Monday, March 13, 2017

DMC: "Ode to a Dewdrop" by LeeAnn Blankenship


A crystal gem on fragile web,
You speak to early dawn
With misty hope, a fragrance clean,
And sparkles on my lawn.
You taste of freshness, cool to touch –
I wonder – must you go?
“Oh, yes! The sun is calling me –
I’ll be back tomorrow though!”

© 2017 LeeAnn Blankenship. All rights reserved.

Helen Frost has challenged us to write an ode poem this month, following these instructions:
Choose an object (a seashell, a hairbrush, a bird nest, a rolling pin). It should not be anything symbolic (such as a doll, a wedding ring, or a flag). Write five lines about the object, using a different sense in each line (sight, sound, touch, taste, smell). Then ask the object a question, listen for its answer, and write the question, the answer, or both.
Click HERE to read her sample poem, "Ode to a River."

Post your poem on our March 2017 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, March 31st, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her latest novel-in-poems from Farrar, Straus, and Giroux/Macmillan:


  1. Just gorgeous, rhythm and rhyme, the tiniest miracle. I love that it's like a song to sing each morning: "and sparkles on my lawn".

  2. How refreshing this is, LeeAnn! I'm impressed with how concisely you fit all five senses into the first lines, and bonus points for rhyming too!

  3. Love your word choice, crystal gem and misty hope. Very nice!

  4. This is beautiful! I will never look at a dewdrop the same way again. And what a challenge this is! Hopefully will try my hand at it, but not sure I can do as well.

  5. What a wonderful little piece. I'm very impressed.

  6. What a great question for the dewdrop. I love the lilting rhythm and rhyme.

  7. What a fun ode to this wonderful Dewdrop, such personality it has!