a collage, of sorts

If my life were a scrapbook
it would hold angst and laughter,
memories and monument,
pauses and portent.

If my life were a scrapbook
there would be glue, but no glitter,
colors running through the days,
small words pasted in the margins.

If my life were a scrapbook
you would see plain and pretty
mingled together on each page.

If my life were a scrapbook you would find
love and tenderness, empathy and turmoil,
rage and ritual.

If my life were a scrapbook I would cozy up by the fire
and flip through my pages with longing.

If my life were a scrapbook
you would focus on the shiny bits
pull them off one by one
and line them up
to create your own picture.

If my life were a scrapbook
there would be buttons
but no bows
bones and long rivers
and hawks would fly through my pages.

If my life were a scrapbook there would be no end
just dozens and dozens of beginnings.

If my life were a scrapbook I would
scream with loud colors and
whisper to saints in the darkness.

If my life were a scrapbook
I would hide by the cover
and watch as your smile drew sunset.

If my life were a scrapbook
the lines would be blurred,
the message would be lost,
and the end would reveal
the portal of midnight.




April is National Poetry Month

Poetry was the first creative love of my life, so I am
participating in the Poetry Book Giveaway being hosted by
Kelli Russell Agodon over at her blog, Book of Kells.

The first book I am offering is Living is What I Wanted
by David Ignatow.

The second book I am offering is Selected Poems of Anne Sexton,
because she has always been one of my favorites.

(Click on either of the images above for more info.)

If you’d like to be entered into the drawing to win one of these
two books, just leave a comment on this post by
April 30, 2010 11:59 p.m. EST and you’ll be entered!

If you do not have a blog, please include your email address so I can
contact you. I will be paying postage, so don’t worry about that.

I will be choosing the winners on May 1st, 2010.

Good luck!


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  • Andrew April 13, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    Fantastic! Thanks for doing this!

  • Marcie April 13, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    What a beautiful poem you’ve written..and I love Anne Sexton. Wonderful work!!!

  • Theresa April 13, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    What a wonderful poem! And what a terrific way to celebrate National Poetry Month! Thank you for offering such a lovely giveaway. 🙂 Sincerely, Theresa

  • Karen April 13, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I enjoyed the poem. Great giveaway. Thank you.

  • Susan Rich April 13, 2010 at 7:06 pm

    Excellent choices. I also love the name of your blog and the shade of blue. My new book had so many blue references throughout it that I went back and changed one or two to green! I do have an Ode to Blue, though. Thanks for participating!

  • Tracy April 13, 2010 at 9:36 pm

    As always, I am inspired and opened by your words and work. 🙂

    Thank you.

  • […] Poetry was the first creative love of my life, so I am celebrating by participating in a Poetry Book Giveaway over at my other blog, the blue muse. […]

  • shona cole April 14, 2010 at 2:27 am

    this is such a great idea!!! please enter me, I love poetry.


  • Suzanne April 14, 2010 at 5:30 am

    I have the Sexton, but would love to enter for the Ignatow! I’m also participating at

  • Joanne Johns April 14, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Count me in as well please!

  • Cristina April 15, 2010 at 1:19 pm

    I had forgotten how much I love poetry; I remember each April. Like a rebirth.

  • Debi April 15, 2010 at 7:31 pm

    and me too – i had no idea april was poetry month, but of course, what other month could it be? april is a new poem every day! xoxo

  • georgia April 16, 2010 at 7:32 am

    oooh, pick me! pick me!

    what a lovely image.

  • Diane Lockward April 16, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Please add my name to your list and yours to mine.

  • Valerie April 16, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    What a lovely blog and I’m glad I discovered it through Kelli. I love your color series poems, along with the one you’ve just posted. Winning this give-away would be wonderful, if I was lucky enough!

  • Natalie T. April 16, 2010 at 4:46 pm

    Please add me to your list! Thank you so much.

  • Molly April 16, 2010 at 8:59 pm

    Please enter me – thanks.

    mollycspencer (at) gmail (dot) com

  • Jé Maverick April 16, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    I’d love an opportunity to win. Please enter my name. Or consider my name entered! 🙂

  • Carl Palmer April 16, 2010 at 10:01 pm

    Thank you for adding my name to the list for a chance at that book.

  • Linda April 17, 2010 at 6:34 am

    Beautiful poem with feeling! April brings promises of newness to life…
    Enter me also, thank you.

  • Sandy Longhorn April 18, 2010 at 6:03 pm

    Thanks for joining the giveaway. I’d love to be included in your contest.

  • Kelley April 18, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Pick me, pick me! Kelley

  • Evie April 19, 2010 at 8:48 am

    I’d be happy to win one of these books — please include me in your drawing! And feel free to come enter mine!

  • Frogtown April 24, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    Very cool of you, please count me in.

    frogtown (at)

  • Lindsay April 24, 2010 at 5:43 pm

    Thanks very much for this opportunity!
    Would make some great post-exams reading 🙂

    you can contact me at,


  • Nandini Dhar April 25, 2010 at 12:12 am

    Please count me in too! Thanks!

  • Julie Daley April 25, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Your blog is beautiful…sheer beauty…or is it poetry in motion…
    I found you through whollyjeanne…she never steers me wrong!

  • Rachael Bender April 26, 2010 at 6:24 pm

    This poem honestly touched my heart. You have quite a way with words, the way they light up and I could see what you’re feeling is wonderful.


    I found you via Freckled Nest =]

  • Ronald Lewis April 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you so much for this opportunity – such a great idea! I produce the Vermont Poetry Newsletter & Poetry Event Calendar, so if I’m lucky enough to be a winner, I’ll give your site a mention! (Anne Sexton’s book, please.) Ron Lewis

  • wholly jeanne April 27, 2010 at 4:54 pm

    okay, my hat has now officially been tossed into this ring. and my fingers are crossed, and now i’m going to feast on some of your other posts.

  • Tara Mae Schultz April 28, 2010 at 11:25 am

    me me!

  • Kristin Berkey-Abbott April 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    Please enter me into the drawing. Thanks!

  • Sam Boyd April 29, 2010 at 10:13 am

    thank you for your generosity!

  • Julie April 30, 2010 at 1:42 pm

    Thanks for counting me in! 🙂

  • Stacy Lynn Mar April 30, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    thanks so much for hosting this giveaway.

    please add me!

  • Amber M. April 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    Please enter me. =)


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