Wednesday, April 4, 2018

#NPM18 - 5/30 Growing Poems

April is  #NPM18 - National Poetry Month.
       "Poetry is just the evidence of life. If your life is burning well, poetry is just the ash."
                                                                                                                      ~Leonard Cohen

         Of interest:  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. I have enjoyed studying about and writing in these forms in past Aprils and alongside other's who've given a challenge in this form. And, I look forward to seeing what parts of this month I will choose to collect in a diary. I will also be connecting with others, writing for their challenges, too, along with other kinds of blog posts. 

       Poem one
       Poem two
       Poem three 
       Poem Four
more about the tanka here


  1. Those last two lines really got me with their unexpected truth!

    1. Thanks, Cheriee. I made the connection from some people I know.

  2. This is the second tanka I've read today, so I'm taking it as a sign to get out in nature this weekend and to try writing one myself. I love the simile here and certainly think of students who hunker down in class, especially on speech days.

    1. Yes, my thoughts are with students as well, Glenda, not always the best choice, right? Thanks!

  3. Your poem affected life?! Yes, you can share your lovely poem and its great "after story" with the world... Submit now on


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