It’s day two of the November Open Write over at Ethical ELA and I’m drafting a poem as inspired by Kim Johnson. Kim shares: “The interplay between the title and one word can provide context, illumination, and clarification, emphasizing the importance of title in poetry. “
Reflecting on the Birth of Our Daughter 40 Years AgoToday
I’m participating in Ethical ELAs open write for November. For the next five days I’ll be drafting poems, inspired by a variety of fellow authors. Today’s post is a Monostitch, as inspired by Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises. I’m in NYC celebrating a few family birthdays so of course my poems reflects a poignant moment from the day.
Amid the hustle and bustle of the weekend festivities in the city of lights, we find solace and warmth lighting votives and shedding a tear, or two.
I’m joining in late on this month Open Write over at Ethical ELA. Today’s inspiration comes from Denise Hill and a new to me poetry form: American Sentence. The idea – one sentence of seventeen syllables. Easy? Yes! Maybe that’s why I joined in today!
Expected seasonal changes still produce awe and astonishment!
Today is the final day of the September Open Write with the wonderful community at Ethical ELA. Our host for the day, Susan Ahlbrand, appropriately shared the lively tune of Earth Wind and Fire’s hit song September, and suggests we write a verse of any form inspired by one line. I chose the line “Holding hands with your heart to see you” to draft this nonet.
September’s cool nights and fresh, crisp days provide relief from August heat Time for walks in apple fields Holding hands with your heart to see you again while our golden memories carry me
It’s day four of Ethical ELAs Open Write and I’m joining in guided today by Susan Ahlbrand. Today we are inspired to consider an abstract word to define through a series of IS or IS NOTs. Susan included a list of abstract nouns to get us started and the word marriage popped out at me.
Marriage is not a 50/50 proposition Marriage is giving your whole 100%
Marriage is not saying you’re sorry Marriage is being able to ask for and receive forgiveness
Marriage is not simply two people in love Marriage is a reflection of God’s love with his light guiding every action
Marriage does not end at death Marriage does continue on until reunited in heavenly bliss
Today is day two of Ethical ELA’s September Open Write. Denise Kreb is inspiring us to write a poem using multiple languages. I decided to center my poem around my visit to Haiti in 2018 choosing the Haitian phrase “Dèyè mòn gen mòn.” Dèyè mòn gen mòn” is the most common saying in Haiti. It means behind the mountain there are mountains. Many translate this to mean behind this difficulty there will be more and life is always full of trials.
Dèyè Mòn, Gen Mòn
We climb a treacherous path to visit the peoples of Bellevue promises of arriving at the top around every corner Dèyè mòn gen mòn
Overcome with intense tropical heat we stumble over rises past the cow paths with a few peeks of views and peaks ahead Dèyè mòn gen mòn
The delighted children greet us as we neared a crack of the machetes open the just picked coconuts providing refreshment and relief Dèyè mòn gen mòn
The elders arise and translators explain “we are tired and are sorry we have not completed the chapel you funded” tears fall from the leader’s eyes Dèyè mòn gen mòn
We will overcome our tiredness and once again carry block after concrete block up the mountain pass to finish this church Dèyè mòn gen mòn
I sit in awe tears welling up These people of no means yet determined resolved committed to building a house of worship 50 pounds at a time Dèyè mòn gen mòn
I’m joining in this month’s Open Write over at Ethical ELA. Today Denise Krebs encouraged us to write an ode, or other poetic form, inspired by a childhood love – It is National Play-Doh and Cinnamon Raisin Toast Day after all!
I’m not sure how I came to want you quite possibly a connection to my love of the TV show The Flying Nun but none-the-less I asked for you as a gift for My First Communion An extravagant ask to my parents of little means You graced my bureau then, as now, a reminder of silly wishes childhood giggles and my need to hold on to things that collect dust!
Today is day five of Ethical ELA’s August Open Write. Today’s host, Scott McCloskey, is inspiring us to pen a free verse based on some new and cool fact, embracing our love of life long learning. My idea came to me over the airwaves this afternoon when I was fortunate to hear a sensational interview. I instantly knew I hit poetry gold!
I couldn’t believe my ears While driving across town The radio host was interviewing the famous Nordic Thunder.
Who's he you ask? Well don't you know? He is THE world champion of Air Guitar!
I listened intently to discover new facts about the August event Where adults compete "shamelessly playing their invisible instruments."
They gather in Finland for the renowned event Proud of their slogan: Make Air Not War
A quick glance at their website will help you understand: You can't hold a gun while playing a guitar
They promise a week of hullabaloo with room for everyone - Just show up in a showy wardrobe and bring along some flashy moves
I'm sure the contest is intense with competition tight And when it comes to awarding prizes I wonder if the winner will finally get a guitar?
I’m once again joining in Ethical ELAs monthly poetry open write. Breaking away from a long weekend away to have some fun with words. Gayle Sands is hosting today’s wordplay having us consider a few uncommon words from Merriam-Webster Webster’s list of uncommon words. I chose the word meldrop: A drop of mucus at the nose, whether produced by cold or otherwise.
Pesky irritating drip That hangs… lingering on the tip Like a little pendant Hanging from the nostril Growing larger As the air grows Colder Trickling and tickling Until finally Gathering enough Mass To drop Annoyingly On the laces Of your ice skates. Oh meldrop!