Monthly Archives: December 2013

Happy New Year

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I see another year is at an end
I hope that broken hearts can find a mend
We have to go on with our lives you see
The choices we made have efficacy
And if we know or not we must apply
The things we learned in this year fortify
And be the best we can in this New Year
Facing all obstacles with hope not fear
It’s time we left timidity behind
Not because we are haughty or unkind
But humbleness, although it has its place
Will hold us back, impede success’ pace
I raise my cup and welcome all new roads
Accepting what the future for me bodes

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Cinquain 1

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The Cinquain
Line 1 – 2 syllables; one word, giving title
Line 2 – 4 syllables; two words, describing title
Line 3 – 6 syllables; three words, expressing action
Line 4 – 8 syllables; four words, expressing a feeling
Line5 – 2 syllables; another word for the title.

Winter
Snowflakes, icy
Skating, skiing, shovels
Freezes, shivers, Yuletide, solstice
Frost-time

Feeding the Birds

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This poem, as well as the previous one are a form called The Pantoum. What I like about the Pantoum is that I feel like I’m writing half a poem because the second and fourth line of each quatrain (group of four lines) become the first and third line of the next quatrain and I only have to come up with something new for the 2nd and 4th lines; until you get to the last verse and you use the first and third line of the first quatrain becomes the second and fourth lines. I like to switch them around and make the 3rd line the 2nd and the first line the 4th that way you begin and end with the same line.

Sparrows land in front of my house
To eat the breadcrumbs that I throw there
Their brown and black feathers bland but pretty
They come back every day

They eat the breadcrumbs that I throw there
On the sidewalk in front of my house
Coming back everyday
To see what I’ve left for them

On the sidewalk in front of my house
I see robins and cardinals with the sparrows
To see what I’ve left for them
Amongst the breadcrumbs I leave for the sparrows

I see robins and cardinals with the sparrows
Their brown and black feathers bland but pretty
Amongst the breadcrumbs that I leave
For the sparrows that land in front of my house

How To Write

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Writing isn’t easy as it seems
You can’t just put down words and let it go
The best ones make you stop and take them in
They must relate and have something to say

You can’t just put down words and let it go
You must make sure there is a point to them
They must relate and have something to say
And sometimes transmit a feeling

You must make sure there is a point to them
The way your words come together and flow
And sometimes transmit a feeling
They should have the same effect as a song

The way your words come together and flow
Isn’t as easy to write as it seems
They should have the same effect as a song
The best ones make you stop and take them in

Three Little Birds

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Three little birds on my windowsill
A robin a sparrow and a crow
The crow wasn’t quite so small but the other birds let it go

They battled for the breadcrumbs I threw
On the sidewalk in front of my porch
But the battle had no weapons so nobody got scorched

I sometimes wish I could fly
Like those little birds high in the air
But then I’d wish I had arms and little birds for me to care

8 Haiku

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This was a writing challenge; to write 8 haiku that are related by using one word from the previous verse in the middle line of the next, except for the first which uses teh word from the first word of the last verse in the middle line of the first verse. I left the alphabetized lines which helped to show which line the word should come from. The 8 haiku are numbered.
There is a theme here; Outside. I had to keep looking out my window to come up with things to write about. This prompt was more fun than I thought it would be.

1.
A. A red robin hops
b From branch to branch on my tree — v
c Snow falls to the ground
2.
D. Snow covers the ground
e Robins outside my window — a
f It’s snowing outside
3.
G. Evergreen bushes
h Covers the front of my house – d
I And it’s cold outside
4.
J. No one is outside
k Or lurking in the bushes – g
l Because it’s too cold
5.
M. The winter chill cuts
n I don’t want to go outside – j
o My coat keeps me warm
6.
P. A car passes by
q The driver leans in the cut– m
r Do you think he’s cold
7.
S. Outside on my porch
t The seat from my other car– p
u Sits quietly there
8.
V. The branch of my tree
w And the back porch of my house – s
x Contact like old friends

Triolet 3

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This Triolet is made up from the titles of three books in my bookcase.

A memory of light in an earth afire
Dragons of a fallen sun
It’s time to make this thing go higher
A memory of light in an earth afire
Never forget there are things to aspire
But also make time to have some fun
A memory of light in an earth afire
Dragons of a fallen sun