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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 30


by April Halprin Wayland

James brought
Lacy and Chase.
Grace brought
Sadie and Payne.

Every dog learned to
shake, wait

and stay,
and then they all played games.

James and Grace
savored cafe au laits
as the canines lay in the shade.

If Creator were giving
out grades today,
all of them would’ve been

Poetry Prompt:  This is the last day of National Poetry Month and tomorrow’s May Day!  Some poems just land in your lap.  I was hiking with my friends James and Grace and their dogs…and began saying all those names…all those wonderful A sounds!  So it landed in my lap…and then I worked on it for nine hundred years.

It’s your turn. Go about your day on high alert, repeating names, nouns, words you hear.  Hang on to a few that tickle you.  Can you create a poem playing off the sounds of some of today’s found words?

Thank you for stopping by.  Keep splashing in words all year long until we meet again next Poetry Month!  Stay in touch–I post every other Friday at TeachingAuthors.com!

poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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