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Chalking poetry April 29, 2013

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FOR WEEKS I’VE WANTED to chalk poetry onto the sidewalk past my house in celebration of National Poetry Month in April.

But not until today, April 29, did sunny and dry weather finally allow for chalking.

A week ago six inches of snow fell, for gosh sakes. Rain fell early yesterday evening.

The first two parts of my illustrated poem.

The first three lines of my illustrated poem.

After sweeping winter sand from several sections of sidewalk, I scouted for the box of chalk in the garage then proceeded to print my poem:

Cold earth warmed
by budding sun
sprouts the seeds
of vernal equinox

Two springs ago, this poem published on four billboards as part of the Roadside Poetry Project in Fergus Falls.

I thought my poem particularly fitting for re-publication this morning on my sidewalk.

Poetry 2

The entire poem, plus “In celebration of National Poetry Month” tacked onto the end.

So if you are walking past my house, take note, read and enjoy.

Before the rain, or snow, washes away my poetry. And, yes, snow is apparently in the forecast for later this week, so two friends tell me.

© Copyright 2013 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


24 Responses to “Chalking poetry”

  1. treadlemusic Says:

    Wonderful! I remember many a childhood day turning our sidewalk into a beautiful frieze of youthful art! And the required hopscotch, of course! A great reminder! Yes, this “snow thing” is not a pleasant idea at all!!! Hugs……

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Since I grew up in the country, we never had sidewalks to chalk. But…as an adult I had great fun chalking the sidewalk and driveway under the pretense of playing with my kids. Knowing your artistic talents, I bet you created some fantastic sidewalk chalk art.

  2. Beth Ann Says:

    Lovely!!! Perfect for your sidewalk and for the beautiful day that it was yesterday. High of 74 today—-I am going to bottle it. And keep it forever!!!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Another beautiful day, for sure, which I also intend to savor.

      • Beth Ann Says:

        I don’t think we are meant to go to SD from looking ahead at later on in the week. But we will plow ahead this time regardless!

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        Oh, you still have not gotten there. Safe travels. Hopefully this weather will settle down before we need to head west to Fargo. At least the flooding there should be done.

      • Beth Ann Says:

        Crazy weather!!! I know Fargo has gotten blasted with the flooding and I suspect it is not all over yet.

      • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

        The river is supposed to crest tomorrow, 18 inches below the earlier prediction, but, I believe, still the sixth highest.

  3. How Cool – Love It!!!

  4. Jackie Says:

    I just love everything about it, the poem, the hand written perfectly spaced letters, the colors, and art! You are so talented my friend!

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      I always did well in penmanship in elementary school. As for the art, I could have used your Audrey to assist. But, hey, it was fun. Glad you enjoyed the poem.

  5. How fun! And how I remember my girls using that exact same chalk on your driveway! 🙂 That’s so great that your poem was on billboards – very, very fun. I love that you did this to celebrate poetry! However…sadly…I’m quite certain that the snow has destroyed it by now!

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