drenches skin, soil and stem but
my words keep me dry
Copyright 2018 Brenda Davis Harsham
Notes: This poem was inspired by the poem Warm by Ann Whitford Paul:
Winter winds howl, yet
we stay warm, wrapped in cozy
pages of our book.
I found her shivery-cold poem in Jumping Off Library Shelves: A Book of Poems, selected by Lee Bennett Hopkins and illustrated by Jane Manning. It fit with the cold April rain. I’ve been reading kids poetry collections — I’m working on one of my own. Anyone else working on a collection?
Writing Tip: Look for contrasts (wet to dry, cold to warm, shade to sun) that convey both setting and transformation with amazingly few words.