Howdy, Poetry Friday friends! Thanks for stopping by and visiting me at the ridge where I am writing up a storm about birds while I wait for my favorite spring birds, the Purple Martins, to arrive. While I'm rounding up poems about birds, our friend Karen Edmisten is rounding up words for our round up today. Thanks for hosting, Karen!
Waiting sure is hard sometimes, especially when you want something really bad. For the past couple of weeks, I have been patiently waiting for my Purple Martin bird friends to return. With each passing day, my mind becomes and more consumed with worry that they might not return. Lucky for me, I know what to do while I'm waiting. I write! I write about other bird friends and animal friends that I love. I write about hopes, fears, and things I hold dear. I write about lots of things. Words can be great friends that help to pass the time away through all that waiting.
I have hope that the Martins will arrive, but until they do, I keep writing! After all, I have so many words that want to sprout wings and fly out into the world each day.
Invitation to Write:
There are times and even places where we tend to spend a lot of time waiting. You might wait in line at a grocery store or at a drive through restaurant. You might even spend time waiting at an airport, subway station, or a doctor's office. So what do you do while you are waiting? Perhaps you read a book or spend time on your phone. Do you write? Writers, my hope for you today and everyday is that you find those spaces in the seams of your life to write. Think of all the words that are waiting to be written!
2/23/2017 08:59:54 pm
I was watching an old episode of The Joy of Painting the other day (Bob Ross is my go-to after a particularly stressful day), and I remember him talking the power that an artist has to create and control whole worlds on their canvas. Writing is just like that - you might not be able to make the birds come back sooner or stay longer, but you can certainly write about them and celebrate them whenever you like! Such power we wield with our pens (and keyboards)! :-)
2/24/2017 05:03:44 am
Another great bird poem!
2/24/2017 07:21:59 am
So sweet...those hearts! I love that. And I do hope that your purple martins return soon! xo
2/24/2017 08:13:48 am
Kiesha, I always love reading your posts! You inspire me with doable ideas. Today your post of the robins resonates. Since I was a little girl, I've watched each year for the coming of the robins in my backyard. My mother instilled in me a love and wonder for these harbingers of spring.
2/24/2017 10:42:23 am
It certainly is a time for being obsessed with birds! Even in Florida we are seeing different birds. And I saw some robins down here last weekend. I don't ever remember seeing robins in Florida before although of course maybe I have we are currently watching the great blue Heron's nest in the top of a very tall loblolly pine trees and Osprey and anhingas as well. I hope your purple Martins arrive soon!
2/24/2017 04:50:02 pm
I love that closing image of hearts scattered across the lawn. Yes, waiting is hard. Sometimes I read, sometimes I write. Thanks for the reminder to take those opportunities that seem wasted but can be filled with words.
2/25/2017 02:45:38 am
Love this. I hope your purple friends come soon. When I wait, I either write or read. I don't go anywhere without paper and pen, AND a book to read.
2/25/2017 05:45:48 am
Good Morning dear Keisha!
3/2/2017 04:36:06 am
"who have come to the yard like happy campers" -- love that. :)
4/14/2018 06:50:53 pm
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Welcome! I'm Kiesha Shepard, and I have a love for writing and the teaching of writing. Whispers From the Ridge is a place where I can share my words and ideas for teaching writing. It's also a place for you to find inspiration for writing the words inside of you. I invite you into my world of writing as I capture the whispers from the ridge.
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