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Teach Write has got me
writing gratitude haikus:
it’s reviving me.

Ella Lyon’s book’s
gone unread on my shelf, but
now’s its time for me.

Which led my mind to
my Poetry subscription:
high-minded wasteland.

I cancelled, and bought
instead, Oliver, Collins,
and Julie L. Moore.

Husband listened as
I talked poetry, then asked
how it solves problems.

Gratikus provoke
gratitude in me – help me
see and innovate.

Poetry, done right,
could show us the Kingdom way –
show the King has come.

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.

Evening Running Companion

The light that governs
the night, looking like God’s thumb
nail, shines low through trees.

#Gratiku

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.

After-Work To-Do List

Ran three miles with
speed intervals after work.
Prep for 5k run.

Chicken pot pie from
farmers market for dinner:
another task done.

Little girl wants a
workout partner for P.E.:
bonus task of fun.

Print out non-fiction
articles about dogs and
read with youngest son.

Prepped half of lesson
on eClass, then brain mush
and I just want to write.

Three and a half, and
bonus tasks, out of seven:
it’s better than none.

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.

The Weekend

Saturday:
Waffles for kids, then
Time To Write for myself, then
kids, kids, husband, run.

Sunday:
Join the stage, grab my
guitar. Choristers next. Sound
check. Plink, chord, sway, sing.

Monday:
Monday: my mind in
low gear. The weekend was work.
I need a day off.

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.

A Teacher’s Day

Thursday: first-block
planning. Woke at 5:30.
Moved slower to work.

Block two: two sleepy,
face-to-face. The rest on Zoom.
Stand and deliver.

Intervention block:
systematically, I
dole out make-up tasks

The cutie came to
fourth-block planning, thinking he
had class. Wrong day, bud.

Afternoon-sun shines
through large glass, tucked snug between
whitewashed cinder blocks.

One parent meeting
before it’s home to run up
and down my street block

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.

Gratitude and Hopes of an American Public School Teacher in the Year of Our Lord 2020

Digital textbook
with interactive lessons
had students engaged
and this teacher saved
and high from the
unprecedented focus
of her students.

She wonders if it’s
the lesson, or maybe
how she presented it?
Or, maybe it’s the
beginnings of the
effects of a nation that
has just been relieved?

Feeling a bit foolish,
she does hope it’s
the latter, and that it
lingers and morphs
into a new day of
favor to all and
the demise of ego.

There are other
possibilities and
combinations of
factors colliding to
create this day of bliss.
But, she’ll keep praying,
hoping for the latter.

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.

Little Things That Make a Difference

My ninth grade daughter’s computer science teacher used
emojis in an email in which he answered her questions.
I could tell, by how she lit up when she showed me the email,
that those emojis gave her strength, and made him cool.

And when I get an email from Ms. Poplar, our school’s LSTC,
I feel like my need is the most pressing and important thing
on her mind and that she is ever happy to help me out. Her
email signature reads “Warmest regards”, and I’m undone.

Last time I went to Chik-fil-a, I wanted hazelnut for my
coffee. When they didn’t have the flavor I requested they
shuffled out, asked if vanilla was okay. At my gratitude they
said “Ma pleasure!” with a grin, and I always say that now

because of them. And I use emojis and “warmest regards”
so that my students feel like they’re wanted and worth it.

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.

Venus and Perspective

He hadn’t talked to me all week. I am sure
it was my fault. But, Lord, I have justifications.

My neighbor recently gave me a synopsis
of Men are From Mars. I ought to have known

that he just needed a cave moment. But, he
hasn’t heard the synopsis that Women are

from Venus and that he could have at least
just acknowledged my existence. At least.

Late on Sunday night, after a week of mostly
silence toward me – after I estimated he had

had enough of his cave – my pent-up thoughts
spilled out. And today, at desk, my eyes and body

are heavy. But, that moment to just talk some
things out was heavenly. And, I thank God for

neighbors who take a moment to explain Mars
and Venus, and that Kindle eBooks are handy.

Mobilize

Two morning miles,
warming up my muscles; Muse,
mustering my mind

#Gratiku #Thankspoem

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.

Daily Bread For An Election On Edge

My wise neighbor told me on Tuesday that, not Wednesday,
but probably Thursday is when we’d see unrest and protest.
And so, I said, well, we just have to keep on praying. Praying
for peace. God said when we pray for the good gift of the
Holy Spirit that he’d give it to us. Peace is a fruit of the Holy
Spirit and so I pray “give us your Holy Spirit” on Wednesday.
I’ll pray it on Thursday, too, because we need to eat every day.

#Gratiku #Thankspoem

During the month of November, I will be joining Teach Write in the #Gratiku challenge, in which we write and share a gratitude haiku (or other poemish piece) every day in November. I may not write every day, but I will certainly try my best.

If you’re a teacher of writers (or a writer… don’t have to be a teacher) and you’re looking for a supportive group of other writers to encourage you along your writing journey, check out Teach Write.