Friday, April 21, 2017

      Alabaster neck
      turns from graceful to lethal
      in one violent SPLASH! 

                                    from Flyku by Ralph Fletcher

Thursday, April 20, 2017

     Joined at the hip
     pelican and reflection
     swim in sky blue light.

                  from Flyku by Ralph Fletcher

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

I’m posting two poems today, one for
younger and one for older kids. 
The first one is a playful science poem.
The second one is from my book 
I Am Wings: Poems About Love.  


The recipe
         for water is
the same as
         it’s always been:

two parts
one part

         that’s the rule
to make a water

First Kiss

I’ll never forget
that empty barn
smell of dry hay
those long columns
of dusty light

for one whole minute
you and I breathed
the same breath

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Beach Baby

She’s one year old. One tooth. A total pudge.
She tries to get out of the water but her
soaked diaper must weight
ten thousand pounds
so all she can do  is

Later she sees me eating Cheese Puffs
and toddles over, towering above me,
a baby so giant she blocks out the sun,
sticks out her hand and yells: “MINES!”

Her mother hustles over, apologizes,
and hauls her back to their blanket.
Then the baby starts eating sand, grinning,
grinding the grains with that one tooth.

from my book Have You Been To The Beach Lately?

Monday, April 17, 2017

Bad Weather

They're predicting a big term paper
due to arrive on Monday morning.

Tuesday the forecast looks bad:
intense DOL and grammar drills.

Wednesday will be a scorcher
when the state writing test arrives.

Thursday there's a high probability
of five-paragraph essays.

Friday should bring some relief
when scattered poetry blows in.

Friday, April 14, 2017

          Journey not a race;
          formation for migration;
          each bird knows its place

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Babies & Water

Faucets drip
          Pools cool
Springs bubble
          Babies drool

Seas sparkle
          Lakes glisten
Streams gurgle
          Babies listen

Rivers rise
          Flood or worse
Water falls
          Babies nurse

Rain drenches
          Waves crash
Water quenches
          Babies splash

Ice melts
          Cold creeks
Hail pelts
          Babies leak

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Blueberry Ramble
                                        by Ralph Fletcher

blue blue blueberry blue
sapphires on bushes
picked beneath a blue moon
sweet blue explosions
on tongue and mouth
buckets of blueberries
for blueberry pancakes
cake cobbler compote
blueberry pie with darkblue
juices staining teeth & T-shirt
so many berries in my cereal
they easily out-vote the Cheerios
(that's what I call a BLUE state!)
oh and did I mention I'm writing
the most delicious poem
with a blueberry pen
one that goes on and
on forever and
never reaches
the end?

Monday, April 10, 2017

          Kingfisher wants to
          swallow one more fish before
          night swallows the day.

Thursday, April 6, 2017

          Alabaster neck
          turns from graceful to lethal
          in one violent splash

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Joined at the hip
pelican and reflection
swim in sky blue light