Tuesday, September 12, 2017

DMC: "attentiveness blessing" by Tabatha Yeatts

attentiveness blessing

cast down each frozen fear,
gently guide hate to
imagine justice,

know less,
maintain the magic of

never neglect nuance,
or offerings that open
precious qualities-
rare and shared-

thank unlucky, uphill
vexing winds that wing
yesterday's yardstick to

© 2017 Tabatha Yeatts. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Carole Boston Weatherford. She has challenged us to write an abecedarian poem.

Generally each line (or word) of an abecedarian poem begins with A and continues in alphabetical order until you reach Z. For this challenge, you may start and end with whichever letters you choose, as long as they are sequential.

Post your poem on our September 2017 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, September 29th. One lucky participant will win a copy of Schomburg: The Man Who Built a Library by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric Velasquez (Candlewick Press, 2017).


  1. Graceful. I had to really look for the form because it flows so nicely.

  2. This is what I call just-in-time poetry, Tabatha. Thanks for this blessing and the call to "maintain the magic of noticing."

  3. Beautiful call to everyone, Tabatha. I love the title, and then "gently guide hate/to imagine justice."

  4. Wonderful, Tabatha--perfect sentiments for all of us today (and kudos for managing this meaningful, natural-sounding poem AND a challenging form!)

  5. Ah we need as many blessings as we can muster up, thanks for this beautiful blessing poem Tabatha, and Michelle for hosting her poem! Marvelously done with ease and brevity!

  6. Wonderful. It's an amazing poem.

  7. Thanks, Linda, Michelle, Linda, Buffy, Michelle, and Rosi! I appreciate the kind words very much. Thanks, Michelle and Carole for providing the inspiration and platform!