We enjoy a daily sharing over Every Day Poems on Twitter, inviting you to take a dip into poetry with us. Perhaps for you, the poem could be a pool. You could take a dip, a refreshing soak of your arms, legs, and lashes. Or maybe you’re the more hesitant type, dipping in only a toe to test the waters.
You might even be one who skips the pool and dips your pinky finger into a jar to savor the honey of a poem all morning. Or maybe one is not enough, and you order your ice cream cones with a triple dip (and drizzled with ripened berries).
However you do your dipping, we invite you to keep taking your daily dip into poetry with us, posting your favorite line from the day’s Every Day Poems with the hashtag #dipintopoetry. Today, we’re sharing the top ten (by number of tweets and favorites) #dipintopoetry lines that were tweeted over the couple of months.
Is your favorite here? Tweet with us every morning, and don’t forget to add #dipintopoetry. We’ll be looking for your lines. (You’re not getting Every Day Poems in your inbox every morning? Slide on over to our subscription page and we’ll get you set up.)
1. From The Moment by Jane Hilberry
the perfection of time, falling
into the waiting bowl.
2. From Jill Falls for Jack by Michelle Menting
they made wings from the swept scars of lawn grass
3. From The Heike Singer by Yone Noguchi
How it totters like the falling ghosts of leaves
4. From The Jade Flower by Serena J. Fox
A swollen cesura
Of hope curved back on itself
5. From Sonnet 30 by William Shakespeare
All losses are restored and sorrows end
6. From Marshy Area by Brenda Hillman
and blackbirds rose in polyvalent song,
a song just about the strength of fishing nets
7. From Fishing by LW Lindquist
Boy, stay somewhere.
8. From Recipe by L.L. Barkat
warm we break into
9. From Reading by Maureen Doallas
You urged fingers to lips
And whispered two words in my ear
10. From Catfish by Richard Maxson
the river unseen sifted through my
Thanks to our regular #dipintopoetry players:
Photo by Hiroyuki Takeda, Creative Commons license via Flickr. All poems previously appeared by permission of the poet and/or publisher in Every Day Poems.
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