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.



 

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.


Friday, March 24, 2017

Targeted Fashion + Poetry Friday

I took this picture on our quick trip to RVA last month - a street art display on the James River canal walk...





















Join the Poetry Friday extravaganza at Reading to the Core

Friday, March 17, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Poe·lka Dot Socks and Black Cats + Poetry Friday

My family and I got to take a quick trip to Richmond, VA (with a day trip to D.C.).
We visited 5 museums and 1 arboretum in 3 days!
(Needless to say, we had 'Disneyland-feet').
One of the museums we visited in RVA was the Poe Museum.









Edgar Allan Poe spent most of his life in Richmond, though he was born in Boston and died in Baltimore. And what a storied life he led!
His quote, "I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity" pretty much sums up both his personal life and his writing life.
Inspired by Poe's poetry (and his head), I wrote this  
Poe·lka Dot Socks poem:





















And inspired by the many black cats that wander the Poe Museum grounds (and who were not interested in getting their picture taken), I wrote this haiku:





















Enjoy all the Poetry Friday poems at Today's Little Ditty

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Friday, March 3, 2017

Happy Birthday, Ted!

March 2 was Theodor Seuss Geisel's birthday, aka, Dr. Seuss. As he once said, "Think and wonder, wonder and think." These are words I do my best to live by (with marginal success ;). Save me some cake!
Lorax Puff Photo Credit


Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Escalator

Today I wrote my poem in the form of a 6 line Fibonacci with the syllable counts: 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8.
This is the only poetry form that allows me to feel competent at Math. :)

Friday, February 17, 2017

Just You Wait: Powerpack Poem 7 - GYMNASTICS + Poetry Friday

I'm still writing poetry 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 7 prompt, Look At Me (acrostic poem): Now try writing in the form of an acrostic poem. Here, the first letter of each line spells a key word (e.g., basketball). For an extra challenge, you might see if the first WORD in each line can also build a sentence (e.g., Be a success, kid: engage the brain, act like lightning).
I tried the extra challenge with my poem on GYMNASTICS:                             
 
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.

Join the Poetry Friday celebration at Check It Out.


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

French Fries with a Side of Oh My

Today's poem was inspired by the Ditty of the Month Challenge at Today's Little Ditty. This month Michelle hosted Jeannine Atkins who challenged us to write a poem that uses personified feeling. For more details, click HERE.
Happy Valentine's Day! 💕

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Ode To Super Bowl

I'm 2 days late and many dollars short for Super Bowl LI, but I'm here now. I personally don't feel like the best team won, but that's just my opinion...





















Bold Prediction: Packers will win Super Bowl LII!

Friday, February 3, 2017

Parrots In the Tree + More Postcards

Nothing political today, just a flock of squawking animals...maybe it is political. Just kidding.
Today I am sharing a photo taken on my sister's street in Orange, California where a flock of parrots resides. Wild parrots in the O.C.  Click here to read an article about it.





















And I received two lovely postcards this week, too! One from Donna at Mainly Write and one from Jone at Check It Out! I love poetry postcards! *swoon*













Poetry Friday fun will be hosted by Penny at  A Penny and Her Jots

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

How Can I Help?

With each news story, I ask myself, "How can I help?" Here's a list of things I am doing to help... Hope it helps you as well.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Poetry + Protests + Postcards

As many of you can relate, recent days, weeks, months have put me in a morose mood (understatement). Last Friday, I could not and would not engage in any way with the In*UGH*uration. Instead I went to the library and was lucky enough to find this gem of a book:

Indivisible: Poems for Social Justice 
Edited by Gail Bush and Randy Meyer
2013 Norwood House Press, Chicago

Inside this book is a treasure trove of important poems. Flipping through the pages I found a poem by Langston Hughes that I thought was particularly poignant after the speech given at the In*UGH*uration:


Misery
by Langston Hughes

Misery is when you heard
on the radio that the neighborhood
you live in is a slum but
you always thought it was home.

On January 21st I participated in the Women's March, Tucson. It was an amazing experience to feel the solidarity.

And for the last month, my mailbox has been very happy as I have received several New Year Poetry Postcards. Thank you to Jone Rush MacCulloch for organizing the Exchange!

From Brenda Davis Harsham I received a delightful Penguin Play poem complete with artwork by her daughter Anna!
  









From Diane Mayr I received a Happy New Year greeting in Japanese: Akemashite Omedetou Gozaimasu! with an expertly crafted haiku:












From Linda Mitchell I receive two lovely butterfly postcard poems - my heart took flight!







And from Jan Godown Annino I received a "sign" about books postcard poem!









So much goodness. My heart is full, but not too full to enjoy this week's Poetry Friday roundup hosted by Carol Varsalona at Beyond LiteracyLink.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017