April Survivor


Verse may drive her mad
Desperate poet’s story
April survivor

Good Morning! And welcome to May, aka decompress month. Yesterday was May the 4th and Shawn and I went to the party at the Arizona science center. As we were getting in the car, Shawn asked me for directions to the science center. I don’t know; it’s downtown. It’s not like we haven’t been there before. Shawn looked it up and it said, now closed. I laughed, I know it’s an after hours party for old geeks. You had to be over 21 to attend. I had the Romulan Ale (not Roman autocorrect) and Sonic Screwdriver. Shawn had a Butterscotch Wookie (I think) I can’t remember now. And we basically got to roam the science center without little beings running all over the place. Then we went over to Grand Ave. It was first Friday. That is where I printed the May the 4th be with you poster. Yes, I rolled the printing press myself.

And as you can see, the verse did not drive me mad. I wrote over 30 poems in April, counting the #haikuchallenge poems for twitter. I missed one prompt. But I did more than one poem for a couple of the prompts so over all I’d say it was a successful month. Arizona schools got back to work yesterday. Gretchen had a full day of school again. Yay! But Thursday was Rachael’s last exam for her semester, and still no word on her summer gigs. She is now home. Which will be a good thing for a little while anyway as Gretchen has to take the math placement test at EMCC for her fall ACE course. She was going to take it today after her final Eng 102 class, but she looked it up and the testing center is only open Monday – Friday. Rachael will have to bring her over one day after school. I told Gretchen she should have taken it on one of her days of no school, but did she listen to her mother?

May the 4th story
Doctor, Captain, Wookiee meet
Science with a twist



#Haikai Challenge 31 – May the 4th

Ancient Jedi tomes
possess no further wisdom
Luke seeks horizon

Yoda confesses
Page turners they were not, as
he burns ancient texts


As I’m looking through my reader, the theme of Frank’s next Haikai challenge catches my eye, how can I pass up a May the Fourth challenge. You know I write sci-fi themed poetry as much as possible. Here is a string of Star Wars poems written a couple years ago for #NaPoWriMo. Astonishingly enough a copy of The Last Jedi has yet to find its way into this house. And yes, I took full advantage of the #haikuchallenge word – ancient. It works well for poems written about “A long time ago…”

Merry Christmas


Mom and Gretchen ready for Star Wars VIII

VHS release
Star Wars trilogy box set
Christmas memories

A long time ago… doesn’t VHS say it all, I wanted the first bundled release of Star Wars IV, V and VI. It was only a couple years after Shawn and I were dating. And I knew my boyfriend would get the hint. Well apparently so did my Dad (he actually went out and bought a Christmas gift). He told my Mom, Roni needs the box set. My Mom told him my Christmas gifts were complete already. I also think she knew Shawn was getting me the set. Imagine my surprise when I opened my gifts Christmas morning to find the VHS set in my parents’ gifts to me. Luckily my Dad brought home the box and gave it to my Mom to wrap; when Shawn came over later with his gifts no Star Wars. My Mom called him and told him he had to rethink his gifts. Actually I would not have minded having two sets.  Believe it or not, we still have a VHS player and Gretchen still watches Empire Strikes Back on it. Yes, we have the movies on DVD, too. But no one in this house likes the redos Lucas made on the original trilogy.

Twenty some years after getting the best Christmas gift ever, Shawn, Rachael, Gretchen and I went to see Star Wars The Last Jedi on Christmas Day! 😀 Merry Christmas to me.

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 28


Gretchen had to write about a national day

A Snippet of April

curl up in bed
brush teeth
put on pjs
watch TV
load the dishwasher
put away dinner
eat chicken salad
sauté chicken
cut up onions
chop and wash lettuce
send haiku text
cancel poetry
in April impossible
haiku are catching
weak minded controlled
by force – you don’t want to eat
pizza rolls for lunch
too late
in this one
the force is not strong
why did I get out of bed
roll over
turn alarm off

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that tells a story. But here’s the twist – the story should be told backwards. The first line should say what happened last, and work its way through the past until you get to the beginning. Now, the story doesn’t have to be complicated (it’s probably better if it isn’t)!

This is a snippet of my day yesterday. Yes, I am still texting haiku to Gretchen. I put pizza rolls in her lunch yesterday and I was thinking about Star Wars while we were texting during her lunch. I sent the haiku, but apparently the pizza rolls were already devoured. Then she sent me a photo of her assignment in creative writing. They had to write about a day celebrating something. FYI – the first Saturday in May is national naked gardening day. Of course my daughter decided to go with an entire non poetry month. I don’t think so, chickie. 😉

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 7


Gretchen wrote out mom’s haiku text and her reply

New Meets Old

Han Solo back home
in Millennium Falcon
New Star Wars meets old

How did mom get old
raising children, stays at home
tethered like falcon

Labeled junk, Falcon
sits on Jakku now Rey’s home
skeptical of old

myths about Millennium Falcon – home to old smuggler

This all started Tuesday night, when I realized The Force Awakens was released on DVD. I sent a text to my husband, If you truly love your wife, you’d buy Star Wars on the way home. I didn’t think he would, but he does love me. ❤ Wednesdays are late start for Gretchen. As she was eating breakfast, I came out with the DVD and said, The big question is: Will mom wait for you to come home before watching? She grabbed it and took it off to her bedroom. Later she sent me a text, I forgot my story. Will you go in my bedroom and take pictures of it?

Well mom went into the bedroom, but wasn’t exactly sure what she was looking for except the Star Wars DVD sitting right on the desk. 😉 No, mom did not wait for her child to come home. She started watching it and sent a picture of the opening and then haiku texts on the plot. The first stanza of the tritina above. My daughter kept replying with evil emojis.

After BB8
get map to Luke Skywalker
definite no myth

And no, Katryn, I don’t need a job, teasing one’s daughter with haiku texts in April is way too much fun. It’s what I know.

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Our (optional) prompt for Day Seven comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenges us all to write a tritina. The tritina is a shorter cousin to the sestina, involving three, three-line stanzas, and a final concluding line. Three “end words” are used to conclude the lines of each stanza, in a set pattern of ABC, CAB, BCA, and all three end words appear together in the final line.

Star Wars Poetry

This past weekend Rachael and I were at Kohl’s. She didn’t like the fact I kept staring at the family in line behind us. But I couldn’t help it. The young boy had a light saber that had extensions on the sides. Rachael told me it was the new design; don’t you remember seeing it in the trailer. No, not until she mentioned it anyway. I soooo want to be a kid again. Star Wars toys are way cooler now.

My girls fighting to be on the dark side.

My girls fighting to be on the dark side.

Cool new light sabers
My childhood left without
to be young at heart

The Wednesday poetry prompt @WritersDigest is to write a movie poem. Robert Lee Brewer wrote about Star Wars and I remembered this weekend’s shopping trip. Also Gretchen made her own light saber when we were in Disneyland this summer. They get to have all the fun. And all I have are fond memories of a Han Solo and Luke Skywalker without gray hair.
When I was Five