Thursday, April 20, 2017

#wonderbreak week 3

Wow! I made it through week three of National Poetry Month. I'm starting to feel like that little engine. I notice that because I am sharing poems on social media with people I know and don't know that I tend to censor myself a bit. This week I attempted to be a bit more real at least a couple of times.

Thank you commenters. I've read every comment and they grow my confidence. The Poetry Friday community has been so very kind. 

Head on over to the exceptionally multi-talented Tabatha Yeatts', The Opposite of Indifference, for this week's Poetry Friday round-up.

Friday, April 21 2017. Inspired by Laura Purdie Salas' 15 Words or Less Challenge

Thursday, April 20, 2017A tanka inspired by Margarita Engle's visit to Today's Little Ditty with Michelle Barns.
Account, UNESCOVerified. "UNESCO (@UNESCO)." Twitter. Twitter, 13 Apr. 2017. Web. 19 Apr. 2017.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Cequina, Japoi. "Faces of the World." National Geographic. My Shot, 18 Apr. 2017. Web. 18 Apr. 2017.

A Deeper Wisdom poem inspired by Joyce Sidman's visit to Today's Little Ditty with Michelle Barns.
The Sower." Van Gogh Museum. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Apr. 2017. 

April 17, 2017. A Xeno inspired by J. Patrick Lewis' visit to Today's Little Ditty with Michelle Barns.

April 16, 2017
(c)Linda Mitchell

April 15, 2017 Inspired by Jone McCullough's  NaPoWriMo Poetry Friday offering of 4/14

April 14, 2017 The translation of Ontario is literally beautiful water.
(c) Linda Mitchell


  1. Linda, I love the vivid language in your poems. My favorite from this week is "Honey Bee." I especially like your line "Buzzing barnstormer", a perfect description! Congratulations for keeping up with a daily poem. I started teaching a writing class and have fallen behind. So much to do, so little time. Bravo to you!

  2. Congratulations on making it through week 3... and what lovely poetry you have written! I like "Honeybee." "Black spiked" made me shuddered. I also like the reflection form. Can I call it a palindrome?

    1. It's called a reverso after Marilyn Singer's .

  3. Your poems are all wonderfully done, Linda, each one a thought for us to keep considering. I am especially touched by Wednesday's, that small boy. A former neighbor served as a chaplain in Iraq and brought home a photo which he enlarged and framed of school children looking so much like that, but out a school window. It and yours, poignant, and something to remember. Thanks and congrats for making the third week. It's been a lot of writing, hasn't it?

  4. Such wonderful poems, but "our lack" really spoke to me the contrast of the flood and lack of water was such a powerful image it really stuck. After reading it, i found myself pondering over that truth. thanks for sharing

  5. These are such lovely images and poems. I, too, had bees on my mind this week as they showed up in two of my poems!

  6. Wow, Linda, you are writing such a variety! I love how you are trying things out. I love those barnstormer bees best of all! xo

  7. Hi, Linda. Your first poem reminds me of feeding peppermints to horses when I was young. It seemed so funny to me that they loved candy! Great job on your honey bee reverso. That's a challenging form.

  8. That poem about water for schools was so striking, such a terrible reality, even close to home.

  9. Linda, I have followed your journey and you have created quite a collection of poetry. The poem of the boy with the piercing eyes is new to me. It is striking. I wonder what you will send me for Springsations.

  10. I didn't know that horses like peppermints!
    You are really trying everything, Linda - my hat is off to you!
    "Our Lack" is my special favorite.

  11. Each of these poems are a gem, Linda! I am especially moved by the poem and the photo of the boy peeking through the window - "You've not noticed me..." Haunting. =)

  12. This horse looks so much like mine, and she gobbles those sugar cubes up! I admire your commitment to a poem every day. You are an inspiration to me, Linda!

  13. I love it that you share a whole week at a time. The visuals and poems My favorite this week is What Does the Sower Know?

  14. This week of words woven with worry & wonder is beautiful, Linda.

    I am especially pulled to the haunting eyes of Wednesday & the water woe thought on Thursday. Your gallery of images is as special as your poems.

    You are enjoying a creative Poetry Month!

  15. You're my hero, Linda! You are totally inspiring the way you're chugging right along, writing and posting a poem daily... this is how I'd like to be spending my NPM, but alas, am not. I know you already posted your zeno on the padlet, but I invite you to post the others that were directly inspired by challenges as well (tanka, deeper wisdom, letter poem... am I missing any?). Or, if you prefer, I can just grab the jpegs and repost them on the padlet myself. Let me know via email, okay?

  16. Of course I'll share. You know, one person's enthusiasm can be a be pesty to another. I didn't want to gunk up your padlet with my ummmmmmmmmmmm, enthusiasm. I will share so you don't have to worry about doing it. I need to go catch up there anyway. Might find some more inspiration.


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