24/30 Poem A Day Challenge

April 24, 2018

Sometimes a poem writes itself, whispering fragments here and there while I am about the business of the day. This is one of those.
I might have added the last lines all on my own though.

things

things break:
childhood teasets
porcelain plates
crystal goblets
legs, arms,
hearts

things disappear:
hand knit mittens
one emerald earring
mom's memories
time
people

things unravel:
special sweaters
perfect plans
friendships
minds

things fail:
science experiments
birth control
unsinkable ships
marriages

things end:
political regimes
long lives
april
poems


Previous Posts

1. Easter Sunday Rumination on Eggs
2. Tulips
3. Untitled
4. Waiting
5. Truce
6. Thaumaturgy
7. Untitled dodoitsu

8. To Do List
9. Anniversary
10. Tribulation
11. Story Is Who We Are
12. Fears
13. Another Poem
14. Morning Headache
15. Love
16. Greg
17. Gift
18. Ceremony
19. Waiting
20. Storm
21. Ada

22. Haiku
23. Haiku


23/30 Poem A Day Challenge

April 23, 2018

I am loving the haiku format these days - the distilling of something to its essence in as few words a possible is both a challenge and a joy. 


bright sky, not a sight
of white scudding across it
sun shines outside in



Previous Posts

1. Easter Sunday Rumination on Eggs
2. Tulips
3. Untitled
4. Waiting
5. Truce
6. Thaumaturgy
7. Untitled dodoitsu

8. To Do List
9. Anniversary
10. Tribulation
11. Story Is Who We Are
12. Fears
13. Another Poem
14. Morning Headache
15. Love
16. Greg
17. Gift
18. Ceremony
19. Waiting
20. Storm
21. Ada22. Haiku 1 

#IMWAYR April 23, 2018

#IMWAYR time again, when readers share what they have been reading and find out what others have been up to in the past week. Kathryn hosts the adult version of this meme at Book Date. Jen at Teach Mentor Texts and Kellee and Ricki at Unleashing Readers host the kidlit rendition. Whatever you are looking forward to in your next great read, these are fabulous places to start your search.


I am still hanging in there with the April Poem A Day Challenge and consequently, not getting very much reading accomplished except for when I read with my granddaughter.

Poem A Day Challenge 2018

16. Greg
17. Gift
18. Ceremony
19. Waiting
20. Storm
21. Ada

22. Haiku

BOARD BOOKS

These days Ada and I have been 'reading' a few Korean books that were sent here by her Korean relatives. Goodreads wouldn't recognize any of the barcodes with the isbn numbers.

They are all interactive. The first two animal books have touch and feel components as well as buttons on the side that make the sounds of the different animals. Ada loves these but although she puts her finger on these buttons, hasn't figured out how to press hard enough to get them to work. I'm not sure if this is a good thing or not... 








The third book is all about brushing teeth. You have to turn this one on, and then when you brush the teeth of all the animals, the toothbrush makes noises. Actually, the toothbrush makes noises wherever and whenever you brush with it. The buttons at the top sing songs or talk. The two on the left are in Korean and the one on the right sings a song in English. 





What I enjoy about these books is that her Mom can read the Korean text with Ada, while I treat them like wordless books and just talk about the pictures and illustrations. 

NONFICTION PICTURE BOOKS

4 stars
She Persisted Around the World: 13 Women Who Changed History by Chelsea Clinton, Alexandra Boiger (Illustrator)

I enjoyed this. I appreciated how Chelsea Clinton was able to highlight important details in the different women's lives in such a minimal about of text. Alexandra Boiger's watercolour illustrations fill in many spaces.
I wish there had been additional information in the back matter, but the book will be an ideal jumping off place before researching any one of these amazing women.

ADULT FICTION AND NON FICTION

4 stars
The Grave's a Fine and Private Place by Alan Bradley & Jayne Entwhistle (Narrator)

I enjoyed this of course because I adore all the Flavia books. This time I was more aware of the beauty of the writing and wondered if it is because I am trying to write a poem a day.
After a gruesome beginning where Flavia ends up snagging the mouth of a murder victim while boating on a river, it was slower paced and more thoughtful. I like that Flavia is growing up and her relationships with her sisters are less antagonistic.

4 stars
We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This was ok. Everything in it is also in one of her Ted Talks. It's a good starting place to read about feminism. We read this for our book club



CURRENTLY

I'm in the middle of Scythe by Neal Shusterman. If you have read it, then you will understand when I say that I have just started the second part of the book and am trying to deal with what has happened. I've just started listening to The Westing Game, a book that has been on my want to read list for two years now. 

UP NEXT

I'll listen to whatever comes available next and pick something I really want to read from the pile of books that I fear I am going to have to return to the library. 

PROGRESS ON MY READING GOALS

#MustReadIn2018 13/25 1 in progress
#MustReadNFIn2018 4/12 
25 Books by Canadian Indigenous Authors 7/25
Goodreads Reading Challenge 139/333

22/30 Poem A Day Challenge

April 22, 2018

I started this poem while reading This Accident of Being Lost: Songs and Stories by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson. Someday it might work it's way into a bigger piece, but for now, here it is as a simple haiku.


how is it that more
no matter how much we give
is never enough





Previous Posts

1. Easter Sunday Rumination on Eggs
2. Tulips
3. Untitled
4. Waiting
5. Truce
6. Thaumaturgy
7. Untitled dodoitsu

8. To Do List
9. Anniversary
10. Tribulation
11. Story Is Who We Are
12. Fears
13. Another Poem
14. Morning Headache
15. Love
16. Greg
17. Gift
18. Ceremony
19. Waiting
20. Storm
21. Ada

21/30 Poem A Day Challenge

April 21, 2018

We are blessed to live in an extended family situation with our son, his wife and their ten month old baby, Ada. Although we eat together, Gramma and Grampa live in one part of the house and Mommy and Daddy live in another. Ada is pretty much the ruler of everywhere.

Ada

Hustle bustle toddle round
Crawling here and there
Babbling scrabbling making sounds
Climbing without fear

Banging clanging pots and pans
Tossing round your toys
Waving at your many fans
Screeching loud with joy

Clapping hands and winking eyes
Arms plead up up up
Loves shines out your biggest smile
And overflows our cup




Previous Posts

1. Easter Sunday Rumination on Eggs
2. Tulips
3. Untitled
4. Waiting
5. Truce
6. Thaumaturgy
7. Untitled dodoitsu

8. To Do List
9. Anniversary
10. Tribulation
11. Story Is Who We Are
12. Fears
13. Another Poem
14. Morning Headache
15. Love
16. Greg
17. Gift
18. Ceremony
19. Waiting
20. Storm


20/30 Poem A Day Challenge

April 20, 2018

These days I’m connecting up with Kidlitosphere Central for Poetry Friday. Today’s host is Tabatha Yeatts @ The Opposite of Indifference.

I started this poem when we were high mountain camping in early July a couple of years ago. The weather was wretched. Not only was it cold, but it rained for most of the time until just before we left. One morning we saw fresh snow just a ways higher up than we were. In spite of this, it's my favourite time to be there since other campers are scared away by the possibility of such misery.

Storm

There is no let up.
Hunkered down in my bed
I read
and the rain thunders down
pummeling the fibreglass roof.

There is no let up.
I add another layer of clothing
begin a new book,
bundle under more blankets.
Try to keep the cold at bay.

There is no let up.
Squalls snarl across the tarp.
Waterfalls of runoff
pour into buckets and puddles.
Ensconced in my nest,
I finish another book.

And then it's over.
The second act begins:
songbirds warble, whistle, 
trilling counterpoint.
The sky brightens.
A green world glistens.

In the evening
we parlay round a campfire.
Stars shine.
Conversation turns to meaning of life.


This is the lake during a brief respite from the rain. 


Previous Posts

1. Easter Sunday Rumination on Eggs
2. Tulips
3. Untitled
4. Waiting
5. Truce
6. Thaumaturgy
7. Untitled dodoitsu

8. To Do List
9. Anniversary
10. Tribulation
11. Story Is Who We Are
12. Fears
13. Another Poem
14. Morning Headache
15. Love
16. Greg
17. Gift
18. Ceremony
19. Waiting

19/30 Poem A Day Challenge

April 19, 2018



Waiting 
is the lace on the collar 
of the dress 
that you wear to school 
for picture day
and it scratches and itches, 
and scratches and itches,