A year ago, I wrote the little poem “Becoming” on Caroline’s blog as a way to portray my evolving relationship with poetry. Over time, my confidence as both a poetry reader and writer has grown. Publishing poems in places like Vine Leaves Literary Journal and Halcyon magazine further boosted my belief in my ability.
While I don’t devote nearly us much time to poetry as I do to reading and writing children’s books, it has become a thread in my life’s fabric. In fact, I’ve included poems in my recent YA to lyrically reflect my main character’s challenges and growth. And during this snow-centric winter, I wrote a little haiku:
Hush of falling snow
Shovel scraping on pavement
Mars the quiet mood
Floating, fleeting flakes
Did you know the snow
watched waited swollen crested
upon smoky breath?
Thick flakes descending
Like tears running down mourning
My passion for poetry has found a perfect outlet. Recently, I joined the Vine Leaves Literary Journal staff as Publishing Editor’s Assistant. One of my tasks is to read and vote on the shortlisted submissions. While workshops have challenged me to analyze poetry and determine why a particular poem is praiseworthy, I’ve never had to determine which ones fit a specific journal. It’s been thrilling and humbling. There are many talented poets. I’m proud to have contributed to the April issue.
While I wait for the next batch of shortlisted submissions, I continue to read and write poetry. After this seemingly endless winter, which inspired too much bleak haiku, I want to share a little bit of warmth:
Vine leaves’ ascent while splendid
Morning Glories soar
I’d love if you’d share a spring haiku in the comments, written either by you or a favorite poet.
Theresa Milstein has poetry and short stories published in various journals and anthologies. While her small pieces are for adults, she primarily writes middle grade and young adult novels, and is active in the New England chapter of SCBWI. She works in the public school system, which gives her ample time to observe tweens and teens in their natural habitat.