Friday, April 17, 2020

Butterfly Release #NationalPoetryMonth #NationalHaikuDay

It is April, and I am joining many others in celebrating National Poetry Month. This month many people turn to their gardens and landscapes and play in the dirt. I'd rather do a little playing with words. This month I will be creating found poems by taking words, phrases, and lines from other texts and rearranging them into a "literary collage" with a whole new meaning.

Happy Haiku Day! 

And Happy Poetry Friday!

I missed last Friday due to the terrible storm in my hometown, but I'm glad to be here this week on National Haiku Day. Molly has the round-up at Nix the Comfort Zone with some yummy bread and jam poems.

In keeping with my theme of "Finding Poetry", I saw Margaret Simon's Facebook post about her monarch butterfly. Her words and her video were just what I needed on this rainy, dreary Friday. Check out her butterfly story and poem on her blog, Reflections On the Teche.

Keeping with the haiku celebration:

Check out Jama's round-up of month-long Kitlit poetry events for more inspiration.

And the progressive poem continues with Heidi today. Check out the progress below.

1.   Donna Smith at Mainely Write

2.   Irene Latham at Live Your Poem
3.   Jone MacCulloch at deowriter
4.   Liz Steinglass
5.   Buffy Silverman
6.   Kay McGriff at A Journey Through the Pages
7.   Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core
8.   Tara Smith at Going to Walden
9.   Carol Varsalona at Beyond Literacy Link
10. Matt Forrest Esenwine at Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
11. Janet Fagel hosted at Reflections on the Teche
12. Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise
13. Kat Apel at Kat Whiskers
14. Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche
15. Leigh Anne Eck at A Day in the Life
16. Linda Baie at Teacher Dance
17. Heidi Mordhorst at My Juicy Little Universe
18. Mary Lee Hahn at A Year of Reading
19. Tabitha at Opposite of Indifference
20. Rose Capelli at Imagine the Possibilities
21. Janice Scully at Salt City Verse
22. Julieanne Harmatz at To Read, To Write, To Be
23. Ruth at There is no such thing at a God-forsaken town
24. Christie Wyman at Wondering and Wandering
25. Amy at The Poet Farm
26. Dani Burtsfield at Doing the Work that Matters
27. Robyn Hood Black at Life on the Deckle Edge
29. Fran at lit bits and pieces
20. Michelle Kogan


  1. Thanks for telling me it is National Haiku Day, Leigh Anne.your haiku is a celebratory one. Your butterfly may not want to venture out into the COVID world.

  2. Isn't Margaret's journey with that butterfly wonderful. And it's doubly so that you wrote about it in your own haiku. I didn't know about National Haiku Day, guess I'll celebrate late! Have a nice weekend!

  3. Beautiful found haiku poem - such a lovely encapsulation of Margaret's butterfly release. Isn't the photo gorgeous!

  4. I love that you were inspired by my butterfly. He's inspiring all sorts of poems and joy. The rhyme of wings brings is a nice surprise.

  5. I'm always fascinated by found poetry. I love that Margaret's butterfly moved you to uncover this haiku--your own metamorphic process of sorts!

  6. Just came from Margaret's blog and lookie here! Another monarch! SAME monarch DIFFERENT poem!! Fun!

  7. I love how one poem and post can lead to another. I enjoyed Margaret's post and poem about the butterfly and your continuation of it into another poem.

  8. Love your image and haiku, Leigh Anne! Stay safe!

  9. Your haiku reminds me of my own care-taking journey with monarchs. As their wings dry, it does seem like they are reluctant to fly, and then they just lift off!

  10. Beautiful poem that seems so fitting for the world right now - reluctance to venture out.

  11. Thanks for your found poem/haiku. Reluctance is definitely in the air when it comes to going out these days. Ah well... this too shall pass. Thanks again.