Saturday, April 5, 2014

Poetry Challenge #5 - I Celebrate Spring

Each Saturday  Ruth Ayres invites us to share and celebrate events from our week. Looking for small celebrations has certainly improved my outlook on my life. For that, I am certainly grateful to Ruth and to all of you who choose to celebrate with us.

Now that the March Slice of Life Challenge is over, one would think that my weekly Saturday celebration is back to normal.  But no - this month I have challenged myself to write a poem a day.  So, my celebration this week is in the form of a poem.  I am not a poet, I am a teacher, but I must write in order to teach.  

Thank you to my fellow bloggers for letting me come along for the ride on this poetry adventure.  It becomes a richer experience when you are writing, sharing, and learning together.  For more poetry fun, check out these blogs from LindaMargaret, MichelleJulianne, and Cathy.

Today I am trying the technique called anaphora which according to Margaret Simon is the repetition of a word or a group of words at the beginning of successive phrases.

I Celebrate Spring

I celebrate the feel of sunny days, warming my face, my heart, my soul
I celebrate the explosion of magnolia buds, watching life burst open
I celebrate the sound of rain, knowing my world will be much greener tomorrow
I celebrate the laughter of my students, releasing their winter blues
I celebrate the birth of spring, awaiting to explore new life.


  1. Don't you just love this form of poetry. Repeating a phrase seems to give such focus and with it power.

  2. Leigh Anne - I love these words ". . but I must write in order to teach." So true. Love all of the risks you take in your blogging! Impressive. I celebrate the laughter of my students too.

  3. I cheer to you for continuing daily writing and experimenting with poetry. Wishing you an abundance of poetic inspiration for the next week.

  4. Good fr yu to continue the writing by tackling poetry! Spring is a celebration and so is your writing.

  5. Sweet poem, Leigh Anne - so much joy in your poem, and in what you celebrate, too.

  6. You have magnolias! How beautiful! Happy to see your poem, Leigh Anne. Fun doing...

  7. Perhaps as the poetry writing continues you may change your mind and say, "I am a poe." Love this format with I celebrate!!! I love, love, love the last line! Thank you for the mention! I'm so excited to be on this poetry journey together!

  8. Beautiful poem, beautiful photo! I commend you on trying all of these new writing adventures! It scares me! I prefer just reading :)

  9. Your photo was so beautiful it inspired me to write a poem! Thank you for sharing that moment.
    The baby bird’s wet feathers dry, and he opens his blind eyes.
    The blossom pushes and spreads its petals in the gentle wind,
    A giraffe scrambles to stand on its spindly legs for the first time.
    It is spring and I, too, take the next step on this unknown journey.

  10. I think it's amazing that you and a few others are going right from March's SOLSC to writing a poem a day this month. Hats off to you! I love this line: I celebrate the explosion of magnolia buds, watching life burst open. Gorgeous photo!

  11. Let's hope spring is really coming! My fingers are crossed.