Happy Poetry Friday! (Wondering what Poetry Friday is? Click here.)
As I type this, I’m watching the sun rise over the horizon of townhomes, and the trees on our backyard retention pond are all frosted in white. Bare ash and aspen turned into lace–so beautiful. We had our first snow yesterday that has actually stuck to the ground. Just a couple of inches, so not really enough for all the fun winter activities, but still gorgeous.
For my poem this week, I’m pointing you to my post on Wednesday this week, when I shared a snowy riddle-ku!
Also, Janet Fagal was kind enough to email me about a Metaphor Dice poetry contest from Taylor Mali! Thanks, Janet! You can check out all the details here. There’s a student side and an adult side to the contest. Cool! I first learned about Metaphor Dice from Margaret Simon, I think, and soon bought my own. Here’s a poem I wrote inspired by the metaphor “talent is a birdcage.” I’m hoping to play some more with my dice and my words and come up with something to submit. We’ll see. [Please note there’s a small entrance fee of $2-3 per poem.]
Make sure to check out the Poetry Friday Roundup with poet-educator Cathy at Merely Day by Day, where she has a terrific poem and a wonderful message of appreciation and encouragement for the Poetry Friday community.
Irene Latham (@Irene_Latham) says
Dear Laura, Thank you for the snow (I was in 76 degree FL yesterday!). Also I really love your new blog name. xo
janice scully says
Hi Laura, thanks for the contest info. I’ve never tried the dice but maybe it’s time. Loved the riddle-ku and love snow angels. I have a picture of my son in the middle of one.
What a fun riddle-ku! I’ve written riddle poems, but never tried a haiku riddle. Adding it to my list of forms to play with. Enjoy your snowy day! We’ve had several inches of snow today so it feels like Winter is well and truly here.
I noticed that you changed your name, too. “Small reads” feels like something to always look forward to, Laura. And we had our first snow today, too, love those “winter wings”! (Have a donut for me, please!)
Laura Purdie Salas says
Thanks, Linda. And oh boy, did I have donuts! :>)
Wonderful riddle-ku! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown.blogspot.com
Love your riddle-ku. I am going to check out the dice contest and brush off my dice.
I wave my wintery, snow covered arms to you, Laura! Great riddle-ku! 🙂
Cathy M says
Mother Nature surely provides plenty of opportunity for poetry. I’m amazed that I can look out the same windows day after day and yet discover so many new ways to look at the world. Thank you for sharing both your poems. I’m always delighted to find so many opportunities for poetry.
Laura, I have the metaphor dice but it is packed away in one of my moving boxes. I will look for it and check out the contest. I fell down a rabbit hole looking back at your links and wonderful blog posts. Thanks for always sharing your information and leading me to your blogs I may have missed.
Michelle Kogan says
Love your snow angel riddle-ku and the feel-good art too! They both remind me of trees and branches stretched out reaching to embrace us–I love looking up at the trees! Very nice blog title and that sun in the middle illuminates all even more! And thanks for the info on the metaphor dice.