Wednesday, April 29, 2020

Apr29Poetry: Writing

I'm trying something new, taking a risk this month - participating in
#VerseLove with Sarah Donovan,
hoping to write poetry every day this April.

This month of poetry is drawing to a close. It has given me so much pleasure. Today's poetry idea is to share your writing process with the group - what steps do you take, to get ready to write?

Unless I have headphones, to make my own quiet.
I don’t need much else,
Except, of course, my notebook and a working pen.
Tea, is a plus, preferably green.
Particular, I am not, about where I write.
Lately I have been sitting on the cozy loveseat in the front room.
Even the dining room table works, there in the bright sun.
Also, I like to write in the spare bedroom upstairs.
Sometimes, weather permitting, I can write outside, on my porch.
Each of these places is great, and often I wander between them.

Quiet, please.


  1. Sarah J. Donovan, PhD, from her 30 Days of Poetry website:
    I love all these conjunctive adverbs — lately, also — and the commas that give us pause and conditions throughout — so much has to be in place, or not, and there is a need but flexibility. Just love the “wander” between it all.


  2. Denise Krebs, from her 30 Days of Poetry website:
    Maureen, I like how you know what you need. Quiet is the key. Lots of lovely places you have to write. They are explained well. I can picture your dining room table with the sun on it. It has been a joy to see how each person writes today. Thank you for sharing what allows you to write your beautiful poems.

  3. glenda funk, from Sarah Donovan's 30 Days of Poetry website:
    Your poem and Jennifer’s both honor silence. I love that and the implied respect silence offers ideas by diving them space to grow. I have an image of you on the loveseat, at the table, in the porch, in an upstairs spare room, all places harmonious to writing. I have a deck but not much of a front porch. Houses here rarely have expansive s porches, and this is something I wanted and wish I’d insisted on when we built our home. Anyway, your writing life sounds a lot like mine. Thank you.

  4. gayle sands, from Sarah Donovan's 30 Days of Poetry website:
    Maureen—I am at a loss to tell you why I love your poem so much. It is comfortable, and the space provided—both in the arrangement and the words themselves—allows me to settle in and enjoy myself. Hmmm.