Thursday, April 30, 2020

Poetry Month - Day Thirty - Did I Learn Anything?

It's April's End. 


         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!
  This time, the ending line is not only written, but it's sung by Michelle Kogan accompanied by her banjo! It's wonderful! Find it HERE!

         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 

April 19 - couplets
April 20 - free verse
April 21 - a skinny
April 22 - a prose poem

April 23 - cherita

April 24 - free verse
April 25 - mixed-up rhyme
April 26 - mixed-up rhyme
April 27 - mixed-up rhyme

April 28 - a cinquain

April 29 - mixed-up rhyme

           It's been quite a journey, this April. I am hopeful for our future, taking it slow, but looking for glimmers of good things for our world coming. Best wishes for continuing good health to you all! 

Did I Learn Anything? 

A circle expands with the human spirit.
when we gather
in circles of giving, healing, and talking,
around the kitchen table or a campfire,
sitting with a group in prayer,
offering aid with our words,
often on the internet.
Twain wrote, a circle 
is a round straight line 
with a hole in the middle.
And then I know that
troubled, we can find ourselves 
running in circles,
hoping that we will soon come full circle
to a solution.
We circle the wagons in our beliefs,
stuck in a vicious circle.
But it might only be an example of 
circular reasoning which forces us 
back into running in circles.
In that time, stops along the way bring
celebrations, satisfaction, resolution.
And we discover grief, too.

That is the circle of life.


  1. I love your rumination on circles, Linda...

    1. Thanks, Laura, I did some research throughout the month, much fun to do & to write & do a bit of art. Here's to May!

  2. What an ending! Your project ROCKED! So much creativity and variety...all from a jar of tree cookies!

    1. Thank you, Mary Lee. It helped fill me up when the days grew long, as did your poems & everyone's. Though April was tough in many ways, being Poetry Month certainly helped!

  3. Love that you have circled back with this at the end of the month!

    1. Thanks, Buffy, it was time to look at the circles in our lives, now & forward, too.

  4. Bravo, Linda! I love all the different circles you've rounded up in this poem, and there's even a campfire! It has been quite a journey. Here's to safer, healthier days ahead!

    1. Thank you! Oh, yes, I am hopeful that May will bring good days along with the flowers!

  5. I have enjoyed your circle poems and art all month long, and this one may be my favorite with your reflections on circles. Here's to May and a better future filled with health, happiness and hope.

    1. Thanks, Kay. I'm so glad we were able to share each other's poem this month. I am looking forward to May & at least a few good changes.

  6. Beautiful, Linda. I look forward to circling back myself and catching up on a few more of your wonderful creative/poetic adventures this month! XO

    1. It's been quite a month with all that has happened, Robyn. I was glad to have the focus sometimes be on "circles"! Thank you!

  7. I read your Friday post too, Linda, so full of reflection and leaving--but I wanted to make sure that although I didn't see every one of your circle poems this month, I've been in awe of your ability to focus a little each day and make them happen. This one is beautiful, with its muted funeral blues but also the deep glow of the fire of life. Thank you for always being a thoughtful supporter of my blog and of our circle of poets!

    1. Thank you, Heidi & you are welcome, too. Because I took the challenge for April, I just kept going day to day, not about to quit! Circles stayed in my mind, ever-searching for the next idea. It was good for me to have that focus since all the other hours were spent worrying about people and the virus. I love your blog posts, ever thought-filled, wouldn't miss them if I can find the time! Happy May!


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