Thursday, March 14, 2013

Poetry Slices and More - 15 of 31


                 Poetry Friday, at Check It Out, hosted by Jone MacCullough this week.  Great poetry ideas there!



The March Slice of Life Challenge-hosted by Ruth and Stacey, at Two Writing Teachers - 15 of 31
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       I've been participating in the March Madness Poetry Competition with lots of Poetry Friday friends who've written incredibly wonderful poems in about 36 hours!  I feel honored to be a part of the 64 authletes, and think Ed is amazing to give the time to do this both for all of us 'players' and to promote children's poetry.
      By the time you read this, the "contest" will probably be over and I think I can predict that I won't be moving on, but will lose to a wonderful poet, Renee La Tulippe at No Water River.  If you want to read our poems and those of others, go over to The Scoreboard where you can click on each pair and you'll be able to vote for a while longer on the second tier.
       I've also been trying to practice writing from one word for this contest, and one way to do that is to visit David Harrison's blog where he offers one word each month from which to write.  I thought I'd share today what I wrote for February's word, architecture.  If you're interested, search the site to find the Word of the Month and you'll find the link.  The word for March is snake.  


     Architecture


I wonder if you understand
the building of my mind,
the boards upon which lie my thoughts
constructed throughout time?

Do you see balustrades surrounding,
protecting without and within?
And the bricks as firm foundation
strengthening disordered din?

I hope you like all things nailed down
for I’ll not keep loosely made.
I’ll share the blueprint of my place;
with you, I’m not afraid.

Let’s speak of mullions and parapets,
of the gutters and the grills;
our life will then be shaped and planned
with headers and with frills.

It’s critical to frame it right                    
because my body clings to thee,
and we’ll keep mortar in our veins--
as I build with you, and you with me.








42 comments:

  1. I love this! Will be looking to share this one fore sure if you don't mind...beautiful imagery. I love: "I'll share the blueprint of my place, with you I'm not afraid." That's it...allowing our students a place to share their blueprints...and a place to add on to them! Lovelovelove!

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    1. Thank you, I appreciate the compliment & of course you can share.

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  2. I love how you've included so many architectural terms! We are all architects, after all, as we go about constructing our lives. Thanks for sharing!
    Catherine

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    1. It's so interesting what happens when given a word. I wish I was still in the classroom to see what a whole class would do with the same word? I know it would show such individuality. Thanks Catherine.

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  3. I absolutely LOVE this poem Linda. Wow, that last stanza, I read it several times out of loving the way you crafted those words. Awesome.

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  4. Linda, thanks for sharing Dave Harrison's blog. I didn't know about it -- great resource.

    Your poem is so beautiful. The metaphor of architecture as structure of the mind is logical, but also contains space and craft. Wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Laura. I liked the research of it too, finding the fitting words from architecture. Fun!

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  5. Hi Linda,
    I love your poetry and I have loved getting to know you and your writing through this blog. Thanks for all of your support as I have gotten started. This challenge is harder than I thought it would be. The nice thing has been seeing this writing community and all of the good work everyone is doing.

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    1. Thanks Deborah. I hope my life will slow down a bit in the next few days so I find more people's posts to read. It is hard to do something every day, isn't it? Good for you to keep going!

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  6. You amaze me with your poetry! You also inspire me to think more when I dabble in poetry. I will continue to marvel at the nuances you develop. This poem touched my heart.

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    1. Thank you, Elsie. I'm happy that you found pleasure in this.

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  7. What a great metaphor for life and thinking and reasoning and the shaping of thought. One of my favorites for sure. :)

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    1. Thanks Jama. I wonder if we could find metaphors for nearly every word? Interesting to think about!

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  8. Like Jama, this is one of my favorites of yours, Linda. Isn't it funny how being assigned a word sends people off in directions they would not have gone otherwise?

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    1. I'm fascinated by just that, Tabatha. I'm going to have to convince one of the teachers in the middle school classes to try a 'one word' writing! Thanks!

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  9. That playful rhyme is a delight. I was reminded of e. e. cummings little me at the end of this piece. You inspired me to post a poem from my journal today--though the one I drafted needs much work!

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    1. How great to hear you're inspired, Lee Ann. I hope you'll get it to a place where you feel like sharing! Thank you!

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  10. I like your idea of using metaphors like balustrades, mullions and parapets in terms of a relationship - well done!

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    1. Thanks Matt! It was fun to do the research as to how they worked, too.

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  11. Hi Linda,
    I love seeing your architecture poem once again. And reading other reactions to it. So much to think about as we build a mind, a life, a relationship. I am loving March Madness Poetry. The words are so challenging and the topics/ideas/avenues the poets take us are really a rush. It happens so quickly. I love thinking about the poets with pen or keyboard in hand creating these poems for public consumption, commentary and evaluation. Plus like basketball madness, those pesky 16 seeds sometimes upset the #1s. Good luck with the results.
    Janet F.

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    1. Thanks Janet, it is fun thinking about everyone peck-pecking away! David's blog is interesting!

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  12. Your poetry is always a delight to read. This was very thought provoking -don't think I would have made that connect but you have made it work beautifully.
    I find the writing of poetry just a wee bit of a challenge.
    Thanks for the links.

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    1. You're welcome Beverley. Thanks for the response!

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  13. I love all the architectural details in your poem, Linda. It's wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Katya, it was much fun to write & work 'at'!

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  14. Oh, you brave and wily poet! You took this one and ran with it, Linda! I love the way you wove in architectural terms and yet spoke to the "building" of something personal and meaningful. Well done!

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    1. Thanks Tara-you make me smile with your words!

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  15. You built an amazing poem! Bravo! =)

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    1. Thanks Bridget, for using the word 'built' too!

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  16. Oh this is so amazing. I loved the way the architectural terms took on such poetic rhythms in this piece, and the last stanza just warmed my heart.

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  17. Your poetry is always inspiring Linda and today's poem is no different. Thank you for sharing.

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  18. What a fun term -- "authletes"! I can't believe you managed to write a poem about architecture. I would've had a lot of trouble with that! (Although my uncle is an architect, and I'm sure he would appreciate the poem!)

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    1. It is quite a creative word, isn't it? Jennifer, you should try some poetry in Spanish. What fun that would be to read (for me, translate).

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  19. What a sweet love poem...from ARCHITECTURE!! (And how fun to hear that I wasn't the only one who "trained" by giving myself a single word prompt!!)

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    1. And I'm so happy to hear that you practiced too. It was fun to see how my mind worked with different 'random' words, & then my word was 'random'. What serendipity! Congrats, Mary Lee! You are inspiring to me!

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  20. Love your poem and thanks for the links. I need to wrap my head around the word for writing.

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  21. This is truly beautiful. Thank you!

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    1. Thanks! I am still visiting blogs-hope to get to you soon!

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