is the sky
blue and grass green?
What does it matter,
he replies, do your chores.
Eyes downcast, she complies–but
determined to find answers—there
in those books she’s forbidden to touch–
only boys can learn to read, and then
only those with the right skin tones
or money or connections.
Still books call—enticing!
Secretly she learns–
For all who have marched, protested, and struggled for freedom–a double nonet for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday
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“And this our life, exempt from public haunt, finds tongues in trees, books in the running brooks, sermons in stones, and good in everything. I would not change it.”
–William Shakespeare, As You Like it
The robin sings on Earth Day morning
Songs of love, and calls of warning
Stories heard in brooks and trees
Stories we must try to heed
Before it is too late
Yet, look, the
On us all
The fox and owl
The polar bear, too,
Though ice melts at the poles
And coral reefs are bleaching
Still tonight we’re here together
And Robin will sing in the morning
NaPoWriMo, Day 22 A bit late, but it’s been a busy day.
Today’s challenge: A poem for Earth Day. Happy Earth Day and Happy Passover!
Accept no other definition
of your life, accept only your
own; March to the beat you hear
within your head and heart.
Ignore the cadence,
open it wide!
beckons, invite it in
kindly; turn the wheel of good
Fortune, define your life, accept it.
NaPoWriMo, Day 13 Prompt: A poem based on or using fortune cookie messages. I used the three above. I wrote another nonet with a reverse. (Doesn’t that sound like some kind of figure skating move? She did a nonet with a full reverse.)