Friday, July 31, 2020

Give Free Verse Advice

Students - Have you ever watered a plant? When I water plants, I almost think I can hear them whisper, "Thank you." Sometimes it really is the smallest, simplest act that brings a person joy. Here's something to try: pay attention to every small part of a day. Which bring you clear happiness? Keep a list of these things. Maybe one day you will wish to write long about one of them.

Today's poem does not rhyme and does not have a special rhythm. But the lines are short, and they are short so that a reader slows down while reading. I have decided to call this a free verse advice poem.

Here is one of my freshly watered plants. It says, "Hi!"

Happy Plant
Photo by Amy LV

Catherine is hosting this week's Poetry Friday party over at Reading to the Core with a magical book recommendation and the magical poem one of its paintings inspired her to write. We invite everybody to join in each Friday as we share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship. Check out my left sidebar to learn where to find this poetry goodness each week of the year.

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  1. Thank you for sharing this sweet poem. Watering plants is one of the best parts of my day! I love your suggestion to make a list of which parts of your day bring you joy. I'm going to begin mine with "reading Amy's blog." :-)

  2. Me: "Hi happy plant!" *waving*
    Your poem is simple yet profound, Amy. As always, thank you for sharing your brilliance. :)

  3. So much to write about if you pay attention. I always like to read your posts!

  4. I had a similar reflection this morning:

    Yesterday it rained all day
    I felt kind of blue

    This morning a little flock of birds
    In my yard pecked for worms

    The birds chirped to one another
    I smiled as I watched and listened

    Yesterday it rained all day
    Today the birds and I are happy

  5. This little poem reminds me of a hashtag we had for May #poemsofpresence and this month Molly started another similar one #poeticdiversion. These noticings help to calm this crazy world. Thanks.

  6. Simple advice is needed during pandemic times to balance our life. Thanks for the advice, Amy. I always say to my son who waters that the plants needs his kindness.

  7. Beautiful simplicity, Amy. I love it...