Sunday, April 28, 2019

Poem #28 - Whispering to Betsy

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.  But sometimes, friends, I am breaking these rules.  Rules can help a project, and they can also hinder it.  So I begin with these rules, and then I listen to each poem and what it desires to be.  When given a writing choice between listening to a poem and listening to a rule, I usually listen to the poem.

Today's poem is short and sweet.  We find a moment of John whispering to Betsy again, just as he did back before this story really began.  Did John always whisper I love you to Betsy?  I am not sure, but I think that in addition to other secrets, he did whisper and will always whisper these three words.  It isn't much of a secret at all, but I sure bet that Betsy loves holding those words all curled in her soft brown ears.

I do not know if this is the secret that John whispered to Betsy back when he first said goodbye to her.  Maybe yes, maybe no.  Secrets are like that.  What do you think?

Thank you to Heinemann for giving away several copies of my book during this National Poetry Month.  Please know that all Heinemann poetry titles are still 40% off through Tuesday!

If you would like catch up on other National Poetry Month projects happening throughout the Kidlitosphere, Jama has rounded up many NPM happenings over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.  Happy last few days of National Poetry Month 2019!

See you tomorrow!


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  1. It is that closeness that breaks your heart, knowing his whisper must be enough until the next time. Lovely, Amy.

  2. Amy, "Love curls in her ears" is such a beautiful way to describe how Betsy must feel when hearing John's words. What a beautiful story poem you have written!

  3. I just checked in here for the first time this month, and am thankful to be able to read each of your daily poems. What a dear subject, and how sweetly you deal with it. Thank you--and I'll keep better track of the Poem Farm henceforth!