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Sunday, May 3, 2015


In the bathroom
where humidity rises
the orchid
in a flourish

in a flourish
the orchid
where humidity rises
in the bathroom.

    This reverso poem reads well no matter which direction you want to read it in.  Which way do you like better?
   My husband likes to grow orchids and he has had amazing success with getting the flowers to bloom again this year.  This plant has half a dozen blooms on it and the stalk has another half dozen buds to bloom later.  This dear plant gives us so much happiness, I had to make it the topic for my poem for David L. Harrison's word of the month challenge.
   For your challenge for today, can you try writing your own reverso poem, one that reads well from top to bottom and from bottom to top?  Have fun experimenting with this form.


I look out my window
and what do I see?
A big, round moon
looking at me.

I wonder what happens
when I go to sleep
with the moon up there
and our world 
for him
to keep.

What does he see?
What does he know?
When the sun comes out
where does he go?

   According to my Poetry Friday Anthology for CELEBRATIONS compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong for Pomelo Books, the first Sunday in May is World Laughter Day.  What makes you laugh?  What do you find funny?  Do you know a good joke to make someone laugh?  Can you write a funny poem today?  When was the last time you laughed?  Have a fun Sunday.  Enjoy your writing.

Saturday, May 2, 2015


ladies in big hats,
in colorful silks,
horseflesh rippling,
sleek, then sweaty,
minty drinks
chilled metal cups,
everyone stands
a rush,
a roar,
cameras flash,
a blanket of roses,
in less than three minutes,
horses worth more than a house,
jewels sparkle in the sun,
$25,000 just to run.

   The first Saturday in May is the running of the Kentucky Derby.

Friday, May 1, 2015


Happy May Day.
Happy Lei Day.
Aloha to you.
I'm making a lei,
that's what I do.

     When I was a little girl to celebrate May Day I'd make a cone from paper and put a handle on the top.  Then I'd put flowers in the cone and hang it on my neighbors' front door.  I'd ring the doorbell and run away yelling, "Happy May Day."
    Then Russia claimed May 1, as their independence day and the USSR would celebrate with big parades featuring all the tanks and cannons and soldiers marching. It made the day all about war and showing might to me.  I didn't like the day I celebrated with flowers becoming about military might.
    Then a few years ago I discovered that Hawaii celebrates May First with leis.  On the Island of Kauai today there is a lei competition for children.  The lei doesn't have to be made of flowers.  Leis are made with sea shells and even ribbons and beads.  So now I enjoy celebrating Lei Day on the first of May.
     Can you try writing your own poem today that includes a flower?  Have fun writing your poem.
    There is a lot to be happy about today.  So let's celebrate with the Poetry Friday Round Up.  Mary Lee Hahn is hosting us this week on her blog A Year of Reading
   Read the "Comments" on May Lee's blog to find all the links.

Thursday, April 30, 2015


I've got a poem in my pocket.
I've memorized it
Until I ROCK it.
I'm doing quite fine.
I can recite each line.
Because, you see

   Happy Poem in Your Pocket Day.  What poem will you carry in your pocket to share with friends?  Can you write a poem today about why you like poetry?  Have fun writing.  May your poems ROCKET and HIP-HOP IT.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015


I believe in things
I can not see
like Santa, the Easter Bunny
and fairies who live in my tree.

I believe a spiritual being
guides from the heavens above,
but most of all
I believe 
in the power
of love.

   Is there something make believe that you want to believe in?  Can you write a poem about that today? 

Tuesday, April 28, 2015


I want to learn
about people
with different faces,
to find out more
about their country
and the distant places.

I want to learn 
their customs,
eat their food,
step to their dances,
speak their language
in gratitude.

Our world is
such an amazing place,
Can you help me
to learn 
about every race?

     Part of the reason I like to travel is because I like meeting people from other countries.  I learn something from everyone I meet.  Everyone is different.  Everyone is special.  All this diversity makes our country very rich.  Can you write a poem today about someone different? About one of the dances? One of the foods?  One of the customs that person has that is different? What is one of the customs your family shares?  Can you write about sharing today?  Have fun.