POETIC BLOOMINGS is a Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild site established in May 2011 to nurture and inspire the creative spirit.


As many of us scramble to write a poem every day through November, while trying to find time to comment and encourage others who are doing the same, Walt and I want to express our appreciation for those who have managed to write and post here as well. You are all amazing, and we are humbled.

From the usual well of excellence, my Prompt #27 Beautiful Bloom goes to Jane Penland Hoover for “Another.” Jane, it does my heart a world of good to see your work here at Poetic Bloomings. I am a long-time admirer of yours, and “Another” is a fine example of why. Your unpretentious style, easily envisioned images, liquid flow, well-chosen title that leads right into the opening phrase, and mood that you set all come together flawlessly in this charming piece. Congratulations on your first “Beautiful Bloom” honor.


Week of routines followed
Simple pleasures taken in

Walks around the pond
Slowing through the meadow

To listen for the cardinals
Spy the well-perched hawk

Week of breakfast, lunch, and
Dinner, time enough

For us, rising before each dawn
Turning down plush comforter
As darkness hushes birds

Seven days our simple measure
Marking still our dual breath

By Jane Penland Hoover


Walt’s choice for this week :

The main theme: look forward, the week that was, was and nothing changes it. Optimistic attitudes and positivity no matter the provocation. Well expressed, Benjamin. Accept this Bloom and honor.

The Week That Was by Benjamin Thomas

The week that was, well..

Was another week under the gun
Pressure, blood, bullets, fun

Highs, Lows, Horrifying news
Red, scarlet, greys and blues

Yet it was another week under the sun
Warmth of rays, a new birth to some

And even though another is begun
Applause, cheers, that one is done

Forget the week that now is past
Live today while the day still lasts

In sinking sands while the day still stands
taking grace in prayer to meet its demands

Complaints, cries, whines and rants
Changing diapers, poopy pants

Days, weeks, months and years
Encompassing our joys, crowns and fears

But no matter how good or bad it felt
There’s another week under our belt

So all you singles, moms and dads
Young men and men, well dressed, well clad

Don’t look behind, don’t turn your head
To the week that was, look straight ahead


Congratulations, Jane and Benjamin for work extremely well written and satisfying. And to all our poets, Write on, in the face of all these challenges. We’re glad you join us weekly.

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9 thoughts on “BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS – PROMPT #27

  1. Wow, Jane! Congrats. You are a great poet to watch and learn from! Extra kudos for including a ‘nudge’ to me in these lines:

    To listen for the cardinals
    Spy the well-perched hawk

    (I haven’t been called: ‘well-perched’ before, but I’ll pretend it’s a compliment! I do hang out in a few poetry haunts.) HA! 🙂

  2. Jane, I like the details of the every day in your poem.
    I like to see those little parts of life in the every day, too!

  3. Hannah Gosselin on said:

    Such a BEAUTIFUL bloom! Great one, Jane, really brings one right into the moment. 🙂

  4. “Seven days our simple measure
    marking still our dual breath”

    What breathtaking lines. I haven’t seen your poetry in some time,
    and I’m glad you are on board here.

  5. Just coming by thinking there is a new challenge up and what do I see but an unexpected honor. Now – maybe I can write my poem for yesterday’s poem-a-day prompt. So many smiles I feel inside just now. Read this to my husband and he smiled too. You have each made such specific comments about what drew you close – thank you and thank you.

  6. Wow! Just was checking my inbox on wordpress and had a wonderful surprise!
    Encouraging to be mentioned with you awesome poets here at poetic bloomings!

    Sorry for the late response.

    Jane wonderful piece. It has a very calming, soothing effect.

    And I always have an appreciation for Walt & Marie Elena’s work. Thanks!

  7. Excelsior!
    (that’s about all I can manage. hope to be back in the land of the living soon)

  8. Trying to catch up . . .

    Benjamin, May you bloom in red, scarlet, gray, and blue, and any other color of your choice. Great poem.

  9. Thank you for such encouraging words. I envisioned being in a garden! By the way, I love the name “purplepeninportland”.

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