Avian Meditation #Pathways #NPM #NaPoWriMo #NationalPoetryMonth

During the month of April, I will write poem-ish pieces inspired by my frequent walks in the natural world. Trails, paths, signs, and views always intrigue and inspire me. 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 or how often they will appear.

Avian Meditation

Inhale

Step

Northern Cardinal

American Robin

White-breasted Nuthatch

Exhale

Step

Downy Woodpecker

American Goldfinch

Kildeer

Inhale

Step

Yellow-Rumped Warbler

Black-Capped Chickadee

Ruby-crowned Kinglet

Exhale

Step

Mourning Dove

Red-Wing Blackbird

Blue Jay

Inhale

Step

Northern Flicker

Common Grackle

Red-Bellied Woodpecker

Exhale

A peek at my process

I can’t think of a better way to re-center myself after a long day of teaching than taking a walk. My husband and I have a favorite spot on our way home from school that’s easy to stop at for a quick walk. Our feet move effortlessly on the worn figure-eight-shaped path. I inhale the fresh air and exhale the troubles of the day, while a chorus of songbirds and their guest accompanies our otherwise silent saunter. The list of birds in today’s poem were this afternoon’s featured singers.

And introducing…

On Friday, members of the Poetry Friday family launched the 10th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem originally organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche took over two years ago as the organizer. Many members of the #PoetryFriday family have signed up to provide a line for the 2022 poem. Today, Janet Fagel takes over. Her post can be found on Reflections on the Teche, as generous Margaret Simon often plays hostess to those without their own blogs. Participants are borrowing lines from literature. I’m excited to provide the 19th line on April 19th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens. An adventure has begun! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

2022 Progressive Poem Itinerary:

April 1 Irene at Live Your Poem
2 Donna Smith at Mainly Write
3 Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
4 Mary Lee at A(nother) Year of Reading
5 Buffy at Buffy Silverman
6 Linda at A Word Edgewise
7 Kim Johnson at Common Threads
8 Rose Cappelli at Imagine the Possibilities
9 Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10 Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
11 Janet Fagel at Reflections on the Teche
12 Jone at Jone Rush MacCulloch
13 Karin Fisher-Golton at Still in Awe
14 Denise Krebs at Dare to Care
15 Carol Labuzzetta @ The Apples in my Orchard
16 Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
17 Ruth at There is no such thing as a God-forsaken Town
18 Patricia at Reverie
19 Christie at Wondering and Wandering
20 Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
21 Kevin at Dog Trax
22 Margaret at Reflections on the Teche
23 Leigh Anne at A Day in the Life
24 Marcie Atkins
25 Marilyn Garcia
26 JoAnn Early Macken
27 Janice at Salt City Verse
28 Tabatha at The Opposite of Indifference
29 Karen Eastlund at Karen’s Got a Blog
30 Michelle Kogan Painting, Illustration, & Writing

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