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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.

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 4


by April Halprin Wayland

Every Tuesday night I tell myself:
tomorrow is Wednesday.

The dog park is closed on Wednesday.
Do not go to the dog park tomorrow.

And every Wednesday morning
I rub Eli’s tummy,

shuffle his nose
between my hands,

and sit on the bottom stair
to put on my socks.

Then we both run to the car
and drive to the dog park.

Every Wednesday.
Without fail.

Inside every memory lapse
is an optimist.

poem (c) 2011 April Halprin Wayland, all rights reserved

Poetry Prompt:

What can I say?  It’s true!

Now it’s your turn.  What habit do you do every day without thinking?  Write about it.  Or write about a time when you were on autopilot and shouldn’t have been.

poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved


  1. Kat says:

    Just said good bye to my favorite furry friend today and felt most sad that our “every morning” walk has is no more.

  2. April says:

    So sorry to hear that, Kat. I know that heavy heart. Remember to breathe.

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