Tuesday, September 13, 2016

DMC: "Entertaining Words" by Jan Godown Annino


Unexpected words spill me
on hard sand, at drifted stick:
Ahoy, mate! Here be dragons!

Unexpected words thrill me
in thick mud, by twisted twig:
Something wicked this way comes!

Unexpected words chill me,
finger-writ, on windowpane:
Hey! Jack Frost is here to play!

Unexpected words fill me,
letters on hot pie, beckon:
Taste me immediately!

© 2016 Jan Godown Annino. All rights reserved.

Inspired by my father's writing on our frosted windows in New Jersey 
and by my mother's writing in the Florida sand after our family traded 
mid-Atlantic winters for summer hurricanes. - jga

Jane Yolen has challenged us to write a septercet that features reading or writing this month. What is a septercet?  Click HERE for more details.

Post your poem on our September 2016 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, September 30th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her fabulous new collection of science poetry:


  1. I love the playfulness of your poem, Jan— thanks for sharing your delicious memories! I'm ready for my slice of pie now. :)

  2. Banana cream?
    Key lime?

    Whatever -
    a pie

  3. Too much fun! Jack Frost is my favorite.....love writing messages in the ice. Hugs, Jan!

  4. This is lots of fun. Thanks for such a great poem.

  5. Love it. I was totally lost in your words.

  6. Appreciations everyone, for your reading
    & for taking the time to leave these kind words!
    You leave me feeling - WOW!

    (...hugs back, Linda)