Brown Season #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 #5: Brown Season

Wheat Wood Hickory (tanka)


A peek at my process

On April 4, 1859, Thoreau wrote, Methinks the peculiar and interesting Brown Season
of the spring lasts from the time the snow generally begins to go off — as this year the fore part of March — till the frost is generally (or entirely?) out. Perhaps it will be through the first week of April this year. (The Journal of Henry David Thoreau, Journal XII: March 2, 1859 – November 30, 1859, Chapter II. April, 1859, p. 113)

Spring — at least here in New England — really does have two parts. Brown Season and perhaps Green Season. My tanka today intends to reflect nature’s monochromatic palette that hides a flurry of activity beneath the leaf litter. April truly is a month of transformation, once the last of the snow melts and the earth begins to thaw.

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. And earlier this week my blogging teammate, Paula Bourque, offered up Quick Write Sparks to Kindle the Poet In All of Us for her first Teach Write Think & Ink post. I hope you will take a peek!

And now for…

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On Wednesday, 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. Buffy Silverman takes over today, again offering a line choice for the next host, Kay.  I know which line I want her to choose. Do you? You can find Buffy’s line choices on her blog. 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

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7 thoughts on “Brown Season #ThoreaulyInspired #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth

  1. Beneath the damp forest floor. Before our lawns turn green, there are piles of oak leaves. The oak trees drop in spring. So I get that brown spring to green spring. We are in the green. Hope you will be soon.

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  2. I love the alliteration of subtle signs of spring. Personally, I like the browns of fall much better than the greens of spring, although I do welcome them after winter. We are finally seeing some color this week, and with temps in the high 70s this week, I am sure we will have an explosion.

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  3. It feels like this year’s “brown season” has been unusually long. Maybe it’s because I have more time to notice it, but the haze of green is still very subtle. I love that you wove all those different shades of brown together into a monochrome mosaic.


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