Tuesday, August 22, 2017

It's About Time

First day of 8th Grade (with dog).
Since moving to Switzerland, time has taken on a whole new meaning for all of us, but most especially for Maureen. Today she started 8th grade at the International School of Zug and Luzern (ISZL.ch). As I mentioned previously we do not have a car thus we are dependent on public transportation - including Maureen. As such, in order to get to school she is responsible to get up on time, make her train, then her bus, and arrive in class before the bell rings. Every day. By herself.

In the time we've been here she and I have practiced the route to and from school together many times. We navigated the platforms and the bus station as a team. Then last week, she went alone several times. One day she couldn't remember which ramp/stairs to take out of the train station and missed her bus. Another day she missed the return bus by a few minutes and was forced to wait 40 minutes for the next bus. But with each solo excursion her confidence grew. Today, instead of waiting for the next train to get home (30 mins) she decided to take a bus back which got her home 20 minutes earlier than expected. Our girl is growing up...

Today I have a poem about how the meaning of time has changed for Maureen.
(Photograph is of Mo's hand and her new Swiss watch)



Friday, August 18, 2017

Dog Train-ing

Switzerland has an amazing public transportation system (SBB.ch). We made the conscious decision when we moved here that we were going to use the trains, buses, and boats exclusively instead of owning a car. "But what about your dog?" you may be asking. Well, dogs can ride public transportation with a half-fare ticket unless the dog is small, then it is free! And as luck would have it, our Smidgey is just under the 30 cm height maximum and fits in a carrier, basket or other suitable container. On public transportation she's considered hand luggage!

Below is my poem about Smidgey's Train-ing experience:
(Photo credit: Joe)


Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Gruezi from Suisse!

My husband, one of my daughters, and I moved to Zug, Switzerland about two weeks ago for my husband's career. Our adjustments have been big (we really need to learn German!) and small (my daughter has to remember to order "Wasser, no gas" so she doesn't get sparkling water).

One adjustment that caught us off guard our first weekend was that businesses are closed on Sundays - grocery stores and restaurants included. We had only been in the country 36 hours and realized that we didn't have resources to eat. After raiding a vending machine (it wasn't pretty), we discovered that small shops and restaurants are actually open at train stations. It's nice to know there is a place to go if we find ourselves unprepared again...

Below is my haiku about a fellow traveler we "met" in the Zug train station:
(photo credit: Maureen)

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Rock Art

I stumbled upon this "sign" during a recent jaunt on the trail...pretty sure a snake didn't assemble it. ;o)

Friday, May 26, 2017

Emperor’s Indecent Exposure + Poetry Friday

Recently I have been working on a twisted fairy tale poetry collection called Felonious Fairy Tales. Today I am going to share a poem I wrote based on the fairy tale, The Emperor's New Clothes  (it's a political one...can you guess who it is about?)


Emperor preens
attention-whore looks
for his next trick

foreign rogue
see opportunity in the unseen
Emperor’s extortion contortions

large sum of money
for election alterations
Emperor is fitted

victory visible for the unfit
Electoral College flaws 
transparent

whirring danger looms
Emperor’s advisors spin truth
self-preservation fabrication

foreign rogue constructs
fitting suit
stretching the truth

royal procession
Inaugural ball
orange puff buff

Emperor wears
nothing but
spray tan and goosebumps

media calls Emperor out
the naked truth replaced 
by twittering blue bird

foreign rogue
pulling threads from afar
Emperor’s puppeteer 


©2017, Bridget Magee. All Rights Reserved.



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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?

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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.



 

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.

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