Wednesday, May 31, 2017

DMC: "Rivers" by Juanita Havill


You swim in a river of words.
Word by chosen word,
The delta nears.

You stand in the same river twice,
Seeing deeper as
The water clears.

© 2017 Juanita Havill. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Melissa Manlove, Senior Editor at Chronicle Books. Her DMC challenge is to write a poem that explores how writing (or a book) is like something else.

You have until the end of today, May 31st, to join in! Post your poem on our May 2017 padlet and I will add it to the wrap-up presentation HERE. Two lucky participants will win a book published by Chronicle earlier this year: LOVING VS. VIRGINIA by Patricia Hruby Powell, illustrated by Shadra Strickland, or LOVE IS by Diane Adams, illustrated by Claire Keane.


  1. This poem is short, concise and meaningful to me. Thanks Juanita and Michelle. I am ready to post mine, Michelle.

  2. I find this poem so calming, Juanita. I strive to be this kind of writer— hard-working, but not forceful, present with the process as it unfolds.

  3. Wow! It feels almost like haiku in it's stillness. Very beautiful.

  4. My comment echoes your words, Juanita, so clear are the feelings of writing and reading. It's lovely.

  5. Jesse Anna BornemannJune 1, 2017 at 10:29 AM

    Elegant and powerful. Every word fits. I love it, Juanita!