Tuesday, May 15, 2018

DMC: "A Week of Windows" by Donna JT Smith


Sunday’s glance shows cool, a breeze,
   pine branches lift and dip;
Monday sits heavy in foggy dew,
   trees wet from root to tip;
Tuesday the mists roll back to see
   a hen and tom stroll by;
On Wednesday the view holds bits of green,
   As doe browses wary and shy;
Thursday hosts a chattering red
   Until big gray appears;
Friday’s air is full of birds,
   and dogs' excited cheers;
And Saturday, as the sun comes up
   To dart through leafless trees,
Azalea’s sweet hush has become blush,
   Saying no to winter’s freeze.

© 2018 Donna JT Smith. All rights reserved.

Click HERE to read this month's interview with Julie Fogliano. She has challenged us to stare out the window and write a poem about what we see. You might even consider writing something down every day for a week:
At the end of the week, read through what you wrote and write your favorite bits on a separate piece of paper. I bet there will be a poem in there somewhere… see if you can find it.  – J. F.
Leave your poem on our May 2018 padlet. While some contributions will be featured as daily ditties this month, all contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, May 25th, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her stunning new picture book from Roaring Brook Press:


  1. Great concept and execution!

  2. Your window seat makes for great binge viewing, Donna! The blush at the end of your poem hits the sweet spot.

  3. Love the changes, and my favorite "Azalea’s sweet hush has become blush," We have full opening now, but when (it seems all of a sudden) that tiny blush of green appears, it's wonderful. You've shown the change beautifully, Donna!

  4. This is lovely! The woodsy scene beyond your window looks a lot like my view, Donna.

  5. Sigh. I love this:
    "And Saturday, as the sun comes up
    To dart through leafless trees,
    Azalea’s sweet hush has become blush,
    Saying no to winter’s freeze."

    So great, Donna! Well done!

  6. I love "As doe browses wary and shy" especially, but love the whole poem. It's a sweet idea for this challenge.

  7. Any one of those lovely views would be wonderful. So Nice.

  8. Lovely rhythm and imagery Donna, and the "azalea's blush" is wonderful!

  9. Friday’s air is full of birds, love this line and the talk of fog lifting

  10. Thanks, all! I was at the hospital all that week with family, so missed this post (along with most everything for this month!). Trying to get back into my groove! This window seat does truly afford me all these treats...sometimes a couple in one day! This is a perfectly delightful challenge!