Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Deserts




Wadi Rum, Jordan, 2014


The deserts of the world are amazing places. Dry and rocky and empty as they may seem at first glance,  over millennia they have produced great cultures and civilizations.  The animals and plants can seem exotic to those from more temperate climes.
Salt from Nagev Desert, Israel, 2014

The dry lands are filled with magic from the past and the present. Cities in impossible places have flourished, great battles have been waged to control them.

To get yourself started you might want to think of words associated with deserts: dry, arid, parched , scorched, baked, waterless, dehydrated, rainless, empty, crisp, hot, barren, sterile, sandy, rocky.
Masada and the Dead Sea, Israel, 2014

This week write about what deserts mean to you--the places, the creatures, the peoples. Or perhaps you will want to write using more metaphorical deserts--the deserts within or lives the seem dry and empty.

I look forward to what you come up with.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bees, Birds, and Bunnies


By Bob Peterson from North Palm Beach, Florida, Planet Earth! [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



It is the season of birth and rebirth, so I am going to title this prompt "Bees, Bunnies, and Birds."

What bird to you is a 'sign of spring'?
Write about an admired or  favorite bird.
What if you could fly....like a bird?  What would it be like?

By Sujit kumar (Own work) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Are bunnies cute little furry things or nuisance pests that feed in your garden?
Did you ever have a pet bunny?
Do you have an Easter Bunny memory?


By ItsLassieTime (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



Honey bees are endangered.  Any poetic thoughts?  Perhaps an ode?
To me, bees symbolize spring too.  I haven't seen any around here yet.
Are you seeing them where you are?

By Julia Wilkins (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Perhaps reflect on  'birth' or  'rebirth' in general?  Or the Easter season in specific?

Or perhaps choose words to show uplifted you feel this time of year!!
I know that's how I feel!  It's spring, after all!

Link your poem below.  Visit the links of others who post.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baseball&Barriers

opening day parade of teams

Any warmth the sun has is sucked up on a cool breeze roaring off the mountain. Dirt, freshly combed for pebbles & particulars, trails in ever diminishing circles to the pitchers mound. Blazing white chalk lines the bases. A bat thunks cleats. Hot dog scented smoke slips out the back of the concession stand A ball smacks leather & a big guys steps to the mic and belts out the national anthem---this is Spring.

Saturday was opening day for dixie league baseball.  My son plays. For me it is officially Spring when baseball begins.

Seeing all the kids in new uniforms that will never look at clean as the first day no matter how many times you run it through the wash. They will face victory and defeat, but today everything is possible.

There are so many metaphors in baseball as well.

Next week, on April 15th  it will be Jackie Robinson Day. Jackie Robinson was the first baseball player to break the color barrier in the major leagues. Previously, there had been a Negro League - separate but equal. His character and talent challenged beliefs about segregation and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement.

So today, we will play a game of either or...

write about baseball, use baseball as a metaphor, use a baseball game as a setting in your poem

or

write about barriers coming down, those that dared stand against the tide, write about possibility.

Whichever you choose, write. Post your poem on your webpage, link it below --- and be sure to read others that link in, we'll be jammin' til next Monday night.