Thursday, November 28, 2019


It's Black Friday AND Poetry Friday. 

Wishing all my compatriots a great feast and time to kick back with family. I'm away for the weekend and will be catching up slowly with PF posts. 

Thanks to Bridget at wee words for wee ones for hosting this holiday weekend. Her post last week about laundry in Switzerland was fantastic. I hope you get a chance to read it.

I have another response to a prompt from the writing challenge from Ethical ELA. Write a nonet.


November exhales a long-held breath
across fields covered in first snow--
time for growing now over.
Grieving Demeter weeps
worrying corn husks
as handkerchief.
Sun bows low

Pie for Breakfast

Nothing better than a piece of pie
for my breakfast -- the day after
actual photo of my breakfast!

Thanksgiving or Christmas or
Chanukah or New Year
any day, really
leftover pie
is there for
me to

both poems (c) Linda Mitchell

Thursday, November 14, 2019

A Time to Talk

Dear Poetry Friday,

At mid-month I feel November's pull inward. Robert Frost's A Time to Talk got into me this week. Pausing work for the "luxury" of a conversation isn't always easy for me. But, friendship, I've learned, is more than luxury.

A Time to Talk
by Robert

When a friend calls me from the road
And slows his horse to a meaning walk,
I don’t stand still and look around
On all the hills I haven’t hoed,
And shout from where I am, “What is it?”
No, not as there is a time to talk.
I thrust my hoe in the mellow ground,
Blade-end up and five feet tall,
And plod: I go up to the stone wall
For a friendly visit.

National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution; partial gift of John Winslow and Mary Winslow Poole

Pop over to Michelle's blog, Today's Little Ditty. It's one of my favorite places to visit on Poetry Friday! She's celebrating the publication of Today's Little Ditty III and running a writing challenge playing with fun and funny words this month AND hosting our weekly round-up. I need to get my ditty written. Have you written yours yet?

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Meeting Joy

Poetry Friday,

I've pondered over you this week...wondering until late what I would post. Keeping focused has been a task. I'm thankful that Irene is hosting our poetry round-up at Live Your Poem. Her Butterfly Hours Memoir Project has been rich reading. She is a constant inspiration.

photo credit: LwcyD Pixabay

Early this week, teacher Paul Hankins posted this interview from TIME Magazine on facebook.