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

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

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….

World Cup

Today.  At 5:00 pm California time, the US Women's soccer team will have a friendly match against Belgium.  You are probably thinking, yeah.  What's the big deal?  Well the big deal is, that at half-time the '99 Women's team that won the World Cup will be honored.  How cool is that?  Nearly every player from … Continue reading World Cup

Rosebud Sheets

It is April 5, fifth day of my Poem A Day personal challenge.  I was completely uninspired until I saw this prompt - Laundry and I went straight back to my childhood summers at my grandmother's house in New Mexico.  Summers where she hung clothes to dry in the plentiful sun - there is nothing, … Continue reading Rosebud Sheets

Fierce Kitty: A Poem

Poem 2 for a Poem a day in April!     A spring rain Falls suddenly, Swiftly. Kitty and I are drenched. We seek a warm corner, I with tea And kitty Wary for danger. My fierce kitty Chases her tail. She sees it Out of the corner Of her eye. She watches. And waits. … Continue reading Fierce Kitty: A Poem

A Poem a Day, a Day too Late

I VOWED I was going to write a poem absolutely ever day in April!  I did it last year and had so much fun!  Of course yesterday slipped by and I forgot.  The upside is, I *did* remember today.... So... here you go, a Poem A Day, A Day Late.   It is the simple … Continue reading A Poem a Day, a Day too Late