Sunset Streams #PoetryFriday #poemsofpresence

Happy Poetry Friday, everyone! Michelle Heidenrich Barnes is hosting this week’s gathering on her blog, Today’s Little Ditty.  Won’t you join us there? If you are new to Poetry Friday and are ever wondering where to find the weekly host of Poetry Friday, you’ll find a list of hosts and their blog links here.

Michelle welcomed the one and only Nikki Grimes for a visit and celebration of her new stunner of a book, Southwest Sunrise. Nikki’s lovely verse, accompanied by gorgeous artwork from Wendell Minor, celebrates the beauty of a part of our vast country I have yet to explore.

Nikki threw out a challenge for us to create a poem inspired by either an image from the book or another. I chose Michelle’s image of a fence covered with “an abundance of blooms,” which spoke to me, and I’ve borrow her words for my first line. I went for Nikki’s bonus points by creating a haiku (or tanka), my go-to form. It’s just a quick draft, but…

abundance of blooms

And speaking of fine weather, we have finally had the most gorgeous week of weather here in New England. Each day was filled with the most glorious sunshine after what has been a dreary and chilly early spring. We aren’t out of the woods yet, since a touch of snow is predicted for overnight tonight, but this week has me feeling much more hopeful about what is to come, both literally and metaphorically speaking.

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One stunner of an early evening, while scribbling in my notebook on the porch, the following poem of presence came to me.

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Many thanks to Michelle for hosting our festive event this week, and for Nikki’s generous time, too. Be well, friends!




15 thoughts on “Sunset Streams #PoetryFriday #poemsofpresence

  1. This was actually a photo from my home in New Mexico, Christie, not Nikki’s (sorry for the confusion). But you’re welcome to use it! I’m honored that you did. Your poem makes that view even more beautiful than it was twenty years ago. 🙂 Thanks, also, for sharing “Sunset Streams” —also a welcome respite! I feel like I’m there with you on your porch, savoring those last rays of sunshine.

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  2. I love how you’ve combined my and Nikki’s challenges and created such a blooming beautiful poem. I am happy to focus on beauty and hope right now.

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  3. Your poem captures a moment of beauty, but reminds us that every day is perfect, and that we should find whatever beauty we can!

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  4. I loved those flowers, too, Christie, such a beautiful gathering that ‘clamber’ for the sun. And I love your shadows dancing. It’s been a wonderful spring!

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  5. You can see that I am really late to last week’s PF but I am so glad that I stopped by to read your poems. Abundance and clamor are beautifully addressed in your poem and I do love sunset streams as a title. Your poems of presence allow me to pause during this busy day.


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