NaPoWriMo Day 16 (Day 23 for Everybody Else)

Today’s poem is loosely–very loosely–inspired by Maureen Thorson’s Earth Day prompt to write about a plant.


On spring’s first short-sleeve day
I cannot escape

Grainy music seeding itself
through open-window stereos

Twenty-two high-pitched children
revving their joy

Mowers and leaf-blowers
and pressure-washers without number

Even the wind chimes
are barking and barking

I can hardly hear the chickadees
screaming Cheeseburger! Cheeseburger!

I seek and find silence
in the alder leaves’

New Alder Leaves

New Alder Leaves


14 comments on “NaPoWriMo Day 16 (Day 23 for Everybody Else)

  1. sonofwalt says:

    Oh, this is lovely, and well crafted I think. I love how Chickadees and I love the same foods. And the barking wind chimes, perfect.

    • Thank you, thank you, Dave!

      That three-note BEEE-bee-bee is apparently the mating call of the male black-cap chickadee. (Wouldn’t it be nice if finding a mate were as easy as just sitting on a branch and yelling “CHEESEburger” to anybody who’s listening?) Cheers!

  2. Vince Gotera says:

    I love your lines “the alder leaves’ / slowly / opening / eyes” … so apt for the topic and the picture goes very nicely with it.

    I found you through your great comments on Marilyn Cavicchia’s blog. You may have noted that I featured her blog on mine.

    May I feature yours as well? I like your attitude about Day #s. Come to to see if you want to give permission. Hope you say yes.

    Then please leave me a comment on my most recent post. Or else leave a comment here … I’ll be back to look. Thanks!

  3. Doug says:

    Oh this fine pastoral poem thing…a mash of Grainy music and and somehow Cheeseburger..and Dave’s’s lovely and muscular, or make that certain…probably both…I liked it.

  4. Thank you so much, Doug. I hadn’t thought of it that way, but your calling the poem “pastoral” gets me thinking. Maybe something like “Neighborhood Pastoral” would be a good title for the poem. Thanks for your kind and thought-provoking comments!

  5. Marvelous poem Jennifer! Very evocative and enjoyable, too. Blessings, Andy

  6. cupcakemurphy says:

    This is LITERALLY my favorite thing. How did you do it?

    • Well, I started listening, and then I started complaining, and then I realized my complaining was just adding to the noise, so I went for a walk. That’s when I encountered that little alder, and it put me right. (I know that you, as a sister tree-worshiper, get how that works.) Thank you, Cupcake, for reading & commenting.

  7. Alder leaves slowing opening eyes – very cool.

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