Thursday, July 14, 2011

Poetry Schmoetry Blogfest/Poetry Friday

Today I'm doing double poetry duty! I'm joining in at the Poetry Schmoetry blogfest today at Shelley's blog. Check here to see more entries. I am also participating in Poetry Friday which is being hosted at A Year of Reading today. I used to do Poetry Friday a lot, but my middle grade writing took over. It's time to pay my respects to poetry again!



I'm sharing a poem today that I wrote after watching a preschooler reunite with his father when he returned from war. It was so incredibly touching. I was tearing up along with all the other moms watching the special moment.
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HOME FROM AFGHANISTAN


Months of waiting.
Celebrating.
Daddy’s home.

Smiles beaming.
Tears are streaming.
Daddy’s home.

We are racing.
Warm embracing.
Daddy's home!

No more missing.
Hugs and kissing.
My daddy is home!


-Kelly Polark, all rights reserved

44 comments:

Pam said...

Well done, Kelly! You put us right into this precious moment.
Pam at www.2encourage.blogspot.com

Ray Veen said...

Very sweet, Kelly. A big impact with simple words.

julie fedderson said...

Scenes like this make my heart twist! Nothing like seeing a child light up when their parent comes home.

Shannon O'Donnell said...

*sniff, sniff* Beautiful!! :-)

cleemckenzie said...

And the story ends very nicely. Lovely.

Anita said...

Love it!

Myra Garces-Bacsal from GatheringBooks said...

So beautiful in its stark simplicity. I love it as well. =)

Jonathon Arntson said...

Aww!

Kim Kasch said...

Love it :)

Christine Tyler said...

Awe, that is great. My husband is in subs, so he's not out half as long as some of the army-men, but it does help me appreciate the challenge that others go through. Perfect poem for the feeling of return-time.

Mary Lee said...

This tugs my heart!

Randy said...

That is really beautiful.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Very nice, Kelly!

Samantha VĂ©rant said...

Absolutely wonderful!

Kelly said...

Thanks, Pam!
Thank you, Ray. Means a lot coming from a former soldier!
Julie- It was such a touching moment!
Thank you, Shannon, Lee, and Anita!
Myra - I tried to write it from a young child's view, so yes, simplicity was my goal! Thanks!
Thank you, Jon and Kim!!
Christine - I can't imagine what families go through when a parent is at war.
Thanks so much, Mary Lee, Randy, Alex, and Sam!

cherie said...

Very nice! I love the feeling of anticipation and excitement in the poem. It's a great feeling to have someone you love come home.

Thanks for sharing!

Bish Denham said...

Oooooh, that's a sweet, sweet one Kelly.

Angie Cothran said...

My brother-in-law just came home from Iraq and it was just like this. Beautiful!

LTM said...

aww!!! *sniff*sniff*sniff* That's a wonderful poem. Thanks for sharing it~ :o) <3

Angela Felsted said...

This is just so sweet and heartwarming!

Tony Van Helsing said...

Not a single wasted word, very minimalist.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Well done! You've captured a moment of pure joy!

Theresa Milstein said...

Awww, that's sweet, Kelly!

msmousecleanshouse said...

Simple and absolutely perfect. You had me tearing up! Thank you for sharing your wonderful thoughts.

Christina Lee said...

AWWW *sniff*

Lydia K said...

Sweet and simple. Love it!

Sharon K. Mayhew said...

That was beautiful Kelly!

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Love the repetition and simplicity. LOVED it!

BookMystress/Monique Writes said...

such a nice pile of words, such talent here

DEZMOND said...

I bet many kids in Afghanistan cried because of his daddy too.

Tara Tyler said...

i didnt see this until today.
what a great poem!

Adrienne said...

Beautiful and sweet - you capture the moment perfectly.

Rena said...

I love your poem, Kelly!

Angela Ackerman said...

You leave me in awe, Kelly! This is just beautiful. You're like an onion, a rock-n-roll Mama, a poet, etc!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Suzanne Casamento said...

Awww...so sweet! Love the poem!

Rachel Brooks said...

What a wonderful poem! It's always great to see families reunited after a deployment. This poem captures the excitement and love of such moments perfectly :)

Cynthia Chapman Willis said...

Kelly, your poem is amazing! I love it. Like you, I'm sure I would have been breaking out the Kleenex watching that preschooler reunite with his dad. I wish that dad could see this poem. : )

Stephen Tremp said...

Now that is a great poem! I did not know you wrote poetry. The emotion that tugs on the heart is amazing. Nicely done!

Christina Farley said...

Wow. That is so touching. Thank you for sharing that.

Carolina Valdez Miller said...

What a sweet, sweet poem, Kelly! So beautiful. I'm sure that moment will stay with you.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

That's so sweet. I tear up too when I see these heart-warming scenes. Okay, I start bawling, but that's our secret. ;)

Marisa Hopkins said...

Aw, Kelly, I LOVE this!!

Lisa and Laura said...

This sounds like it would make a great picture book!!! Have you thought about writing one? I think it would be amazing!

Laura Pauling said...

AWesome! Love it. :)