Friday, May 12, 2017

Evolution of Our Family's (Unsuccessful) Resistance Effort + Poetry Friday


election shock
dinnertime talk

our broken hearts
made into art

post-election mourn
Tyrannosaurus Rump born

prototypes paid
video made

as President sins
nonprofits win

crowdfunding source
social media force

30 day try
some mistakes, sigh

hearts laid bare
because we care

generous souls
didn't reach goal

 Recently our family dipped our toes in the resistance effort. In response to the devastating election results, our family created a Tyrannosaurus Rump plushie. (Video here.) We set up a crowdfunding campaign to fund the manufacturing and to donate to three important organizations (the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and the Union of Concerned Scientists) that help those affected by our Predator-In-Chief. Though we fell short of our goal, 34 people backed our campaign and pledged $2050. All of the money was returned to the supporters because we didn't reach our goal. Throughout our journey we were met with kindness and support - especially in the Poetry and Kid-Lit community. Thank you! And we didn't experience any backlash or haters, which is saying something in this day and age. Now we are focusing our resistance efforts on communicating with our Senators and Representatives and VOTING. Will you join us?

Join the Poetry Friday fun at A Teaching Life

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 12 - In Your Heart

Sunday was the last day of April and the last day of National Poetry Month. It is also the end of my journey through Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's  book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book.
Today I am sharing the final poem I wrote for the Powerpack 12 prompt, Rising (your choice): ...Now it is your turn to try a poem in any form or with any device that you like...
I went back to the acrostic form for today's final poem:


Powerpack Poem 1 is here.
Powerpack Poem 2 is here.
Powerpack Poem 3 is here.
Powerpack Poem 4 is here.
Powerpack Poem 5 is here.
Powerpack Poem 6 is here.
Powerpack Poem 7 is here.
Powerpack Poem 8 is here.
Powerpack Poem 9 is here.
Powerpack Poem 10 is here.
Powerpack Poem 11 is here.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Happy Poem In Your Pocket Day!

Today is Poem In Your Pocket Day and I am sharing a poem I've shared before, but with a new presentation style.
Which poem is in YOUR pocket?

Friday, April 21, 2017

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 11 - Ode to My Cookbook + Poetry Friday

We're halfway through National Poetry Month and I am heading into the home stretch of Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's  book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book .
Today I am sharing the poem I wrote for the Powerpack 11 prompt, Ode to the Game (ode poem): Now try to write an ode of your own. Think of something you love or enjoy and write a poem as a tribute or recognition of those special qualities, experiences, or memories (e.g., soccer).
I wrote an ode poem for Michelle Heidenrich Barnes' DMC challenge last month about something I marginally love to do: cook. (It was Helen Frost's brilliant idea to write ode poems).
Here is an edited version of Ode to My Cookbook:

Powerpack Poem 1 is here.
Powerpack Poem 2 is here.
Powerpack Poem 3 is here.
Powerpack Poem 4 is here.
Powerpack Poem 5 is here.
Powerpack Poem 6 is here.
Powerpack Poem 7 is here.
Powerpack Poem 8 is here.
Powerpack Poem 9 is here.
Powerpack Poem 10 is here.
Tabatha is hosting the PF fun at The Opposite of Indifference

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 10 - Beam Me Up

I am celebrating the remainder of National Poetry Month by working all the way through Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's  book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book .
Today I am sharing the poem I wrote for the Powerpack 10 prompt, Teammates (poem with internal rhyme): Try writing a poem that uses rhyme in nontraditional ways. Don't limit yourself to regular end rhyme and exact rhyme. Try using irregular rhyme, internal rhyme, or slant or "near" rhyme (e.g., team-means, hide-mind).
My poem is called Beam Me Up:


Powerpack Poem 1 is here.
Powerpack Poem 2 is here.
Powerpack Poem 3 is here.
Powerpack Poem 4 is here.
Powerpack Poem 5 is here.
Powerpack Poem 6 is here.
Powerpack Poem 7 is here.
Powerpack Poem 8 is here.
Powerpack Poem 9 is here.