Winter Water Wonder #PoetryFriday #vernalpool

It’s Poetry Friday and Carol at Carol’s Corner is our hostess this week. I hope to see you there! Carol has a gorgeous poem from Maya Angelou — CONTINUE: a poem — which serves as a perfect launch to the new year. It’s a charge, of sorts, to all humankind.


Today was the first day back to school with my Kindergarteners. The forecast predicted a bright sunny day, no precipitation, and a high temperature of 45. A perfect day to walk to our campus vernal pool! We try to visit once each month to monitor the life cycle of the pool and its inhabitants. The weather in December did not cooperate, so we were excited for a visit under such wonderful conditions.

Photo: Christie Wyman, 2020

When we approached the vernal pool, we were amazed and yet puzzled by the surface of the water. This is a phenomenon referred to as ice rippling. Wind passes over the water’s surface and the ripples literally freeze. Usually the ripples run through a cycle of collapsing and refreezing, but these are frozen solid. A true winter wonder!

Our walk, and subsequent conversation, inspired this cinquain of the modern variety  — 2-4-6-8-2 syllable count, no rhyme scheme.

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Photo: Christie Wyman, 2020

My one little word (OLW) for 2020 is “create.” One of my goals for this year is to create poetry in new and different forms. I’ll tick the box next to cinquain!

Many thanks for hosting this week, Carol. Now let’s bring on the poetry and a very happy new year to you all!


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Open for the season #SOLC19 #PoetryFriday

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s the final Friday of the 2019 Slice of Life Challenge at Two Writing Teachers AND it’s Poetry Friday. I’m slicing up a bit of cheerful, hope-filled poetry this gloomy Friday in New England. Carol is hosting this week’s PF gathering on her blog, Carol’s Corner. Slicers — Won’t you join us there as well? Links to all this week’s poetry posts can be found here.

In her post today, Carol offers up a daffodilled poem by Ralph Fletcher, who serves as a writing teacher mentor to so many of us. This blast of spring nudged me to revisit, retool, renew, and refresh one of the first poems I ever wrote. It was originally inspired, and continues to be, by the daffodils in my garden which are beginning to poke their heads up through the crusty late winter soil.

Open for the season (1)

Slicing small moment-inspired poetry on Tuesday’s during National Poetry Month in April is a great way to flex those writing muscles. And, if you are ever wondering where to find the weekly host of Poetry Friday, you’ll find a list of hosts and their blog links here.

And introducing….

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On Monday members of the Poetry Friday family (some of whom are SOLC writers you will recognize) will be launching the 7th annual Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem organized by author/poet, Irene Latham. (Click here to learn more.) Many of us have signed up to provide a line for the 2019 poem. Author/poet Matt Forrest Esenwine kicks things off on Monday. I’m excited to provide the 14th line on Sunday, April 14th. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens! We have no idea what the poem is about yet, so stay tuned! Here’s the itinerary for the poem.

1 Matt @Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme

2 Kat @Kathryn Apel

3 Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites

4 Jone @DeoWriter

5 Linda @TeacherDance

6 Tara @Going to Walden

7 Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown

8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading

9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog

10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem

11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters

12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche

13 Doraine @Dori Reads

14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering

15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge

16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink

17 Amy @The Poem Farm

18 Linda @A Word Edgewise

19 Heidi @my juicy little universe

20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog

21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan

22 Catherine @Reading to the Core

23 Penny @a penny and her jots

24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference

25 Jan @Bookseestudio

26 Linda @Write Time

27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro

28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass

29 Irene @Live Your Poem

30 Donna @Mainely Write