Friday, April 3, 2020

Apr3Poetry - Favorite Things

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

Today's challenge is to write an "Etheree," which is ten lines, each growing by one syllable in length, and the first line is only one syllable. Here goes!

Favorite Things

homemade bread
daily writing
long walks to nowhere,
surrounded by nature
dancing in the living room
time alone, quiet, with my thoughts
snuggles and books with my granddaughter
these are a few of my favorite things


  1. Nancy White - from Sarah Donovan website:
    Maureen- Wow! So fun and positive. I feel inspired to create and dance! And I’ve got a good book to read. Thanks!

  2. Angela - from Sarah Donovan website:
    I love some of your favorite things, so your list made me want to read more. I also enjoyed the allusion to Sound of Music. Thank you for sharing.

  3. glenda funk - from Sarah Donovan website:
    There’s a hierarchical movement in your poem. I love this progression from simple comforts to those that nourish our minds to our need for human contact, even if it’s virtual connection only. Wonderful allusion in the last line. I visited many of the “Sound of Music” sites in Austria last November. I think I’ll look at the photos today. Thank you.

  4. Rachel Stephens - from Sarah Donovan website:
    The beautiful, simple things in life!! I love “long walks to nowhere, / surrounded by nature”. These kind of walks are keeping me sane right now 🙂 I also appreciate how you used punctuation in this poem – just a few commas, and nothing else – but the parts with commas seem emphasized and important. Nice!

  5. Emily Yamasaki - from Sarah Donovan website:
    Your writing brought a huge smile to my face! I am about to sit down are write a Favorite Things poem, too! Thank you for this inspiration.

  6. Shaun - from Sarah Donovan website:
    I like the way it builds into a melody of something familiar at the end – and then I don’t feel so bad.

  7. Betsy Jones - from Sarah Donovan website:
    Maureen, your poem builds in strength from simple to more soulful pleasures. It reads like a gratitude list, and I am reminded of how fulfilling it can be to count our blessings and name our “favorites.” Thank you for sharing your “favorite things” and your poem with us!