Monday, December 7, 2015

Susanna Leonard Hill's 5th Annual Holiday Contest!

Susanna Leonard Hill's 5th Annual Holiday Contest for writers has begun. 

Here is my entry for this year's contest.  The limit for the contest is 350 words.

My story comes in at a whopping 92 words!

A Christmas Birth

Praying before the manger bed
in a stable's simple stall,
Mary and Joseph kneeling there
in wonder and in awe.

Angels were singing songs of cheer
to announce the birth of one
coming to set us free from sin,
God's only begotten son.

Then came the shepherds with their sheep,
to pay homage to their king.
Animals large and small looked on
as angels continued to sing.

Mary and Joseph were blessed that night
with a babe so tiny and small.
Jesus would give his life someday
to cleanse the sins of all.

Friday, September 11, 2015

A Poem for Summer Memories

Some of my favorite memories stem from my family's annual trip to Six Flags Over Texas amusement park each summer as I was growing up.  And oh how I loved the water rides during those scorching summer days in Texas.  So here's a poem to celebrate those memories.  Head over to Michelle's monthly ditty challenge to participate with your own "me" poem HERE.

Six flags-

snaking lines.

Log flume-
straddle the seat.

splashing every turn.

Uh Oh-
chains pulling up incline.

frightened knowing what comes next.

anticipating the freefall.

losing my stomach racing downhill.

running, getting back in line one more time!

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Z

 is for the 3 stanZas of Minute Poetry.

An Adaptation of the Nursery Rhyme - A Wise Old Owl

A wise old owl lived in an oak.
He hardly spoke
up in that tree
so far from me.

The less he spoke the more he heard.
That wise old bird
just sitting there.
I didn’t care.

And so I told him all my thoughts.
I called the shots;
the facts he knew,
he wouldn’t spew.

Learn about Minute Poetry here.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Y

 is for the Y in TetractYs.

are man's
best friend, but
never forget
who is actually in charge--dog, not man.

Here is information on the Tetractys form.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: X

 is for the x in Diminished HeXaverse.

Working long hours
to earn a paycheck
keeps him busy and
saps his energy,
wears out his patience.

Even though he
works so hard we
still want him to
spend time with us.

So Dad spends
as much time
as he can

us his


Here’s information on the Diminished Hexaverse.

Sunday, April 26, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: W

 is for lots of Ws (alliteration) in this poem.

Wizards wield their wicked wands to
whisk away their wanton wives.
Wizards’ wives won’t weep for long, 
‘cause wizards' wives want blissful lives.

Here are links about using alliteration in your writing.

Friday, April 24, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: V

 is for the Villanelle.

A writer’s who I want to be,
for me it’s not a game.
It’s a writer’s life for me.

To share a private piece of me,
not for glory or for fame.
A writer’s who I want to be.

There’s no way that I can flee,
fear and doubts I overcame.
It’s a writer’s life for me.

To live a happy life it’s key,
and there’s no one to blame.
A writer’s who I want to be.

I want to live a life of glee,
and not a life of shame.
It’s a writer’s life for me.

Thoughts inside can now be free,
so loud and proudly I’ll exclaim,
“A writer’s who I want to be.
It’s a writer’s life for me.”

Click here for information on the villanelle.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Blogging A to Z Challenge: U

 is for the letter U in tyburn poetry.  (Okay, I had to start getting creative here toward the end of the alphabet!)

Watchful dogs are barking, guarding threats.
Playful dogs are running, jumping pets.

Here is information on the Tyburn form of poetry.    

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Blogging A to Z Challenge: T

 is for Tanka poetry.


"TINK" on the fireplace
lured me to the living room
glass vase overturned
horrified to spy possum
boldly invading my space

made a barricade
broom thrust into hissing face
frightful bared teeth
no room here for both of us
trespasser ushered outside

Here is a link to information on tanka.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: S

 is for Synchronicity poetry.

Upon awakening each day,
I yawn and stretch out my stiff limbs.
I rise.

Sauntering into the kitchen,
breakfast is already waiting.
I eat.

Now that I'm satiated, I
take notice of my family.
I speak.

Early morning exercise with
you--a special time of bonding.
We walk.

Arriving back home, you hand me
a special treat that's just for me.
You care.

Loving your attention, I then
smother  you with love and kisses.
You're mine.

Everyone has to be jealous.
Don't they realize that I'm man's
best friend?

Oh, the life of a beloved
dog. No worries, just content to
be loved.

Click on this link to learn about synchronicity poems.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blogging A to Z Challenge: R

 is for Rictameter form of verse.

croaks the bullfrog.
Spying his midday snack,
wiggly worms inching through the mud,
ever so quickly flicking his sticky
tongue toward the targeted prey. Worms
wrapped up tightly, then flip
back, throw back, slurp.

Click here and here for information on the rictameter form.

Sunday, April 19, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: Q

 is for Questionku poetry.

Babies crying,
diapers exploding.
When will this season pass

Toddler tantrums,
When will this season pass

Children's homework,
wrought with frustration.
When will this season pass

Teenagers cry
for independence.
When will this season pass

Young adults leave
the nest -- fly away,
Where did the seasons go

Explanation and example of questionku form of poetry here.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Blogging A to Z Challenge: P

 is for Personification in poetry.

Dinnertime Chorus

          -Sharon Hendricks

The teapot sang as the water boiled
The ice cubes cackled in their glass
the teacups chattered to one another.
While the chairs were passing gas
The gravy gurgled merrily
As the oil danced in a pan.
Oh my dinnertime chorus
What a lovely, lovely clan!

The Gastronomic Gym

          -Sharon Hendricks

Pasta twirling and spinning,
peas do vertical jumps
mashed potatoes swimming.
meat doing bench press and pumps.
Food has begun to exercise
but it’s not in any gym.
My brother said its happening
right inside of him.

Sites about personification are here and here.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Blogging A to Z Challenge: O

 is for poems with Onomatopoeia.

When the Lights Go Out

The door went creak
In the still of the night
The floor went bump
Oh what a fright
All of a sudden, we heard a chime
The grandfather clock was keeping good time
We turned down a hallway and heard a loud crash
It seems that someone had dropped all the trash
So many sounds when the lights go out
It’s enough to make you scream and shout!

Sounds of the Wild?
          -Kristi Veitenheimer

Bees buzz
Snakes hiss
Fish splash
Ducks quack
Winds bluster
Wings flutter
Sheep baa
Crows caw
Goats bleat
Monkeys eek
Donkeys bray
Horses neigh
Dolphins click
Hens cackle
Cows moo
Pigeons coo 
Turkeys gobble
Bulls bellow
Bears growl
Wolves howl
Pigs grunt
Cats meow
Owls hoot
Lions roar
Mice squeak
Parrots squawk
Raccoons chitter
Children chatter

Click to learn more about onomatopoeia.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blogging A to Z Challenge: N

 is for the Ninette and Nonet forms of poetry.

Ninette poem:
to the sound
of birds twilling,
awakening earth.
Happy hearts hear
spring songs and
start to

Nonet poem:
Finally, amazing signs of spring--
warm winds and sunny skies bringing
long days of reptiles basking.
Whistling robins take wing,
brooks begin babbling,
babies growing,

Check out this link to learn about these two poetry forms.

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: M

 is for Monorhyme poems.

Cousin Claire cut her hair.
Doesn't care head is bare.
Kids just stare, not aware
Cousin Claire took a dare.
It's unfair we weren't there
helping care for Claire's hair.
Don't despair, say a prayer.
We'll ensnare camel's hair,
then repair Cousin Claire.

Try your hand at writing a monorhyme poem.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: L

 is for Lanterne and List poems.

Lanterne poem:

freely given

List poem:

A mothers' memories:
  • joyful news
  • sweet scents
  • first tooth
  • foul diapers
  • belly laughs
  • first steps
  • scraped knees
  • sticky suckers
  • smudged glass
  • terrible twos

  • school supply shopping
  • first day fears
  • brand new friendships
  • sleep over parties
  • room mother duties
  • fights with friends
  • joys and sorrows
  • laughter and tears

  • back roads practicing driving
  • excitement of getting license
  • getting that first job
  • seeking independence from parents
  • dressed up for prom
  • feeling time slip away
  • applying for college scholarships
  • finally high school graduation
Where did the time go?

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: K

 is for Kwansaba poetry.

When you feel alone and blue, look
behind, below, beyond your body to find
your trusted friend, your partner in crime,
who is never absent from your side.
A true comrade who joins the fun
and doesn't give advice or ask why.
Loyal witness, a daytime twin--your shadow.

Here's where you can find out more about the Kwansaba form of poetry.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: J

 is for Jueju poems.

Firstborn, but afraid of fish
Youngest thinks it's so childish
Determined, chases sibling
brandishing perch--devilish.

(Can you picture my younger sister chasing me around the lake with a little bitty perch? She was fearless and ruthless, while I was afraid of most anything. Oh, the memories...)

Here is a link to learn more about the Chinese form of Jueju poetry

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: I

 is for the Iambic foot in poetry.

When I Was One-and-Twenty by E. Housman

When I was one-and-twenty
I heard a wise man say,
‘Give crowns and pounds and guineas
But not your heart away;
Give pearls away and rubies
But keep your fancy free.”
But I was one-and-twenty,
No use to talk to me.

My Papa’s Waltz by Theodore Roethke

We romped until the pans
Slid from the kitchen shelf;
My mother’s countenance
Could not unfrown itself.

These two poems are written in iambic trimeter.  Here is a link to learn more about poetry and meter.

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: H

  is for Haiku poems.

basking in warmth
upon his
lily pad

flicking outward
capturing breakfast-
satiating frog

leaping away,
hawk will go

I love the haiku form!  "Haiku" by Patricia Donegan is a fantastic resource for children and adults alike who would like to learn more about this fascinating form.  And here are a couple of online resource about Haiku as well:  Let's Write Some Haiku and Haiku

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: G

 is for Ghazal poems.

Once upon a time,
papa found a dime.

Papa wouldn't share, 
not at any time.

Mama said, "Not nice!
That's a big, fat crime!"

Papa felt real bad,
like a ball of slime.

Then he changed his mind,
right before a chime

of the clock struck ten, 
ending this here rhyme.

Okay, I realize this poem is pretty lame, but you get the idea anyway.  Having a hard time coming up with a poetic form for the letter G, I found this link helpful.  This poetic form uses the rhyme scheme of aa, ba, ca, da, ea, etc.  See what you can do and feel free to add your poem to the comments or a link to your poem.

Monday, April 6, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: F

 is for Fibonacci poems.

takes you
to worlds far
away, giving you
adventures you might never have
experienced unless you were lost in the magic.

Here is a link to learn more about Fibonacci poems.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: E

  is for Elegy poems.

All Rubbed Out

Loved when you 
were brand new.
I did rub.
You did scrub.
Fix, repair-
so much wear.
My error-
your terror.
Gone away-
much dismay
You were brave,
there to save.
Throw in trash,
then I dash
to the store
and buy more.
Now it's new-
I'm not blue,
Error Chaser,
my eraser.

Here's a link to the definition of elegy and some examples of elegies.

Saturday, April 4, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: D

 is for Diamante poems.

tiny fish
swimming, growing, changing
just starting out, fully grown adult
eating, leaping, flicking
sticky tongue

Here's a link to more information about the Diamante form.

Friday, April 3, 2015

Blogging from A to Z Challenge: C

 is for Cinquain poems.

Personal reflections
Crafting my thoughts
Dreaming of being published

Here is a link to 3 forms of Cinquain poetry.  And here is an online Cinquain writing form.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Blogging A to Z Challenge: B

 is for Bio poems. 

Compassionate, faithful, humorous, quirky
Daughter of beloved parents
Lover of God, family, writing, and chocolate
Who feels thankful, ambitious, and successful
Who fears failure, writer’s block, and a world without chocolate
Who would like to see her family happy, her book published, and loved ones in heaven someday
Resident of Windthorst, Texas

Here is a link to an explanation of the bio poem and a few examples over at Allan Wolf's site.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Blogging A to Z Challenge - A

A 2015 is for Acrostic poems.

Using strong back
Legs and
Leaping quickly, bullfrogs
Find fabulous food like worms and insects, and stand
Ready to ambush their prey.
Our amphibious friends are
Great at flicking their 
Sticky tongues to capture breakfast!

Here is a great post from Kenn Nesbitt on writing Acrostic Poems.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Fun Challenges in April!

Starting tomorrow, April 1, I'm participating in 2 new challenges. Let me give you a preview of each one. Who knows?  You may want to join in the fun!


RhyPiBoMo (Rhyming Picture Book Month) is a month-long extravaganza of poetry writing bliss! Angie Karcher hosts this event over at her site.  There will be daily posts from guest authors, prizes, writing assignments, and more.  If you're a poetry lover, this month-long celebration is for you! Click right on over to the registration page and get started! You have until April 8th to get registered so you don't miss out on the chance to win prizes.  

RhyPiBoMo 2015 Participant Badge

Blogging from A to Z Challenge

The Blogging from A to Z Challenge was created by a group of enthusiastic bloggers who manage the website and event.  The basic idea is to write a daily blog post for 26 days during April (you get Sundays off), with each day featuring a letter of the alphabet. Your posts may follow a theme or be random.  Since I'm also joining RhyPiBoMo (see above), I've decided to incorporate that into my blogging challenge.  So each day I'll share a poem that features that day's assigned letter of the alphabet.  Not only will I work on a new habit of blogging frequently and writing consistently, but I'll also get the word out about my blog.  More traffic equals more followers, which equals more friends! If you'd like to participate, here's the link to the registration page.  And don't be intimidated by the enormous number of participants.  (I'm number 1,503 right now!)  You are only asked to visit a minimum of 5 other blog posts a day!

So, needless to say, I'm going to stay busy writing in April!  Let the party begin!

Thursday, March 19, 2015


Love me some monthly ditty challenges on Michelle Barnes' site!  And especially love it when one of my poems is featured.

This month the challenge is to write a tanka poem.  Jump on over to Michelle's site and see what I came up with....Michelle is calling it a double creature feature!

Invasion by Kristi Veitenheimer

(p.s. - the story is real!)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

15 Words or Less...

Over at Laura Purdie Salas' blog there are some interesting poems being written about this photo prompt:

Here's my diamonte poem for this photo:

old, knotted
resting, standing, guarding
ridges, branches, fingers, wrinkles
gripping, trembling, touching
aged, gnarled

(Yes, if you counted words, this one clocks in at 16. Guess I'm just a rebel at heart!!)