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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,

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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 9


by April Halprin Wayland

Don’t taste them.
Don’t tear them.
Just try on and wear them.

If you take my shoe (as I know that you do)
well, bury your nose in it, give it a smell.
Let it remind you of who you know well.

I know that you miss me,
I know that you’re blue.
Don’t compound the problem by shredding my shoe!


I have a poetry ideas file.  The note I’d written last May was:
“Eli takes my shoes but these days he doesn’t hurt them.  It’s just sort of an Eli exclamation mark saying, NOTICE ME!”

This poem turned to rhyming and veered away from Notice Me into just, well, just rhyme.  If I had more time, I would want to make NOTICE ME the focus of this poem.

poem © 2013 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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