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In honor of Poetry Month, Easter, Passover,
and all things rabbity, my free-verse picture book,
To Rabbittown, originally published by Scholastic,

is 99 cents on iTunes, Kindle, Nook–yippee!

Download the free Kindle for PC 
if you don’t have an eReader.
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for more children’s poetry links go to
this delicious blog:
Jama’s Alphabet Soup

Wait...what do you mean it needs some editing?????

No, I disagree...I really think the words, "severed head" work in this poem.

Yeah, well, thanks for your suggestions. Let me think about them; NO.

I do believe I'm entitled to a nap after an exhausting session ripping my poem apart..

This is Eli. Pronounced eeee-lye.

Hi there!  Welcome to RuffDrafts.com–I’m glad you’re here!

My original poems, posted each day of National Poetry Month 2013, are imperfect. Messy.  This is your chance to sneak a peek behind the scenes—before a poem is polished and published! (For my poems in 2010, 2011 & 2012, click on the Poetry link in the menu above.)

My friend Bruce Balan and I critique each other’s poems every day…so you’ll see Bruce’s comments on some of the poems.

Thanks for following so well.  I’m tempted to take you to the dog park and let you romp off-leash… Ready?  Let’s begin!

 

April 25

THERE ONCE WAS A DOG IN AN ENCOUNTER GROUP


THERE ONCE WAS A DOG IN AN ENCOUNTER GROUP ~ rough draft
by April Halprin Wayland

There once was a dog in an encounter group.

“We love you,” they said over warm green pea soup.

We love that you sing in a musical group

and play with the twins by the basketball hoop.

But Eli, it’s time—here’s a shovel and scoop.

Your mom should have taught you:

go pick up your poop!

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Sometimes you just have to take what spills on the page.  I call these PHPs or Place Holder Poems.
They take the pressure off writing a poem a day.

dog park 4-24-12 (26)

“You make it, you scoop it,” unknown woman teaches the dog park dogs.

 

poem © 2013 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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