I’m participating in the Summer Poetry Swap that was created by Tabatha Yeatts. The end of June, a lovey poetry garden surprise arrived in the mail, from my poetry friend Linda Baie; along with additional swag. I’m sharing her accordion poem, Tending for Poetry Friday. You can find more of Linda’s poems at her blog Teacher Dance
Take each word, plant its seed,
now you need a pen.
Create scents and feelings true;
cross out every weed.
Stir the smooth into the rough,
only truth will do.
Find where whispers rise
In between the lines.
Flowers flourish on the page,
you’ve grown a poetry prize.
Linda Baie ©2017 All Rights Reserved
Thanks for the beautiful poem and art Linda! I’ve written a poem and created some art as a thank you.
GROWING A GARDEN OF STORIES
Growing a garden
is like writing a story
it takes time and passion.
Planting a seed
is like sketching a character
it takes thought and patience.
Tending your seedlings
is like building arcs
it takes tinkering and persistence.
Weeding between plants
is like revising your draft
it takes tenacity and perseverance
Harvesting your crop
is like completing your book
it takes tenderness and poise.
© 2017 Michelle Kogan
The Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted this week by Carol Varsalona, thanks Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link
M and L, I love how your words grew, with silver bells and cockle shells. 🙂
Thanks Brenda, love your comment; we were both having fun in the garden of words!
Oh, my goodness…what a beautiful collaboration between the two of you. I love the accordian poem. I need to try that sometime….now you need a pen! And, the response….just perfect. You two need to work together again.
Thanks Linda, we are both writing on topics close to our hearts!
How lovely! I am completely enamored of Linda’s accordion presentation! I am hearing whispers all over this post. Thank you, both! xo
Thanks Irene, yes lots of whispering weaving through the vines . . .
Wow, thanks for planting the seeds, Michelle. Your poem growing is lovely. I need to keep it with my swap file! What a wonderful surprise!
Hi Linda, Glad you like it! Your accordion poem has a prominent spot on my work table.
Wow! Linda and Michelle, you have created a wonderful collaboration of thoughts, accordions of thought spreading across the page. Maybe we should think about partner poems for my next gallery. That would be fun.
Thanks Carol, good idea!
Michelle, I love your artwork at the top.
Love the accordion poem and the lovely way the two of you compliment each other!
It’s such fun peeking at the Summer Poetry Swap poems and marveling at all the creative energy!
Yes it is fun Molly, and it’s fun sending and receiving them too!
Love the poetry swap and how together we grow poems, one seed at a time. Thanks for sharing.
Thanks Margaret, Yes and one seed sprouts another!
What a lovely meeting of poetic hearts and minds! Together you’ve grown something beautiful!
What a fun pair of poems — like call and response!
Thanks Mary Lee!
Amazing how the swap poets find so many different ways of presenting their poems! I enjoyed your response poem–we should all do a little more writing in response.
Thanks Diane, good idea, one builds off the other.
It’s fun when one good poem creates another!
Yes, Donna, I said almost this same thing to Diane above!
Linda’s accordion poem is such a treasure, and perfect for you, Michelle. Your poem is lovely and true. It does take all those “t” and “p” words (how clever!) to bring our writing and our gardens to fruition. Thank you for sharing!