Thursday, November 16, 2017

DMC: "Without" by Laura Purdie Salas


Without plunging, a waterfall is only a river
       Praise the falling, the wailing, the water on end

Without sinking, a sunset is a background of orange
       Praise the creeping and deepness and sleeping night brings

Without freezing, summer stays long past its day
       Praise the sharpness of ice, the clean slate before spring

Without ending, the story is ever unfinished
       Praise the held breath, the fear, the delight of The End

Without dying, life is a circular road
       Praise the one-way signs so we all find our way

© 2017 Laura Purdie Salas. All rights reserved.

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Click HERE to read this month's interview with Carol Hinz, Editorial Director of Millbrook Press and Carolrhoda Books, divisions of Lerner Publishing Group. Her challenge this month is to write a poem that finds beauty in something that is not usually considered beautiful.

Post your poems on our November 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, November 24th. One lucky participant will win a copy of The Sun Played Hide-and-Seek: A Personification Story by Brian P. Cleary, illustrated by Carol Crimmins, and published by Millbrook Press earlier this year.


  1. What a beautiful, calming poem, Laura. From the beginning, it knows where it's going, and gently carries us along for the ride.

  2. And 'without writing' we would never read beautiful words, Laura. This is lovely to contemplate.

  3. Thanks, Michelle and Linda. As soon as I read Carol's challenge for this month, I knew I wanted to share this poem. I hadn't pulled this out and reread it in a while, so it was actually nice for me to contemplate it too :)

  4. Wow. Just wow. That is one amazing poem.

  5. Such a beautiful contemplation and poem. Praising The hard.

  6. Laura such a depth in your words spoken so beautifully making us truly think of life wail reading your poem