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Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Morning

Morning sun
cuts over the skyline.
At the top
of the tallest juniper
perches a hawk
scanning the sky,
eyeing a telephone wire
with four noisy starlings.

   Some days the poems just come out in free verse.  I tried to work this information into a haiku, I certainly felt an "ah-ha" moment when I looked up to see a hawk in the tall juniper, and then I realized why he was turning his head to scan his surroundings.  BUT, I had too much information to boil it down to a haiku.  I thought about a fib, but that wouldn't work either.  I'm just going to have to put more time into this poem if it is going to end up as something other than free verse.  I think free verse is a good place to start to shape poems.  So, your challenge for today is to spend a few moments just watching and listening.  Then quickly write down the information in short items.  Can you shape these into a poem so the reader can feel like they are in the same spot you are?  Have fun.


  1. I just wrote a poem about winter, and birds, Joy. I think we can see the few that are out there much more because of our bare trees. How great to have seen the hawk-so still they are when they watch! I enjoyed your free verse.

  2. Joy,
    I'm imagining that the hawk cuts across the sky soon too!

  3. The poem definitely has a haiku feel, Joy. Have you tried it as a tanka poem?

  4. I was nervous for the starlings at the end, and I don't even *like* starlings. Good job conveying mood, Joy!

    1. Hey, at least they aren't grackles. Now there is a bird I don't particularly like.