Etheree 1/30 #npm23

Until March 31, if anyone had asked me if I planned to write a poem every day in April, I would have laughed. Absolutely not. I can barely write prose these days. Poetry is completely outside the realm of possibility.

I knew alluring invitations and poetry projects would appear on some of my favorite blogs on the last day of March. But that was ok. They weren’t going to tempt me. It would be easy to resist another daily writing/publishing challenge. I resolved to keep reading and commenting (because poets like comments just as much as slicers do), maybe do a little writing in my notebook alongside the more inspiring prompts.

And then I opened Margeret’s final slice yesterday.

What is it that makes Margaret’s invitations to write poetry so extra special inviting? As I was reading her post, suddenly a daily poetry challenge made perfect sense to me. After all, when you can’t write, what better way back to writing than poetry?

Margaret and Molly collaborated to create a lovely flexible calendar of ideas to inspire poems this month if you’d like to join too.


No signs
today, just
rain falling straight
to the earth where I
imagine abundance
abiding under wet soil.
I wonder if spring waits for rain,
or pauses, patiently listening
for returning birds to sing it to life.

Photo by JACK REDGATE on

An etheree is a ten-line poem starting with a one-syllable line. Each line adds a syllable. I had Trina’s post in mind as I wrote this etheree. Beginning where I was (sitting in a coffee shop), looking out the window (where all I could see was sidewalk, road, building, apparently no nature at all.) Then I realized it was raining. I’m also linking up with Leigh Anne’s new nature writing initiative, Solace and Connection.






12 responses to “Etheree 1/30 #npm23”

  1. Regina Avatar

    Is strange
    Now that Dad’s gone
    And Mom is around
    All the time in the way
    Little things become crowded
    Forever where you need to be
    Another person is standing there
    Even putting away laundry is hard

    What an interesting way to structure a poem! Thank you for sharing this!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      It seems like there are endless new forms to discover and try as a poet! Thanks for visiting and taking the time to share a poem with us!

  2. Leigh Anne Eck Avatar
    Leigh Anne Eck

    What a fabulous start to a month of writing poems. I do find that writing poetry is the best way “back to writing.” I love the wondering at the end of your poem: wondering if spring waits for rain or pauses. Honestly, I am not a lover of spring because of its unpredictability and cold, rainy days…much like the one today! I am so glad you joined and linked up with Solace & Connection!

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      You have a good point about the unpredictability of spring–so many cold days this spring, winter just will not go away and let the trees and flowers burst into bloom. And so we wait… I think I have to relearn that lesson again and again that poetry is the best way back to writing.

  3. Susan Kennedy Avatar
    Susan Kennedy

    We made a run at this a few years ago. I learned a lot. Thanks for the inspiration. I’m in.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Yay, so glad you’re in! I learned so much last time I did this challenge too.

  4. Diane Anderson (newtreemom) Avatar

    I imagine abundance abiding under wet soil… patiently listening for returning birds to sing it to life. Beautiful thoughts.

    1. Elisabeth Ellington Avatar

      Whatever triggers spring to, well, spring to life, I’m ready!!

  5. karpenglish Avatar

    What a lovely poem! I am enjoying the organized list of prompts and possibilities that you posted. I missed Margaret’s slice on Friday, so it is fun to see. I have some interesting ideas bubbling for “This Photo Wants to Be a Poem” days, and am excited to try an etheree after experiencing your beautiful and reflective language.

  6. cvarsalona Avatar

    Elisabeth, I am glad that I finally have a chance to catch up with you. Your etheree flows beautifully. Your wondering about rain near the end allowed me to pause along with you. I found myself rereading your poem and pondering. I would like to invite you to my NPM project that requests only one poem for an new gallery of artistic expressions titled “Springsations”. If interested, I will post at the Slice of Life.

  7. Denise Krebs Avatar
    Denise Krebs

    Oh, Elisabeth, I’m so glad you decided to go for it. I love your spring etheree and your wonderings of the rain and spring. I agree about Margaret’s warm invitations! I love the idea of spring waiting: “patiently listening / for returning birds to sing it to life.” Lovely.

  8. cmhutter Avatar

    What a lovely expression of Spring. Your line “imagine abundance abiding under wet soil” really stood out to me. Something with the 3 vowels words in a row…

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