March Poem

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This weekend I realized I had not yet written a poem this month. Although I have written a few songs in the past, I have never really delved into poetry writing before (I know, it shows!- I suspect the rhyming couplets would be better together)… so this is another off the cuff, completely unpolished response to my weekend, once again written really for children. Jane Yolen is one of my Picture Book author idols. She has written over 300 PB’s and has committed to writing a poem every single day this year, so the least I can do is attempt one a month. I also apologize to those of you who can’t wear sandals and short sleeves yet.


Mild March Day

Sun’s warm kiss

My cats play

White Iris


Cyprus budding

Whispering breeze

Bees buzzing

Allergy Sneeze


Wood Pigeon’s cry

Fresh grass mown

Plane-streaked sky

Summer seeds sown


Winter is past

Washing on line

Barefoot at last

T-shirt is fine.


Windows cleaned

Cupboards sorted

Rain again

Spring walk thwarted!


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7 Responses to March Poem

  1. That was a delightful step into spring, Joanna! Very welcome in this not-yet-spring we’ve been slogging through here. I chuckled (and commiserated) at “allergy sneeze”. Just for the record, I tried reading it both ways, with the rhyming couplets the way they are, and with them together, and I think it’s better the way they are. With the couplets together, it becomes too predictable, and the reading could too easily slip into too much of a rhythm.

  2. Patricia Tilton says:

    I think your poem is fun and creative. Would not have known it was off the cuff. I think its great that you’ve made a special effort to write poetry monthly. It’s a wonderful discipline, and with time you will find your niche. And, as a writter, you may on occasion want include a poem in a children’s story. Lovely offering.

  3. Joanna says:

    @ Beth, I endure a couple of months of flu like symptoms with my cypress tree allergy 🙁 thanks for the input on the couplets. just tried it again both ways, and agree with your perception.

    @ Pat, thanks. I think you are right that it is a valuable discipline to stretch ourselves with different styles and genres. I think mastering ones craft has many paths.

  4. Lovely! Yeah, still waiting for spring here!

  5. Diane says:

    Hi Joanna,
    I loved your poem and like Patricia like the idea you plan on doing this monthly…mmm I should do that to, what a neat idea.

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