Monday, April 11, 2016

We interrupt regularly scheduled programming...

Unfortunately I've gotten very behind in writing and posting my National Month of Poetry/Wonderopolis poems. So...

I'm taking a hiatus (A.K.A. not finishing)

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 and taking care of more important business.

The flip side (the more important business) is that I'm taking the plunge

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and submitting my manuscripts for the first time!

So I've been very busy making last minute revisions, exploring agents, writing queries, and wait for it....

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making that FIRST submission!

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I'm excited and terrified all at once. But mostly excited!

To be continued...






Wednesday, April 6, 2016

April 7: National Poetry Month

Following the lead of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm, I am writing a poem a day during the month of April.

Each poem will be inspired by the previous day's post at Wonderopolis.

Wondering for April 6: How sweet is honeysuckle?

Today's poem:


Hummingbirds, in search
Of satisfying
Nectar,
Extract the juice from honeysuckle springing up in
Your yard. Its sweet
Scent may lure
Unsuspecting
Children to pick and
Kiss the blooms,
Lips lingering to
Enjoy the taste of spring.





Tuesday, April 5, 2016

April 6 - National Poetry Month

Following the lead of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm, I am writing a poem a day during the month of April.

Each poem will be inspired by the previous day's post at Wonderopolis.

Wondering for April 5: Who was the first emperor of China?

Today's Poem is an acrostic poem.

Qin Shi Huang

Conquering the seven states,
He united China and began his dynasty.
In declaring himself Emperor, Qin Shi Huang built a
Network of roads and canals to promote trade.
A bit obsessed, he desired China's history to begin with him.










Monday, April 4, 2016

April 5 - National Poetry Month

Following the lead of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm, I am writing a poem a day during the month of April.

Each poem will be inspired by the previous day's post at Wonderopolis.

Wondering for April 4: What is Fertilizer?

Today's Poem:

Food

making fertilizer
mixing aged manure with compost
enriching the soil

flowers springing up
buds peep out into sunlight
reawakening





Sunday, April 3, 2016

April 4 - National Poetry Month

Following the lead of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm, I am writing a poem a day during the month of April.

Each poem will be inspired by the previous day's post at Wonderopolis.

Wondering for April 3 - "What Makes Glitter Sparkle?"

Today's Poem:

Glitter

sparkle in the light
moonbeam, unicorn, princess
glitter...girl's best friend



April 3 Poem - National Poetry Month

Following the lead of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm, I am writing a poem a day during the month of April. (Unfortunately, I've already gotten behind, lol! So today I'll be posting multiple poems.)

Each poem will be inspired by the previous day's post at Wonderopolis.

April 2 wondering: "Why Do Some People Chase Storms?"

Today's poem: 

Storm Chasers

dangerous weather
experts in storm's direct path
keeping others safe




April 2 Poem - ( Better Late than Never)


Following the lead of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm, I am writing a poem a day during the month of April. (Unfortunately, I've already gotten behind, lol! So today I'll be posting multiple poems.)

Each poem will be inspired by the previous day's post at Wonderopolis

April 1 wondering: "Is the Grass Always Greener on the Other Side?"


Today's poem:

Fences

wondering today
why we often think fences
limit happiness










Friday, April 1, 2016

April 1 - National Poetry Month 2016



Following the lead of Amy Ludwig VanDerwater of The Poem Farm, I am writing a poem a day during the month of April.

Each poem will be inspired by the previous day's post at Wonderopolis.





Today I'm using a poetic form called a haiku.


Coral Reefs

beautiful colors
invertebrate animals
on the ocean floor

tentacles reaching
capturing food around them
thousands of creatures

twenty-five million
years growing on Earth’s surface
largest living structure















Sunday, March 13, 2016

March's Ditty of the Month

On Michelle Heidenrich Barnes' site, Today's Little Ditty, the March ditty challenge is in full swing. The challenge this month, from Amy Ludwig VanDerwater, is to write a poem about something small, an animal or object, you see every day and do not usually give much thought. For some reason I got to thinking about spoons and what I used to do with them as a kid. The format for my poem is the Japanese Sedoka. According to a post at The Miss Rumphius Effect, the sedoka is a Japanese poetic form that is an unrhymed poem made up of a pair of katuata. A katuata is a three-line poem with the syllable count of 5/7/7. Generally a sedoka addresses the same subject from different perspectives. So here is my ditty for March.


Spoons in the Drawer


From scooping ice cream
To plunging it in my mouth,
Savoring the sweet coldness.


From digging damp soil
To throwing it in my pail,
Building rivers and highways.