Dandelion Wishes

31 Mar

The last day of the March Slice Of Life Story Challenge coincides with Crayola’s announcement that it is retiring Dandelion.

The thing about dandelions is that no one loves them until, as Nabokov says, they have  “changed from suns into moons”. Once the dandelion has transformed from golden sun to soft moon, it has the power to grant wishes to anyone willing to blow on the seed head and disperse the seeds.

So, here are my seeds for the writers of #SOLSC17…a little concrete poetry to drift through the air like a dandelion seed.


I wish you inspiration

and the words to say what needs to be said,

the pleasure of tasting life twice,

the determination,










w          e          d

r              v              a

i                  e                 y

t                             r                       !

            e                                y                                  !











21 Responses to “Dandelion Wishes”

  1. jehansen13 March 31, 2017 at 6:06 am #

    I love this! The end of the poem is amazing!

  2. lynnedorfman March 31, 2017 at 6:45 am #

    I love the title – love, love, love the form – concrete – so clever! The word choice is perfect! I did not know they were retiring colors from the box. I enjoyed the video, too. Your poem, however, is superbly superb! Thank you!

  3. aggiekesler March 31, 2017 at 6:46 am #

    This poem is amazing!! For real…:) We made it…definitely a bittersweet day. 😦

  4. sallydonnelly11 March 31, 2017 at 6:51 am #

    WOW! What a poem. What a connection. What a writing community. So glad to have the chance to “see” how others put words on the page. You and this community are a gift. Thank you!

  5. arjeha March 31, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    Love the concrete poem. I wonder how many of us will suffer withdrawal symptomw tomorrow.

  6. beckymusician March 31, 2017 at 7:15 am #

    I love the poem, too! You have summed it up so well and given a call to continue writing.

  7. Lisa L2L4L March 31, 2017 at 8:03 am #

    Simply stunning. Much like the beauty (yes, someone thinks they are pretty) and power of a dandelion. Thank you!

  8. Lorie Barber March 31, 2017 at 9:00 am #

    Wow! What a challenge to create a concrete poem digitally! Well done!

  9. elsie March 31, 2017 at 9:21 am #

    Amazing poem! Writing every day creates the roots to a life of writing. All I can say is WOW!

  10. Ramona March 31, 2017 at 9:34 am #

    Oh, Adrienne, absolutely breathtaking. May I copy it to share with my book club students who love concrete poetry?

    • Adrienne March 31, 2017 at 10:03 am #

      Feel Free. I will say, getting it to look “right” in the pub;llished version was tricky, especially the bottom part.

  11. barbara suter March 31, 2017 at 9:53 am #

    On the final day you knocked it out of the ball park! Like the others I am in awe of the beautiful concrete poem you’ve created for us today. Thank you so much for the inspiration.

  12. djvichos March 31, 2017 at 1:32 pm #

    I like that your were able to weave together a retried crayon and a writing wish for your reader. It’s beautiful and marks the day well!

  13. shellymkeller March 31, 2017 at 2:03 pm #

    What a perfect ending to the challenge! Love your concrete poem! So very creative!

  14. franmccrackin March 31, 2017 at 2:18 pm #

    Love the crayon connection and your poem. Thanks for a great month- I have really enjoyed reading your writing. I’ll look for you on Tuesdays?

    • Adrienne March 31, 2017 at 2:21 pm #

      Oh yes. I’ll be there.

  15. Leigh Anne March 31, 2017 at 3:30 pm #

    Yes, we were both on the same wavelength today! I have not tried concrete poems on the computer….I don’t think I would have any hair left. I get so frustrated just on Blogger! And I wish you all the same!

    • Adrienne March 31, 2017 at 3:33 pm #

      It was tricky and the last three words took forever because what I saw in the draft was not what appeared in the published version.

  16. terierrol March 31, 2017 at 5:41 pm #

    I love the concrete poetry and the sentiments it sends.

  17. Brian Rozinsky March 31, 2017 at 6:07 pm #

    All kinds of fun connecting & creating here, Adrienne. Today, you are the wind beneath my, um, dandelion seeds 🙂

  18. JudyK March 31, 2017 at 9:00 pm #

    I LOVE everything about this poem! So beautiful.
    Thank you, Andrea, for being my rock during this challenge. I was as green as they come when the challenge started, and didn’t have the faintest idea about what I was doing. But you made me feel welcome and encouraged me, and I’m very grateful for that. Thank you! ~JudyK

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