Day 35 Warming Hope


There’s something soothing

holding a warm cup of tea;

sunshine hides in clouds.

I’ve written about before– how important the little things are.

When the clouds crowd together over the sun, the bright sky dims, but holding a fresh cup or mug of tea or coffee, steaming aroma filling the dark with its light memories of past comforts, calms the mind and soul.


What is your comfort? Can you draw it? describe it? poem it?  Try it!

The poem above is a haiku: learn how to write one here [Kenn Nesbitt ] and here [The Writing Cooperative ].

The basic form is a poem of 17 syllables in three lines, the first and last are 5 syllables and the middle line is seven syllables:


5 syllables:  There’s some-thing sooth-ing

7 syllables:  hold-ing a warm cup of tea;

5 syllables: sun-shine hides in clouds.

Usually they are about life or nature and happen now, in-the-moment. Often the first line is a phrase of the setting, and the next two are one sentence that tells a story, with a shift in emotion or tension.

In my poem, I reversed that, I guess. My first two lines are a sentence [There’s something soothing holding a cup of tea.]  But then I switch the mood in a phrase about the sunshine hiding [sunshine hides in clouds.].  Let’s see if I can improve it:

Sunshine hides in clouds–

holding a warm cup of tea

my shoulders relax.


Sunshine hides in clouds–

holding a warm cup of tea

lightens my worries.


Sunshine hides in clouds–

holding a warm cup of tea

sunshine in my hands.

Which one do you like?  Go ahead and try—

I like the examples in the Writing Connection haiku how-to— give it a try, and remember that each poem is a step to getting better; the point is to write and try, not be perfect, because life is not perfect either, and a poem records our daily moments to remember and focus our hopes.

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Be safe out there. Find ways to help yourself, your family, and others keep going! We can do this together!

April is time for NaPoWriMo — National Poetry Writing Monthtry a bit of poetry and art to encourage others to be safe with each other. Something short. Something inclusive. Something of spring and hope. #NaPoWriMo/#GloPoWriMo

The Academy of Poets encourages us to write #shelterinpoems. Get some ideas there and share your own.

Tons of information can be found at Poets.orgNational Poetry Month and here: Virtual Programs.

National Council of Teachers of English also offers suggestions here.