Friday, December 1, 2023

Let Your Heart Be Captured

Small White Pine
Photo by Amy LV

Students - Today I encourage you to find something that captures your heart! This small white pine in our front yard captured my heart yesterday, and so I took its picture as it bravely stood in our first snow of the season.

What to do? First, find something to capture your heart. You can do this by going for a little walk anywhere - inside or outside. What matters is the that you look. Look for something to love. Tuck this loved idea into a pocket of your heart, and bring it to your writing place. Then, think about why one of this captured your heart, and write about it. Somehow, today, the idea of quietly sharing breath with a small tree rose to my heart's surface.

Did you notice that I repeat many words in today's poem: snow, silent, quiet, small... Repeated words can provide comfort to readers. I know they do so for me.

Anastasia is the host of this week's Poetry Friday roundup at Small Poems with a poem about a first snow coinciding with her first poem sale. Each Friday, all are invited to share poems, poem books, poetry ideas, and friendship in this open and welcoming poetry community.

I wish you joy...and many heart-capturings...this December!



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  1. Gosh, the repeating is like a bow on the whole package, Amy!

  2. "breathing together" - what a peaceful moment that is. Thanks for sharing it, Amy. :-)

  3. I can feel the crisp air and the symbiosis between you and the sturdy white pine! : )

  4. The lines "silent, so silent" and "quiet, so quiet" jumped out at me immediately, Amy! And I love your suggestion about finding something to capture your heart. I will do that today.

  5. Thank you for the silence and quiet in this poem. And the shared breaths.

  6. I love that 'quiet', Amy. This is lovely!

  7. That last line! "Sharing breath with me." Just gorgeous.

  8. "silent, so silent"; "quiet, so quiet"--do you really have that much snow? Not a bad way to start December, especially with a small sturdy white pine to share breath with.

  9. What a gorgeous captured moment, Amy. "we are breathing together" - yes. SO lovely to share a hug at NCTE.