Sunday, April 14, 2019

Poem #14 - Time

Welcome to my 2019 National Poetry Month Project

Each day of April, I will write and share a new (first person, free verse, fewer than 15 lines not including spacing) poem. Taken together, these will tell a story about John and Betsy, two characters I posted about on March 22.  This will be new for me, and I invite anyone who wishes to join me in writing a collection of 30 poems that tell a story.

Here is a list of this month's poems so far:

And's poem.

by Amy LV

Students - This month's poems will tell a story about John and Betsy, and all of the poems will have three things in common: each will be written in John's voice, each will be 15 lines or shorter (not including spacing), and each will be written in free verse. I find it helpful to set writing boundaries for myself, so I chose three to work with over the next 30 days.

Just as I always do, I have been keeping a notebook for this April project, and you can take a peek into it below.  I am not a very organized person, so keeping a project notebook helps me store everything in one place.  Otherwise, the papers would be strewn across my windy world, and you would hear me muttering, "Now where WAS that draft?"  Notebooks are good for this.  Some of you may know that I keep a whole blog about notebooks; I love them that much.

Flip Through of April 2019 Project Notebook
by Amy LV

The draft of today's poem began on April 8, when I got to thinking about how time passes in life...but on April 8, it was not yet time to share that idea.  Today it is time for time is moving on in April, and time is moving on in John's life too.  There are little changes and big changes, and we humans do heal.  Each bit of this poem is meant to show that time is passing. My hope is that you, as a reader, will feel the changes, will remember what they refer to from the previous days.  There is hope in the air.  It is spring.

Each Friday of National Poetry Month, Heinemann has generously offered to gift a copy of my book POEMS ARE TEACHERS to someone who has commented during the week.  This book includes over 150 poems by contemporary poets and students alike as well as over 50 poem explorations written by me. I will keep track of comments and will draw one name each Thursday evening, to be announced each Friday of the month. To be entered into these drawings, please do leave a way to contact you along with your comment.  And...Heinemann is offering 40% of all poetry professional books throughout April...thank you Heinemann!

If you would like to learn more about other National Poetry Month projects happening throughout the Kidlitosphere, Jama has rounded up many NPM happenings over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.  Happy National Poetry Month 2019!

See you tomorrow!


Please share a comment below if you 


  1. I feel a bit of hope in John's words this time. Knowing 'park days' are here and helping seem to make him feel better. Thanks, Amy!

  2. I don't want time to pass! I want John's grandma to bring over a giant bag of dog food, and his mom to go pick up poor Betsy and all to be right with this family's world again!

  3. I an drawn to your poemstory and visit each day to find out more about John, his parents and Betsy. I am glad that John eventually found comfort in his stuffed dog and that his dad may have found a job... Definitely more hopeful!

  4. Glad the stuffed dog is getting worn, that means he's been comforting John. And sunny days mean hope. Love your drawing and the peek inside your notebook!

  5. I’m in love with your poem story Amy LV- and I also thoroughly enjoyed your talk in Louisville, KY on Friday and Saturday! I’ve found a renewed spirit in poetry because of your inspiration! I can’t wait to share your poem story with my students this week!!

  6. There is so much hope in this poem, Amy. I love that John has a stuffed animal to help him through the sad times.