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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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.