Thursday, March 30, 2017

My 2017 National Poetry Month Project

Last week, I wrote about keeping a gratitude journal.  Most of my entries have been just a few quick sentences about things that bring me joy. something that amazes me, or an unexpected act of kindness.


                                                              my gratitude journal

Writing these short passages helps me pay closer attention to the goodness in my life.



When I started thinking about a project for National Poetry Month,  I knew I wanted to do something connected with my gratitude journal. So, I'm going to try to write a short "gratitude" poem each day and post it along with a quote or  photograph.   I don't post many of my own poems, so writing and posting a daily poem is way out of my comfort zone, but my one little word for 2017 is CHANGE, so here I go!




I'll be joining in with the talented Laura Purdie Salas who will write a daily poem about a small wonder and post it using the hashtag of #wonderbreak.   Since my project is similar to Laura's, I'll use the same hashtag. (I've never used a hashtag, so this will be another change for me. 😊 )    You can read more about Laura's plans and invitation to join her for NPM here.   



Be sure to stop by The Poem Farm and check out Amy's amazing NPM project. I'm really looking forward to this week's roundup and all the great projects our Poetry Friday friends are planning for National Poetry Month!




15 comments:

  1. Sending you creatively brave vibes as you embark on posting your "gratitude" poems, Linda! Change is usually uncomfortable, but worth it. =)

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    1. Thank you, Bridget. I can use all the help I can get! : )

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  2. I think that the challenge you and Laura are taking on is fantastic and that not only will it yield new poems...it will help you see more beauty. Here's to doing scary things and hashtags (once you've done it once, you're a pro) and all things community and good. Happy Poetry Month! xo

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    1. I'm excited about this project. Thanks for your encouragement, Amy! xo

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  3. Hi Linda! I applaud your national poetry month scheme. Gratitude will take us far!

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  4. I have never been too successful with April poetry challenges. I think that is due to coming off the heals of the March Slice of Life challenge. And I also loved Laura's project, but then I saw Amy's at The Poem Farm. What's a writer to do? So I decided I will just do what I can.

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    1. I know what you mean, Leigh Anne. There's so many good ideas to choose from. I have not been successful in keeping up in the past, but I'm hoping to change that this year. We'll see how it goes! : )

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  5. Yay! I feel like we are on the same team. I will enjoy #wonderbreak with you. I get overwhelmed by all the choices of Poetry Month. I just want to be a writer....not a big leader of anything. So, I look for one small thing to do. See you TOMORROW!

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  6. Your project of writing gratitude poems will be so rewarding. I'll be looking for #wonderbreak on twitter!

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  7. It's a 'wonder' full goal, Linda. I may join in sometimes when my "tiny things" poem fits. I'll be sure to watch for you!

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  8. What a great idea to mine your gratitude journal for poetry seeds! Happy poetry writing!

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  9. I love this idea! The world can be such a frightening, overwhelming place, but focusing on the small moments, the everyday moments, can ground us, and help us find the good around us.

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  10. I love the idea of a daily gratitude poem. I keep a gratitude journal but haven't turned to it with poetry yet. You may inspire me to try!

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  11. The #haikuforhealing in December were good for my heart. Thank you (gratitudes) for taking the risk to share your writing every day.

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