Tuesday, April 15, 2014

National Poetry Month 15 of 30: Book Baskets

Book Baskets

rest here.
waiting to be picked,
chosen to be held,
read with delight,
talked about among friends,
taken home.
Baskets of red,
upon the shelves.
to be carried
to a quiet place.
to carry readers
       to places

© Cathy L. Mere  2014

I'm writing poetry for 30 days.  For the first seven days of the challenge I wrote about "objects of memory," and then I wrote about "objects I just can't live without."  For the next seven days I will be writing about objects that can be found at school.  This will help me to prepare for a little poetry writing with students.  Our class will be taking poetry around the building in the days to come.  

April is National Poetry Month.  Again this year, inspired by Mary Lee Hahn, I'm joining other poetry bloggers (view links in sidebar) taking the challenge to share poetry each day during the month of April.  For thirty days my hope is to write a new poem each day.  The first two years I took this challenge I wrote any poem that found me.  This year, however, I've decided to try to write a poem about an object each day.  If you've read Billy Collins' poem, The Lanyard, you may have noticed the way he took an object to tell a much more meaningful story of his relationship with his mother.  My hope is to find the deeper significance in the things around me.  

We're still just fresh out of the Slice of Life Challenge so we're back to posting every Tuesday.  Thanks to Two Writing Teachers for hosting and inspiring us.  Stop by to read today's stories.

Scott is starting a Tune 4 Tuesday.  I love the way he weaves a story with a song.  I'm learning a lot about music along the way and decided to give it a try.  

In honor of school poems, I thought I'd share this blast from the past.  Enjoy!  


  1. Oh! I love how you captured book baskets! Last line is my favorite!

  2. Oh! I love how you captured book baskets! Last line is my favorite!

  3. I, too, love that ending Cathy. The idea of wanting to be carried physcially just so they can carry readers spiritually and mentally is a beautiful one for sure. And the way you've divided up these objects is also very cool. I am not sure each day where to turn, and this gives a great focus for writer and reader both. We're getting there! :)

  4. Baskets that are carried and that carry their readers...PERFECT@@


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