#NaPoWriMo Poetic Review


Gretchen’s opinion of April 4 years ago


Shuts down country
Everyone stays home
Days begin to blend together
Brings economy to its knees
Can we reboot this year

NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for our (optional) prompt. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in the form of a review. But not a review of a book or a movie of a restaurant. Instead, I challenge you to write a poetic review of something that isn’t normally reviewed. For example, your mother-in-law, the moon, or the year 2020 (I think many of us have some thoughts on that one!)

Good morning and welcome to day twenty-seven of napowrimo. It just so happened that Gretchen’s review of April popped up in my Facebook memories today. I do believe she was growing tired of mom’s text replies coming in the form of haiku. Of course her not so rave review was also answered in haiku.

Cancel poetry
in April impossible
haiku are catching

Lol! Apparently I used Gretchen’s poetic review as inspiration for my poem on April 28, 2016. The final days of national poetry month also coincide with the last week of the spring semester. This has been one strange freshman year for Gretchen and senior year for Robin, and I’m not all too sure things will be back to normal by the fall semester. Robin’s cap and gown have arrived along with the summa cum laude honor cords. I will at least be able to share some great graduation photos on this blog. Other than that this year has not gone according to plan.

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 20


Dad’s Birthday Present from Be-Be & Tu-Tu


Real old-fogey
Over seven decades
Grew up without television
Retired Lieutenant Colonel
Flew jets in Vietnam

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today’s prompt comes to us from Vince Gotera, who suggests a prompt very much in keeping with our poet in translation, a “kenning” poem. Kennings were riddle-like metaphors used in the Norse sagas. Basically, they are ways of calling something not by its actual name, but by a sort of clever, off-kilter description — for example, the sea would be called the “whale road.” Today, I challenge you to think of a single thing or person (a house, your grandmother, etc), and then write a poem that consists of kenning-like descriptions of that thing or person. For example, you might call a cat a mouse-stalker, quiet-walker, bird-warner, purr-former, etc. If you’re looking for examples, you can find one that Vince wrote here and a different example here. Happy writing!

Once upon a time… okay in 2014 we wrote a kenning. I used a couple Old Norse words in this poem so I’m not sure if the syllable count is accurate for cinquain as I don’t speak Norse, but it works for me.

True story my dad’s family did not own a TV until he was in high school. He would exclaim to my mom often, Only rich people had a TV in grammar school, Pam. My mom’s family got a television when she was in the 2nd or 3rd grade. And I’m sure everyone knows from Back to the Future there was only one television in the house. My girls think it’s strange their mother grew up without a computer. I was in high school before we had a computer and yes, it was only ONE. No everyone gets his/her own to play on. The first paper I wrote on a computer was my 20 page composition on MacBeth for AP comp when I was a senior. Rachael asked me, what did you use before then, a typewriter? Yes girl, is it that hard to fathom.

Yesterday was my dad’s birthday. I would assume he enjoyed it as when I called I got the answering machine. Also the last line in my poem works twofold. He – first two letters in Heintz and Ro – first two letters in Ronald. It is a kenning for Heintz, Ronald as well as a description for my dad.

Kilroy Was Here! by: Douglas Quinn Book Review


Kilroy Was Here! is the second book in The Adventures of Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island series by Douglas Quinn. Summer McPhee is introduced to a new student enrolled at Ocracoke Island school, Jimmy Wade. Jimmy was born with spina bifida and mild cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair. This by no means impedes his intelligence.

After the school computers boot up to read, Kilroy was here, Summer learns Jimmy is a computer genius. At lunch he tells her how someone could get around the school’s security system and add new code. Then Summer’s friend, Angie, suggests they solve the computer problem, and Summer replies; “I don’t know blasé-blasé about computers.” (p 49) She soon finds out she doesn’t have to know how the prank was done to figure out who pulled it off.

The Adventures of Summer McPhee of Ocracoke Island – Kilroy Was Here! by Douglas Quinn is a fun, fast-paced, mystery for children. I enjoyed reading it. I was born with mild cerebral palsy and found Jimmy to be an accurate representation. Quinn made the character’s disability believable, balancing his trepidation with determination. By the end of the book, Summer and Jimmy are friends, but do they find the mysterious Kilroy? Read the book to find out. 😀


Kilroy was here

Who hacked school computers

Summer McPhee is on the case


Shares his knowledge of computers

Will they find the hacker

Mystery solved

Fast friends


If at all possible you should pick up this book for your young reader to enjoy on DEAR day this Saturday April 12th.