Friday, April 21, 2017


Howdy, Campers!

Happy Poetry Friday (link to today's host below)! I forgot about posting today. I forgot!

...until my wonderful fellow blogger (our blog's Captain and Queen Mother, Carmela Martino) gently texted, "Everything ok? It's your turn to post and you usually get it done early."


And so here we are. Now. And National Poetry Month! I wrote this poem on April 9, 2017, but Carmela helped me through the storm today, so it feels as if I could have written it just's all about now, isn't it? 

by April Halprin Wayland

Night. Storm.

Thunder roars.

I am perched on

our front porch.

Raindrops drum.

Cab has come.

Downpour now is nearly tidal.

Taxi-cab is parked. It idles.

Torrent pours. I droop, I drag.

A plastic bag is all I have.

And then from where?

Someone standing right here.

Umbrella open,

offers arm.

We're off the porch,

into the storm.

poem © 2017 April Halprin Wayland. All rights reserved


I need a t-shirt which reads: it takes a village to post a poem...but this one is pretty cool, too:

My fabulous new t-shirt! The UCLA Extension Writers' Program
gave each instructor at our annual retreat
(my next class runs Oct 3-Dec 12)

Thank you, Tabatha, for hosting today's PF at The Opposite of Indifference ~

Yes, Virginia, it really does take a village...and a dog. And a stuffed monkey. Posted with love by April Halprin Wayland with help from Carmela Martino, Eli and Monkey ~


Carmela Martino said...

Glad everything's okay, April! And LOVE the t-shirt. <3

Tabatha said...

If you're going into a storm, it's nice to have an arm and an umbrella, isn't it?
Like Carmela, I love the shirt!

Linda B said...

Happy that you made it, and happy that the umbrella appeared! Few words tell a great story.

Jane @ said...

I'm thankful everyday that I have a crew of wonderful people who offer me their arms and umbrellas to get me through life's storms. :)

Kay said...

Thank goodness for the timely umbrella - and for friends and community who help us stay on track. And I love the t-shirt!

Margaret Simon said...

A yellow umbrella moment. We all need them.

Linda said...

I love it when an umbrella shows up to save the day! xo

Brenda at FriendlyFairyTales said...

I love the t-shirt, too. The poem has great drama. It's the little things that help us face the storms. How lucky you are to buddy-blog.

michelle kogan said...

What a lovely spring poem April–full of surprises, openings, and open arms! Nice t-shirt too!

Mary Lee said...

May we all have a real or metaphorical umbrella just in the nick of the midst of any storm that is darkening our skies.

April Halprin Wayland said...

Carmella, Tabatha, Linda B., Jane, Kay, Margaret, Linda, Brenda, Michelle, Mary Lee ~ thank you for your kind comments. Comments, too, are part of our village! I am embarrassed how infrequently I visit each of your blogs...

And I completely forgot to include this in the post (although maybe it's self-explanatory?)...I heard the following metaphorical story from a man in a meeting, which inspired the poem:
"I'm on a porch. It's dark. It's raining. There's a taxi waiting for me at the street. I don't want to go out there. But I square my shoulders, take a deep breath... Suddenly someone is standing by my side—with an umbrella. He/she is there to walk me through the rain to the taxi. I don't have to get wet. I don't go to the taxi on my own. But I do need to ride off in that taxi by myself."


Bobbi Miller said...

I LOVE that T-shirt! And this post. Thank you for this inspiration, April!