#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 1


Ladybug found on my window screen the last day in March

Prosperous April
Ladybug stuck on window
Brings inspiration

Wish on a 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 Five


Gretchen text message on Tuesday


Build my essay
in 💩 galore
all night
as class advances alters being
I’m sure to die writing this essay
far cooler topics and my angst is

Das Bild meines Schädels
In Scheiben geschnitten
Zeigt Nichts
Als kleine Verkalkungen altersbedingt
Die sturen Schmerzen kommen sagt der Arzt
Vom Großen und Ganzen Ihre Angst ist
© 2001, Kerstin Hensel

NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that, like the work in Translucence, reacts both to photography and to words in a language not your own. Begin with a photograph. Now find a poem in a language you don’t know (here’s a good place to look!) Ignore any accompanying English translation (maybe cover it up, or cut-and-paste the original into a new document). Now start translating the poem into English, with the idea that the poem is actually “about” your photograph. Use the look and feel of the words in the original to guide you along as you write, while trying to describe your photograph. It will be a bit of a balancing act, but hopefully it will lead to new and beautiful (and possibly very weird) places.

Good Morning and welcome to day five of #NaPoWriMo where I definitely got weird, though I had a great poem to build off. If you don’t read German, hit the link and you can read the real English translation. It is spring in the US and that means standardized test time for school children. This week Gretchen was taking the English AzMerit which is divided into reading and writing. Tuesday was the writing portion and apparently Gretchen did not like her topic nor did she appreciate Mom’s commiseration. The child really should know me by now.

Speaking of standardized tests, I should be starting my remote reading soon. It may have been a good thing grading hasn’t begun yet because we had a power outage yesterday. No power means no Internet. I also got to see how the new thermostat works without power. It doesn’t since it is a touch screen. AC should always be turned off when your power goes out to prevent a surge when it is restored. Our new AC unit and thermostat takes care of itself. 


New thermostat rebooting when power came back

Gretchen just got out of school when our power cut, and she always sends a text on the bus. I told her we didn’t have power and she replied, Great that means no AC. Yes. Then she realized, That means no Internet. Also means no landline phone since it also runs through the Internet modem and it cost extra for the battery backup which the tech did not recommend since everyone has cell phones nowadays. But luck must have been on Gretchen’s side for her birthday because the power came back on just before she walked in the door.