Movin’ On

Barbara, a really good friend and colleague retired at the end of this school year - just two days ago. She was the one I ate lunch with religiously.  The one I team taught with for years.  The one I went to for ideas, for advice and to vent.  She noticed when I was wearing … Continue reading Movin’ On

Almost Grown Up

Today the graduating seniors came back to their former elementary schools and walked the halls in their caps and gowns to the cheers of the whole school! It is an awesome new tradition that I hope keeps up. At one point a little kindergartner shyly tapped my arm, looking at them in awe. “Are they … Continue reading Almost Grown Up

Paper Cranes

  In a little foray away from the whole poetry thing, I would like to give an update to what has been going on in the library! In late March, in anticipation of visiting students from our sister city in Japan, I blew the dust off our origami books and taught the kids how to … Continue reading Paper Cranes

When We Were Wild Things

This poem is a riff off of another poem by George Ella Lyons.  As a teacher I would use the lesson the author provided and help students create "I am From" poems, which were always beautiful.  I never took the initiative to write one myself... I would model lines here and there, but was always … Continue reading When We Were Wild Things

Dream Catcher

Because I cannot believe how busy I feel, and how guilty I feel not meeting my goal of posting.  A poem a day in April.... Dream Catcher I cannot believe The hustle and the bustle of it. The crazy, chaotic Spin of it. And yet, It feels like just yesterday The nights were long And … Continue reading Dream Catcher

Single Drop

It is poetry month and I was committed to write a poem -a-day.  But, darn it, life happened.  I have had to settle with reading poetry and trying to weave a poetic line or two into academic writing.  So I prime my pen, get back to the thing. Today the prompt is drop: Those April … Continue reading Single Drop

April Poetry

I set a challenge to write a poem a day, because it is April, because it is Poetry month - and so far have been*OK* about meeting that challenge.  Why do the mornings go too fast for me to finish a poem, why does my husband talk to me at just the wrong time?  Anyway, … Continue reading April Poetry

Reading Respite

Halfway through Poetry Month.  Looking back, I can tell poems that were a chore... rushed to meet some self-imposed participation deadline, and the ones that easily came to me.  All in All, it is great fun to explore poetry! While that cyclone Called LIFE whirls Outside these doors, My bright little library Filled with cheerful … Continue reading Reading Respite

Poem for a Friend

The prompt word today in Perspicacious.  I had to look it up, and realized that while it is a *fun* word, it is not pretty enough for a poem.  In case you don't know what it means, this Poem is the definition: Perspicacious: A Poem That friend who Makes you laugh, Makes you think, Makes … Continue reading Poem for a Friend

The Circle Game….

Here is getting a poem in *just* under the wire. There is this cycle, This carnival, This wheel In life - In families - In careers - In home and hearth - And you never *Really* Know where you are, On that Merry-go-round Brilliant and shining, You never know. Not until you -Look Back - … Continue reading The Circle Game….