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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 23


GRIEF ~ rough draft
by April Halprin Wayland

Lacy won’t bark.
James sits in the dark.
He feeds Lacy chicken and rice.

Lacy’s depressed.
James can’t get dressed.
The house feels icy and bare.

Lacy won’t eat.
James cannot sleep.
His heart’s being squeezed by a vise.

Lacy lies down.
James wants to skip town.
His pup, her companion’s not there.


The rhyme pattern of this poem is AAB, CCD, EEB, FFD.

2012 ELI and COW 10-14-12 (3)

poem © 2013 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

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