poems will be shared as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, May 29th.

Monday, May 25, 2020

DMC: "dawn whispers hello" by Sandie Vaisnoras




dawn whispers hello
I linger with my coffee
fear is still sleeping 

© 2020 Sandie Vaisnoras. All rights reserved.



TLD reader Margaret Simon has challenged us to write a mindful poem about the present moment. Click HERE for more details and to add your poem to the padlet. While some poems will be shared as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration this Friday, May 29th.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

DMC: My #PoemsofPresence Diary




One of the silver linings of quarantine life has been the community spirit of reading and writing #PoemsofPresence together. Thanks to Margaret Simon's DMC challenge, keeping up with these "mindful poems about the present moment" on the padlet and on Twitter has not only kept me busy, it's helped to make me feel less isolated. My own focus has been on writing haiku because it makes the daily habit seem less daunting. Not that I haven't missed a few days anyway... but if you can't cut yourself some slack during a global pandemic, when can you??? I'll continue adding to my #PoemsofPresence diary over the coming week if you'd like to stop by again when the month is over.


M. H. Barnes
May 2

no presents
just presence
quarantine birthday


               May 3

               morning walk
               I count my steps
               to the next patch of shade


May 4

sorting my thoughts
into boxes
midday sudoku


Tom Lee

     May 5

     morning news
     a lively debate
     of birdsong







Sarah Laval
May 6

quarantine life
eyeing the grass
get its hair cut


May 7

afternoon tea
I welcome the sun
like an old friend


Richard Hurd
        
     May 9

     rush hour
     I mistake a cardinal
     for a stop sign

           
     May 10

     avoiding the sidewalk cracks
     six feet apart
     mother's day




  

 
Steve Schroeder
May 11

long afternoon
postponing my fresh start
one more day


May 12

florida spring
the shadow of the ceiling fan
lengthens


Margaret Simon
 
 
     May 14

     no more
     or less that she can handle
     open window




Rene Rivers

May 17

hawk king
the white pickets stand
at attention


May 19

a poem stuck
to the roof of my mouth
morning breath


M. H. Barnes


     May 20

     day's end
     my mask and armor
     laid to rest


                         May 21

                         day 59
                         the moss holds on
                         by a thread





yoppy

May 23

anthill
the lump in my throat
I can't swallow


May 24

a crowd of clover
congregates
sunday mass


ihave3kids
          May 25

          home workout
          coaxing my muscles
          out of lockdown


          May 26

          the scenic route
          an empty nest
          around the next bend

         
M. H. Barnes

May 28

high school graduation
doomsday
takes a back seat


May 29

clouds
exploded into shrapnel
days like these


Tomáš Píšek, "The end will bring beginning"


               May 30

               afternoon nap
               resting my mind
               and expectations


                         May 31

                         saying goodbye
                         in search of an ending that isn't
                         the end







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If you missed last week's Classroom Connections interview with Laura Purdie Salas, you'll find it HERE. Random.org has determined that the winner of a copy of Secrets of the Loon, courtesy of Minnesota Historical Society Press, is...

JAMA RATTIGAN
Congratulations, Jama!




I wish we could extend our #PoemsofPresence challenge into June to feature more daily ditties—there are so many wonderful poems on the padlet, I can't possible share them all! But this is it, folks, only one week left to contribute your mindful poem about the present moment. (Next week we celebrate.) Featured ditties this week were by Sarah Grace Tuttle, Breighlynn, Mary Lee Hahn, and Michelle Kogan.


Carol Varsalona is hosting this week's Poetry Friday roundup at Beyond LiteracyLink. She's also sharing a sneak peek of her beautiful Nature Nurtures 2020 Gallery that I think you'll enjoy.