Monday, April 22, 2019

Poetry Month: Poems Do Not Come Easily 22 of 30

It's here!  It's National Poetry Month!  I'll hoping to write a poem every day this month.  I've decided to keep it simple this year.  I'm going to write about whatever strikes me each day.  I suppose it will be like a rollercoaster ride of poetry.  You'll never be quite sure what you're in for from day to day.

Today's inspiration:  writer's block 


Photo by Jan Kahánek on Unsplash
Poems do not come as easily,
when your pencil
has been resting in a drawer,
your notebook slumbering
on a nearby shelf.

Poems do not come easily,
when your eyes have been closed,
ignoring the beauty
that encircles you:
the budding trees,
the blossoms dancing,
the robins nesting.

Poems do not come easily,
when you no longer pause
to listen to the sounds
that surround you:
the spring peeper's song,
the cheery chirp of morning,
the babble of the creek.

Poems do not come easily,
when you no longer notice
the stories that await words
to awaken them:
the subtle metaphor missing,
connections unnoticed,
moments passing without regard.

Poems do not come easily,
when your pencil
has been resting in a drawer,
the blank pages of your notebook
wondering where you've been.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2019




Sunday, April 21, 2019

Poetry Month: Rest, Oh Robin, Rest 21 of 30

It's here!  It's National Poetry Month!  I'll hoping to write a poem every day this month.  I've decided to keep it simple this year.  I'm going to write about whatever strikes me each day.  I suppose it will be like a rollercoaster ride of poetry.  You'll never be quite sure what you're in for from day to day.

Today's inspiration:  the crazy robin who has nested in a tree by our sidewalk




Robin
tormented,
crashes into glass,
collides with windows,
thumps against mirrors.
Each morning
the fight begins
to protect
the nest.                                  
defending,
guarding,
his only enemy...

himself.



Saturday, April 20, 2019

Poetry Month: Your Stories Are Welcome Here 20 of 30

It's here!  It's National Poetry Month!  I'll hoping to write a poem every day this month.  I've decided to keep it simple this year.  I'm going to write about whatever strikes me each day.  I suppose it will be like a rollercoaster ride of poetry.  You'll never be quite sure what you're in for from day to day.

Today's inspiration:  the stories that have been silenced 

The world will work
to silence you,
to tuck your stories
into a corner.

It will mute your cry,
overlook your challenges,
turn away, as tears
fall down your cheeks.

Reach for your pen and paper,
learn to tell your stories,
start with the simple,
so later you can raise your voice.

Sit down beside me,
tell me about the tooth you lost,
the pet that stands by your side,
the tales of your childhood.

When the world refuses to listen,
rise above the silence
that surrounds you,
tell your truth.

Your stories are welcome here.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2019









Friday, April 19, 2019

Poetry Month: Spring Blossoms 19 of 30


It's here!  It's National Poetry Month!  I'll hoping to write a poem every day this month.  I've decided to keep it simple this year.  I'm going to write about whatever strikes me each day.  I suppose it will be like a rollercoaster ride of poetry.  You'll never be quite sure what you're in for from day to day.

Today's inspiration:  weeping cherry blossoms (more signs of spring!) 






Thursday, April 18, 2019

Poetry Month: what was saved? 18 fo 30


It's here!  It's National Poetry Month!  I'll hoping to write a poem every day this month.  I've decided to keep it simple this year.  I'm going to write about whatever strikes me each day.  I suppose it will be like a rollercoaster ride of poetry.  You'll never be quite sure what you're in for from day to day.

Today's inspiration:  a stop by Mary Lee's poem, After the Fire.
Like Mary Lee, I still think about the fire.  What stays with me is the way spokespeople for the cathedral insist on staying focused on what was saved.  I can't imagine what might be possible if we all focused on the strengths of all around us.  



what was saved?

Images flashed,
fire raged,
hearts broke,
as the cathedral
burned.

Journalists raced
to the scene
for the story, asking:
"How much was
lost?"

Cathedral personal
refused to talk
about dollars,
damage,
loss.

Instead
turning their eyes
to what was saved,
salvageable.  Narrative
shifting.

In the eve
of tremendous loss,
plans to treasure
items
saved.

Lessons in hope.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2019




Wednesday, April 17, 2019

Poetry Month: Puzzled 17 of 30

It's here!  It's National Poetry Month!  I'll hoping to write a poem every day this month.  I've decided to keep it simple this year.  I'm going to write about whatever strikes me each day.  I suppose it will be like a rollercoaster ride of poetry.  You'll never be quite sure what you're in for from day to day.

Today's inspiration:  a challenging puzzle 


Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Poetry Month: Tiny Pleasures 16 of 30

It's here!  It's National Poetry Month!  I'll hoping to write a poem every day this month.  I've decided to keep it simple this year.  I'm going to write about whatever strikes me each day.  I suppose it will be like a rollercoaster ride of poetry.  You'll never be quite sure what you're in for from day to day.

Today's inspiration:  Tiny Pleasures calendar

Tiny Pleasures

morning coffee,
time to read,
sunrise.

quiet drive,
a favorite song,
extra time.

lunch with a friend,
a surprise text,
friendship.

good conversation,
a smile,
laughter.

heron spotting,
a hummingbird,
patio-time.

family time,
dinner out,
joy.

tiny pleasures
abound.

© Cathy L. Mere, 2019

Poetry Month: Poems Do Not Come Easily 22 of 30

It's here!  It's National Poetry Month!  I'll hoping to write a poem every day this month.  I've decided to keep it simple t...