My Word of the Month poem

Hi everyone,

Here’s my Word of the Month poem inspired by our word: ZONE. I hope to see a lot more poems before the end of the month. So far we have eight thanks to Cory Corrado, Jeanne Poland, Bryn Strudwick, Jane Yolen, William Joe Pyles, Robert Schechler, Elizabeth Neubauer,, and Jane Heitman Healy.

The Road

Together down the road we go.
Where we’re going we don’t know.
Most prefer it nice and slow.
Some are in a hurry though.

Those who like a slower gait
Have no sense of running late.
If now and then they pause to wait,
The fun of getting there is great.

For others slowpokes make them groan.
Winning is all they’ve ever known.
To get there fast and first, alone,
They live inside the passing zone.

Together down the road we go.
Where we’re going we don’t know.
Most prefer it nice and slow.
Some are in a hurry though.

(c) 2019 David L. Harrison
all rights reserved

19 comments on “My Word of the Month poem

  1. Oh, I’ve been thinking of a poem just about zone. This one is great. Connie

    On Thu, Jan 24, 2019 at 07:42 AM, Children’s Author David L. Harrison’s Blog wrote:

    davidlharrison posted: “Hi everyone,

    Here’s my Word of the Month poem inspired by our word: ZONE. I hope to see a lot more poems before the end of the month. So far we have seven thanks to Cory Corrado, Jeanne Poland, Bryn Strudwick, Jane Yolen, William Joe Pyles, Robert Sche”

  2. Morning, David! I enjoyed your poem. I’ll be taking that road nice and slow this morning….as we had some snow during the night. Off to another fun day in music class!

  3. Whether walking or driving―
    Nice and slow― the way to go
    on slip-slidy days
    when ice is dusted with snow

    (We are having many such days up here, too!)
    …………………..
    Love your well-paced poem, David!
    To each, his own
    My pace is s l o w.

  4. I enjoyed your poem but I found ‘zone’ hard… and i don’t see what your poem has to do with zone, didn’t see zone in the poem… so i’m not sure how to proceed to write a poem based on ‘zone’. Confused.

    • Yvona, the word “zone” appears in the final word of the 3rd stanza. This is a poem about differences in how people approach life; some always in a rush, others more deliberate and contemplative.

  5. Also, where do i find the other zone poems by Cory Corrado, Jeanne Poland, Bryn Strudwick, Jane Yolen, William Joe Pyles, Robert Schechler, Elizabeth Neubauer,, and Jane Heitman Healy.?

    • Some of the poems are posted under “Adult W.O.M. Poems.” Go to the top of the page above today’s date and the title “My Word of the Month poem.” Click on that and scroll down to read the poems and comments posted there. That’s where you can post your own poem and comments. Some poets prefer to post their poems on the blog page itself and that usually happens soon after the first day of the month when I announce the new word. Scroll back through this month’s blog posts to the first day or so and you should find them.

      • Thank you David. Wow… i read the poem and liked the poem and understood the different approaches to life… but missed the word ‘zone’ in the 3rd stanza, and i read it more than once…
        I often get inspiration from others’ poems. Below is mine.

  6. Mr Slowpoke, get out of the way!
    We want to get there sometime today!
    We’re begging you to please go fast –
    Mr Slowpoke, step on the gas!

  7. It’s said that when you’re work’s going well,
    You’re focused; you’re in the ‘zone;’
    And when everyday, it’s just you & your work
    Folks are mistaken if they think you’re alone.

    • For sure and certain you speak the truth, dear Cheryl. And we all know that a writer sitting quietly, silently, is idle and therefore fair game to talk to, ask questions, assign duties, and talk on the phone from a yard away.

      • I’m reminded of a story having to do w/ Jas. Thurber. One day, when one of his daughter’s friends came to visit, she made wondering mention of her buddy’s dad standing, staring out the window, informative Rosemary noted, ‘oh,he’s just writing.’

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