Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Irene Latham

"Imitation is not just the sincerest form of flattery - it's the sincerest 
form of learning."— George Bernard Shaw

Welcome to Day 6 of FEET IN THE CREEK.

For each day I have chosen a favorite poem, a favorite poet, or a favorite friend. I will look at the work, decide what draws me to it, what makes it resonate for me, and then write my own poem about the creek with those techniques in mind. These are first drafts, so nothing will be especially polished, but they will be starting points for revision after the month is done. Feel free to follow along or join in.

Today's poet is my dear friend, Irene Latham, who truly does live her poems. Check out Irene's website here. Read reviews of her recent books of poetry for children here. Stop by her blog, Live Your Poem, to follow Irene's poetry project this month: ARTSPEAK! 2016: "Gardener's Companion."

Artwork by

from Fresh Delicious

by Irene Latham

I don't know

they call it
an ear

I see

upon rows

of tiny

© Irene Latham, 2016. All rights reserved. Used with permission of the author.

My Intention: Write a one sentence poem with very short lines that sees something from a new perspective.

Spring Shower

Drops fall
and form


that dance
on the surface

but underneath
it's just

rain on
the roof.

© Doraine Bennett, 2016. All rights reserved.


  1. Dear Doraine, I love those kaleidescope circles! And your intention -- I have never actually thought to write a one-sentence poem... and yet I have! I just needed another poet to put it into words for me. :) Thank you for featuring my poem here, and for your friendship, for sharing your words, and for being YOU. xo

  2. You picked my most favorite poem from this whole sensational book! Great minds and all that. :) Before I even read Irene's comment, it occurred to me as well how precise you are at finding the essence of each poem in order to learn from it. Awesome job of bringing rain's magic to light!

    1. Thanks, Michelle. And yes, our minds seem to run parallel. Kindred, we are.

  3. I hadn't seen Irene's poem that way either, but you're right. It's simple, elegant, and your applying it to rain was a joy to read.

    1. Thanks, Brenda. I do love Irene's short poems. She packs so much shine inside those one-sentence jewels.