It's hard to believe it's been 45 years since the very first Earth Day, which I am old enough to have celebrated. We planted trees on the quad that day, and I started to hang out with my first college girlfriend. I wonder how big those trees are now.
Today I'm giving a poetic shout-out to my friend Kendall Bell, who has been over-achieving for the last couple of NaPoWriMo's. Dude has probably written between 50 and 60 poems so far this month. I'll make it to 30 today - what a slacker I am. Anyway, Kendall is editor of Maverick Duck Press and the poetry journal Chantarelle's Notebook. He has a carload of chapbooks out (one of the perks of having your own small press). You can read some of his stuff here.
Today's prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo are very similar and in honor of Earth Day, I presume:
(1) Write a nature poem, and
(2) Write a "pastoral" poem.
I actually relieved some of the pressure of producing a poem by writing a haiku first thing this morning (more of a senryu, really):
cherry trees in bloom
his only daughter tries on
a prom dress
Later on, though , I wrote this one, After hearing today's weather forecast, I actually did start to hear this classical work in my head: