Thursday, November 28, 2019

Giving Thanks for Poetry Friday!

Thanku: Poems of Gratitude inspired my Thanku/Haiku-a-Day this month. I managed to get November 1-15 onto Twitter, and I'm back on Twitter with November 26-30. Here are the ones that were written, but never made it to Twitter!

Deer in the headlights.
Same spot: hawk swoops low with prey.
Blessings from the wild.

Step, step...mind elsewhere... step...PANIC!
Floor, meet hands and knees.

Antiques Roadshow was a splurge
and I'll pay for it.

Final Prep Thanku
two days of sub plans
hours and hours and hours of work
then just walk away

Travel Day Thanku
For the traffic jam
NOT on our side of the road --
relieved gratitude.

Award Selection Day Thanku
A day of hard work:
laughter, talk, perspectives shared.
Not just the books won.

Presentation Day Thanku
Bad sleep, up early,
back-to-back schedule ready.
Right now--calm. Quiet.

Almost the End of Conference Thanku
complete exhaustion
sleep wraps you in its blanket
cradles you gently

Driving Home Thanku
Ridge top silhouette--
bare November trees, silo.
Evening sky--one star.

Words Spoken Upon Releasing Into the Garden the Spider I Captured on My Office Wall
Dear Tiny Spider,
Life has infinite value.
For yours, I give thanks.

Bridget Magee at Wee Words For Wee Ones has the Poetry Friday Roundup all the way from Switzerland this week! I'm EXTRA glad to be back after my longest absence ever.

The call for roundup hosts for Poetry Fridays January 2020-June 2020 is also ready for dates to be claimed!


  1. Happy Thanksgiving! Thanks for all that you do!

  2. It's lovely that you captured such moments from your November, Mary Lee. I'm glad you had a good time at NCTE. I love that final one about the spider. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I'm thankful for your treasure-trove of haiku! Thank you for sharing.

  4. I love your thankus! Sounds like it's been a tiring season. Get some rest!

  5. Wow! You've been busy! I love these thankus! I simply can't pick a favorite. I hope you have enjoyed some simple joys over this holiday.

  6. What a glorious collection of haiku! Thanks so much for sharing.

  7. Wonderful to read these snippets from your November activities. I'm wondering who coined the term "thanku." Love it!

  8. ThankU, Mary Lee, for putting all these up! So good to spend time with you. I love 24 and 25, especially--there's a release of tension in those. Rest well, my friend.

  9. Your haikus are encouraging me to try them... thanks for sharing.

  10. Loved reading your thankus this month. What a wonderful way to be present and focus on the moment.

  11. Love these Thankus. Especially the ones that reflect my own NCTE exhaustion. It was a quick conference. I wish we had had some talk time.

  12. Your garden spider thanku made me laugh. And blessings from the wild are my favorite kind of blessing. Thanks for sharing these.

  13. "Not just the books won."
    Thanks for sharing your haiku diary with us, Mary Lee! The photos of you from NCTE look lovely! Would never know you were so tired :-)

  14. Mighting impressed with the NCTE summary haikus, Mary Lee. Attending for the first time gave me a great deal to process and write about each evening. Only regret our paths did not cross. -- Christie @

    1. That's mighty, of course, as opposed to mighting! :-)

  15. Beautiful. I love this treasury of everyday gratitude, Mary Lee. I also love the fact that you're finally able to carve out a bit more time for writing. :)

  16. Love this, especially driving home thanku. So beautiful. Thank you for sharing these!

  17. Even though we traveled via different modes, prepared differently, and had (mostly) different tasks, my NCTE had moments and emotions that your haiku resonate with. The beauty of poetry... :)

  18. The fact that you could come up with these brilliant Thankus despite your exhausting travel schedule is amazing, Mary Lee! I especially like the Tiny Spider one. The little creatures need us. Thankful to be a part of this community. =)

  19. I love these Thankus. They provide just a glimpse into your busy time--even in the midst of it all, there is time to notice and to be grateful.

  20. Fun to travel with you via your haikus over the last very full month Mary Lee.
    I also liked your "Traveling Home" haiku and this vivid line in particular: "Evening sky--one star." Thanks!

  21. I'm just getting back to catching up with these that I didn't find on Twitter - I appreciate you reminding me to dig in with these gratitude haiku every November! Happy December (already!!!).


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