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Baby Shower
Angela Hoffman


That moment before your guests arrive–
your house all decked to the hilt with your finest.
Everything is in place, perfect.

I think the earth is putting on a baby shower
this first morning of June.
The baby blue sky is dripping down to meet
the light that has fallen from the heavens like confetti
on the green frosted earth, sprinkled with dew.
The sunlight is strung through the pines.
The theme is soft pinks, lavender, white.
Wild geraniums, peonies, astilbe, bleeding hearts, lilacs
are displayed for the guests of honor–
the chickadee hatchlings with their high-pitched peeps.
The first guests are a mama rabbit, the bumbling bees.
Hurry, this party won’t last long.

© by Angela Hoffman.
Used with the author’s permission.

Angela Hoffman lives in a small town in Wisconsin. With her retirement from teaching and the pandemic coinciding, she took to writing poetry. Her poetry has been widely published and she is the author of three collections: Resurrection Lily, Olly Olly Oxen Free, and her newest, Hold the Contraries. Angela's hobbies include collaging and making sourdough bread. Learn more about her at



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Lovely piece full of vivid descriptions and excellent figures of speech and poetic sound devices~~perfect for the occasion
Posted 06/01/2023 10:53 PM
Lori Levy:
Beautiful portrayal of the earth's "baby shower."
Posted 06/01/2023 12:57 PM
Wonderful turn of thought, Angela . . . nice fit for YDP'S 14th anniversary celebration. Jayne knows how to take a risk, followed by savoring the joy as "sunlight is strung through the pines."
Posted 06/01/2023 12:41 PM
A wonderful reminder to enjoy this colorful season!
Posted 06/01/2023 11:11 AM
What a lovely morning! I'm at a conference in a high-rise in a sea of concrete this morningthis poem is a welcome respite!
Posted 06/01/2023 10:17 AM
well, if this doesn't get us excited for June I don't know what will! WONDERFUL!! And congratulations and blessings to you on 14 years of YDP!!
Posted 06/01/2023 10:08 AM
Very nice with excellent imagery. I especially like sunlight is strung through the pines. Congratulations to YDP on turning 14. And many more
Posted 06/01/2023 09:00 AM
Larry Schug:
Even an old goat like me would like to attend this baby shower. Very nice
Posted 06/01/2023 08:12 AM
Excellent! Love this one. Really takes you there! Mike Jones.
Posted 06/01/2023 07:28 AM
Joan Luther:
Nature showers us through your well-composed analogy. What a wonderful collection of guests!
Posted 06/01/2023 06:53 AM

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