You may have noticed that poetry has making the rounds on Facebook. Last week, I was tagged by my Lullaby & Kisses Sweet page-spread mate Heidi E.Y. Stemple to share 4 poems in 4 days. By accepting this challenge, I also had to “tag” four friends (Steven Withrow, Renee LaTulippe, Michelle Heidenrich Barnes, and Joy Acey) to do the same.
Now, the poems could be originals or previously published by me or someone else – but since I thought writing a new one each day was more of a challenge, that’s what I decided to do. Taking the theme of springtime in the forest, I decided on four different poems, four different forms, four different days. Then life got in the way.
I spent most of my weekend driving between cities to help my ailing parents, one of whom is in a nursing home and one of whom was in the hospital. So as it turned out, I ended up sharing three new poems, and had to pull a previously-written one from a couple years ago, which had been based on a prompt from author/poet David L. Harrison:
…warm the woods;
..help shake off cold
New Hampshire, Spring (tanka)
Drone bees search a queen;
tom turkey struts the treeline
white-tailed buck defends
while sparrow sings a ballad.
All woodland, looking for love.
May in New England (light verse)
The weather gods are crazy –
they must be drunk or lost –
was 83 degrees today,
tonight we’re getting frost.
– all poems © 2015, Matt Forrest Esenwine
The Old Man and the Rain
The old man stares through window glass;
another rainy day.
He tries to catch a glimpse of sun,
but all he sees is grey.
He says a secret, silent prayer
to wish the rain away.
Although the man has work to do,
the boy would like to play.
– © 2013, Matt Forrest Esenwine
Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche is hosting Poetry Friday today, so head on over for all the links, poetry, and info on new prompts and writing challenges!