Thursday, April 21, 2022

April - Poetry Month - Day Twenty-Two - Poetry Friday - Earth Day!

         Margaret Simon, at Reflections on the Teche is our host today for Poetry Friday and the creator of the next line in the Progressive Poem. Thank you, Margaret, for a beautifully thoughtful line. 

        The bookmark, on top of the picture above, came into the bookstore at the end of March. Often people do donate books and leave 'treasures' in them. This time, it became my own treasure and I knew what I would do for April's poetry, write about found treasures, perhaps find new places to look? Happy April!

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

The photo is called "The Blue Marble Shot". Enjoy this article from The Atlantic, "the story behind the image".  It will be fifty-one years old this coming December.

Earth Day – 

     Time to Reverso


while Earth stays hurt

and shadows thin

sunshine flirts

as spring begins

wandering through

our climate fears

no one attended

for too many years

come on activists

take a stand

for the children

for our land    


                                                                                                        Linda Baie ©


  1. Linda, this is a wonderful Earth Day poem. It is such a shame that we are left with climate fears now. why did we not heed warnings when we should have? I skimmed the article, so thank you for that.

  2. Wow. A rhyming reverso? Whaaat? This is awesome--I love the thin shadows. I attended a bookstore event last night for meteorologist Paul Douglas' new kids' book on climate change: A Kid's Guide to Saving the Planet: It's Not Hopeless and We're Not Helpless

  3. Very clever, Linda! Tricky to do, to have it make sense backwards! And it does. I get sad when spring comes because it's so beautiful and lately I sense there will be changes to all of it. With the war going on, it's discouraging but we can't feel helpless. The book Laura recommended looks like just the thing.

  4. I like how "tight" this poem is. It's got a great message with superb verbs. I do love a flirtatious sun!

  5. I love the craft of your poem and, of course, the message is important.

  6. A perfect poem for such an important day. Time we all take a stand.

  7. Yes we need more action, and activists–your poem is a beautiful plea for our planet, thanks Linda!

  8. Wonderful reverso, Linda, especially powerful when I read it backwards. Thank you!

  9. Well done, Linda. Your poem is a treasure to be sure... I love it forwards and backwards!

  10. Very clever, Linda, and oh-so-true, both ways. Thanks for all of your important offerings this month!

  11. Well done, Linda! Your poem carries such an important message, yet isn't heavy-handed at all. This month I've felt quite hopeless at times and have struggled not to become strident with this theme.

  12. Well done, Linda! Great call to action for all of us. :)


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