Poetry Friday: “Where You Find It”

Last week, the Windows OS on my computer decided to stop working – and I found myself suddenly dead in my tracks. Granted, I can write without a computer – but I can’t record my voiceover work, maintain my income & expenses, or do a myriad other things! After a week in the shop, I’m happy to say it’s back up & running, albeit without any of the programs, bookmarks, or 4,972 passwords that were stored. And with a month full of school visits and tax time coming up, I’m more behind than ever! So I thought I’d reach back exactly FIVE YEARS AGO and dust this little gem off and share it today.

Hope you like it!


Where You Find It - graphic
(click to enlarge; photo courtesy Katherine Esenwine)

For all of today’s Poetry Friday happenings, visit this week’s hostess, Cheriee, at Library Matters…she’s bragging about Vancouver poets and has a spotlight on Avis Harley today.

Please be sure to come back next Friday, when I share my interview with David L. Harrison about the process behind his brand-new children’s poetry anthology, After Dark: Poems About Nocturnal Animals (Wordsong, 2020). I’m very excited to be part of the official blog tour – which means I’ll have a FREE COPY to give away!

Speaking of new books… have you pre-ordered yet??

I’ve teamed up with several other children’s authors to promote our upcoming books this year! And there are a LOT of them – including six in February alone:


Ordering personalized signed copies online?
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You can purchase personalized signed copies of Flashlight Night, (Boyds Mills Press, 2017), Don’t Ask a Dinosaur (Pow! Kids Books, 2018), and nearly ALL of the books or anthologies I’ve been part of!

Just click the cover of whichever book you want and send the good folks at MainStreet BookEnds in Warner, NH a note requesting the signature and to whom I should make it out to. (alternatively, you can log onto my website and do the same thing) They’ll contact me, I’ll stop by and sign it, and then they’ll ship it! (Plus, you’ll be supporting your local bookseller – and won’t that make you feel good?)


Thank you to everyone for your support!


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37 thoughts on “Poetry Friday: “Where You Find It”

  1. Janet F.

    Some have to learn to be aware, to look, notice, think, peruse, ponder. Inspiration is anywhere if you are open to finding it and letting it in to enrich your life. I like your poem, Matt. It would be easy to learn this one by heart and I think it is one to remember.


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  3. haitiruth

    So much sympathy and empathy for your computer woes. Unfortunately, I have been there and done that! I now am a very dedicated backer-upper. Thanks for the poem! Ruth, thereisnosuchthingasasgodforsakentown.blogspot.com


  4. lindabaie

    Oh, Matt, so sorry about the computer blues. I am glad it’s back, hope you can recoup quickly. This poem fits, inspiration anywhere can be found.


  5. That photograph and your poem with it just Wow me!
    I’m glad to read that your computer is up and running again. I’m wondering what kind of poetry that debacle will have inspired…


  6. Michelle Heidenrich Barnes

    I know there’s never a good time for a computer to die, but I’m sorry to hear this time was/is especially bad, Matt. At least they were able to resuscitate it! It’s also nice to have some lovely little poems to repost when needed. This one was new to me.


  7. Kay Mcgriff

    That is a gorgeous photo — and your poem is perfect to pair with it. There are ideas peeking out almost everywhere if we look. Best of luck getting all your computer up and working again.


  8. Michelle Kogan

    Inspiring photo Matt, works well with your poem, Did one come before the other… Congrats on your new book too! Hope your computer is humming along.


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