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 For the Children by Gary Snyder
learn the flowers
2. From Of Mule and Deer by Farid Matuk
Lightly you lope, pale deer, lifting
3. From Velvet Shoes by Elinor Wylie
Silence will fall like dews
4. Dignity by Rhonda Owen
An egg deserves
some privacy before it breaks.
5. From Drinking Tea in the Small Hours by W.S. Merwin
the taste is a hush from far away
6. From My Real Dwelling by Ikkyu
My real dwelling
Has no pillars
7. From Shakespeare’s Othello
There’s magic in the web of it
8. From Sonnet of the Sweet Complaint by Federico Garcia Lorca
…the lone rose of your breath
rests on my cheek…
9. From Bull Elk, Midwinter David Bottoms
Heavy clouds, like a winter coat, tumble his back
10. Fire & Flower by Laura Kasischke
Song of milk & mouths turned to white blossoms
Thanks to our regular #dipintopoetry players:
Photo by Sue Corbisez, 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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