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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,

is 99 cents on iTunes, Kindle, Nook–yippee!

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if you don’t have an eReader.

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this delicious blog:
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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 29


THESE DOG POEMS ~ rough draft
by April Halprin Wayland

are like a pile
of fresh-baked puppies,
weaving over and under each other.

How can I possibly
line up these squirming furballs?
When do I snap the picture?

It’s always fun to throw
an unanswered question or two into a poem.

poem © 2013 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

2 Responses to “THESE DOG POEMS”

  1. A pile of fresh-baked puppies! LOVE that.
    I’ve been amazed (well, maybe not since it’s you) at the range of emotions/voices you’ve portrayed in these poems all month, April – these last few days especially. Thanks for sharing!

  2. April says:

    Robyn! You are such a loyal friend! Thank you!
    xxx ~ April

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