Thursday, April 26, 2012

Poetry Reading





POETRY READING

I am listening
to the poet George Bilgere
and imagining my first poetry reading,
someday in the unknown future.

I, too, will walk right up to people
at the wine and cookies reception.
I will introduce myself
as the guest of honor and ask them
about their interest in poetry.

The first poem I read
will be the one about the lucky day
when I started a new roll of toilet paper
in two different public restrooms.

That was a day that started with
strong tea
and ended with
salty French onion soup and
a perfect
strawberry
tart.

Just before the onion soup on that lucky day,
I listened
to the poet George Bilgere
and imagined my first poetry reading,
someday in the unknown future.


© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012


Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Area, Perimeter, Volume




AREA, PERIMETER, VOLUME

Gardens and fences
and new tile floors,
towers of blocks
and a bulletin board border.

Perimeter says "RIM"
and area is flat,
volume takes space...
I know all of that,

but keeping them straight
in my head is a problem:
square? cubic? units?
perimeter? area? volume?

Some day I'll grow up
and need carpet and tile,
frame art and fill boxes...
THEN this will be worthwhile!

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Cause and Effect


CAUSE AND EFFECT

Someone stole
my teacher.
They took my
favorite one.

She helped me
patiently,
she was cheerful
and great fun.

She's replaced
by a big meany
who is
giving me more work.

Do you think
this could have happened
'cause the class just went
berserk?

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012


Friday, April 20, 2012

Chant of the Computer-Weary


Flickr Creative Commons Photo by newfilm.dk

CHANT OF THE COMPUTER-WEARY

update
download
Internet
code

password
fire wire
USB
load

keyboard
network
charger cord
mouse

sunshine
fresh air
out of the
house


© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012



Thursday, April 19, 2012

What to do if you are a domino


Flickr Creative Commons photo by Tafkabecky


WHAT TO DO IF YOU ARE A DOMINO

Think in
black and white.
Fan before each player.
Clack authoritatively on the table.
Demand order.

When
used to stand awkwardly in long lines,
play along. Then
choose a random time to fall.

Cause chaos.

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012


Wednesday, April 18, 2012

West on I-70


Flickr Creative Commons photo by Chedder


WEST ON I-70


The horizon circles me
like a coyote
warily
watchfully
remotely

The road shoots me
like an arrow
impassively
relentlessly
directly

Pikes Peak greets me
with a nod
discreetly
solemnly
distantly


© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Song of Smart



SONG OF SMART
(inspired by Opening Minds, by Peter H. Johnston)


Smart is not a have / have not --
it grows.

Smart is not a can / can not --
it grows.

Increase and build and grow your smarts
Don't give up on the hard parts
Make a plan and plan on change
Risk mistakes -- they grow your brain, 'cause...

Smart is not a have / have not --
it grows.

Smart is not a can / can not --
it grows.

Smart takes work, don't get me wrong
And work builds brains, makes your mind strong
Work is fun, it makes you YOU
Become -- grow -- learn, it's what we do, 'cause...

Smart is not a have / have not --
it grows.

Smart is not a can / can not --
it grows.

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012


Sunday, April 15, 2012

Pardon My French



PARDON MY FRENCH

Do I parlez-vous Français?
Well, I really couldn't say.
I know that checkers are passé,
And what a fencer says: "Touché!"

Merci gives someone my thanks.
Money used to be called francs.
(Now they've euros at their banks).
Beyond these words, my mind's a blank.

No, wait! A lot is said "beaucoup,"
And ballerinas wear tutus.
When you're mad, shout, "Sacrebleu!"
That's enough of French -- "Mon Dieu!"

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Childhood




CHILDHOOD

Scab -- pick it.
Booger -- flick it.

Penny -- find it.
Kite string -- wind it.

Horse -- pretend it.
Fort -- defend it.

Snowball -- throw it.
Marigold -- grow it.

Happiness -- scream it.
The future -- dream it.


© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012



Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Why Tai Chi?



WHY TAI CHI?

Tai Chi is a deliberate dance,
both solitary and in tandem.

It is a chorus
sung with body instead of voice.

You are rooted
to the floor,
yet bending
in invisible wind.

Begun with a mind full,
you end mindful:

self
moment
movement
calm


© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Birthday Cake


BIRTHDAY CAKE

Measuring Spoons
Our advice?
Be precise.

Kitchen Aid
I stand…
I mix, blend,
whip, stir, knead…
at your command.

Cake Pans
We’re fickle.
Three layers stick
whenever we pick.

Violets on the Windowsill
We choose
purple for our blooms.
You make the air go blue
because of what the pans decided to do.

Table
Come sit.
Unwind.
Write a bit.
Find
the humor in all of it.
Be resigned,
start again. Don’t quit.


© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012



Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Streamside




STREAMSIDE

On the path
a girl is strolling,
by the path
a stream is rolling.

In the stream
the water glitters,
under water
crawdad skitters.

Path in spring
is good for going,
Stream in spring
is good for flowing.

© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012


Monday, April 2, 2012

Boxed In




BOXED IN

They've made their home
in a commercial zone.

He struts down the walk
where no predators stalk:

the vigilant gander
threatening human bystanders,

while goose wishes she
had more privacy.


© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012



Sunday, April 1, 2012

Collaboration




COLLABORATION

Teaching is collaboration,
Not an act in isolation.

Empty vessels don't exist,
Learners' efforts must persist.

Nothing's easy the first time,
But "Oh! I get it!" feels sublime.

Both of us must take a turn.
Two must try for one to learn.


© Mary Lee Hahn, 2012