February Poetry

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Supposedly February is the shortest month, but it sure doesn’t feel like it this year. It’s gone on and on and on….Laura Shovan’s February Poetry Project has been a welcome distraction from my mid-winter doldrums, although keeping up with the daily art prompts has been tough this past week. I think I might be three or four behind! Eek! During break next week, I’m excited to kick back and enjoy catching up and keeping up. Here are two of my recent efforts:

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Blessing for a Rabbit

May your path be smooth and easy
your soft fur free from clinging burrs
May you leap with grace
and land with certainty
and always be downwind
May you see farmers’ backs
more than their faces
and find warm shelter in stormy weather
May your days be carrot and parsley blessed
And when those days reach their end,
may you slip into peace
in floral scented shade
to wander midst the bounty
of McGregor’s garden

M. Hogan (c) 2018

 

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Monday by L.D. Wight

(I’m not sure about the ending two lines of this next poem. I almost left them off and am still pondering removing them.)

Mama’s Mad Again

Her anger roils from the porch
blasts us in the front yard
scours the grins from our faces
Her look could bleach sheets

We stop our impromptu
swirling washtub dance
hoist the heavy tub
and prepare to scrub
but soap and water
can’t remove all stains.

M. Hogan (c) 2018

And then a random poem popped up mid-week:

There is beauty
in yielding
says the birch
who, under heavy weight,
arches gracefully
to touch the snowy ground

M. Hogan (c) 2018

Jone Rush MacCulloch is hosting this week’s Poetry Friday Roundup on her cleverly named blog, Check It Out. While there, you can sign up to receive a Poetry Postcard from a student in April! Win-win!

35 thoughts on “February Poetry

  1. Irene Latham says:

    Oh those carrot and parsley days! And wowza, the face that can “bleach sheets.” FABULOUS. The birch is my favorite, though… yielding can be so hard for we, the ego-driven… beautiful, inspiring reminder. Thank you!

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  2. lindabaie says:

    I loved both those poems from our group, Molly, and this final ‘new’ one is a gem, “advice” from trees!

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  3. margaretsmn says:

    Don’t you love how the more you write poetry, the more you write poetry. I had to catch up this week (our Mardi Gras break), but fell behind today. I love your romp through McGregor’s garden.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      I’m way behind at this point, Margaret, but I’m hoping to enjoy productive extra writing time this week while we’re on vacation. I love that you have a Mardi Gras break and enjoyed your week in verse.

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  4. Your arching birch is lovely Molly! I liked this line when I first read it “Her look could bleach sheets” I can picture her expression. Have fun with the extra time next week, sounds like a welcome luxury!

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  5. Tabatha says:

    I like all your poems, but your rabbit blessing speaks to me in particular (because we have an elderly carrot-loving rabbit).

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  6. I read your three poems to hannah as she drove us from solvang, california down to santa barbara. blown away is not an overstatement. the teacher/writer from the mid-coast has talent. keep ’em coming. car rides are great for reading poetry to each other. a captive audience and time to reflect on them and talk about them. thanks for coming along for the ride yesterday.

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Wow, Dan, thanks! I’m so glad my poems accompanied you and Hannah on your car ride. Some California warmth and sunshine sounds great right about now, and at least they and you were able to enjoy it 🙂 But, hey, it hit about 40˚F here today with full sun for a while—that’s something to celebrate. Though we are supposed to get 4-6 inches of snow overnight. Sigh…

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  7. Diane Mayr says:

    I feel “carrot and parsley blessed” and look forward to reading all of your February poems as this difficult month progresses.

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  8. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I still LOVE that bunny blessing. I find those last two lines of Mama’s Mad Again haunting and so true. There are stains that cannot be removed by soap and scrubbing. And those birches are lovely!

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  9. Amy Warntz says:

    Your poem, Blessing for a Rabbit, yanked at my heart in more ways than one. We suddenly lost one of ours this past week but reading the poetry allowed me to relive his life and know that now he has “slipped into peace in a floral scented shade to wander midst the bounty of McGregor’s garden.”

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Oh, Amy, I’m so sorry. I know how much your fur babies mean to you. I’m glad that my poem offered some solace. It’s a nice idea to think of rabbits enjoying free access to McGregor’s garden, isn’t it? Take care!

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  10. maryleehahn says:

    I sure loved seeing that familiar embroidery piece in the offerings on FB. I sure hope I can get my act together and join in again soon!

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  11. I also find February to be a blah month that just never seems to end, though thankfully we have Valentines and Lunar New Year and poetry to help get us through the last push to spring!

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  12. Alice Nine says:

    I enjoyed reading both your poems again. Your birch, arching under snow, is lovely wisdom. … and it kinda goes with the “tree theme” in our prompt today.

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  13. As I scrolled down to leave a comment, I read Irene’s and discovered that she expressed my thoughts exactly. Ditto what Irene said, Molly. Brava!

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  14. cvarsalona says:

    Molly, you have been blessing us with wonderful thoughts in verse. I say leave those two last lines in. Can you capture your last poem in a photo and offer it to my winter gallery? I love it.

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  15. macrush53 says:

    All three of these spoke to me. I have enjoyed reading everyone’s response to the art. And the shortest month has become the longest.

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  16. JJ Burry says:

    Love these! I especially love the last one since birch trees are my favorite tree (presuming one can have a favorite tree).

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  17. That last poem. Ahhh. I feel my bowed heart has grace, a blessing from this weight on it. I love that look that could bleach sheets, and I remember it well from childhood. I like your ending.

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