Saturday, April 15, 2017

NPM Day 15: The Letter M: Two Poets & Celebrate This Week

My book spine poem for NPM 2017:

She walks in beauty
A jar of tiny stars
Awakening the heart
Open the door
House of light 
Pass the poetry, please!

Each weekend I join a group of blogger friends to celebrate the week.  I have many celebrations this week.

I've made it halfway through National Poetry Month and my stroll through the alphabet continues.  Today's featured letter is M.
And of course, Eve Merriam comes to mind.  This is a favorite visual poster of Merriam's poem, "How to Eat a Poem" that a parent made for me more than a decade ago.  
Another "M" poet is Lilian Moore.  Her book, Mural on Second Avenue and Other City Poems, includes several favorite poems.  
  • "To a Red Kite"
  • "Forsythia Bush"
  • "Rain Pools"
  • "The Tree on the Corner"
  • "Winter Dark"
If you've never explored this picture book of Moore's poetry, it's time to treat yourself.  

 Join us each weekend for Celebrate This Week with Ruth Ayres.
When we pause to celebrate, we find the joy.
Discover. Play. Build. 
   A week filled with moments to celebrate and remember.

While I was busy writing my daily posts, an important number passed me by.  I completed my 700th post when I saluted 
Irene Latham (for the letter I), poet extraordinaire,
on my Tuesday slice of life post.  

I received a free book from Irene.  Out of her abundant spirit, she offered one of her books of poetry free during NPM if you emailed her.  I did and she sent a book to me and one for a friend,
both inscribed.

Both sets of grandparents and friends
gathered in celebration for Jack's blessing
at church on Sunday. 
Jack went to his first story hour at
Island Books, our indie bookstore,
and even stayed awake the whole time.
Teddy officially began walking this week. 
He's a big fan of swinging too!
Love this springtime pic 
and Teddy's charming smile!

And in honor of Easter weekend, here's an acrostic I wrote for Spiritual Journey First Thursday earlier in the month.

Everlasting joy
As we praise the God who
So loved the world 
That He sent His son.
Every soul has cause to 
Rejoice!  He is risen!

-Ramona Behnke
Happy Spring!


  1. Hooray new poets that I need to explore! Love the photos and the joy on his face at the bookstore! Starting young-love that!! Happy Easter.

  2. Beautiful post with so much included! Lots of life. Happy Easter,

  3. Quite a wonderful week, Ramona, grand-boys included! Thanks for sharing all, including those two wonderful poets.

  4. Congratulations on your 700th post! Teddy walking already? We are still waiting for my nephew to stand up.He has his first tooth.

  5. Wonderful celebrations all around for you this week, Ramona! I love seeing photos of your beautiful grandboys. Such joy!

  6. Ramona, those grandbabies are growing! I love the storytime pic of Jack and his mama. What a happy pair! And CONGRATULATIONS on your 700th post!!! Keep 'em coming, Ramona. Happy Easter. xo

  7. Love "How to Eat a Poem" ... use it to introduce poetry. Thanks for sharing the "melon slice"... A big congratulations on #700.

  8. He is risen and all is good. It's just my son, husband, and I this Easter celebrating with my relatives via texts and phone calls. It seems odd but then we will all be together in two weeks at my home for my daughter's baby shower. Thank you for the poem, Ramona.

  9. Ramona, congratulations on Jack's baptism and Teddy's first walk.