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.



 

Friday, April 14, 2017

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 9 - Nutritious Relationship + Poetry Friday

While I have been in the throes of our families' Indiegogo project I have not had much time or energy to devote to National Poetry Month - boo!
So to keep on track I have decided to work all the way through Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's  book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book  as a way to give myself structure.
Today I am sharing the poem I wrote for the Powerpack 9 prompt, Less Pressure (found poem) (which was really hard for me): Try writing a "found" poem of your own looking for words from another source and then arranging them into a poem. You can use these paragraphs on airplane wings and drag, if you like. You can use another poem or page from this book. You can use a passage of prose from an online source. Or you can even use text from a cereal box or other source with words on it.
I used our Shredded Wheat cereal box which is below:





















The resulting poem is (with apologies):

97% of friendship is
48 grams of appreciation
47 grams of simple acts of goodness
with a Big-Bite of surprise

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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.

Join the Poetry Friday celebration at Dori Reads

Friday, April 7, 2017

Just You Wait: Powerpack Poem 8 - Spring Break To Do List + Poetry Friday

I continue to be inspired by 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 8 prompt, The Shortest School Day Ever (sequence poem): Write a poem with a very strong sequence or time order. You could feature the hours of the day, days of the week, or months of the year - or have a completely different focus, like steps in "how to" do something or driving directions or a slice of history. Being that it is that time of year, my poem is about Spring Break:





















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.


UPDATE: YUGE THANK YOU to all of you who have investigated, shared, and/or contributed to our family's Indiegogo campaign! As of Thursday afternoon, April 6th, we have 22 backers and have raised $1,125 towards our goal - 5%! Woot! That translates to $225 going toward the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, the Union of Concerned Scientists organizations! Remember, you do not have to order a Tyrannosaurus Rump plushie in order to support this campaign. The "Back It" button allows you to make a donation to help us reach our goal without receiving a plushie. 20% of that donation goes to one of the above organizations.

And finally, join the Poetry Friday fun at Live Your Poem.



Friday, March 31, 2017

Family Activism + Poetry Friday

My family and I are celebrating National Poetry Month a little differently this year because, well, life is a little different this year. Let me explain...Just like many of you, our family was devastated on November 9, 2016. Our hearts were broken. And we were scared for ourselves and our country. But we didn't want to wallow in our fear, so we took Carrie Fisher's advice: "Take your broken heart, make it into art" and as a family we created something soft, cuddly, and lovable out of an idea of someone who is, well, not.

A longer (5 min) version of this video can be found HERE

In our despair, we decided we not only wanted to do something creative, we also want to help those affected by the real Tyrannosaurus Rump's actions so we decided that $5 of every purchase of a Tyrannosaurus Rump plushie will go to the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, or the Union of Concerned Scientists. You decide.

We launched our Indiegogo campaign on Sunday, April 2nd to try to get funding to manufacture the Tyrannosaurus Rump plushie and hopefully make sizeable donations to these important organizations.

Our challenge is getting the word out so that this campaign will succeed. We live in a divided nation and this campaign could be construed as controversial by some, but we want to be brave, bring a bit of levity to our new reality, and help others. If you could help us by contributing AND sharing our link, that would be awesome. Thank you!

All the Poetry Friday goodness can be found at the Poem Farm.