10 Things I Love About You

Susan's Birdhouse

Grey hair in streaks, falling straight down.

Friendship, translucent and strong as fishing line

Books, stacks of texts, leaning.

Paper birds, emerging from the wet, hempy mash

Disagreement, and dissent.

Chickens in the back 40.

Raised boxes and their bees.

Voice, a cool shaded pond.


Tomorrow, empty canvas.

— for Susan, Day 12, Poetry Month

Elizabeth Howard

Elizabeth writes literary non-fiction, haiku, cultural rants, and Demand Poetry in order to forward the cause of beautiful writing. She teaches and speaks about the rhetorical impact of beautiful writing. A recent transplant to Connecticut, she calls London, Kansas City, and Iowa home.