July 27, 2014

July 24, 2014

Poetry Friday--"Shadows"

Caption: Young girls going to work in Mill No. 1 Cocheco Mfg. Co., Dover, N.H. I saw them go to work regularly, day after day. May 17, 1909--Noon. Location: Dover, New Hampshire. Photo taken by Lewis Wickes Hine, courtesy Library of Congress.

There is always someone
in the shadows.
Always watching.
Keeping tabs.
Making sure no one meets
with gentlemen.
Or talks to labor organizers.

Watching us.
Their eyes lingering.
Their thoughts...
Need I tell you what their
thoughts might be?
Sainte Marie, Mère de Dieu,
priez pour nous

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

If you haven't been following my Sketchbook Project progression, you can catch up by clicking here.

Sylvia and Janet will be hosting the Round-Up for this week at Poetry for Children. And while you're there, take a look at the history of children's poetry over the past 25 years in this post.

July 22, 2014

July 20, 2014

Happy Haiga Day!

One more from last week's Michael Bublé adventure.

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July 18, 2014

Poetry Friday--"Father O'Brien"

Headed for my Sketchbook Project book.

Caption: Pin boys in Les Miserables Alleys, Frank Jarose, 7 Fayette St., Mellens Court, said 11 years old, made $3.72 last week. Joseph Philip, 5 Wall St., said 11 years old, and works until midnight every week night; said he made $2.25 last week and $1.75 the week before. Willie Payton, 196 Fayette St., said 11 years old, made over $2 last week, works there every night until midnight. Location: Lowell, Massachusetts. Photo taken October 1911 by Lewis Wickes Hine, courtesy Library of Congress.

Father O'Brien

Father O'Brien of
Saint Patrick's Church
started to laugh when
I told him about my job at
Les Miserables Alleys.
"My boy," he says,
"a more aptly named
place there never was."
And then he busts out
sputtering and laughing
like one who has been
touched by the pixies.
I'll tell you something--
I don't get the joke.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Head over to see Tabatha Yeatts for the Poetry Friday Round-Up. (Tabatha sent me poem #3 in the Summer Poem Swap. Actually, she sent me 4 poems total! What a gal!)

July 15, 2014

Haiku Sticky #262

This was written in response to last week's 15 Words or Less challenge at Laura Salas's blog.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

July 13, 2014

Happy Haiga Day!

I guess you can figure out where I went on Friday night! I'll have another concert haiga next Sunday, so come back.

Click on the image to enlarge. © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

If you're not familiar with Michael Bublé here's a clip from the same tour, which was taken two weeks ago: