Heron Haibun #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem

Each day during April, I will write a poem-ish piece inspired by the avian world. 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 #7: Heron (haibun)

A peek at my process — This is my first attempt at a haibun — prose paragraph plus related haiku. I wrote the heron haiku several years ago, but thought for this maiden haibun voyage I’d add the true story of the daily search for heron on our ride to work. Most mornings, as my husband and I cross the Sudbury River via historic Lee’s Bridge, which connects Concord to Lincoln (Massachusetts), we come up empty, but every once in a while our efforts are rewarded. I know it’ll be a good day if I spot a lucky heron.

And now for…

Participants in the Poetry Friday community have launched the 9th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche took over last year as the organizer. Poet Rose Cappelli takes over today, choosing a line from two gifted to her by Jan Godown Annino. You may read her lines here on her blog, Imagine the Possibilities. I’m excited to provide the 29th and penultimate line on Thursday, April 29th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

2021 Progressive Poem Itinerary:

1 Kat Apel at katswhiskers
2 Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
3 Mary Lee at A Year of Reading
4 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
5 Irene Latham at Live your Poem
6 Jan Godown Annino at BookseedStudio
7 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
8 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
9 Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
10 Molly Hogan at Nix the Comfort Zone
11 Buffy Silverman
12 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
13 Jone Rush MacCulloch
14 Susan Bruck at Soul Blossom Living
15 Wendy Taleo at Tales in eLearning
16 Heidi Mordhorst at my juicy little universe
17 Tricia Stohr Hunt at The Miss Rumphius Effect
18 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
19 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
22 Ruth Hersey at There is No Such Thing as a God-forsaken Town
23 Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
24 Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference
25 Shari Daniels at Islands of my Soul
26 Tim Gels at Yet There is Method at https://timgels.com
27 Rebecca Newman
28 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
29 Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wondering
30 Michelle Kogan at More Art 4 All

4 thoughts on “Heron Haibun #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem

  1. Thanks for this, Christie! I’ve been meaning to try a haibun, and this month might be the time to give it a try. The great blue heron is one of my favorite birds to see, despite the fact that one year a single heron virtually cleaned out the koi pond in our outdoor classroom. Those birds don’t play around!

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