Tuesday, April 23, 2019

"Be Home Before the Streetlights Come On"


"Be Home Before the Streetlights Come On"

I'd head out to play
after dinner with
that mandate running
through my mind.
I'd join in the game
of the night--hide
and seek or tag,
catch or kickball.
My friends and I
could see time slip
away as the sun
crept down and
the natural light
grew dimmer.
As all around us
turned gray, we
would stop play
then begin to
make our way
home before the
streetlights came on.

The prompt for Day 20 of the PAD Challenge--Dark. It's hard to believe we are in the homestretch of the challenge.

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Thursday, April 18, 2019

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Earth Day Present


Earth Day Present

What better way
to spend Earth Day
than taking pictures
in a park?
The ducks and geese
were up to
their usual antics
when I saw
a blue heron
flying over the lake.
It landed on
a stone ledge
and gazed at
the water, then
paced on the grass.
Suddenly, it took off
and flew in
the direction from
which it came.
I was told that
herons frequented
the park, but this
was the first one
I had seen.
Happy Earth Day to me!


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Tuesday, April 9, 2019

After the Concert


After the Concert

The music comes with me.
The voices still sing.
The rhythms run through me.
The words fill my mind.
Time passes by before I
can sleep after the concert.


The prompt for Day 6 of the PAD Challenge was a fill-in-the-blank--after _______.  I invite you to go to one of the challenge pages and browse. I think you will enjoy the variety of work that is inspired by a single prompt.

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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Morning Routine



April is National Poetry Month and that means Robert Lee Brewer's Poem-A-Day Challenge is taking place on the Poetic Asides blog. I wrote the following poem for the Day 1 prompt--morning:

Morning Routine

 Are you an early bird?
Awake to greet the sun?
Out the door for a walk or run
while peace outweighs commotion?
A fan of the natural songs
that fill the air until
the noise pollution starts?
Moving at your own pace
before you get swept up
in the motion all around you?

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