A big day for Word of the Month Poetry Challenge

Hi everyone,

This is a special day. For the first time in years we have the pleasure of reading poems inspired by the Word of the Month word that are written by students!

I am very grateful to Jane Heitman Healy for selecting stellar examples of “Surprise Poetry” written by Joan Upell’s 8th grade ELA classes, Cheyenne-Eagle Butte Junior High, Eagle Butte, SD, Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation. Joan, please tell your students how much I love their poems. I’m delighted to share them with all the readers who are going to love them too.

Please go to the top of the page and click on the box marked YOUNG POETS W.O.M. POEMS. I know the eager poets will enjoy hearing your thoughts about their work. You are going to find their poems surprising!

Happy news for me

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I heard from Jane Heitman Healy some good news about one of my books, COWBOYS. Here’s part of her note:
Jane Heitman HealyDavid,
I thought you’d like to know that your book Cowboys has been recorded for blind and visually impaired citizens of South Dakota . . . I’m glad a new audience can now enjoy your work!

COWBOYS was on the South Dakota reading list for 2014-15, and now this. I couldn’t be happier. Here’s the link she sent. http://library.sd.gov/BTB/news/2015/Summer.aspx#South . Jane, my Stetson’s off to all who had a hand in making this decision.

Looking for the next poetry challenge

Hi everyone,

Thanks again to J. Patrick Lewis for his latest poetry challenge. Here’s a recap of contributors so far.

Ionic a Minore

What If – Song Parodies

Haiku book reviews

Couplets about my ugly lake
Couplets to scold me for being in Florida

If you have a favorite verse form and/or subject with which to tease us into action, I look forward to your suggestion. And by the way, even now, months after some of the challenges were posted, I’m still receiving new contributions. Thanks and keep it up.

Counting down the hours

Hi everyone,

Here we are in the final day of this eventful year. I hope you’re all bug-free and looking forward to ringing out the old and singing in the new. If anyone has a poem to share to mark the occasion, I’ll be glad to post it for you.

Party safely. I look forward to 2013 and it’s own brand of surprises and challenges. Here’s to you.

Okay! Thanks to Jane Heitman we have a New Year poem! With my thanks to you, Jane, here’s your poem.

Ways to Welcome a New Year

On the stroke of midnight,
that gasp between
2012 and 2013,
throw open the doors and shout!
Let one year in and the other out.

When twelve o’clock strikes,
And a new year starts
Enflame the ardor of our hearts
With kisses for those most dear
To ensure a loving year.

Before the old year dashes,
On December thirty-first,
To prevent financial curse
We fill our pantries, pay our bills,
Carry lentils, mend our ills.

On the first day of the year,
For luck the whole year through,
Wear clothing that is new.
Eat certain foods. This is a key–
Fill your plate with black-eyed peas.

As we flip the calendar page
From one year to the next
We hope for good effects
By trying out some superstitions
And carefully keeping our traditions.

Happy New Year!
(c2012, Jane Heitman Healy, all rights reserved)

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