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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 14


by April Halprin Wayland

One middle school kid,
talking cocky
commandeers the outdoor glider.

A gawky squirt
in a shirt that’s khaki
tries high five but he’s an outsider.

Cocky kid won’t meet his palm.
Khaki kid
just shuffles home.

He’s all whine—has no big bark.
Just like puppies
in the big dog park.

Poetry Prompt: Yes, we have Polliwog Park in our town.  How you could not love a park named that?  I was watching kids establish hierarchy on the gym equipment in the park; the parallel was obvious.

It’s your turn. Parallel Play.  Think of a topic that means something to you.  Now…look around, think about your life, your town.  What can you compare it to?

poem © 2012 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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