Welcome to Day 3 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!
- I’m writing and posting a new poem every day through the month of April (yikes!), for better or worse.
- AND, as a gift, I’m giving away a copy of my poetry book EVERY DAY this month. FREE!
- Sign up to WIN a copy of (After) Confession by just leaving a comment beneath the poem of the day.
- I will pick a winner every day in April! So comment every day for a new chance to win.
Congratulations, Linds (Linda Em), for winning a free copy of my poetry book! (I do a raffle from those who commented on yesterday’s post.) Linda, please email me your address so I can send your prize: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now onto today’s poem. Don’t forget to comment, and check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!
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As I peeled the eggs this morning,
shells speckled-bright from Easter,
How could you grow up,
my Darlings? I had you and
then you were gone, sweet
babies, kids, then teens.
Your father and I dyed these eggs,
only hiding them in the fridge now,
not bothering with baskets or chocolate
bunnies. Ghosts of Easters Past
line up in my mind and I can
see it all– each phase of faces,
voices, bodies, your wiggly
joy cooling to tolerance, your
magical imagination aging
into puns and clever wit.
I knew this was the deal going in.
When we signed up, that fine print,
the phase-out seemed so
far away. Yes, we’ve won a
lottery in the exchange—
adults magnificent as
newly-grown swans. Still
I can’t help but miss
the babies, kids, teens I
knew, precious, fleeting,
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This month’s posts are part of the NaPoWriMo challenge — that’s National Poetry Writing Month. At NaPoWriMo.net, you’ll find links to other participating writers and their poetry. AND daily writing prompts for inspiration to write your own poems. Check them out.
I’m so looking forward to your comments– it doesn’t have to be about the poem. Write anything, share the name of your favorite poet or poem, write about the weather, whatever! And thanks for reading.
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