#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 10

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Backyard thermometer reading April 10, 2014

Triple digit temps
Desert low humidity
Means it’s a dry heat

Haboob intense wind
Creates sandstorm in desert
Word makes people cringe

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 10 – Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that starts from a regional phrase, particularly one to describe a weather phenomenon. You may remember one from growing up, bu if you’re having trouble getting started, perhaps one of these regional U.S. phrases used to describe warm weather will inspire you. Or you might enjoy these French terms for cold weather, or even these expressions from the British Islesthat are mostly for the very British phenomenon of rain.

Good Morning and welcome to day 10 of NaPoWriMo where as a desert rat, I get to poke fun at the term, dry heat. The above photo turned up in my Facebook memories today; five years later and we are expecting a beautiful high of only 77 today. Also living in the desert, I have also experienced haboobs which was the first word I thought of to describe a local weather phenomenon; we’ve lived here for 20 years now and the word still makes me laugh. The #haikuchallenge word is original today and I was semisuccessful at making it work.

Haboob funny word
Original use depicts
Sandstorm in desert.

Here is another #haikuchallenge post I wrote for monsoon season and how destructive haboobs can be. And no autocorrect I am not trying to spell baboon. Well it is early release today, Gretchen will be out of school in an hour and it’s my first day of grading so I must be off. I hope everyone enjoys the one third mark of April insanity.

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#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 9

 

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To Do List

Spring cleaning
Blooms
Laundry
Dishes
Mop, sweep, vacuum
Add season remote reading
A dash of poetry
Energy droops
Day by day
Petals fall
Counting down
Until April ends

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 9 – Our (optional) prompt for the day asks you to engage in another kind of cross-cultural exercise, as it is inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it she recorded daily observations, court gossip, poems, aphorisms, and musings, including lists with titles like “Things That Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things,” and “Things That Make Your Heart Beat Faster.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” What things? Well, that’s for you to decide!

Good Morning! Welcome to day 9 of NaPoWriMo. I was busy yesterday cleaning house and getting ready to start the remote reading which made today’s prompt perfect for a to do list. Last week Gretchen and I popped the screen out of the back Living room window. I am not a window cleaner. I couldn’t tell you the last time screens were washed, but the back window can now be checked off the to do list.

DEAR

Don’t know what to write
Every line comes out trite
And not worth the fight
Revisions may take all night

Yesterday’s prompt was to write a poem around a metaphor or slang term. And pretty soon I’ll be D.E.A.R (drop everything and read). Not sure an acronym really works as a metaphor but it is one of my favorite pastimes.

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 7

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My Bed

What could I achieve
If I had motivation
to get out of bed

Possibilities
abound if only one can
find what motivates

What profound wisdom
I could impart, if only
Someone would listen

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 7 – Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else?

Good morning and welcome to the one week mark of NaPoWriMo and no your eyes do not deceive you there is no day 6, poem of possibilities on my blog. I really had very little motivation yesterday. The above 3 haikuish poems were written from the #haikuchallenge word, what. I wasn’t completely devoid of poetry. I did share my golden shovel poem posted on silver birch press on Facebook because they haven’t blocked Melanie’s site.

Today’s prompt – if I could have anything? How about Facebook telling me why my blog is in Facebook jail?

Poetry presence
I cannot tell my story
no more confessions

“A poem is a private story, no matter how apparently public. The reader is always overhearing a confession.” — Jorie Graham

I start remote reading this week, so my poetry and blog posts may become a little erratic. I saw We Olive  is hosting a fundraiser for autism awareness on Thursday April 11. Thankfully it is after my work hours, so I’m hoping to go over and check it out.

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#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 5

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Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

 

Fortune Cookie

Don’t Panic
Excellent advice except
It left out one important detail –

Always carry a towel

It has great practical value
Wrap it around you for warmth
Lie on it to bask in the sun
Sleep under it beneath the stars
Wet it for use in hand-to-hand-combat
If you manage to keep it halfway clean
Dry yourself off

Don’t panic
Is not sufficient advice

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 5 – Following Dargan’s lead, today we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way. If you can use two elements, great – and if you can do all three, wow!

Good morning and welcome to day 5 of NaPoWriMo also known as First Contact Day. My math isn’t always the best, but I believe it’s only 44 more years until we meet aliens from outer space. Shawn showed me the fortune he received last night, and I told him it was missing something very important. He said, I know in bed. Umm…no not exactly. Always carry your towel. Since we were asked to use lines from an outside text in today’s prompt, I guess you could call this a found poem. If you are lucky enough to meet a Vulcan in the future don’t forget your towel. My love of sci-fi. Not too sure how much I love my husband right now, totally missing The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy reference.

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 4

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Birthday email card

Morning Blues

Morning snooze gone
Five am alarm clock blares

Too early to rely on

Beware

Sleep deprived mom
Dad put the coffee on
Everyone stay calm
The week is almost over
And will soon turnover
Beautiful Saturday
Just one problem
Six am alarm clock blares

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 4 – Today, we’d like to challenge you to write your own sad poem, but one that, like Teicher’s, achieves sadness through simplicity. Playing with the sonnet form may help you – its very compactness can compel you to be straightforward, using plain, small words.

Good morning and welcome to day 4 of NaPoWriMo. AzMerit testing is over and we were back to a five am wake up call. Once I got Gretchen off to school at 6:30 and the dishwasher loaded and started, I went back to bed. Then Shawn got up and asked if the coffee was started. Lol! In his dreams. And yes because Gretchen takes college classes through the ACE program, we are up early on Saturday mornings too. But on the plus side, she will be graduating high school with 24 credits from the community college.

Today may be tough
All the birthday wishes rough
It’s never enough

The #haikuchallenge word today is rough and yeah I’m kinda on a rhyming kick. Gretchen went off to school hoping no one would acknowledge her birthday. Guess what, her future university put a birthday video together and sends it in an email to their students.

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 3

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Gretchen wearing #RedInstead April 2, 2019

Life’s Journey

Simmer for nine months
Celebrate milestones
First tooth
Learning to crawl
Stand and walk
Potty training
Send off to kindergarten
Move up to middle school
Graduate from high school
Eighteen years old
Off to college
Study hard
Earn a degree
Life has just begun

NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 3 – And now for today’s prompt (optional as always). Today’s prompt is based in a poem by Larry Levis called “The Two Trees.” It is a poem that seems to meander, full of little digressions, odd bits of information, but fundamentally, it is a poem that takes time. It takes its time getting where it’s going, and the action of the poem itself takes place over months. Today, I’d like to challenge you to similarly write something that involves a story or action that unfolds over an appreciable length of time. Perhaps, as you do, you can focus on imagery, or sound, or emotional content (or all three!)

Good morning and welcome to day 3 of NaPoWriMo. Yesterday I made an error and linked to the participant’s blog for day 2 instead of the prompt page. When I clicked on it to get back to the Shakespeare Sonnet in German video, I realized the mistake. It is now fixed. I wanted the link to the poetry video to share on Facebook with my poem from yesterday as my blog is in Facebook jail at the moment and I am unable to share links to my poetry posts.

As my long time readers should know, Gretchen has a birthday in April. Tomorrow she will be 18! Wow where did that time go; she’ll be graduating from high school next month. It seems like we were celebrating Rachael’s high school graduation only yesterday, but it was three years ago. I figured a poem about growing up would cover an appreciable length of time plus it’s still going. The #haikuchallenge word today is not. I worked that into the theme as well.

Meander through life
Eighteen years she walks the Earth
Direction not set

And yes I was able to take a picture of the elusive Gretchen yesterday. The cat distraction was helpful.

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 1

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Ladybug found on my window screen the last day in March

Prosperous April
Ladybug stuck on window
Brings inspiration

Wish on a Ladybug

Ladybug
Ladybug

Stuck on my window screen
reluctant model

does not stand still
Careful to free

sits in the palm of her hand
Grants us good fortune

Make a wish
and count her spots

Carry outside to share
in prosperity
Then fly away home

NaPoWriMo Prompt (Day 1) – For our first (optional) prompt, let’s take our cue from O’Neil’s poem, and write poems that provide the reader with instructions on how to do something. It can be a sort of recipe, like O’Neil’s poem. Or you could try to play on the notorious unreliability of instructional manuals (if you’ve ever tried to put IKEA furniture together, you know what I mean). You could even write a dis-instruction poem, that tells the reader how not to do something. This well-known poem by John Ashbery may provide you with some additional inspiration.

Good morning readers and welcome to the first day of NaPoWriMo. Yesterday afternoon I noticed a ladybug crawling on my window screen, looking closer I realized it was on the inside. I tried taking several photos but none were in focus as it kept crawling around. Rachael came over and took it off the window. The ladybug cooperated for a photo and then Rachael took it outside.

As it is April not only is it National Poetry Month, it is also standardized testing season. AzMerit tests began today and since Gretchen is a senior she does not have to take them; so we had a nice relaxing morning as her class time did not start until 10:15 am. The #haikuchallenge word on Twitter today is stuck. I played around with a little verse before seeing Gretchen off to school. Then when she left, I worked on a somewhat longer verse. I’m hoping my discovery yesterday will mean a prosperous and inspirational April. So far so good for the kick off. The good luck of ladybugs

#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day Thirty

Dynamite Rabbits

1807 – France signs the Treaties of Tilsit, ending war with Russia.

Napoleon and his men arrange a hunt to celebrate
Chief of Staff Alexandre Berthier decides on a massacre

Berthier collects thousands of rabbits from local farmers
Once the hunters are assembled, the rabbits CHARGE!
Domestic rabbits, not afraid of men, are carnivorous little beasts.

NaPoWriMo Prompt – And for our final (optional) prompt, I’d like you to take your cue from Borges, and write a poem that engages with a strange and fascinating fact. It could be an odd piece of history, an unusual bit of art trivia, or something just plain weird. While I cannot vouch for the actual accuracy of any of the facts presented at the links above (or any other facts you might use as inspiration!), I can tell you that there are definitely some poetic ideas here, just waiting for someone to use them.

Good Evening and welcome to day thirty of #NaPoWriMo and we are finished for another year! Lol! When I read Napoleon was once attacked by rabbits, I immediately thought of Monty Python; perhaps Napoleon could have used a holy hand grenade. 😉 Or he should have read Watership Down; he would have been warned how vicious rabbits can be, especially hungry domesticated rabbits who thought they were getting fed not hunted. This was a fun little cherita (story) to write. I’d like to thank all my readers for tuning in for my ramblings for another year.

#NaPoWriMo 2018 (Day 29) Take Two

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Desert Botanical Gardens Phoenix, AZ

Shivering Souls

Blackness surrounds us, crossing the lake
A little light penetrates through
And wishes us to linger
We shiver in the cold
Valedictory
Shadows are cast
Across stars
Lilies
Weep

Okay I missed Thursday’s prompt so I thought I’d give a go at today’s prompt again. I’ve been chewing on the other prompt, but have not been successful at getting all five senses into one poem. May not totally abandon the prompt, yet. But thought I’d offer this for now and because my first try at this prompt was lacking, though I’m not sure if this attempt is any better.

#NaPoWriMo 2018 Day Twenty-eight

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Maid of the Mist Niagara Falls

Niagara Falls, NY

Hello! We enjoyed our trip to see Niagara Falls. The girls and I were adventurous and toured the Cave of the Winds. Okay, Mom didn’t make it all the way up the stairs to stand next to the falls. The girls were having fun experiencing the Falls up close. After that we went on the Maid of the Mist; I’m sending you a postcard of the boat. It’s a good thing they give you rain ponchos, because we all got wet. They bring the boat along side of Horseshoe Falls. It’s loud as the water thunders down into the river right by the boat. Our time in Buffalo is almost over be home soon.

NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Following the suggestion of our craft resource, we challenge you today to draft a prose poem in the form/style of a postcard. If you need some inspiration, why not check out some images of vintage postcards? I’m particularly fond of this one.

Good Morning and welcome to day twenty-eight of #NaPoWriMo where we are suppose to write a postcard. Well since we will be going back to Buffalo this summer, a first for the whole family in over 6 years, I decided to write about our last trip to Niagara Falls. Gretchen is off to her Eng102 class this morning. They actually sent the students an email informing them classes are held as scheduled so the kids didn’t think the college professors were on walkout like their high school teachers. Gretchen thought, doh! But I thought it was a good idea if only because the kids have been sleeping in for the past two days; and teenagers, if they think they can sleep in and not have to go to school, they’ll take full advantage.