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Show Your Work

People in classical homeschooling circles often talk about the relationship between education and imitation.  If you want your children to invite words into their lives, to revel in the language and imagery of poetry, you have to do those things first.  This isn’t something you can manufacture.  If you want children who write, then you need to be a mama who writes.Poetry Every Day

One of the best books I read last year was Healing Walks for Hard Times by Carolyn Scott Kortge.  Walking has become a regular part of my days.  When I move my body, everything that’s in my head and heart gets still.  I count my steps and align my breath: IN-2-3-4, OUT-2-3-4.  Then I let a word from Amanda’s evocative list of prompts start singing to me.  When I arrive home I often have a few lines.

Silent black crow

predicting rain no matter

what the blue sky says.


In winter’s grey

camellia blossoms thrill,

echoing the sun’s last light


Cat in a warm window

Wind high off the water

Dogwoods floating pink:

Sunset still two hours off.


As night comes mist rolls

up the bluff making the world

in its own image.


Bare trees in full bud:

ginkgo, tulip, dogwood.

Seamless shift toward Spring.


Bluebells, clematis,

iris, sage, lilac:

delicious shades of purple.




  1. i love seeing your words pop up on twitter—so poetic. and the poems seem effortless. i might need to look into that book you recommend!

    1. Your prompts are such gifts. Never before have I had such an affinity with a set of writing prompts. And yes, Healing Walks is worth a look!

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