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.

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34 comments:

  1. Nice poem, Bridget. And so true. I love the way you have woven this message.

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    1. Thanks, Dori! This describes a girl from my gymnastics team long ago. I still wonder about her.

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  2. Good job, and thought provoking!

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    1. Thanks, Jama! The book gives great inspiration. =)

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  3. Oooh, dark. Great job working through each poem! I'm currently giving away copies of the 2nd power book: Here We Go. Such great inspirations!

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    1. Thanks, Katie! Yes, I entered to win a copy in your giveaway. I love Janet and Sylvia's books. =)

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  4. Bridget, I like your commitment to writing poems inspired by Just You Wait by Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell. I won a copy of Here We Go so when I have a chance I would like to try to write a response poem and have teachers do the same. I really like your #4 and 6 poems and of course this one is an introspective one on an obsessed athlete. Great job!

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    1. Thank you, Carol! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoy Just You Wait - I plan to keep going to the end. It has stretched me as a poet. =)

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  5. I like how you placed the poem on the image, too, Bridget. Your extra challenge is done well, and I love that "arched brow".

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    1. Thank you, Linda! I like using the images from Pixabay - many fit perfectly with my poems. =)

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  6. What a powerful poem, such a heartbreaking reality for young athletes who are willing to sacrifice everything, even their health, for the sport they love.

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    1. True that, Jane. This poem is actually about a girl on my gymnastics team many years ago. I often think about her and hope she received treatment for anorexia, though at the time we didn't know that was what she was suffering from.

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  7. Wow....the title made me think it was going to be an easy and fun read.....but this is a poem with a streak of "uh oh". Nice job. This works as a hi-lo. I look forward to seeing what comes next from you. Have a great week.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! It was a tough one to write - both because of the subject matter - but also because of the up/down, side to side action of the acrostic. I appreciate your encouragement. =)

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  8. Just recently received Here We Go, but still need to sit down and do some of my own writing with it. That elusive "perfect score."

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    1. Lucky you, Leigh Anne! Here We Go will be my next challenge after I finish Just You Wait. =)

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  9. You've woven a taste of life into your poem, I like the story quality it has!

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    1. Thank you, Michelle! Story poems are always my favorite to read and write, though I am not always successful. =)

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  10. Your poem has real grit and understanding. Have you seen that story about the gymnastics doctor? So upsetting to think someone was preying on girls who were putting everything into succeeding.

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    1. Thanks, Brenda. Yes, I saw that about that doctor. Unfortunately, there are a lot of abuses with young athletes. Parents must be vigilant.

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  11. Well done, Bridget! I especially like the added layer of meaning.

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    1. Thank you, Tabatha! There are always several ways to look at things and success always seems to have a price. =)

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  12. Wow, Bridget. I love the idea of a double acrostic -- not only the word running down the vertical, but also a sentence. I'm working on a project about youth wrestling, a sport which also has issues with weight and healthy eating.

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    1. Thanks, Laura! The double acrostic was a great challenge - definitely pushed me. Yes, in college we gymnasts shared our practice gym with the wrestlers. There definitely was a crossover on weight related issues between the male and female athletes - something many don't realize.

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  13. Amazing acrostic, Bridget! You have a fine poetry series going, I look forward to more.

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    1. Thank you, Diane! I appreciate your encouragement. With the release of Here We Go I wondered about continuing with You Just Wait, but I am having such fun and am growing as a poet, so I am going to see it through to the end. =)

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  14. Wow - for a poem about lightness and spring, you've effectively imbued it with "heavy." Thanks for sharing - I need to catch up on your others!

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    1. Thank you, Robyn! Yes, there is a 'weighted' aspect (double meaning intended) to a sport where the athletes 'fly'. =)

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  15. Wow- not what I was expecting at all, but you have definitely captured a very real aspect of gymnastics. My sister was a gymnast and trained with several girls that struggled with eating disorder. I really need to buy this book!

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    1. Thanks, Carol! Yes, I, too, had many girls on my team with eating disorders, most especially the subject of the this poem, my best friend's older sister. I highly recommend You Just Wait and the recently released Here We Go. =)

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  16. Yikes! What a message...and a DOUBLE message at that. I admire effective acrostics!

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    1. Thank you, Mary Lee! This was a tough one to write for lots of reasons, but I feel good about the results. I appreciate your encouragement. =)

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  17. You do a great job getting into the head of this gymnast, Bridget! I so enjoy seeing how you take on each PowerPack.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! The PowerPacks have been fun and challenging. =)

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