Two Birds Perch #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem #PoetryFriday

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.

It’s Poetry Friday and Tabatha Yeatts is hosting this second roundup of National Poetry Month on her blog, The Opposite of Indifference. Tabatha’s NPM project celebrates words from around the world, and she’s collecting short dual language poems. I hope you will stop by her site to read a poem or two, or offer one up yourself! Thanks for hosting, Tabatha!

Day #9: Two Birds Perch (haiku)

artwork: “Two birds in spring” Japanese woodblock print c. 1920, artist unknown

A peek at my process — My husband and I began collecting antique Japanese woodblock prints a few years back. Ukiyo-e, or “pictures of the floating world,” often depict landscapes or nature scenes. Birds are a frequent subject. This particular print spoke to me for several reasons, one of which was the birds themselves. How lucky for them that they will spend the rest of their days surrounded by the beauty of spring.

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 and the poem returns to the Bayou Teche for a visit today, as it is Margaret’s turn to choose a line from two gifted to her by Denise Krebs. You may read her lines here on her blog, Reflections on the Teche. 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
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

12 thoughts on “Two Birds Perch #AvianAllusions #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth #ProgressivePoem #PoetryFriday

  1. “Pictures of the floating world” made me curious (why is the world floating?) so I was just looking it up and finding that it is enjoying oneself away from the sorrows of life. Your birds really capture that. Eternal spring!

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