Friday, January 31, 2014

Poetry Picture Book Giveaway! Poetry Friday! Who Am I? A Mask Poem

Howdy Campers!

Happy Poetry is the (gasp!) last day to win TeachingAuthor Jill Esbaum's brand new rhyming picture book about a hyper baby killdeer,
I HATCHED! All the details of how to enter are here

PF is at The Miss Rumphius Effect today--thanks,Tricia!

Earlier this week poet Joan Bransfield Graham stopped by on her blog tour to offer a terrific Wednesday Writers' Workout based on her new book, The Poem That Will Not End—Fun With Poetic Forms And Voices. 

She reminded me how much fun it is to write mask poems--poems from the point of view of  something else.

Here's idea I've been tossing around for decades... 
photo by Dorothy Brooks Photography from
Gardenias Ask The Night
by April Halprin Wayland

if we send
our scent high

Sister Moon

poem © 2014 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved

 photo  from

Now it's your turn: who will you become?  Please share!

Remember, today, Friday, January 31st, is the last day to win our very own  
Jill Esbaum's wonderful, rhyming picture book about a hyper baby killdeer, I HATCHED! All the details of how to enter are here!
posted with love by April Halprin Wayland and the moon, who says she will.


Author Amok said...

April -- Thank you for the gardenia poem. They were my grandfather's favorite poem. The scent always makes me think of him.

Jill said...

I always knew gardenias were sweet. ;) Cute poem, April.

April Halprin Wayland said...

Laura--I remember buying my mother a gardenia when I was about nine years old for 50 cents...a big splurge...

jama said...

Such a lovely poem, April. I think my grandmother had a gardenia bush at one time. Love their scent. :)

Carmela Martino said...

Thanks for the great poem, April.
And, BTW, the Poetry Friday schedule is also in our sidebar here on TeachingAuthors. :-)

Joan said...

Beautiful poem, April--an intoxicating combination!

Liana Mahoney said...

April, you've packed a lot of imagery in those few little lines. Well done!

LInda Baie said...

They do smell heavenly. Beautiful poem, April! When I smell them, I remember my high school dances. Gardenias seemed to be the thing for corsages!

Mary Lee said...

I love the idea of a blooming moon!

(And the Poetry Friday schedule is easier to find than by searching -- it's right there in our sidebar if you scroll down. Plus, the updated schedule is now available on the Kidlitosphere Central website:

jan godown annino said...

April - so sweet, this bouquet of lovely poem & lovely images.
Gardenias actually scent our backyard air each May & sometimes again in the fall, from 2 long-established bushes so it reminds me how lucky I am.

For my own mask (is this also a persona poem) effort, I think I may play around with something in the voice of our cat, or this very old shell that I found.

Thank you TA!