Friday, April 20, 2018

Poetry Month: It's Your Dream 20 of 30

For the month of April, I'll be writing poetry each day in celebration of National Poetry Month.  I've decided not choose a theme, not to plan the writing, but instead to wait to see what poetry finds me each day. 

It's also Friday.  Today I'm joining the Poetry Friday community as they celebrate poetry.  Today Robyn Hood Black is hosting at Life on the Deckle Edge.  Stop by and join the celebration.  

Mary Lee is writing a golden shovel each day.  She has me a bit fascinated by the form.  Every once in awhile I decide to give it a try.  Today's golden shovel poem is written from a quote by Rick Warren.  

 try to remember
 not just the why but the how 
 of dreams that seem too far
the first step belongs to you
it may take everything you have
but your time will come

just a dream it is not 
 start to figure out how 
 as the end is not so far
the first step belongs to you 
give it all you have 
your dream is too important not to
 find a way to make it go


  1. I love how the golden shovels seem to give poets a start and the freedom to make them one's own. Mary Lee's poems are wonderful, especially so for her students. Thanks for yours, Cathy.

  2. I like how your poem enriches the original quote.

  3. Big message here! I am having fun messing around with golden shovel poems. And I'm finding that they are getting a little easier every day!

  4. "the first step belongs to you" -- no one else can take it for you, so true! A very encouraging golden shovel, Cathy.

  5. I'm glad they're getting easier for you (Carol, too)! I'm down to my last few and I'm not sure that's my truth right now. I've got some wicked long quotes to work with...we'll see what happens...

  6. The first two lines are my favorite. Yes, the how of dreams gives us agency. We have much to do w/ what happens to our dreams.


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