Sunday, April 19, 2020

Poetry Month - Day Nineteen - Look Closely

It's April. It's Poetry Month!  


         Remember to check out the list of what everyone is doing at Jama Rattigan's blog: Jama's Alphabet Soup.

          And check on the Water Poem Project where every day, a poet is sharing a prompt connected to water, hosted and created by Laura Shovan!

Plus! Check each day for the added line to the Progressive Poem, created by Irene Latham, now hosted by Margaret Simon! The link is above and the graphic to the right!

         A leap with the theme of CIRCLES for poetry month, poems & small sketches. I am looking forward to reading everyone's posts. I'm sure I will love each one, knowing they're done during a time we've not lived before. I am worried about so many, those close and those far, my community, too. 

April 1 - haiku
April 2 - cinquain
April 3 - a couplet
April 4 - limerick
April 5 - a kyrielle
April 6 - a skinny
April 7 - quatrain

April 8 - tanka
April 9 - a prose poem
April 10 - free verse
April 11 -  acrostic
April 12 - free verse
April 13 - a nonet
April 14 - haiku
April 15 -  lune
April 16 - sonnet
April 17 - free verse
April 18 - silly verse

Best wishes for continuing good health to you all!

A New Loupe de Loupe

Here’s one lesson for observation
to pay all details’ close attention.
A jeweler’s loupe allows a look
at nature’s secret, detailed book.
Hold to your eye and you can spy
the wonder of a butterfly.
Worlds that hide wait for a view. 

Grab a loupe; explore anew.


  1. Wonderful invitation to look closely. I had not thought of using a jeweler's loupe, but it is much like a magnifying glass.

    1. I had a class set of loupes, Kay, which we used often, especially when looking closely & recording in our journals. They are wonderful! Thanks!

  2. Love that butterfly paper for the back of your poem. Wonder how you managed to find that in our current time? Teachers are masters of squirreling away things, don't you agree. I used a jeweler's loupe for the first time at a poetry workshop at NCTE. A wonderful tool for looking closer. Love your rhyming couplets and the variety of poems you've created this month!

    1. Oh, Ramona, I have so many kinds of papers 'squirreled' away, old calendars, etc. You know me, and teachers, well! As you possibly read above, my class used loupes often, really a delight to see what they reveal! Thanks!

  3. We have much to learn from "nature’s secret, detailed book." Here's to exploring!

    1. Yes! I've been out looking closely (not with a loupe yet) to see what's coming up. Some flowers look great; others a bit droopy after the snow! Thanks, Catherine!

  4. I'm filled with jealousy
    on reading your poetry.
    A true master of rhyme,
    your poems are sublime!

    1. Aw, a poem comment. Love this, Jean! Thank you. You're a rhyming writer, too!

  5. Your rhyme feels so natural here! I am not brave enough to even try rhyming couplets!

    1. Thanks, Elisabeth. You should try, then say them aloud. I imagine you will begin to see where change is needed, etc.


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