Tuesday, March 31, 2015

2015 SOLSC 31/31: April's Siren Call

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Betsy, Dana, Beth, and Anna
for hosting this meeting place each day in March
                                                    and for nurturing our writing lives. 

It's a 5th Tuesday and time to revisit my OLW, stretch.  Which is scarier, calling yourself a writer or a poet?  I'm "stretching" my poetry muscles today with a fun form.

I refer to our month of daily slicing as my own form of March Madness.  Last year I leaped into April and Poetry Month with an arunto celebrate a month of slicing with my students. This year I close out my month of slicing by lifting some lines from Beatrice Schenk de Regniers', “Keep a Poem in Your Pocket” in an arun to answer April’s siren call.  

*arun -  fifteen-line poem in three sets of five lines. Each set of five lines follows the same syllable structure: starting with one syllable and increasing by one (1/2/3/4/5 — 3x). Explore this form with GirlGriot who introduced it to me. 

may be
the maddest
month of them all.
But April creeps up,
is not cruel.
Rejoice! With a
poem in your pocket,
be lonely
at night in bed
as poems sing to you.


  1. It's more difficult to call yourself a poet...people roll their eyes.

  2. Either title is hard to claim, but it looks like you should claim both! Nice job!

  3. Neither when your work speaks so beautifully for itself! (Yes, I am talking to you!:))

  4. This is beautiful. I'm ashamed to admit I've never heard of an arun before, but I will definitely try to write one in the future. Thanks for teaching me something!

    As a young girl, I called myself a poet. Now I barely feel comfortable calling myself a writer. I guess I'm just someone who writes things down... hmm..

    1. Raeily, you made me laugh! "I'm just someone who writes things down"! I'm still chuckling! If you can write that, you are a writer!

  5. I love your poem. April is indeed a reprise from March which does not know what or where it is!

  6. Love this 'end', Ramona, & really a beginning too, to the loveliest of months, not cruel at all. I always hope for some of your April showers, but often they do not appear. Happy writing of poetry!

  7. Ramona,
    An arun was also new to me. Sorry, but way beyond anything but my vast appreciation as I have no room for math this week! Amazing use of syllables for such memorable ideas!

    You are an author AND a poet!

  8. Ramona, Writer and Poet... It's you!

  9. Ramona, I love this poem. The style is lovely. I have not written a poem in this style and would like to try it. Great to give and receive feedback with you this month. I, too, am looking forward to April's poetry pleasures!

  10. You are a writer AND a poet. And, a lovely person. I can tell from your writing and your comments. Thank you. So much. Onto April...

  11. A poet is a writer and that would be you! Have fun playing in the poetry field during April. I will be checking to see what you've created.

  12. Your poem is perfect for today: a nod to the madness of slicing every day (!) and the anticipation of a month of poetry. Thank you for sharing, my writer AND poet friend!