Tuesday, March 12, 2013

13 of 31 Madness Poetry today!

 The March Slice of Life Challenge-hosted by Ruth and Stacey, 
at Two Writing Teachers #13 of 31


     Thanks for all the fun, Ruth and Stacey!

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            Monday night we were sent our individual words for the March Madness 2013 Poetry Tournament.  Half the authletes got their words, and the other half got them Tuesday evening.  We each have a different word and will be writing a poem over the next 36 hours using that word.  The poems will be posted Wednesday for the first flight of poems (my flight) and Thursday for the second flight of poems..  Please visit and vote for your favorite poems.  Those I'm competing with are some awesome poets, and they include such good writers as Donna from Mainely Write.   I did this last year and had a wonderful time, but it's rather nerve-racking too.  

             I wanted to leave you with a quote about risk-taking, and there were so many I liked that I copied more than one.  It's almost the middle of the month and hopefully you are pleased about some risks, like taking this challenge, or in some of the things you've written.  I can always use some inspiration and thought I'd send some your way too!

Don't refuse to go on an occasional wild goose chase - that's what wild geese are for.  ~Author Unknown


To dare is to lose one's footing momentarily.  To not dare is to lose oneself.  ~Soren Kierkegaard



I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.  ~Pablo Picasso


When in doubt, make a fool of yourself.  There is a microscopically thin line between being brilliantly creative and acting like the most gigantic idiot on earth.  So what the hell, leap.  ~Cynthia Heimel, "Lower Manhattan Survival Tactics"


I dip my pen in the blackest ink, because I'm not afraid of falling into my inkpot.  ~Ralph Waldo Emerson


Progress always involves risks.  You can't steal second base and keep your foot on first.  ~Frederick B. Wilcox


Why not go out on a limb?  Isn't that where the fruit is?  ~Frank Scully

24 comments:

  1. Love this one, "I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it." ~Pablo Picasso

    Good luck in the tournament. I'll be following from the stands and cheering everyone along.

    Go, Linda!
    Cathy

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    1. Thank you, Cathy! You can see why I had to share all those quotes. Each one is special, & hopefully will touch someone. Glad you like the Picasso one!

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  2. Thanks for sharing these quotes, Linda. The best thing about taking part in this challenge is how supportive everyone is. It's easier to take risks when you know you have such a supportive community cheering for you. The poetry tournament does sound like quite a challenge. Can't wait to read your poem! Good luck!
    Catherine

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    1. Thanks-I imagine we all would love to win once at least, but it was fun last year & I imagine will be this year too. Glad you like the quotes!

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  3. You make me remember that there is a safety net under the tightrope. Thanks for being there.

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    1. Thanks! I think we're all supportive of each other's writing. I love the individuality!

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  4. Best of luck to you Linda, you are an awesome poet too. Yes, it would have been hard to pick just one of the quotes. The last one made me laugh, I'll go for the fruit.

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    1. Aren't they fun? Of course there are even more! I like that fruit one too, Elsie! Thanks!

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  5. Good luck with March Madness. I envy your willingness to jump in. The quotes are great.

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  6. Good luck Linda! I think you are all awfully brave to take this challenge on...and now to get over to the site and read the poems.
    PS. Interesting that Picasso said something som close to what Eleanor Roosevelt also said: "You must do the thing you think you cannot do." Great minds really do think alike!

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    1. Thanks Tara-you're right about the quote; I hadn't connected that! Off to my day!

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  7. I can't wait to read some of the poems! I'm so impressed with the people who are participating. I love the quotes, especially the one from Picasso. I've been feeling right there with him, lately.

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    1. Thanks Melanie. Something's happened so the poem posting has been delayed. I'm sure everyone is disappointed. I wrote most of yesterday afternoon into evening & finally said "enough"-no more for this one now. So now nothing's happening. I'm sure Ed, the creator, is very bummed! Glad you love the Picasso-great, right?

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  8. You always give us something to think about, Linda. I like the one of Emerson's "falling into the inkpot." Love ink and in my old age, am speaking out more than ever.

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    1. Hurrah for you Tam. I think the quotes are just 'delicious' to think about. Thank you!

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  9. Thanks for the wonderful quotes, Linda! I especially love the Picasso one -- I'm going to put that one up for my students, I think! (I've always been kind of obsessed with quotes... maybe that's a future post!)

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    1. I have so, so many sticky notes filled with quotes, Jennifer. I read one & think, wow, that's great! Hence my multiple note-sharing today! Glad to hear you love them too! Thanks!

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  10. Wow! What a powerful message you have to do. I did the Poetry Challenge last year, but chickened out this year. Wish I would have read the Kirkegaard quote before that. Good luck!

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    1. Thanks Carol. I wanted to try, but I have tough competition this time, Renee La Tulippe-she's very very good! But I made the 64 anyway, & as the quote says, you can't get to 2nd base if you stay on 1st!

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  11. You are such a talented lady. I hope you have great fun with all your challenges.

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    1. Thanks Ruth, I appreciate the compliment. I think there are lots of talented slicers here, don't you think? Such fun to here what they're doing & thinking!

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  12. I am so glad I've got you bookmarked so I can back to these quotes! I too am an avid quote collector. Good luck in the tournament!

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    1. thanks! Quotes are just terrific, aren't they? They fill my sticky notes!

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