Thursday, December 31, 2015

Farewell


Creative Commons Photo by Jungle Joe C


driving away
mom waves goodbye at the window
backlit with love

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015










Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Jays


two bluejays
peanuts under bird feeder
now three jays, no nuts

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



Monday, December 28, 2015

Mealtime Ritual


mealtime ritual
the offer of a toothpick
benediction


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Sunday, December 27, 2015

Pre-Dawn Walk


gravel crunches
north wind cuts into shivers
moon dissolves

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015


Saturday, December 26, 2015

Ordinary Again


Flickr Creative Commons photo by Bart Fields

day after Christmas
professional Santa Man
fixes the back door

©Mary Lee Hahn



The maintenance man where mom lives is a professional Santa Man (we were taught from the very beginning that the guy in the red suit wasn't the real Santa, just someone standing in for Santa -- a Santa Man -- someone who would pass our wishes on to the real Santa at the North Pole). 

Randy's been away since just after Thanksgiving, working magic. Today, the day after Christmas, it was a little disconcerting to see Santa in street clothes, wielding power tools, fixing the back door of the kitchen. 

I wonder how it feels to him -- to be ordinary again.






Friday, December 25, 2015

Doors




doors to the past
swing on rusty hinges
watch your step


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Thursday, December 24, 2015

Driving Home


Flickr Creative Commons Photo by TumblingRun

tawny winter fields
setting sun throws long shadows
illuminates moon

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



Sunset on the wide empty prairie: nothing but brown stretching in every direction as you drive across the plate; nothing but blue in the bowl of sky that sits inverted on that plate. And then the nearly full moon rises directly ahead of you in the east, framed by wind turbines. She is pale, but gathering brightness while the sun sets behind you. Moon enters the darkening blue, and the edges of the bowl where it rests on the plate are painted a fragile pink.





Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Traveling


above Iowa
unexpected turbulence
jolt of energy

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



holding pattern --
banking over crop circles --
around and a round

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Growth Mindset






why would you assume
your first from-scratch pie crust would
turn out perfectly

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Monday, December 21, 2015

Before




empty canvases
brushes, pencils, mug of tea
anticipation

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015





Sunday, December 20, 2015

Sunday


almost blue sky
single floating feather
unopened package

(c)Mary Lee Hahn, 2015





Saturday, December 19, 2015

Slow Food




pomegranate
original slow food
savor each ruby

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015





Friday, December 18, 2015

Playing Haiku Tag With Myself


TUESDAY:
Flickr Creative Commons photo by Flood G.

thick slice of dark bread
minutes like sugar in tea
pencil scratching page


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



WEDNESDAY:

pencil scratching page
fish tank burbling endlessly
clock strikes seven


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015


THURSDAY:


Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals

clock strikes seven
sleeper doesn't stir
earth keeps rotating


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



FRIDAY:
Wikipedia

earth rotates daily
as it floats around the sun
my head is spinning

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015





On Tuesday, I was running a little behind, but I managed to write a haiku about writing a haiku while eating a quick breakfast.  I decided to use the last line of this haiku as the first line on Wednesday.

On Wednesday morning, I was running a lot behind. It was 7:00am and I hadn't started writing yet, hadn't showered, hadn't packed my lunch. I need to be out the door by 7:45 to be on time for work, so it's a good thing I had the first line of my haiku ready to go.

Thursday morning I was exhausted. I had rolled-cut-baked cookies the night before for hours and hours after an already long day at work. All I could think of was the first morning of break when I wouldn't have to set my alarm. Even though I was tired, I was pretty thrilled to find an image of a clock that really goes with my haiku!

Today, I was able to weave our current studies in science into a haiku that describes both what it's like to be a fifth grader learning about the movements of the earth around the sun (rotation/revolution; day, night, seasons) AND what this week's been like for me. Our heads are all spinning for some reason or another!



Diane has the Poetry Friday roundup at Random Noodling this week.



Thursday, December 17, 2015

Thursday


Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Jo Christian Oterhals

clock strikes seven
sleeper doesn't stir
earth keeps rotating

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




(In which I dream of sleeping in...)





Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Wednesday


pencil scratching page
fish tank burbling endlessly
clock strikes seven

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Tuesday


Flickr Creative Commons photo by Flood G.


thick slice of dark bread
minutes like sugar in tea
pencil scratching page

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Monday, December 14, 2015

What Season is It?



opportunistic
December dandelion --
the season is Now.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



I keep saying I like process notes, so here are some for this haiku. I started with the photo. The middle line came to me first. Then, I thought about the strangeness of this sight in mid-December, but also about the determination and grit of a plant that will take any string of 60 degree days it's given. That gave me the first line, and in quick succession, the last. I don't think haiku are supposed to have a title, but the title of the post kind of works as one, so at first, I had the dandelion answering the question:

opportunistic
December dandelion:
"the season is Now."


Even without the title, those few bits of punctuation change the whole feel for me. Which do you like better -- the poet describing a scene, or a spunky dandelion squeaking out it's own little "Carpe Diem!"?




Sunday, December 13, 2015

Go Forth and Make the World a Better Place



rank on rank they stand
formed, but not yet hardened
battalion of love

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



Friday, December 11, 2015

Poetry Friday -- Rare


RARE from Joel Sartore on Vimeo.

I ran across this video on The Kid Should See This. It filled my heart with love (and concern) for this ball of rock and water upon which we float through space.




beautiful world 
everything we do matters
every single thing

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




And this behind the scenes bit made me laugh out loud:


RARE: Behind the Scenes from Joel Sartore on Vimeo.


Tara has the Poetry Friday roundup this week at A Teaching Life.




Thursday, December 10, 2015

Number 27




Welcome, new friend!
You have come to the right place--
you are one of us.

©Mary Lee Hahn 2015











Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Art




I am comforted
by the sky's indifference --
art for art's sake


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015






Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Cardinals


Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Sean


cardinals hiding 
in a bare-limbed winter tree--
camouflage failure

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



Monday, December 7, 2015

Oak, Crow


Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Mr.TinDC


yard full of oak leaves
crow stands up to her knees
bead-eye glitters

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015






Sunday, December 6, 2015

Haiku Tag


Flickr creative commons photo by Nimish Gori

faint sounds whispering
oak leaves tumble on west wind
snow is coming

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015





It's been fun playing haiku tag with Kevin (@dogtrax) on Twitter:

I write. 
I post. 
I Tweet. 

He reads,
then haiku-riffs off my words. 

(Appropriate, since he's a musician as well as a teacher, poet, and tech guru.) 

Kevin's also done some "line lifting" in the past, as a way to keep a poetic conversation going. So I decided to riff today's haiku back to Kevin by borrowing the last line of his haiku from yesterday for the first line of my haiku today.

Saturday, December 5, 2015

Dream

CC image from Unsplash

last night's vivid dream
dissolves like sugar in tea
lingering sweetness

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Friday, December 4, 2015

Birthday Wish




I'll be a ginkgo--
golden leaves circling my feet,
one ring wiser.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Thursday, December 3, 2015

Migration Rearguard


Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Leroy Andersen


Migration Rearguard

a squadron of geese
invaded the soccer field
yanked grass, dropped land mines

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015




Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Fog

Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Vincent van der Pas


fog snuggles the grass
I'm wading through a ground cloud
the path obscured, blurred

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



Tuesday, December 1, 2015

December 1



calendar page turns
wind blows leaves against the fence
heavy clouds hang low

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



Inspired by Bob Raczka's SANTA CLAUSES, I'm challenging myself to write a haiku a day in December.



Friday, September 11, 2015

Parched

Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Nic McPhee

PARCHED

It's not that the well
of creativity has
run dry

it's that those lovely
crystal spring-fed waters have
been channelized.

Groundwater runs deep.
And aquifers can be
recharged.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015

Friday, May 22, 2015

The End


Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Sarah Browning


THE END

Just when the story's getting good,
I must close the book and return it
to the rightful owner.

I have marked up the text a bit:
underlined key phrases,
jotted notes in the margins.

I've dogeared some pages,
left smears of optimism,
streaked whole paragraphs with my tears,

slept with the book under my pillow,
taken it with me everywhere,
thrown it at the wall in frustration (on more than one occasion).

You'd think by now I would have learned to live
with never knowing the ends of these stories.
I have not.

©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



There are just a few more days of school left, and I am getting ready to say goodbye, in most cases forever, to the people who have been my life for the past 9 months -- this crazy, quirky bunch of students who bloomed late, but bloomed GLORIOUSLY.


Thursday, April 30, 2015

PO-EMotion -- Relief


Wikimedia


THIS IS JUST TO SAY

I have written
the poems
that were sitting on the shelf
in plain sight
and also the ones
locked in the cupboards.

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
but I've had enough for now.

I think I'll walk
down to the park.
I sh'an't be gone long.

You come too?


©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!
"In an Instant"


Steve, at inside the dog, is sharing his poems 
in the comments at Poetrepository.


Heidi, at my juicy little universe, will join us when she can.

Linda, at TeacherDance, will join as often as she can.
Check the comments at A Year of Reading or Poetrepository for her poems.

Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind) is back this year,
leaving poetry trax in the comments.

Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link, is writing alongside us when she can.


Jone, at DeoWriter, is doing a "double L" challenge. 
She and I are cross-poLLinating our challenges whenever possible.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

PO-EMotion -- Pride



Flickr Creative Commons photo by Todd Shoemake


PRIDE

Is it branches full of unopened blossoms against
an impossibly blue April sky?

Or could it be rows of trees, heavy with fruit in
late summer, yellow jackets hovering?

Look down. Is it in the remains of  
the bounty, rotting after October frosts?


©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. 
"Pride" 

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


Steve, at inside the dog, is sharing his poems 
in the comments at Poetrepository.


Heidi, at my juicy little universe, will join us when she can.

Linda, at TeacherDance, will join as often as she can.
Check the comments at A Year of Reading or Poetrepository for her poems.

Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind) is back this year,
leaving poetry trax in the comments.

Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link, is writing alongside us when she can.
"Bring Spring Inside"

Jone, at DeoWriter, is doing a "double L" challenge. 
She and I are cross-poLLinating our challenges whenever possible.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

PO-EMotion -- Optimism




PLANTING BULBS IN THE FALL

It will matter
that I gave them
time 
and 
choice.

It will matter
that they read
widely,
deeply,
voraciously.

It will matter 
that we were family --
accepting
and
respectful.

It will matter
in a someday spring
when they
truly
bloom.


©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.


Heidi, at my juicy little universe, will join us when she can.

Linda, at TeacherDance, will join as often as she can.
Check the comments at A Year of Reading or Poetrepository for her poems.

Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind) is back this year,
leaving poetry trax in the comments.

Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link, is writing alongside us when she can.
"Optimism"


Jone, at DeoWriter, is doing a "double L" challenge. 
She and I are cross-poLLinating our challenges whenever possible.

Monday, April 27, 2015

PO-EMotion -- Contentment




this parsley --
all I want from life --
until it's not


©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!
"Just a Glimpse"

Steve, at inside the dog, is sharing his poems 
in the comments at Poetrepository.


Heidi, at my juicy little universe, will join us when she can.

Linda, at TeacherDance, will join as often as she can.
Check the comments at A Year of Reading or Poetrepository for her poems.

Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind) is back this year,
leaving poetry trax in the comments.

Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link, is writing alongside us when she can.
"Contentment"

Jone, at DeoWriter, is doing a "double L" challenge. 
She and I are cross-poLLinating our challenges whenever possible.


Sunday, April 26, 2015

PO-EMotion -- Zest



A CLERIHEW FOR JAMA RATTIGAN

Jama shines above the rest,
cooks up blog posts filled with zest.

She's not gilding on a lily,
she's the allspice in our chili!


©Mary Lee Hahn, 2015



Flickr Creative Commons Photo by Cicely Miller

TURN THE HEAT UP

In our haste 
to pack away 
sweaters and mittens
we forget 
that spring is fickle.

Abandoning 
the tulips 
to the frigid deluge,
we stir more garlic, chiles, and cumin
into the steaming soup.


©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.


Heidi, at my juicy little universe, will join us when she can.

Linda, at TeacherDance, will join as often as she can.
Check the comments at A Year of Reading or Poetrepository for her poems.

Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind) is back this year,
leaving poetry trax in the comments.

Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link, is writing alongside us when she can.


Jone, at DeoWriter, is doing a "double L" challenge. 
She and I are cross-poLLinating our challenges whenever possible.
Jone's word today is ALLSPICE.



Saturday, April 25, 2015

PO-EMotion -- Cheerfulness

Wikipedia


flash of gold 
not smelted 
newly molted

lilting flight
burbling song
undulation

concentrated
coruscating
cheer

©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.


Heidi, at my juicy little universe, will join us when she can.

Linda, at TeacherDance, will join as often as she can.
Check the comments at A Year of Reading or Poetrepository for her poems.

Kevin (Kevin's Meandering Mind) is back this year,
leaving poetry trax in the comments.

Carol, at Beyond Literacy Link, is writing alongside us when she can.
"Celebrate Life"

Jone, at DeoWriter, is doing a "double L" challenge. 
She and I are cross-poLLinating our challenges whenever possible.