Tuesday, November 15, 2016

DMC: "Shelter" by Linda Mitchell


L ike a house of worship

I enter, breathing in calm.

B ooks offer solace when

R eal-life crowds too close.

A seat at lunch cannot give

R efuge from middle school, or

Y ield safety I’ve found in my library.

© 2016 Linda Mitchell. All rights reserved.

Ann Rider has challenged us to write poems about places of refuge and solace this month. Click HERE for more details.

Post your poem on our November 2016 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, November 25th, and one lucky participant will win a copy of BEFORE MORNING by Joyce Sidman, illustrated by Beth Krommes, courtesy of Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Books for Young Readers.


  1. Ain't that the truth! Thank you for this poem, Linda. It, too, helps me to "breathe in calm."

  2. You've made me remember several scenes in picture and chapter books that show a child using the library for comfort. Those quiet corners are inviting. Love the acrostic, Linda!

  3. One of my favorite places to be :)I love how you use library as a acrostic

  4. Yes, I felt that in the library yesterday.

  5. One of my favorite places. On the technical side, I love how naturally your key letter words fit into the poem. Nothing seems forced to fit your format.

  6. Acrostic is one of those simple forms, like haiku, that are very hard to do well. This one qualifies. A seat, a refuge, a place where you can get lost in a book.

  7. Awwwwww, thanks for the love everyone. I do NOT get enough time for creative writing these days. TLD and Poetry Friday keep my pen nib in the game --- just barely! Looking forward to tomorrow. Creative dreams to each.