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#NaPoWriMo Tides of Change

April 19, 2017 2 Comments

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

The ebb and flow of oceans and blood
Follow the seasons and phases of the moon
We are created by heaven’s whimsical mood
Educated by stars and riptides we are surfing soon
Riding the waves with ease and graceful flow
Is all a matter of sensing the power from below

Pacific Ocean

Pacific Ocean

Read, write, celebrate National Poetry Writing Month in April.  Join us at the #NaPoWriMo site to find new material or submit some of your own.

#NaPoWriMo2017

#NaPoWriMo2017

#GloPoWriMo

#GloPoWriMo

#NaPoWriMo Future Yields

April 18, 2017 1 Comment

farm

farm

While the millstone grinds the grain
The farmer is planting another field
Taking gamble that he will gain
When the harvest reveals his yield
His land is full of rocks and clay
He plowed by hand the garden soil
His seeds are saved for the day
The moon phase will bless his toil
He follows old traditions learned from the past
Then he hopes for survival, prays his work will last

Join poets all month for #NaPoWriMo.  Read, write, recite, and discover new poems by following the hashtags, and checking the official site, here.  Many contests and special events are planned during this special month.

#NaPoWriMo #MeatlessMonday Made Easy

April 17, 2017 1 Comment

ripe tomatoes, ready to juice

ripe tomatoes, ready to juice

Find the freshest, most attractive produce in the aisle
Cook it as little as possible in order to create a masterpiece
To satisfy all your senses, to tempt your tastebuds in style
Consider presentation, flavor balance, and prep with ease
Jars of layered salads, wraps, burritos, and quinoa bowls
Bring out the healthy chef within to take care of nutrition
Take gourmet living seriously by designing a diet for souls
To live in balance with nature is a healing prescription

#NaPoWriMo2017

#NaPoWriMo2017

#GloPoWriMo

#GloPoWriMo

This poetic invitation to vegetarians on Mondays is inspired by the #veggiepoetry people on twitter.  I stopped eating meat in 1969, and do not miss it, so this is a sincere recommendation. It is also my daily poem for National Poetry Writing Month.  Find more poetry at the #NaPoWriMo site.

#NaPoWriMo Salsa Bunny Trail

April 16, 2017 2 Comments

The bunny is no fool who visits my house with loot
He can easily see that we eat salsa of every kind
But shun the chocolate candy, don’t even think it is cute
So he reached into his basket while reading my mind
He left us a batch of perfectly ripe tomatoes, ready to chop
For dessert he left us watermelons, then down the trail he hopped

I wish all the gentle readers a happy Easter Sunday.  May the bunny grant your fondest wishes. Please join poets all over the world in April for #NaPoWriMo.    Read, write, recite all month.

#WeekendCoffeeShare Tomato Tea Party

April 15, 2017 4 Comments

If we were having coffee today I would serve you some iced tea because most of you would find the weather hot here. I love this time of year. The pink jasmine has subsided but the major waves of jasmine are just now starting to bloom. The star and the Asian bloom one right after the other, and are much bigger than the pink one. I am about to be lifted to heaven on a cloud of jasmine scent each time I walk out my front door, or open it. You might catch a whiff this weekend, but by next week it will stun you.  Sit back and relax while I pour your tea.  I am enjoying a refreshing glass of passion fruit black tea.

Today we are also featuring tomato specialties at the tea party.  I went to the produce pick up this morning and scored a box of perfect produce, including about 40 large tomatoes and three boxes of cherries.  We just finished mozzarella, olive, basil and tomato grilled sandwiches.  I would be happy to whip one up for you if you are hungry.  Later I will make a minestrone soup, and juice some of the ripe tomatoes for cocktail hour.  I like very spicy red snappers (Bloody Mary made with gin), and have all the fresh ingredients on hand to make them.  We plan to stay home today to do some gardening and home maintenance chores.  Our peaches are ripening and we need to start scaring the birds away from the tree.  We try new shiny objects each year.

If we were having coffee I would like to hear how all your writing projects are going.  Some of you are so prolific with your word count I can’t believe you have time to fit it all into 24 hours each day.  I would tell you that I am still writing a poem every day, having been recently inspired by a group doing #veggiepoetry  for National Poetry Writing Month.  I took a stab at it yesterday writing an ode to my least favorite of all vegetables, the rutabaga.  I think I will probably go with a tomato poem today, since they are on my mind.  I would tell you my favorite tea company approached me about tweeting for gift certificates.  I do want to start a system to review teas because it is a big interest of mine.  I will probably do it on my tumblr, which is supposed to be my artsy blog.  I thought about combining poems and tea, but nothing has popped into my brain for this poet-tea.  I will probably attempt the tea reviews in May and see where that leads.  I legitimately believe that my tea company has the best selection and prices, so it should be easy to find enthusiasm, if not poetry.

#WeekendCoffeeShare

#WeekendCoffeeShare

Thank you for stopping by today.  This coffee share is hosted on the weekends by Nerd in the Brain.  Visit this link to submit your own coffee share post, or read those from the diverse group participating.

 

#NaPoWriMo Rutabaga, Satan’s Own Root Vegetable #VeggiePoetry

April 14, 2017 1 Comment

The devil's favorite veggie

The devil’s favorite veggie

The Holy Ones created all the root vegetables, the ground provisions,
Then scattered them across the earth to feed man and beast
The French got all the radishes, the Russians got the beets
Yams and sweet potatoes grew all over the southern lands
Generously rewarding any farmer who buried them in sand
Ireland had plenty of potatoes, until crop failure let them down
Turnips were pickled in pink brine, prized in Middle Eastern towns
The devil slipped in and made away with the rutabaga on his fork
He took it to the underworld, where his finest vintage he uncorked
I will send you back to the mortals, but with a distinctive smell
There will be no doubt when you are cooked that you have been to hell

He sent them all to Scandinavia, where they are lucky to grow anything to eat

The people all said hallelujah these giant turnips are delicious and sweet

(Then they pissed on some fish and buried it in the frozen ground for a few months)

Today’s poem in #NaPoWriMo is dedicated to my erstwhile roommate from South Carolina.  Her parents had a truly awesome garden, and her mom made the best canned tomatoes in the universe.  However, they also grew the evil rutabaga, which she imported to our North Carolina home, and cooked. The first time I smelled it I thought a dog had died in the house.  It left a lasting impression.  When I learned there is such a thing as #VeggiePoetry I knew I had to try at least one during April. Tune in to these and other poems at the #NaPoWriMo site.   Don’t be shy.  Write an ode to a veggie you love…or detest..you may find the #veggiepoet within.

#WritePhoto Enigmatic Ending #NaPoWriMo

April 13, 2017 9 Comments

enigma

enigma

Druid stoners on equinox standing out in a field
Worshiped the earth and stars in mystic trances
A circle of magical intensity designed to conceal
The secrets of the forefathers who designed the dances
Bringing forth life, then harvesting it defined the seasons
Survival depended on the inherited wisdom and reason
The ancients passed down in ceremony, song, and fable
These figures stand to represent all of our history we know
Our ancestors who haunt this hill held ceremonies long ago

This enigmatic photo comes from Sue Vincent’s Echo, where each Thursday she holds a #writephoto party for anyone who wants to interpret the picture of the week.  It is also #NaPoWriMo all month in April.  You may find some mighty fine poets at the National Poetry Writing Month site. Enjoy following these hashtags all month and see where it leads you.

#NaPoWriMo Family Tree Acrostic

April 12, 2017 1 Comment

leaf from the family tree

leaf from the family tree

Familiar faces at the reunion remind us of our youth
Aunts and uncles talk about the cousins and their lives
Most of them have moved away, leaving the old behind
Instead of staying near the tree, the children have taken flight
Living in different cities with no connection to the relations
Yesterday is a fading memory, no sentimental chorus
Travels home for visits, for holidays, for traditional meals
Remembrance has no place in the whirlwind of the day
Everyone is a holograph of
Everyone else

It is National Poetry Writing Month.  Please take part by reading, writing, or reciting some poetry this month.  You can find a wealth of new poems each day on the #NaPoWriMo site, or by following the hashtags on social media.  Bust a rhyme.  You still have time.

#NaPoWriMo Rewind

April 11, 2017 1 Comment

 

Casa Grande Ruins

Casa Grande Ruins

There is no rewind button for the story of your life
The plot thickens when you fall asleep, depleting shelf life
There is no knowledge of the the time that remains to spend
It could go on forever, or it could suddenly crash, burn, and end
Nature takes time to produce majesty, power, and wonder
In a flash floodwater, centuries of culture are torn asunder
Watch your past for hints of what will reveal itself in the present
Karma is waiting with situations you will not be able to circumvent

 

Join poets around the world reading, writing, and reciting poetry in the month of April.  Follow the hashtags on social media, and find new poetry here, at the #NaPoWriMo site.  Try your hand at writing a poem using one of the many prompts available all month. Enjoy!!

Tradition Scrapped

April 11, 2017 2 Comments

Getty Image Easter weekend is fast-approaching, which means the annual White House Easter Egg Roll is just around the corner. Or at least some semblance of the popular, kid-friendly affair will occur, as the Palm Beach Daily News reports that Donald Trump will instead spend the upcoming holiday at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida. To…

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