Saturday, July 28, 2018

Breakfast Together {Poetry Friday}

Morning quiet
Eases my mind and body
Opening unknown opportunities

dashing about
Hearing Motion

rapid flapping
zip in
short linger
Sipping Nectar

Iridescent shimmers
flashing in and out
pausing for nutrition

Being mindful
Sitting quietly
Peaceful observations

Breakfast Together

I'm continuing my study of the book Poems are Teachers How Studying Poetry Strengthen Writing in All Genres by Amy Ludwig Vanderwater.   Each week I will let you know the technique of the week I've played with and a thought or two about the process.  

"Writers write about that they believe is important, what they believe is wrong, what they long to preserve."  Amy Ludwig Vanderwater

This week was Write from a Feeling or Belief and I appreciated the list of questions Amy provides to help the reader/poet get to beliefs and feelings.  I was torn between two questions; How are you different after reading/seeing this? and What do you want to change in the world?  

I wrestled with many things to change in the world from my home, school district, city, state, nationally, and worldly.  Amy's words about longing to preserve something kept rising to the top of my thinking because I didn't have my phone with me to capture a hummingbird visit to my flower boxes during breakfast.  I enjoyed capturing the feelings with words and can visualize the image and moment now.

I wanted to name my visitor and remember how much my students and I enjoy trying to infer while reading.  I had to pull back as a writer and not name who I had breakfast with.  I wonder if readers will figure it out.

Thank you Catherine at Reading to the Core for hosting Poetry Friday this week.


  1. Your poem is so rich in images, Mandy! I did infer your visitor was a hummingbird, but at first if could have been a butterfly. I love having visitors for breakfast, too! Thank you for sharing!

  2. Sometimes it's good not to have the camera. You captured your breakfast visitor perfectly! Love all the short i sounds in the middle of the poem.