If it’s the first Saturday of any month, it’s National Play Outside Day! Dictionary for a Better World reminds us to spend time in nature . Today’s form of poetry is a Haiku, one of my favorite, which traditionally has seventeen syllables in a 5-7-5 line pattern, but Modern Haiku throws out the rules and urges a short poem in three to four lines and no rules.
quenching Earth’s dry thirst
steady rains saturate plains
trickle, tickle dirt
*During the months of August and September on days when I’m not participating in the Open Write at www.ethicalela.com, I will be writing in response to the pages of Dictionary for a Better World: Poems, Quotes, and Anecdotes from A to Z by Irene Latham and Charles Waters, illustrated by Mehrdokht Amini. The poems, poetic forms, narratives, quotes, and calls to action to make one small difference might be just the medicine my world – or the whole world – needs. I’ll be inviting insights in the form of an immersion into a 10-minute-a-day book study (just long enough to read the page, reflect, and connect). If you don’t have a copy of the book, you can order one here on Amazon. I invite you to join me in making August and September a time of deep personal book friendship. A few teachers will be following the blog and engaging in classroom readings and responses to the text. So come along! Let’s turn the pages into intentionally crafting beautiful change together.