Winter Poem Swap Kindness #PoetryFriday

It’s Poetry Friday and Michelle Kogan is our hostess for this final Poetry Friday roundup of 2019. I hope to see you there! Michelle shares a call to action for the sake of our earth’s climate. We’ve got to act and fast!

I do believe (fibonacci)

In keeping with Michelle’s urgent message, here’s a fib I created for my Kindergarten naturalists. They are the next generation of stewards for the earth, after all.

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For this years’ annual Winter Poem Swap, our wonderful organizer, Tabatha, paired me with none other than herself! She is a truly talented, kind, and generous soul.


Tabatha knows of my love of all-things-nature. I’ve been wanting to read Gooley’s The Lost Art of Reading Nature’s Signs for some time now, and my goal of nurturing my creative side outside of writing poetry is one step closer with the help of Nature Art Workshop. (Would you believe I instantly thought of Michelle’s stunning artwork as I was thumbing through this? If only!) I’m certain you might see my dabblings here soon!


And Tabatha’s kindness did not stop there. Inside this wintery folio she had tucked a note, lovely handmade necklace (can’t wait to wear that!), and a poem card featuring her poem, When I Grow Up, I Want to Be a Cat.


Tabatha knows I am a Kindergarten teacher and when her daughter was my students’ age, she responded ” A cat,” when asked what she wanted to be when she grew up. A purrfect (sorry!) response, don’t you think? I can just hear one of my kiddos saying that and explaining why, as Tabatha does in her poem. I think she captured beautifully the playfulness of a kitten, as well as the moodiness and cat-titude (sorry again!) to come.

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Using Canva, one of my favorite creative go-tos, I thought this sweet image of a kitten was an ideal match for her words. Thank you, Tabatha! I hope you enjoy this wee gesture of thanks.

Many thanks for hosting this week, Michelle. Now let’s bring on the poetry as we crawl towards the new year.


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I Know It’s Almost Summer #PoetryFriday

It’s Poetry Friday and Michelle Kogan is our hostess this week for the poetry roundup on her blog. Perhaps you’ll join us? She’s featuring our Poet Laureate, Tracy K. Smith, this week. I’m hooked on her podcast The Slowdown. Are you?

At the end of March, during the Slice of Life Challenge, Lynne Dorfman shared a poem inspired by Eileen Spinelli’s I Know It’s Autumn. You may read her poem, A Summer Counting Poem here. I tucked Lynne’s post away for a rainy writing day, and it has now inspired me to write my own I Know It’s Almost Summer poem, now that I have 10 more days of school left.

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I know it’s almost summer
because robins greet us each morning at dawn
and light lingers longer each day
I know it’s almost summer
because I am restless
mountains and oceans beckon me
I know it’s almost summer
because books wait patiently to be read
and my writing notebook lays open ready to capture my thoughts
I know it’s almost summer
because porch rockers wait patiently for our return
at the end of the day

My poem is most definitely a draft and I look forward to playing around with it, now that it’s almost summer.

Thanks for hosting this week, Michelle. Bring on the poetry!










Day 21: Paint Chip Poetry #NaPoWriMo #playwithpoetryNPM


My #NaPoWriMo Poem-A-Day project is Playing With Poetry. I am tagging along with Margaret Simon, Jone MacCulloch, Molly Hogan, and Mary Lee Hahn. We will be playing with Haikubes, Magnetic Poetry, Metaphor Dice, and Paint Chip Poetry (I raided Home Depot).  I’m even throwing in nail polish color names as inspiration, just for fun! Play along, if you’d like! We are using the Twitter hashtag #playwithpoetryNPM to see what poetic mischief everyone is getting into.

Inspiration for today’s poem

The Egg Hunt

A peek into my poem and process:

  • Today’s poem celebrates two firsts for me: my first narrative poem and my first attempt at quatrain. A double Easter miracle!
  • Inspiration comes at the oddest times and places, n’est-ce pas? I was in the hardware store picking up a bag of charcoal for our grill yesterday afternoon. The paint section in the far corner of the store caught my eye. I’ve been in there so many times, but have never noticed the Benjamin Moore paint chip display! We have a proper Ben Moore paint store nearby, so we’ve never bought paint at this hardware store. I had to take a look. The purple easter egg chip caught my eye and straight away I new I needed to tell a story about that special egg. Voila! A narrative poem for Easter Sunday.
  • My family insists on some type of lemony dessert to follow up our Easter lamb. Lemon meringue pie is a favorite, although I’m trying out a Limoncello Cake this year that’s smothered with lemon curdy-mascarpone cheese-whipped cream goodness!
  • It wasn’t until I started scribbling in my notebook that my poem began to nudge me towards rhyme. The quatrain began to flow…with a little poetry midwifery, of course.



And now for….

2019 Kidlitosphere Progressive Poem

On April 1, the Poetry Friday family launched 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 kicked things off with some familiar “found” phrases merged to get us going. Today’s line comes from poet/artist Michelle Kogan. You may find her line here on her blog. Our little poem is now waltzing in the waves. Participants are having fun song lyrics. I was excited to provide the 14th line on April 14th. You can read it here. I hope you’ll join us to see what happens next! Here’s the itinerary for the rest of 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