Poetry Friday: Kayaking

Thanks to Carol at Beyond LiteracyLink for hosting Poetry Friday this week.

Last week, I discovered kayaking. It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time. And it felt like I had been doing it a long time. By the time actual Friday arrives, I will be getting ready for my third time kayaking in about 10 days.

My notebook entry for August 29, 2020

I wrote a Shadorma, which is a 3-5-3-3-7-5 syllable Spanish poetry form.

estacada lake
sunshine warms
calm waters
osprey observes visitors
waits for the corn moon

 © jone rush macculloch (draft, 2020)

Tomorrow I take my three grand girls kayaking at the lake. It will be warm and hopefully we can make it to the bridge and back.




A little history. It was created in 2009. It’s a day to tell stories using math.

The fourth Friday of September is #NationalBRAVEDay. September 25th is that Friday.
This began in 2017 to uplift and honor the women who make up feel brave.

So why am I focusing on September 25, 2020? Because I will be hosting Poetry Friday.

How about the theme of poems that tell a math story or honor a brave woman might be fun.

Maybe your poem will feature a poem steeped in a mathematical structure: Fibonacci, Zeno, Cinquain, Nonet, Sijo, or Arun. Or any poem with a mathematical structure.

Maybe your poem will combing both BRAVE and a Math Story. 

Are you in?

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12 Responses to Poetry Friday: Kayaking

  1. Jone, my favorite line here is the very simple “It felt like I had been doing it for a long time.” Isn’t it wonderful that later in life we can “discover” things that have always belonged to us, even if we didn’t know? I’ll wait for that thing and can’t wait to see if it’s a math-structured story-telling brave-woman story!

  2. Kay Mcgriff says:

    I love kayaking (or tubing or canoeing) and anything that gets me out on the water. And you created and lovely sketch and poem from it, too. Enjoy!

  3. margaretsmn says:

    I love how you’ve discovered the joy of kayaking. I canoe with my husband in the bayou and the peace of it passes understanding unless you’ve been there. Lovely journal page and poem. How fun to share your joy with grands!

  4. Linda Mitchell says:

    What a wonderful page in your journal! And, this is a new poetry form to me. I might just need to try it out. Your grandgirls are lucky.

  5. mbhmaine says:

    Your notebook pages are always a delight to see, and this combination of sketch and poem is perfect! I’m so glad you’ve enjoyed kayaking. It’s something I’ve done a little of and always want to do more. Thanks also for reminding me about shadormas.

  6. lindabaie says:

    I did see your pictures on FB, Jone, but even better is the sketch & poem. I envy you the kayaking adventure. That is awesome!

  7. I love your drawing and poem! I sure appreciate the visit through art to a lake. “Osprey observes” is both so great in sounds and in evoking my own memories on bodies of water.

  8. I love kayaking. We aren’t super near a lake since we moved, but we are thinking of getting an inflatable double kayak next stream…What a lovely poem, and I now hear your echo of “during the pandemic” at the end of your poems. Which is lovely, since your poems are full of beauty.

  9. janicescully says:

    I haven’t been kayaking in a while, but it’s a great way to see the water and nature. Love your picture and drawing. Your line “osprey observes visitors” resonated with me. Thanks for the interesting prompt. I’ll see what I can do.

  10. jama says:

    Happy to hear about your newfound love for kayaking (and how cool that you’ll get to go with your granddaughters this weekend)! I will think about a post for National Brave Day.

  11. Carol Coven Grannick says:

    Enjoyed the format and the drawing, leaving me with a feeling of being forward-moving in the water. A good feeling!

  12. cvarsalona says:

    Jone, I really like your pairing of sketch and poetry. I have never tried this format so I may do so. I have been thinking about your invitation to write a math poem with a focus on #NationalBraveDay. Would you consider offering this shadorma as an image poem for Embraceable Summer Gallery or another? If so, you will need to sign it, with location, and send to me.

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