Wednesday, April 01, 2015

PO-EMotion -- Anticipation

Flickr Creative Commons photo by eric lynch


The end of the very last day of school,
standing poised on the edge of the pool,

smell of curry as I'm opening the door,
excitement of Christmas on the night before,

next in line for the roller coaster,
when will the toast come out of the toaster?

jitters, dread, a lack of patience,
waiting and waiting...anticipation.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

Carol, at Carol's Corner, will join me again this year as often as possible.

Kimberley, at iWrite in Maine, is joining me this month. 

Kay, at A Journey Through the Pages, is joining, too!

Steve, at inside the dog, is sharing his poems 
in the comments at Poetrepository or A Year of Reading.

The roundup of  2015 Poetry Month projects throughout the Kidlitosphere can be found at 


  1. I loved every moment. Happy Poetry month.

    1. PS I decided to join up despite my inner voice saying "Don't add another challenge!"

  2. So many great moments! And I love that you could even make it rhyme! Fun! Not promising a poem every day, but here's mine for today.


    Summer hike
    I stand at the bottom
    of the mountain
    looking up
    the gravelly trail
    knowing there will be
    switchbacks and skree,
    hard hills and heavy breathing
    water breaks and photo opportunities
    things hard and glorious
    are about to begin.

    The night before
    the first day of school
    I wake again and again
    Envisioning our
    oh-so-important first hour,
    days spent reading,
    the difficulties of long division,
    heart aches and hurt feelings
    fears and family breakups,
    triumphs and tragedies,
    wonderings and worries,
    I am afraid and excited
    things hard and glorious
    are about to begin

    I gaze at my friend's belly
    rounded and full
    only a few more days
    until she meets
    the little guy
    who has spent nine months
    dancing and growing inside her
    she is excited about parenting
    first steps and family memories
    bedtime stories and blue ribbons
    proud moments and prom dates
    and I wonder
    if I should tell her
    things hard and glorious
    are about to begin.

    (C) Carol Wilcox, April 2015

    1. Carol, I love your combination of the difficulties and the joys of anticipation.

  3. What great moments to capture anticipation! I love the image of the last day of school poised at the edge of the pool.

    I've watched your poetry roundups from afar and decided it was time to jump in this year. Here's my attempt to anticipate spring:

  4. Great start, Mary Lee, and I anticipate great things this month--less jitters and dread and more eagerness!

  5. Mary Lee, a great a start to the month. I remember being poised at the edge of the pool.

  6. Couplets to anticipate. Great start to the month.

  7. I like that you included so many moments, little and big, Mary Lee. Will try to join in as much as I can. Here's for today!

    We Have Only To Imagine

    Maxwell House sells its coffee
    with creative fabrication.
    It’s a memory TV offers all
    via anticipation.
    Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved


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