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Poetry, week 5: Enjoy

By on May 4, 2013

I’m in denial about this great month of poetry ending.
It has been only because of the motivation and incentive of this group that I’ve learned to buckle down and write when I’m not “feeling it.” I want to do it for myself from now on, and I will try.

Play: Getting down on your kids’ level and involving yourself in the serious, hilarious work of play is not only good for the soul — it’s good for a poem.

rusty bolts
iron bars

my ability
to play

But for her
I made my escape.

Imagination: Celebrate your child’s (or your) creativity.

I lived
in imagination
a hero
a goddess
a success


until she landed me
in my body
on this earth
in this life

and showed me
how to play.

Needs: What do your children need from you, or what do you need from them?

She needs me
(for a while)
to hold her kite-string

and I need
to watch her fly.

Respect: In what ways do you respect your children?

I assumed
I’d feel

I made her
after all

then she was here


a being
in all the world
a miracle
all her own.

Work: How does your family combine earning a living with raising children?

two parents
working from home
has given her
an entrepreneurial spirit

so that now
every time she twists
two pipe cleaners together
she wonders if she shouldn’t
open a store

Siblings: Write about those tumultuous, rewarding, exasperating relationships — your own experiences, your children’s, your hope for your family size, or stopping at an only.

my child wanted
a sister

my sister
had a child

now my girl
and her girl
are sisters

Learning: Children learn without trying. Peer into their active, fertile minds.

Born brilliant


and you’ll understand

and you’ll see

the secrets of the universe
played out
with a doll
a twig
and a bottle-cap.

Posted in: poetry, Writing


  1. Melissa
    May 4, 2013

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    I’m going to miss your weekly poetry posts! I have so enjoyed these :)

    • treepeters
      May 8, 2013

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      well, there might be more…. I find I like it.
      And you are just tooo sweet to support me as you do.
      thank you.

  2. Julia
    May 4, 2013

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    Am I allowed to say yours have been my favorites of the whole challenge? Well, because it is just true. Lovely, lovely, lovely! I can just picture you in that first one…love the imagery of the rusty bolts and iron bars. And the kite string…beautiful in it’s simplicity. And the authenticity of the respect poem. Thank you for participating!

  3. Karen at MomAgain@40
    May 6, 2013

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    Beautiful! You caught the essence of the theme with your short poems!
    “I need simply to watch her fly!” > Stunning!

  4. Lauren @ Hobo Mama
    May 8, 2013

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    I’m in denial, too. I kept avoiding reading your final post, because (a) then it would be over and (b) I knew I’d enjoy them so much that I wanted to savor them.

    “until she landed me
    in my body”
    Ah! Yes. Our kids making us present and real.

    Your Needs poem is so simple and profound. Like William Carlos Williams.

    “so that now
    every time she twists
    two pipe cleaners together
    she wonders if she shouldn’t
    open a store”
    Ha ha ha ha! Yes, I see what you mean. We really need to get our kids together. Maybe they can do business!

    “the secrets of the universe
    played out
    with a doll
    a twig
    and a bottle-cap.”
    Love the surprise ending.

    Oh! The ending. Sad.

    But thank you so much for writing along! I’ve so very much enjoyed your poetry and hope you will keep on writing.

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