Poetry month is over and I didn’t make it through the month with my mentor poem project. I do want to return to it but sometimes, you know, life has other plans.
One of the most difficult things for me has been to find mentor poems that we also available online so that other people could read them and teachers could use it as a resource. I have some poems left that will make good mentor poems but they are long and didn’t work in the short pockets of time I had available.
This was my 5th year doing a poem a day and the 1st year that I failed to make it through the month. I’m not going to list excuses because it doesn’t really matter. In fact, I’m not going to call it a failure, just a postponement while I find my footing once again.
In the meantime, if you know of short poems that would be good for models, and that are available online, please feel free to leave them in the comments.
I enjoyed what you did, Susan, every bit. I suspect some of those I sent weren’t available-sorry. I’ll keep a look out for others!
Oh Linda, I am so sorry. I never ever meant to imply anything back to you. I was grateful for all the wonderful ones you shared and I have added them to my in-person teaching back of tricks.
I tend to write long and am drawn to long poems and I just never found the time, or made the time, to do this challenge justice. Still kicking myself a bit about it all. Sigh.
Thank you for your support.
I know exactly where you’re coming from. I have so many writing dreams, but life does get in the way (or should I says working a 10 hour day plus a 2 hour commute). Weekends consist of “catching up” on family, housework, etc. I keep reading that if you really want to write, you’ll find the time. But, what about the energy? Here in my late fifies, I just can’t keep up the way I once did. I’m great at planning, the follow-through is where I fall down. So I beat myself up over every failed attempt at a writing career and wonder if I’ll ever be worthy enough to achieve my goals. Don’t let this happen to you.
You are not a failure in any way. Your poems are from the heart, and I always enjoy reading them. I don’t know how you write such lovely poems in one night. I admire all you have accomplished and all you WILL accomplish. Sometimes life has other plans, but somehow you’ll find your way back home. I just know it. For now, take time to celebrate the joy and comfort your poems have brought to others. (Oops! The bell just rang.)I look forward to reading more of your work.
So easy to beat myself up with woulda, coulda, shoulda. Trying not to, trying to be grateful for what I did accomplish and move on.