Tuesday, October 28, 2014


My mother had a rocking chair when she was a child.  I eventually become the keeper of this rocking chair.  But one of the rockers was totally broken off, and I had no idea how to fix it.  Someone I knew one day took a look at this rocker and asked me if I wanted him to fix it.  He said it was a simple fix, so, of course, I told him yes!  But for years I had kept this broken thing, would not throw it out. Just because it had belonged to my mother.  This experience made me think of a subject for Poetry Jam........

This week I would like you to write about something broken.

Do you save broken things?  Write about one of your broken treasures that you just cannot throw away.

Are you a fixer of broken things?  Maybe a broken toy or clock or a snow blower.  Write about fixing brokenness.

Have you accidentally broken a beautiful wine glass, hit a baseball through a window, knocked over a vase and seen it shatter?  Write about the process of breaking.


Have you ever broken your arm or your leg?  Write about the experience and the pain.

Have you ever broken a rule, a law?  Write about why or about the consequences.

Have you had a broken heart?  Has someone broken trust? Have you experienced broken promises? Have you interacted with a broken person?  In your life, was there a time when you were just plain broke?

I suggest a few poems you might enjoy:

"I Will Keep Broken Things" by Alice Walker

"Ode to Broken Things" by Pablo Neruda

"Broken Dreams" by William Butler Yeats

Looking forward to reading your poetry this week.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Your Favorites

Greetings from Peggy in Southern California where it finally seems summer is coming to a close after some unusually hot weather.

It seems like kids today have many more toys and games of so much more variety than we had when I was growing up. But still I bet most of us had a favorite toy or game along the way.  And some of the basics are still favorites.
Boy and his tools

Did you love Barbies or Ginny dolls? Or perhaps you had a Fort Apache or army set. Maybe your favorite was not just one toy, but something like playing with paper dolls or building models. I recall my brother having these hung all over his room.

A favorite game could be something specific like Chinese checkers of Hungry Hippo, or some activity or imaginary game you liked playing with friends like kick ball or playing school.

Roller skating

Smash ball on the beach
So write about a toy or game you liked in your childhood.  You might describe one memorable day on the ball field, or a stuffed toy you loved, or something you did with a friend. Step back in your memories and see what you come up with.

I look foreword to a glimpse into the past from each of you. If you have written about this in the past please write something new to link this week, as I am sure you have more than one toy or thing you liked to do.

Post on your blog and post a link below with Mr. Linky.
Beloved bears, 1954.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014


iPhoto by L. Kolp: Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery, San Antonio, TX

So many stories-- real, superstitious, legendary-- revolve around graveyards: restless spirits lurking in the dark waiting to pounce on brave teenagers, cursed cemetery statues, Iowa's black angels. Have you ever heard of the devil's chair? I dare you to sit in one at midnight!

iPhoto by L. Kolp Random front (grave)yard in Louisiana
Cemeteries set the scene in famous books and movies such as The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, cartoons like Scooby Doo.

This week, write a poem about a graveyard. It can be based on some of the ideas above, or your own experience/thoughts of burying a loved one. Perhaps the pictures will inspire you as well.

One important condition--> Keep the poem at 28 lines or less. 

St. Louis Cemetery, New Orleans, La