Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Poem #30 - Right Now

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 now...today's poem.

by Amy LV

Students - This month's poems told a story about John and Betsy, and all of the poems were to have three things in common: each would be written in John's voice, each would be 15 lines or shorter (not including spacing), and each would be written in free verse. I find it helpful to set writing boundaries for myself, so I chose three to work with during the past 30 days.  But sometimes, friends, I broke these rules.  Rules can help a project, and they can also hinder it.  So I began with these rules, and then I listened to each poem and what it desired to be.  When given a writing choice between listening to a poem and listening to a rule, I usually listen to the poem.

This is it.  I bid farewell to John, to John's parents, to Miss Betsy, and to sweet Betsy Brown Eyes herself.  I did not expect to feel so sad at the end of this month; I have never become close to characters who took life from a pen held in my own hand.

Thank you to those of you who commented here, through e-mail, on Twitter, or in person...and thank you to those of you who quietly followed along or popped in here and there.  Writers need readers, and I am grateful to you for joining me on this journey, a new narrative path for me. 

My gratitude extends 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 the end of today!

If you would like to spend time visiting or revisiting National Poetry Month projects happening throughout the Kidlitosphere, Jama rounded up many NPM happenings over at Jama's Alphabet Soup.  Happy last few hours of National Poetry Month 2019...

I will be back for regular Poetry Fridays.



Please share a comment below if you wish.day 


  1. A marvelous journey with you and John, Miss Betsy, and Sweet Betsy Brown Eyes. What a wonderful way to end our month, right in the moment, contented and surrounded by love!

  2. Love. Thank you so much for this month-long journey.

  3. It's a kind of miracle, isn't it -- the way you brought these characters to life with your words. They will definitely life on in my heart. What a month! What a story!! Thank you for this gift.

  4. It is a wonderful story, Amy, will live on with me, happy that sweet Betsy will continue to be okay, loved by two! You've written a 'wonder' in a month!

  5. Thank you so much for bringing us this heartwarming story. I feel I know John, Betsy, and Betsy Brown Eyes so well now. And they've told me they want to be in your new picture book. :)

  6. Your poems about John and Betsy have made them come alive in my heart. I'm going to miss reading about them now that the month is over. Thank you so much for them.

  7. Such delight, such happiness. A way to make a friend, a way to make lemonade out of lemons. A lucky turn of events for everyone in this beautiful story of poems. Congratulations, I loved it.
    Janet Clare F.

  8. Amy, the end is upon us and it is a sweet ending. I feel comforted by your words, by the love you shared with your characters, and for the sensitive adventure you created. Thank you. Thinking about what Jama said, I agree that children would love to see this story in a beautiful picture book.

  9. Even though you had some short poems I liked that I could still know what the story was about. SJ
    Sometimes it was confusing but the poem after it you could really understand it. VD
    I liked the way you combined sad and happy. CD

  10. I think we're all a little sad to leave John and Betsy. That's the sign of a good story, one you want to live in a little longer. Thanks for always inspiring me and my students.

  11. We LOVED following the story and there was a collective sigh when it ended. Thanks from 3EV!

  12. This sweet ending is perfect, Amy! Thank you for sharing John and Betsy's story with us!