Slice of Life/SmallPoems Day 29 (seasonal surrender)

(I am participating in the March Slice of Life challenge via the Two Writing Teachers site.  Slice of Life is the idea of noticing the small moments. I have been a participant for many years and each year, I wonder if I will have the energy to write every day. This year, I am going to try to coincide it with my daily poetry writing, and intend to compose small poems on small moments. We’ll see how it goes …)

Day Twenty Nine

Unexpected winds of winter
may be best remembered
by broken sticks and branches
and pinecone piles, long buried
since late December –
now debris, freed from snow:
a seasonal backyard surrender

Peace (picking it up),

  1. I didn’t realize you had been to my back yard! Seriously though – it was a mild winter but the debris is far more than I ever remember.

  2. Kevin, you have been observing life with such depth and interest during this month. This poem is another example of taking the ordinary and having it elevated. Your poems always make me ponder further.

  3. This is certainly what I see as well. I’ve tried doing a little raking when it is not raining…..not today…rain prevails.

  4. “Seasonal backyard surrender” captures my yard and my husband’s labors clearing the mess, most of which drops from a neighbor’s trees.

  5. Wonderful poem, Kevin. I’ve been cleaning out that winter debris too. I love the way this poem ends with “surrender.”

  6. Freed from snow…sounds like winter is ending! I’ve loved your poems all month. I start my month of poems on Wednesday, along with my students. I may have to return to your blog for some inspiration as the month goes on.


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