Day 14: Egg as a Promise

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There’s something about an egg. It’s such a promise. When friends online share spring photos of robin and hummingbird nests, I see the future. Writing this made me think of the promise of the loon eggs in my own Finding Family, and the mysteries, sadnesses, and even gifts that can result when the promise is broken. And of Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hatches the Egg. I’m not the world’s biggest Seuss fan, but how I love Horton.

“Promise” was the first word I saw in the magnetic tiles,  and from there I went looking for some of the things hinted at in a human egg. Yesterday, my sister Patty and I saw many animals on a little hike, and every creature, every egg, every kit/chick/calf or whatever, always fills me with fresh awe!


What words will we be digging through today?

And here’s the card that we might pull our topic from:

So some possible topics are:

  1. chestnuts
  2. magic
  3. oyster
  4. button
  5. mushrooms

Will you join in? Would love to see what you come up with!


13 Responses

  1. Laura, love that you found a link to Horton! And promise!

    I picked walnuts. Thought of healthy benefits… really coulda used more words!

    Crack Walnut

    Wrinkly snack
    Pause anxiety

    1. Like how you found a walnut poem, Diane. I love walnuts so you had me at the title!

    2. You could definitely expand this a bit in a revision, Diane. But I think it’s so very cool to see poets come up with the core of an idea. And I followed along readily with your benefits of walnuts!

    1. Hi Rose,
      I usually am behind so i post my poem for the words the next day. So this list will be the 15th. I really have whetted my appetite on your lovely poem about magic and all the great ways you can find it in your life. So my poem is using the words and topic ideas from April 13. I am feeling encouraged about tomorrow’s words!!!!

  2. Late to post my April 13 poem but here goes. By trying to stick as much as possible to the tiles I came up with this.

    What’s the Crack (craic?)*

    Our own garden!
    As light burns,
    a promise.
    One wrinkly friend
    Trades a kiss,
    finds majesty.

    Crack (craic) is primarily used in Ireland but elsewhere. By using the craic, It can mean “what’s the news?” or “what’s the gossip?” or “what fun is happening?”. I remember being confused hearing this for the first time over 25 years ago, but it’s where my mind went. Added “What’s the” and “finds”. But at least I came up with a poem that maybe works.

    1. I love the Irishism of “craic.” Heard this in Ireland at least once, but mostly have read it in cozy mysteries set in Ireland :>D Janet, this frog prince poem is fantastic. As I read it, I was thinking, who’s the wrinkly friend? And then it was absolutely clear. Nailed it!

    2. Janet, sweet poem. You were quite creative with these words and title. I like all the newsy things in your poem–the garden, a wrinkly friend finding love and majesty. Lovely.

  3. Rose, beautiful magic poem. “some laugh, I sing!” is lovely.

    Laura, I love the idea of the human egg of promise you wrote about.

    Diane, I love your walnut poem, and we can imagine the extra words you needed. I too wrote about walnuts:

    wrinkly cover
    holds our snack

    1. Really love your Haiku, Denise. Perfect poem for those words. I struggled today but think the poem may have legs once I free myself a bit more, but I try to stick to the tiles as closely as I can.

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