Waxing Poetic

April is one of my favorite months. Spring is in full bloom, Long Island days seem slightly sunnier…and it’s poetry month. To put you in the poem frame of mind, here’s a haiku I wrote, just for you.


Sensory snapshot in words

Lines, rhymes, alliteration, stanzas

Rhythm rolling off my tongue

When I’m in the mood for a little poetry pick-me-up but don’t have the energy left to write my own, I surf on poetry websites. The next poem is courtesy of www.OnlyPoems.com.:

Tropical Island

Palm trees sway

To the beat of the drums

As my plane lands

My Caribbean escape awaits


I dip my feet

Into the refreshing warm water

The ocean sweeps me away

To my personal paradise


Flashes of color

Shimmering scales

Crystal blue water

A blissful sight


The burning red sun

Battles the soft ocean breeze

My toes dig deeper into the sand

I don’t want to leave


The reef is a playground

To all curious creatures

And the seaweed rocks back and forth

To the rhythm of the water


But sunset comes

In shades of orange, yellow, and pink

As it settles to rest

Sinking beneath the ocean waves

by Peyton Alexis

Do you like poetry? Why or why not? If you like poetry, do you have any favorite poets or related websites you’d recommend?

P.S. – If you’re not into poetry, no worries. Next week’s post will be written in prose. 🙂



20 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. sandylrowland
    Apr 17, 2012 @ 22:37:14

    I enjoy poetry. As a writer, we all wax poetic .
    Poetry isn’t always pretty words, but writing it does improve description in our prose.
    Thanks for the post. I need to read more of it.
    Shakespear is some of my favorite.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Apr 18, 2012 @ 06:43:53

      So true, Sandy. Writers have a love of language and picture-creating, so it makes sense many would gravitate toward poetry as well. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts. 🙂

  2. Rhonda Hopkins
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 00:46:58

    Great haiku! I’m not a big reader of poetry, but I enjoy it occasionally. I’m always interested in the poems others enjoy. i think poetry reflects more who we are than any other medium. But that’s just my opinion and it’s late so this could just be the ramblings of a tired mind. I do find that if I’m stuck and can’t figure out where to go next with my manuscript, if I take a break and write some poetry with random words as my guide, I can usually break through the block. Writng poetry is very very hard for me, but for some reason this works. Thanks for sharing yours! 🙂

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Apr 18, 2012 @ 18:14:11

      Thanks Rhonda! I love your idea of using poetry writing as a method to get your creative juices flowing. I’ll be sure to add that to my bag of writer tricks. 😀

  3. Catie Rhodes
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 10:49:36

    I am not a fan of poetry. I do often find the words and images beautiful, but I don’t seek out poetry. However, I do love music. I often make note of the words in songs. Songwriting is sort of like poetry, isn’t it?

    Loved the pics, by the way. 😀

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Apr 18, 2012 @ 18:44:27

      Yes, Catie, you’re right. Song lyrics are definitely a form of poetry.

      I like that poetry is as varied as prose. I love the classics, of course, but my ultimate favorite to read and write is children’s poetry. I’m a kid at heart, or just plain immature, I guess. 😀

      Thanks for weighing in, Catie, and thanks for the photo shout out. They were all taken in Key West, of course. (Can’t wait for our next getaway in July!)

  4. Julie Glover
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 10:50:16

    I loved it! Thanks for sharing. I enjoy all kinds of poetry, but particularly children’s poems that have that sense of whimsy.

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Apr 18, 2012 @ 18:48:21

      Hi Julie! I’ll remember you when I’m looking for beta readers for my kid poetry. I plan to submit to gigglepoetry.com by end of 2013. I agree. Dr. Seuss, Shel Silverstein, Jack Prelutzsky among others wrote some terrific poetry.

  5. Doree Anderson
    Apr 18, 2012 @ 11:01:24

    I grew up on those poetic lines of Dr. Seuss and Mother Goose, they always made my day. Why with out the wisdom they instilled, I’d have no imagination in which to play.
    I am a huge fan of poetry. Right up until we read a sonnet that leaves me going ohm and a teacher asking what I think the writer was saying. I’m not a diagnostician; I read because they give me pleasure. Go Sir Frost, Yates, Kipling and Ms. Dickinson.
    Thanks for the great Haiku.

  6. Aimee @ everydayepistle.com
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 19:57:03

    Jolyse, I have too many favorites to list. I appreciate people who appreciate poetry. You probably know this already, but April is National Poetry Month. We’ll be celebrating on the blog Monday. Drop by and bring a verse or two!

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Apr 21, 2012 @ 20:04:26

      Hi Aimee. Thanks for stopping by! I’ll be sure to share with you. Look forward to it. 🙂

      • Aimee @ everydayepistle.com
        Apr 21, 2012 @ 20:12:51

        Thanks, Jolyse. I hope you don’t mind me mentioning it here. That probably breaks some blogging etiquette rule. But when I saw your post, I wanted to let you know. Next time I’ll try Twitter & maybe Facebook as I just found and friended you 🙂 (For all I know that’s another party foul in the blogger book of manners!)

  7. Aimee @ everydayepistle.com
    Apr 21, 2012 @ 20:00:23

    PS: I like poets.org as a site.

  8. Tuere Morton
    Apr 22, 2012 @ 21:48:56

    LOVE poetry! Especially the classics like Robert Frost, Charlotte Bronte, etc. April is a great month. Let’s pray 4 a plethora of showers. Our planet needs it 🙂

    • Jolyse Barnett
      Apr 22, 2012 @ 23:10:40

      Hi Tuere! Perhaps you’ll appreciate this little-known fact about me…I’m the proud owner of two cassette tapes of Robert Frost reading his poetry. Don’t know where I’d be able to play them today, but I used to listen to those tapes every night before sleep when I was a teen.

      Yes, let the skies rain, rain, rain!

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