NaPoWriMo 2015.26

Posted by on 26 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

Today in the garden
the lilacs and the blackberry
that were running
away through the grass
were plucked and redirected.

Today in the garden
astrantia and rue
and sea holly found
their places by the tadpoles.

Today in the garden
the pile of debris rose
higher than the seats around the table
and the fresh-turned earth
welcomed the promise of wonderful things.

Today the garden

NaPoWriMo 2015.25

Posted by on 25 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: Making a Difference, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

Earthquake in Nepal
The end of the world
for some;
a reminder of priorities
for others.

Remember to spend time with the ones you love,
before it’s too late.

Donations to organizations that help in times of disasters are needed, now and every day. The International Red Cross is one that can help. You can Donate through the American Red Cross.

Standing up for Students

Posted by on 25 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: education, Education Professional, Making a Difference, parenting

This is what I did Saturday morning, rallying for full funding for schools: smaller class sizes, basic cost of living increases to keep pace with inflation, more support overall for the teachers who care for our children.


Set an example for your children and students. Take part in your democracy. Peaceably assemble and petition your government to make it better.

Our children are our hearts, our future. They depend on us to stand up for them.

[Late edit to include a newslink]

It’s not much, and no one seems to care to really cover this issue, but the AP did release a short story that was picked up by local outlets: Teachers Rally in Olympia. Thanks to Derrick Nunnally for writing about this attempt to help people understand that our nation’s children are important to all of us!

NaPoWriMo 2015.24

Posted by on 24 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: children, Gardens and Life, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

Dear Grandmothers
and Grandfathers
who loved the land
and the people

who taught me to appreciate
the little things
the small garden
with stepping stones

who taught me to slow down
sometimes and just sit
enjoying the music
and the poetry in the moment

who opened up the world to me
to my brother
and then to my spouse and my children
teaching hospitality
while you modeled manners

I miss you
and on days like today

I wish you were here.

NaPoWriMo 2015.23

Posted by on 23 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: 3rd Grade, 3rd grade, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

Spring fever?
Or just trying to cram
too much into too little
time — or energy — or willpower
the bubbles pop, just out of reach
and the moment is lost.

NaPoWriMo 2015.22

Posted by on 23 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

In the inbox,
spam – a lot.
Ah, Camelot!
longing for a less lonely life.

NaPoWriMo 2015.21

Posted by on 21 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month, seasons, weather

Last gasp of joy
the sunlight glinting low off treetops
while the black clouds roll in
over the hills.

Purple lilacs and white viburnum, will you wait?

The temperature drops
and the winds pick up
driving branches, leaves and pedestrians
along the road.

Gentle apple and billowing cherry, will you wait?

Birds call out
to one another, searching and claiming,
gathering one more round
to feed the chicks tonight.

Tender tulips and stalwart weeds, will you wait?

There is a storm coming in. It made the students this afternoon quite agitated, but we are still waiting for it to actually “hit” our area. I love the light that comes in from the west on an incoming stormy evening. It gives a greenish, but still warm, highlight to all the plants, and turns the usually grayish silver of the undersides of leaves into a rose-gold.

NaPoWriMo 2015.20

Posted by on 20 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

on a day
that is bright
– and warm
with gentle breezes

a worried mama
scolds her young
cajoling them to safety

NaPoWriMo 2015.19

Posted by on 19 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: Gardens and Life, good things, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

you meet the nicest people in poetry
the solitary
the socialite
the retiree
the worker
the parent
the child
the person who has the words
to change your life

(two for the price of one)

birdsong and blossom
overwhelming beauty
in one small space

Speaking of meeting nice people, I have found two poets to follow this month: rlavalette has been commenting on some of my poems and I was curious, and vivinfrance commented on one of his (so naturally I followed the link to her page!). Check out their work!

NaPoWriMo 2015.18

Posted by on 18 Apr 2015 | Tagged as: garden, Gardens and Life, good things, NaPoWriMo, poetry, Poetry Month

bright straw, coffee brown
and shocking green
moss in the lawn
the tendril of root
creeping out
of the chestnut-to-be

dreams of fertile land realized

See the “Today in the Garden” post from today for further explanation…

[edit on April 19: Last line eliminited initial “My” and “a” before fertile.]

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