Tuesday, April 17, 2018

#NPM18 - 17/30 - Surprise!

April is #NPM18 - National Poetry Month.

"Poetry is a deal of joy and pain and wonder, with a dash of the dictionary."
                                                                                                      ~ Khalil Gibran
         Be sure to see the page on the bar above for the Progressive Poem's schedule of poets, hosted by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem.  
        And, see what many are doing for Poetry Month, by looking HERE at Jama Rattigan's post at Jama's Alphabet Soup.
              My goal for Poetry MonthA haiku diary that may include other forms related to haiku, like haibun, haiga. monoku or renga. My first poem speaks of why I am handwriting the poems.

April’s garden,
growing poems 
on lined pages
                    Linda Baie
       Poem one
       Poem two
       Poem three 
       Poem Four
       Poem Five
       Poem Six  

       Poem Seven
       Poem Eight 
       Poem Nine 
       Poem Ten
      Poem Eleven
      Poem Twelve
      Poem Thirteen

      Poem Fourteen 
      Poem Fifteen 
      Poem Sixteen 

Here is Poem Seventeen, trying a haibun. Discover more about them here!

               I like to drive home from wherever I am in the city on the back roads, away from the traffic, this time of year especially watching for the colors of spring, the yellows of jonquils and forsythia, the pale pinks of fruit trees before they burst into bright blossom suns and the tulips, bringing rainbows of colors. This time, meandering down one street I saw what I thought was a goat. I had to turn around. I sat and watched, and watched some more. It surprised me, but not because a goat is in the neighborhood, because this household pretends with a piece of art.
photo by Linda Baie



  1. Ha! I love it! The goats in my neighborhood are real. :-)

    1. Chickens are legal here in the city, but I don't think goats are, hence my surprise. Actually, they might be easier than chickens! I imagine there are goats in your neighborhood, Ruth. Thanks!

  2. Chickens are not uncommon here either, but a goat I have not seen,
    I love the surprise in this last line!

    1. Thanks, Cheriee. I had to check this out further, but as you read, art!

  3. I love a good back road drive. I guess you never know what you'll see. I'm glad you are seeing signs of spring. We have yet to be so lucky.

    1. Thanks, Cathy, I often take those back streets and do find nice things to see, but this was a new one.

  4. I want a goat. I follow Goats of Anarchy on Instagram. I used to see llamas in my neighborhood. They can be ornery.

    1. Yes, llamas are another thing altogether. Goats can be fun. I've been around them a little bit, not in the city, however! Thanks, Glenda!

  5. We used to hear a goat on one of our neighborhood walks, but he/she has been gone for years. It doesn't keep us from thinking about him/her whenever we walk by that house. There's another house that has chickens and she even invited us into the yard to see them one day. You make the haibun look easy. When I read about them, it sounded hard.

    1. Thanks, Ramona, not sure it's exactly right, but tried to follow those guidelines.


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