Monday, April 30, 2018

#NPM18 - 30/30 It's A Wrap!

April is #NPM18 - National Poetry Month.

"Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket."
 ~Charles Simic
         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

         What can I do, but celebrate this past month? I have written my haiku diary, posted thirty poems, but actually written others, rejecting some, but perhaps they'll be re-worked a bit more, and become worth sharing. I've written 20 poems for Renee La Tulippe's wonderful Community Collection, wishing I could have done more, but there was not enough time. I've written a few other poems here and there, and have contributed my line to Irene Latham's growing child, the Progressive Poem.  And I've read, poems and poems, and more poems by others - collected a few, cried over some, laughed at others. I believe my "garden" grown in April is done!
        Thanks to everyone who visited and enjoyed the small adventures of my days.       

       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 
      Poem Seventeen
      Poem Eighteen
      Poem Nineteen
      Poem Twenty

      Poem Twenty-One
      Poem Twenty-Two
      Poem Twenty-Three
      Poem Twenty-Four
      Poem Twenty-Five
      Poem Twenty-Six
      Poem Twenty-Seven
      Poem Twenty-Eight
      Poem Twenty-Nine

                 Here is poem 30, written a few years ago as my definition of poetry.


  1. I loved reading your poems each day and marveled at how well they shared your life.

    1. Thanks, Deb. It was fun to capture some of the highlights. Just a few words takes us there, doesn't it?

  2. Sometimes they haunt you for days, weeks, months, and even years.
    I have enjoyed reading your poems this Month Linda. I don't know if I mentioned previously, but I love this quote at the top of your page.
    "Wanted: a needle swift enough to sew this poem into a blanket."
    ~Charles Simic

    1. Thanks for writing all along the month with me, Cheriee. We have done a lot of sewing poems, haven't we? I'm glad you like the quote!

  3. Yes they do! And I'm okay w/ a poet's words hanging around. Thank you for sharing your poems this month and for visiting my place during April. Here's to lingering longer!

    1. Thank you, too, Glenda. It's been a good trip!

  4. Absolutely beautiful! I convinced a friend (who doesn't like poetry) to go to Naomi Shihab Nye's lecture with me. I've spent a lot of time trying to answer her questions like - "What is a poem?" I prefer the question "Why poetry?" And this final poem of yours explains why I love poetry. I've loved riding along with your lines this month.

    1. I am jealous that you got to be there at the lecture and see Naomi Shihab Nye, a fitting end to April, right? Thanks, Ramona, I'm glad you enjoyed my haiku diary and today's ending.

  5. What a delightful celebration you've had this month. "A poet's words linger longer." There's some truth to that. Maybe its the way the rhythms stay with us and become a part of who we are.

    1. Thanks, Cathy, it's been a wonderful month of writing and reading!


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