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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 6


by April Halprin Wayland

Hello, Tree.
Thank you for your upright trunk—
it’s fabulous to sniff.

I love that I don’t have to beg,
when I line you up against my leg
…..and lift.

Poetry Prompt:

There aren’t many trees in our dog park, and I was thinking about how grateful Eli must be to the few that are there.

Now it’s your turn.  An apostrophe poem is one in which the poet talks to an inanimate object. Write your own apostrophe poem.  Write with joy!

poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved


  1. Hee hee! April, we dropped out dogs off at the kennel last night and just sighed as we pulled out. My husband said, “Breaking up the pack is hard.” This is funny, and now I want to write a couple of these! (Our last dog’s name was Eli too.) Happy Poetry Friday! a.

  2. Laura Shovan says:

    Hi, April. You’ll have to stop by Author Amok this weekend. I have two back-to-back dog//poem posts.

    I love the rhythm in your poem. Adorable!

  3. admin says:

    I love dog poems. I’m really a cat person so I think I like dog poems more than dogs in person.

  4. janet wong says:

    I just finished reading the whole blog page of these and I love the fact that each one is so different from the others! What do I remember? The “memory lapse/optimist” line, the line about launching a cheeseburger with the tail, the cleverness of the baby’s tooth being a canine, the shuffling the dog’s head between your hands, the poor peed-on tree…Am looking forward to more of these!

  5. April says:

    Amy–your last dog was Eli, too? No way! Laura–I just stopped by–what a wonderful table you’ve spread for us about poets and their habits. And it’s nice to meet Sam!
    Admin…thank you, thank you, thank you.

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