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Yippee! In honor of Poetry Month, Easter, and all things rabbity,
my free-verse picture book, To Rabbittown is now only 99 cents
on iTunes, Kindle, Nook--yippee! (Picture me jumping up and
down like an over-caffeinated kangaroo…)
Download the free Kindle for PC  if you don’t have an eReader.

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And here are links to Poetry Month
in the Kidlitosphere–thanks, Jama!









Eli found Squirrel at the dog park.
Eli loves Squirrel.
Squirrel no longer squeaks. 
Eli removed Squirrel’s squeaker.
He couldn’t help himself.

Howdy, Campers and welcome to my 2012 Poem-A-Day Challenge!¬† Wowee–I can’t believe it’s here again!¬† This means I’ve been writing a poem a day since I took the challenge in April 2010.¬† Two. Whole. Years.¬† Over six hundred poems.

Ask any writer and I’ll bet 98% of us wonder if we deep-down really ARE writers.¬† Writing a poem a day has given me an amazing gift–I no longer doubt that I’m a writer.

This month, all the poems will be DOG POEMS, because the dog park is my new addiction.¬† So, let’s get on with the dog show–arf, arf!

 

April 19

FOCUSING ON RHYTHM IN A DOG POEM


DOG LOOKING DOWN FROM A SECOND STORY WINDOW
by April Halprin Wayland

dog lifting ear
wrinkling wet nose

whistle of man
done with day’s work

twitching the tip of a tail
putting big paws on the ledge

shoes on cement
key metal gate

dog looking down
man looking up

wiggly rump
galloping over the hall

tearing down all of the stairs
bounding outside

tangle of legs
plough into man

crash to the ground
licking this most beloved shoe

Poetry Prompt:

Eli waits for Gary to come home every night. ¬†Eli’s exhilaration lends itself to a short, clipped rhythm.¬† In poetry, a stressed beat is noted with a slash (/) while an unstressed beat is merely a period.

The rhythm I use in this poem is mostly: /../  (Shoes on cement  /../)

But sometimes I change it up: Putting big paws on the ledge /../../)

It’s your turn.¬†Think about someone coming home. ¬†Can you put it into a poem? ¬†If the rhythm I used feels appropriate for your poem, try it yourself.¬† (For more guidance regarding poetic meter and rhythm, see¬†Myra Cohn Livingston‘s wonderfully clear and basic book,¬†Poem-Making.)

poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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