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Friday, April 20, 2018

APRIL 2018 - Pitter Patter April Showers


  
 
APRIL SHOWERS 
 
Pitter Patter
Dribble
Shower
Quencher
Soaker
Downpour
Torrents
Driving
Lashing
Cloudburst
Gusher
Spotty
Sprinkle
Drizzle
Ground Mist
RAINBOW
 
 
 
 

Wednesday, March 28, 2018

MARCH 2018 -- Spring Has Been Delayed




Our spring has been delayed this year,
That’s what the newsman said.
It seems the sun has lost its shine,
It’s staying home in bed.
With all that wintry snow and ice
It’s caught a nasty chill
It fears that if it ventures out
Its wattage might be nil.
A physicist has been sent in
To see what he can do.
He thinks a shot of hydrogen
Will fix things good as new.
A rocket ship filled to the top
Is launched with blazing speed.
Stay still, dear sun, don’t move an inch.
This cure is what you need.
Shot rocket flies across the void,
Aimed for a sweet sun spot.
The sun looks pale, but doesn’t move . . .
And the shot hits on the dot.
Spring has finally sprung this year,
The sun’s no longer sick.
He’s glowing like a super star—
That gas sure did the trick.
 
 
** This poem was prompted by the unsettled weather March has once again brought to several parts of the country.
 
 

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

February 2018 -- Some Thoughts on Valentine's Day


 
 
Valentines: A Romantic’s View
You ask, I answer.
Love, as if a butterfly,
Spreads its wings to soar.
 
Valentines: A Pragmatist’s View
A day for unloading
Red, heart-shaped boxes
Full of bite-sized temptations
With anonymous centers.
 
Valentines: A Child’s View
Twenty-some cards with labored signatures
Carefully deposited into twenty-some white bags
Painstakingly covered in pink and red hearts.

Friday, January 26, 2018

January 2018 Starting the Year (Late)

Many people start a new year with resolutions--usually ways to change their behavior. I start my new year with a behavior designed to hold unchanged my resolve to remain a writer. That's why when January rolls around, I'm signed on and ready to Storystorm.

Storystorm is the brain child of Tara Lazar, writer of many marvelous books for children including 7 ATE 9 and NORMAL NORMAN. The idea is simple: each day in January you try to come up with at least one story idea, thereby collecting at least 30 ideas by month's end, each of which may or may not germinate into a full picture book manuscript. There are even daily posts from other writers and illustrators meant to encourage and inspire your idea gathering. As I said, simple, right?

 
Not this year. I'm behind on reading those inspiring posts and if my ideas come any slower, I'm considering hiring snails to hurry them along. Has my idea mojo moved to a new neighborhood? Is my muse still hung over from the holidays? Did someone spit on the spark that fueled my imagination?

Who knows. But I'm sticking to my behavior. The ideas may be coming slowly, but they are coming. And if I don't have 30 by month's end, I have plans to enter the Writer's Protection Program. No one is going to snuff me out for not coming up with the goods.


Tuesday, December 26, 2017

DECEMBER 2017 -- Shepherds Christmas


 SHEPHERDS CHRISTMAS
 

The angel said to follow the star
To seek a newborn child
The one who’d bring the world hope
A new covenant with God
So we left our sleeping flocks behind
To follow that bright star
Down the hills to Bethlehem
To a lowly stable cave
Joseph nodded, bid us to come in
Mary’s smile eased our fears
We stepped close and saw the child
Lying in a manger bed
Then while angels sang a song on high
We knelt before that bed
This child moved our hearts to peace
We saw God’s promise there.
 
 

Saturday, November 18, 2017

November 2017 --- Golden Shovels and Thankfulness


 
I recently came across an intriguing picture book written by Nikki Grimes called “The Watcher.” It is written in a poetic form known as the golden shovel. This form was created by Terrance Hayes who wrote his poem “The Golden Shovel” as a tribute to Gwendolyn Brooks’s “We Real Cool.” Grimes’s poem, a 2-voice dialogue about classroom bullying, was inspired by Psalm 121. You can learn more here: Nikki Grimes

 
Here’s how a golden shovel poem works:

·         Take a poem you admire (1 line, several, all)

·         Each word in the lines you’ve chosen becomes the end word in the lines of your poem.

·         The end words must be kept in order.

·         Be sure to credit the original poem and poet of your inspiration

·         Your new poem and it’s inspiration don’t have to be about the same subject

 
Always up for a challenge, I decided to try creating my own golden shovel poem. And since we are fast approaching Thanksgiving, I chose as my inspiration an old childhood prayer familiar to many. Enjoy.

 

SAYING THANK YOU
 
It shouldn’t be hard to Thank
All those who love you
To speak up and say thanks for
The very many ways that the
Love that they give makes this whole world
And your place in it so
Amazing, so sweet.
 
It shouldn’t be hard to Thank
Those who care for you
To speak up and say thanks for
The things they provide—not just the
Necessities like clothing and food
But all those extra things we
Want to wear or eat.
 
It shouldn’t be hard to Thank
Those who challenge you
Or to say thanks for
The pushes and the prodding, the
Call to fly higher than the birds
And do all the things that
Cause your heart to sing.
 
So why not pick now to Thank
Those who surround you
They’re your gift from God
Why not say “Thank you for
Everything!”
 
 
 

Thursday, October 12, 2017

A HALLOWEEN EXPERIMENT



ONE HALLOWEEN
 

SCRAPE . . . SCRAPE . . . SCRAPE, CLANG

BURBLE-GLUB, BURBLE-GLUB, BURBLE-GLUB

PLIP, PLOP, SPLISH

PLINK, PLONK, SPLASH

UMMM . . . GROAN

GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE, GRUMBLE

SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK

GRUNT, CLOP, GRUNT, CLOP

AAH-HA

SCRITCH

CLOP, GRUNT, CLOP, SIGH

SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK

CLICK, RUSTLE

CACKLE, SNORT, CACKLE

AH-HEM . . . AB-RA-KA-DAB-RA!

SWIIIIIISSSH

ZAP! SIZZLE! POP!

MURMUR, HUM, RATTLE!

GURGLE . . . RUMBLE . . . BUZZZZZ

BOOM!

YOWL, HISS, YOWL

FLAP, FLAP, FLAP, SWOOSH

HOW-HOW-HOW-OOL

WHOOSH, WAIL, WHOOSH, SHRIEK

RATTLE, CLANK, RATTLE, CLINK

MUMBLE, MOAN, MUMBLE, MOAN

HEE HEE HEE, WHOOPEE!

DING-DONG, DING-DONG

SHHHH!

SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK, SQUEAK

CRREEAAKK

TRICK-OR . . . SCREECH!

THUD, THUD, WHIST

THUMP-THUMP-THUMP-THUMP-THUMP-THUMP-THUMP . . . .

HUH!

RUSTLE, RUSTLE

OOHH. . . .

LAP-LAP, SLURP-SLURP, CRUNCH-CRUNCH

GUZZLE-GUZZLE, CHOMP-CHOMP, MUNCH-MUNCH

YUM! HEE-HEE, SNORT
 
 
[Yep, this was a story told in sounds. Were you able to visualize the action? I would love to hear your reaction.]