Stuck Up

Saw this fella on my run the other day...

Solstice Song

Winter solstice arrived on Wednesday, December 21st...let us raise our voices for peace, love, and kindness worldwide. 

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 5 - Hey Rory!

Once again, I have another poem inspired by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's  newest book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book. Today I am sharing the poem I wrote inspired by the Powerpack 5 prompt: Hey, Dracula (poem of address): "We all like to yell at the TV or movie screen when we see something surprising, right? Write an 'apostrophe poem' or 'poem of address' to a movie character or television character or game character (e.g., Dracula)."
I wrote my poem to Rory Gilmore from Gilmore Girls:
Photo of Sterling Library at Yale courtesy of Pixabay

Powerpack Poem 1 is here.
Powerpack Poem 2 is here.
Powerpack Poem 3 is here.
Powerpack Poem 4 is here.

Needling Curiosity + Poetry Friday!

Last week, as I was cleaning off my desk, two little strips of paper fluttered out of my black notebook. The notebook I took with me to Poetry Camp back in October! (I know, I don't clean my desk very often... ; ) These two lovely strips of paper were prompts from a session on Metaphor and Simile led by our own Poetry Friday friends, Irene Latham and Liz Steinglass! I opened my black notebook, reread my notes from the session, and wrote a poem. This is the result:
 Tabatha is our lovely hostess this week at The Opposite of Indifference

Poetry Friday is HERE - Welcome, Community!

We all want to belong. To feel safe. To feel like we are a part of a community.

One of the Google definitions for community is:
2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.

I am constantly striving to feel like I am a part of a community. But the feeling of belonging has been hard to come by in my life. I am from a big family, the youngest of 10, but none of my sisters or brothers live near me. My parents sold our childhood home when I was 18 and I've been moving most of my adult life - 3 states and 10 different cities since my husband and I got married.

Then, a few years ago, I found a place where I felt a sense of  fellowship with others who share my passion for poetry. I found my peeps. I found the Poetry Friday community.

Poetry Friday makes me feel like I belong because when I visit all of your blogs, I find you are speaking my language: Poetry. You enrich my life as a poet and as a person. Every week I get to read poetry from poets like myself, and from the masters. I find out about amazing books, songs, resources - from all over the world! It takes time, yes, but building relationships takes time. I always feel like I am a part of something bigger than my lowly poetry contribution, which sometimes is wonky, but I always feel safe sharing it.

No matter what is going on in my life or the world, I know I have a place to go. Every. Single. Friday. Thank you.

I'll be doing the Round Up old school. Leave your link in the comments and I will add it to the "neighborhood" below tonight (Thursday early birds!) and throughout the day on Friday.

Penny Parker Klostermann is hosting Matt Forrest Esenwine and his daughter, Katherine share their talents on her A GREAT NEPHEW AND A GREAT AUNT series. 

Mary Lee Hahn is officially launching her Haiku a Day in December project. 
Sign up for the Poetry Friday Roundup Hosts for Jan-June 2017!

Kelly Fineman has an original ekphrastic cinquain entitled "Stone chicken"

Tara Smith has a poem about names, things, and more!

Linda Mitchell has an original poem that shares her desire for snow!

Kathryn Apel has a Non-Minute poem - a poem that didn't make it into the 'One Minute Till Bedtime' anthology.
She also has an interview with Kenn Nesbitt, talking about the process of selecting and arranging the poems for the anthology, with some other interesting snippets.

Becky Shillington is sharing a Christmas haiku! 

At Random Noodling Diane Mayr has an original poem "Clown School" and at Kurious Kitty she is is extending Antarctica Day with Judy Sierra's Antarctic Antics.

Karen Edmisten has a lovely poem by James Weldon Johnson.

Jama Rattagan is sharing "Eggs Satori!" by Karen Greenbaum-Maya. (She thinks "we all needed a little scrambled eggs zen to help calm and center us." I whole, heartily agree:)

Laura Purdie Salas shares her ekphrastic poem, "Feather Bones" that she did with the Poetry 7 or Poetry Princesses.
She is also sharing one of the poems she submitted for ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME that didn't make the cut. It's called, "Don't Stare."  

Carmela Martino is posting on behalf of her co-blogger, April Halprin Wayland, who is traveling. It features the latest Teaching Author interview with author and poet Jeannine Atkins and an Autographed Book Giveaway of her new verse novel, Finding Wonders--Three Girls Who Changed Science.

Robyn Hood Black is sharing details about the upcoming Earth Day weekend workshop/meeting I'm coordinating here in the Southeast Region for the Haiku Society of America. Is that the sea I hear calling?

Michelle Heidenrich Barnes shares the first two haiku she wrote to participate in Mary Lee's #haikuforhealing challenge. 

Jane Whittingham shares a poem from the Japanese Empress Shoken written in a traditional 31-syllable form.

Kiesha Shepard is sharing a poem about her hopes for winter returning to the ridge. 

BJ Lee is back with her poem, "Summertime Horses", one poem that didn't make it into the ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME anthology.

Linda Baie shares a terrific collection of beauty from Jone MacCulloch, her final summer swap.

Jone MacCulloch is inviting everyone to participate in a New Year Poetry Postcard Exchange and she has #haikuforhealing poems to share.

Julieanne Hartz shares a taste of what is going on in her classroom - good stuff! 

Carol Varsalona is joining Mary Lee Hahn in writing a #haikuforhealing by capturing the last line of Margaret Simon's haiku. 

Alan Wright share a poem that was sparked by his memories of Venice.

Tabatha Yeatts has a poem by Jan Richardson and an excerpt from Richard Wilbur's A Milkweed. 

Myra Garces-Bacsal shares the bilingual poetry book With the Sun In My Eyes (Con El Sol En Los Ojos) Written and Illustrated by: Jorge Luján and Morteza Zahedi and Translated by: Janet Glass 

Ruth is sharing Dana Gioia's "The Next Poem".

Brenda Harsham has the original poem "Winter Pale" for your reading pleasure.

Margaret Simon is taking Mary Lee's haiku-a-day challenge, tossing her words into the pile for #haikuforhealing.  

Irene Latham is celebrating THE BEST OF TODAY'S LITTLE DITTY, which as she notes "includes poems from quite a few in our PF community. Yay!"

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is celebrating something small and wonderful - mittens!  

Sara Lewis Holmes shares poems on the theme of "sanctuary, rest, or seeking peace" with her dear community of Poetry Sisters. 

Heidi Mordhorst is haikuing for healing as well. #haikuforhealing 

Sylvia Vardell shares poetry highlights from the recent NCTE conference.

Tanita Davis shares an ekphrastic with the Poetry Seven!

Violet Nesdoly is sharing her poetic journey through Advent with her friend Laurel. 

Little Willow shares Débâcle by D.H. Lawrence.

Andromeda Jazmon Sibley shares an original ekphrastic free verse written with the Poetry Sisters. 

Catherine Flynn shares an original haiku inspired by a hidden nest.

Tricia Stohr-Hunt shares her ekphrastic poem with her poetry sisters. 

Matt Forrest Ensenwine shares a poem that didn't make the cut for the ONE MINUTE TILL BEDTIME anthology. And he has a link to his father/daughter collaboration on Penny's blog.

Buffy Silverman has a haiku to share with us today - yay for all the haiku!

First time PF participant Julie Johnson has a haiku for #haikuforhealing. Welcome, Julie!

Liz Garton Scanlon has an ekphrastic to share with her poetry sisters, too! Check it out!

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 4 - Any Tongue

I am back again with another poem inspired by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's  newest book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book. Today I am sharing the poem I wrote inspired by the Powerpack 4 prompt: Any Tongue: "Write a cinquain (or string a few cinquains together) featuring your favorite foods or foods you would like to try or places you would like to visit. As a reminder, a cinquain is a five-line unrhymed poem made of lines with two, four, six, eight, and two syllables (in that order). "

Powerpack Poem 1 is here.
Powerpack 2 is here.
Powerpack 3 is here.

New World

my Colleen and me
In the wake of the election, things have changed. For Daughter #1 things have become more dangerous. A trip to Petco yielded an ugly encounter. As a mother, another layer of worry has engulfed me...

Photo Credit

This poem was written in the Skinny poetry form which was created by Truth Thomas. Here is an explanation of this form from The Skinny Poetry Journal website: "A Skinny is a short poem form that consists of eleven lines. The first and eleventh lines can be any length (although shorter lines are favored). The eleventh and last line must be repeated using the same words from the first and opening line (however they can be rearranged). The second, sixth, and tenth lines must be identical. NOTE: All the lines in this form, except for the first and last lines, must be comprised of ONLY one word."

The beautiful and talented Brenda at Friendly Fairy Tales is hosting Poetry Friday this week. Join us...

Poetrepreneur - 10 Steps to Writing Acrostic Poetry Video

In recent weeks life has served up a couple of stress-filled events that fueled my poetic creativity: Bad CARma and Cast Off.

Then there was the lead up to the election and the election itself. Ugh.  As I've said in the past, in times of crisis I get creative. And again I have put my crisis energy into creating something heartfelt, something helpful, and hopefully something humorous in this third installment of my 10 Steps To Writing Poetry Video Series - Acrostic Poetry.

My hope is that this video will help you feel better if you have been struggling. Let me know if it does. :)

You can also watch Video 1 - Riddle Poems here and Video 2 - Limericks here.
*Please note that the companion handbooks are no longer available*

Find all the poetry healing at Jama's Alphabet Soup!


It's Election Day! If you haven't done so already, please VOTE. Let your voice be heard!

Cast Off

Today Daughter #2 gets her cast off. It has been a long three weeks trying to keep it dry - showers are tricky!

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 3 - Things I Have Tried Out For + Poetry Friday

I am back again with another poem inspired by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's  newest book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book. Today I am sharing the poem I wrote inspired by the Powerpack 3 prompt: Things I Have Tried Out For (prose poem). (Powerpack Poem 1 is here. Powerpack 2 is here.)
Things I Have Tried Out For:
1. class treasurer (it was good that I didn't get elected because I am terrible at math)
2. 5th grade basketball team (I didn't know how to play)
3. all girl Catholic high school cheerleader

(Click on poem to enlarge)

3 Cheers for Linda at Teacher Dance for hosting!
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Bad CARma

So this happened last week... Daughter #1 was driving. Thankfully she is OK. So was the other driver. Our car and our insurance rates? Not so much.

Fifty is Nifty + Poetry Friday

Yesterday was my 50th birthday. I am grateful to be able to celebrate another successful trip around the sun - albeit with a little more gray hair.

This week we are celebrating poetry at The Miss Rumphius Effect. Join us!

Jet Lag Is a Drag

Trying to recover from jet lag from our Germany trip. If this is the price I have to pay for a wonderful trip, I'm OK with it. Well. Worth. It.

Until Next Time...

Photo Credit: Joe Uhlik

We have been in Germany this past week. What. An. Amazing. Experience. Our only hope is that we can return...permanently?

*Translation help from Patrick Sander - any mistakes are solely mine because I get confused... a lot. :o)

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 2 - Numbers

I am back with another poem inspired by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's  newest book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book. Today I am sharing the poem I wrote inspired by the PowerPack #2 prompt: Numbers (number poem). After writing a phone number down the left side of the page I wrote a poem using the same number of words  in each line as the number in the phone number.

Over the next several weeks I will be continue to respond to the writing prompts with a poem in the style detailed in the book. Again, I highly recommend this book for young writers (and writers who are young at heart ;).

Found Poetry - Whelk Wisdom

Last weekend I was privileged to attend the PFA Day / WWU Poetry Camp in Bellingham, WA. Holy-wow it was amazing! On Friday night the indefatigable poet-extraordinaire Robyn Hood Black  led a Found Poetry workshop. So. Much. Fun. Robyn expertly and gently guided us through the exercise until we ended up with poetic pieces of art - even I managed to create something in my sleep deprived fog! Below is the tiny poem I "found" on a vintage flash card provided by Robyn: (edited with more ink dabs so it would make sense after I actually had a full night's sleep ;)

Here is the poem in a larger format so you can see the few words more clearly:

Check out Robyn's wonderful etsy Literary Art Boutique called artsyletters where you can find something for everyone - including yourself!

This week's Poetry Friday roundup is being hosted by the fabulous Violet Nesdoly who I was lucky enough to meet in person at the Poetry Camp celebration. So fun to meet online poetry friends in person!

Click here to get to Violet's blog

You Just Wait: Powerpack Poem 1 - Today I Am

Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong have done it again! Their newest book, You Just Wait - A Poetry Friday Power Book is inspiring - so inspiring that reading it has made me excited to participate in the exercises and encourage you to do the same. Over the next several weeks, in random intervals, I will be responding to the writing prompts with a poem in the style detailed in the book. I highly recommend this book for young writers (and writers who are young at heart ;).

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Happy Band-Aid Day!

September 22 is Band-Aid Day and to celebrate I am sharing my poem Band-Aid Cure which appears in the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations!

The Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebration is a year long celebration of poetry - perfect for teachers, librarians, parents and most especially CHILDREN!
This week's Poetry Friday roundup is at Reading to the Core.

Another Perspective on Labor Day

Photo Credit: Pixabay

Happy Labor Day - however you see it! :o)

Poetrepreneur - Video 2...and Thank YOU!

Happy Poetry Friday! Find all the poetry goodness at Penny's blog!

Today's post is about gratitude. Gratitude to the Poetry Friday community for their kindness, support and feedback as I launch my new Poetrepreneur venture which was born out of crisis. Thank you for your kind words, supportive comments, and helpful feedback. I TRULY appreciate it. 

Today I am sharing the second video in my 10 Steps to Writing Poetry videos: 10 Steps to Writing Limerick Poems. It comes in at 5:46 - much more doable time wise! 

I have incorporated all the amazing feedback I got on my Riddle poem video (shorten the length, lower the volume of typing/music, include voice over, etc.) in this Limerick video.

Enjoy, and thank YOU!

*HUGE thank you to my daughter, Maureen for doing the voice over on the Riddle poem video and to my husband, Joe for lending his voice on the Limerick video.
P.S. (You can watch the new and improved version (ie. shorter) of the Riddle Poem video here.)