Worm-piles #ThoreaulyInspired #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth

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Each day during April, I will write a poem-ish piece inspired by a word or phrase mined from the pages of Henry David Thoreau’s jewel-laden journals. I have left my challenge open so that the poems may take any form — haiku, free verse, borrowed line, blackout –and who knows which direction they will go in.

Day #2: Worm-piles

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A peek at my process

On April 1, 1860, Thoreau wrote, “Worm-piles abundant this morning.” (The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, Journal XIII: December 1, 1859 – July 31, 1860, Chapter V. April, 1860, p. 237)

I couldn’t resist “worm-piles” for my playful haiku today! During an early morning walk on Sunday, after it had rained all night long and into the wee hours of the morning, my husband and I saw many worms crawling across the puddly track up at our local high school. It got me wondering why do worms leave the adjacent grass, dirt, and on this morning, mud, for a different surface? What could this seemingly barren surface have to offer them? Survival, it turns out! I did a little investigating and discovered that worm burrows fill with water when it rains and the worms can’t get enough oxygen when the soil is flooded. They move to drier “ground” so they can breathe. Interesting!

In other news…I am also excited to share that I have joined the Teach Write blogging team and will be writing a Poetry Ponderings blog post for them every month. My first offering, Finding Your Poetry Secret Decoder Ring, is now live. I hope you will take a peek!

And now for…

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Yesterday members of the Poetry Friday family launched the 8th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche is taking over this year as the organizer. Many members of the #PoetryFriday family have signed up to provide a line for the 2020 poem. Irene is back at it with line two today, offering the next host a choice of two lines. This years’ poem is quickly becoming a “choose your own adventure” project! You can find Irene’s offerings on her blog, Live Your Poem. I’m excited to provide the 24th line on Friday, April 24th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

1 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
2 Irene Latham at 
Live Your Poem
3 Jone MacCulloch, 
Liz Steinglass
Buffy Silverman
6 Kay McGriff at 
7 Catherine Flynn at 
Reading to the Core
8 Tara Smith at 
Going to Walden
9 Carol Varsalona at 
Beyond Literacy Link
10 Matt Forrest Esenwine at 
Radio, Rhythm, and Rhyme
11 Janet Fagel hosted at 
Reflections on the Teche
12 Linda Mitchell at 
A Word Edgewise
13 Kat Apel at 
Kat Whiskers
14 Margaret at 
Reflections on the Teche
15 Leigh Anne Eck at 
A Day in the Life
16 Linda Baie at 
Teacher Dance
17 Heidi Mordhorst at 
My Juicy Little Universe
18 Mary Lee Hahn at
 A Year of Reading
19 Tabatha at 
Opposite of Indifference
20 Rose Cappelli at 
Imagine the Possibilities
21 Janice Scully at 
Salt City Verse
22 Julieanne Harmatz at 
To Read, To Write, To Be
23 Ruth, 
24 Christie Wyman at 
Wondering and Wandering
25 Amy at 
The Poem Farm
26 Dani Burtsfield at 
Doing the Work That Matters
27 Robyn Hood Black at 
Life on the Deckle Edge
29 Fran Haley at 
lit bits and pieces
Michelle Kogan

8 thoughts on “Worm-piles #ThoreaulyInspired #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth

  1. “Worm-piles” is fairly irresistible! And such interesting research. When it rains here, we always have worms who somehow make it into our mud room and I’m so curious about that. And now I know: they’re just trying to breathe! Now off to read your post for Teach Write.

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  2. I noticed the worms out on Sunday, too. (And the robins snatching them off my driveway!) I never actually thought about why they were out after the rain, but that makes perfect sense. Thanks for enlightening us!


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