Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Harvest Time

"The Apple Harvest" - Carl Larsson -1903 (public domain)
This is the season  that we here in the Midwestern U.S.A. are really enjoying the beautiful and rich harvest. Is it the same elsewhere?  We have excellent farm markets in various locations different days a week.  I love the fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, beans, squash, cabbage, etc. Some are large markets and some are smaller.  Some are frantic and busy and others are relaxed and social.

Produce from a nearby farmers' market

What I would like you to write about this week can be either about the harvest itself, a particular harvest festival you know of or have experienced, the farm market experience, or perhaps particular fruits or vegetables grown in your area that are ripening now.  Or perhaps write about the preserving / canning of fruits or vegetables that many do, though I know more people did this in the past.

Red Vineyards at Arles - Vincent Van Gogh - 1888 - (public domain)

I know that in the southern hemisphere it is not harvest season right now.  I do hope you have some recollections or reflections.

I look forward to a bountiful harvest of poetry this week!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Sea

Winslow Homer, The Gulf Stream, 1899

Peggy here in Southern California. This week I want you to write about the sea.

Much art and writing through the ages has been about the sea.  Sometimes it is peaceful and beautiful, other times it is something raging and terrifying.

You may live near an ocean or perhaps it is something you have never seen. Perhaps you have had experiences with a sea or maybe it is something you only dream about.

South Africa, photo by Peggy Goetz, 2006

Is the sea a part of your work, or something recreational, or perhaps just something that is part of your world. Or is the sea something you rarely think about.

So write about the sea. I look forward to reading what you all will come up with.

Post your poem on your blog and link it below using Mr. Linky.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014


JEANS: n, A pair of trousers made from denim cotton

Designer jeans, skinny jeans, boot cut and flare... jeans are everywhere. Some wear them baggy, some skin-tight, some don't wear them at all.They can be pre-shrunk, stone-washed, cut-off, dyed, stretched, zipped up or buttoned up. And they've been around for centuries.

In the mid-1800's, Levi Strauss created durable clothing made from tent canvas tough enough for miners: overalls. Years later, his denim blue jeans were considered daily wear for miners and ranchers. By the end of the 1800's, the Levis we know today were made in factories everywhere.

Are you aware that in the mid-1900's, jeans symbolized teenage rebellion before they became acceptable wear for social events?

Do you remember Brooke Shields and her Calvin Kleins?

Did you know that rather than washing jeans, odors can be destroyed by freezing them?

This week write a poem about jeans: someone who looks good in jeans, tattered jeans, jeans that you have to lie down to button up, comfortable jeans, stinky jeans. I'm sure you can think of something!

BONUS- Write a poem small enough to fit in the pocket of jeans. 20 lines or less.

As always, please visit other poets who link up for this prompt. Check back periodically through the week, too.