Today is Poetry Friday and time for another roundup of my #Verselove poems from this week. Thank you, all, for the lovely April poetry showers. you’ve been sharing at your blogs. Today’s Poetry Friday roundup is at Margaret Simon’s Reflections on the Teche. She is sharing news of the Kidlit Progressive Poem for 2022 and adding her own safe place, mysterious and magical line to the poem.
All Things Cheese with Tammy Belko
And chop suey
Yes, and dumplings
Plumpy and filled
With spicy veggies,
Brats and corn, grilled
Thick Greek yogurt,
so many more
(The Greeks, such pros)
Which brings me to
The Middle East
And all things sweet,
Ice cream treats
What was I talking about?
Oh, cheese! But I’m reminded
All foods tend to make me
When You Need a Break Go to a Place of Comfort with Leilya Pitre
Small Town Walking
Go from here to there in a small town
and you are likely to run into people.
We stopped at the outlet store and
bought an umbrella and a bag for my
crochet projects. We talked a long time
to the clerk we hadn’t seen in five years.
We went across the street and had coffee,
chatted with our friends, proud owners of this
new establishment. We drank chai and
espresso and ate complimentary macarons
because we were back in town.
We chatted about the brokenness in
politics and church politics.
We walked to Ace Hardware to buy
a hairdryer to replace the one I forgot.
We stopped in the entryway there, hugging a
person we knew, but what was her name?
I finally came up with it.
As we talked, I called hello to a passing mom
of a second grader I taught 35 years ago.
How’s he doing?
What’s he up to now?
Then the eye doctor came in and my husband
talked about eyes and how he was
the best eye doctor he’s ever had.
Then we walked to the grocery store and
bought a few things for dinner.
We were gone for four hours.
Grateful our minds didn’t fail us
as we remembered names,
our hearts full of good people.
What I Didn’t Do with Tammy Breitweiser (my poem)
Tested by fire, what remains?
So little is a stone
The last line of my haiku is taken from Naomi Shihab Nye’s poem “Burning the Old Year“.
How to Be Poem with Sheri Vasinda
Embrace those short leaves.
Don’t try to grow anywhere but the Mojave Desert.
Grow just 2 or 3 inches a year.
Tangle your arms and legs into a giant Twister maze.
Enjoy a long 500-year life.
Feed and shelter your animal neighbors.
Show off your springtime flowers and summertime fruits.
Don’t hang your head when others say you are from a Dr. Seuss book.
Stand up as tall as your potential three stories,
And tallest among all yuccas.
Don’t be prickly, but wield your desert dagger with zeal.
Treasure your protected status.
Pray for the humans to stop ruining the world.
Succinct Truth Inspired by Lucille Clifton with Maureen Young Ingram (my poem)
i wish them to have
empathy for the oppressed
i wish them eyesight
to see the truth
i wish them to let go
of their lust for power
i wish them to see behind
the curtain of their wizard
i wish them to
take down their
damn trump-pence sign
Choices We Make with Gayle Sands (my poem)
She was born a century too soon
to have the right to an education
without a serious fight for it–
working class and female
worked against her dreams
She wasn’t a scrappy seizer of opportunities
or she may have had a different life, following
drafting class in high school,
(she aced it, the only girl)
college and a degree in architecture
(No, how could I?)
She followed culture’s expectations
“I always just wanted to be a wife and mother,”
she said many times,
trying to believe it for herself.
Tankas with Cara Fortey (my poem)
A step closer and gasp. Each day, new blossoms
welcome the bumblebees and surprise me.
Today fuchsia fireworks call, “Look at me!”