Dandelion Poem [Poetry Friday]

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I’m sharing another calendar poem this week. (Read what these are and suggest a word here.) This week’s calendar poem was written before last week’s–which I really struggled with! This one came a little more easily (whew!). Thank you to katmaz@mac.com for “dandelion,” Margaret Simon for “rain,” and Christy Mihaly for “gleaming.” I’d love to get words stockpiled, so please visit that link if you can suggest a simple, everyday, concrete word for me to work into my poems.

The palm trees in the calendar photo resonated immediately with the word “dandelion,” and the perspective made me think of being teeny tiny and looking at small things as if they are huge.

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Dandelion Seed

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26 Responses

  1. Horton Hears a Who also popped into my head immediately! I’ve missed your poem sketches, Laura. Love “silver-veined pebble.”

  2. I love this calendar idea, Laura. Your collection is going to be something special to have. Tiny things are what I wrote about last April, so love your capture of the three!

  3. Thank you for sharing a peek into your notebook / calendar. Love the imagery of “a tiny world.”

    1. Honestly, me neither. And if hadn’t been for the serendipity of THAT calendar page paired with THAT word suggestion by someone else, I never would have. That’s exactly what I love about playing poetry as a kind of a game–it breeds those wonderful surprises. Thanks:>)

  4. I love the phrase, “each dandelion star” (athough not so much as I am digging them out of my lawn each summer! And what an interesting project you are taking on! On a completely unrelated note, I’m not sure how much time you have spent looking at the nf picture book 10 for 10 lists, but IF YOU WERE THE MOON has made it onto many lists! Congratulations on a beautiful book!

    1. I hear you. Since I’m not much of a gardener, and now we live in a townhome, it’s easier to see the beauty in dandelions ;>) And thank you–I’ve seen MOON on a couple of the #nf10for10. It’s such a great feeling to know it connected with people!

  5. The calendar poem idea is unique and fun. I just went back to read about it. And to send you a word. It will be fun to watch you live with the photos and embellish them with words!

  6. I love the idea of writing calendar poems. I am doing Laura Shovan’s challenge this month and writing a poem a day. Love the challenge and the practice of it. Thanks for using my word in such a lovely poem. You inspire me.

    1. Thank you for the word, Margaret! I’m always so out of the loop of these challenges. I wish I kept up with them better so that I could participate:>)

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