Thursday, April 10, 2014

Poetry Friday-Birthday Party at Michelle's

          Wow, there is a huge birthday celebration happening over at Today's Little Ditty, created by Michelle Barnes. There's cake, ice cream, miniature golf, and poetry of course. And, there are surprises! You'll need to visit Michelle to see who's arrived at the party and who are the special guests! Thanks for having us, Michelle!
          For April poetry, I've continued wandering around in poetry land, trying some new structures, reviewing some poetry anthologies, new and old, sharing some poetry lessons I've used in the past. My One Little Word this year is "wander", and it's been a fun thing to do. After reading poems from everyone who shares on Poetry Friday, I read and re-read, trying to "see" what each has done to make the poem. It's a delight each week!



         One of the structures that I've been studying is the haiku. I am in awe of the words shared by Robyn Hood Black (Life On The Deckle Edge) and Diane Mayr (Random Noodling), and grab every piece of advice I can. Thanks Robyn and Diane for the inspiration. So here's another of my attempts, from a photo taken a few days ago at a nearby park.  
Happy Poetry Friday!






34 comments:

  1. Oh, Linda - thanks for the kind words, and for the mention in the same sentence is the very awesome Diane! Haiku grabs me quite unlike anything else, and you are so observant and thoughtful I'm not surprised you enjoy exploring it, too.

    Love the lilting sounds of "soars" and "veers" - followed by that jolt of "treed"! Great picture. (Poor kite!)

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    1. You're so welcome, Robyn. I'm attempting the haiku with some trepidation, so thank you for your response. Since I took the photo, another kite has joined in!

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    2. Oh goodness - kite graveyard! Wishing you a creative weekend... :0)

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    3. Ha! another good word for this, Robyn. I'll look again this weekend. When spring comes, so many are out with their young children and kites, and then, "kite graveyard". Thanks!

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  2. Thank you for such a nice invitation to my blog today, Linda. I, too, find haiku to be the unreachable enigma. It seems so simple, and yet it's really not. Good for you for your noble attempt. I'm no expert of course, but I really enjoyed it!

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    1. You're very welcome, Michelle, and thanks for the kind words too. I hope that thoughtful writing of haiku and other related forms will help me be less wordy. As you see from my comments, often too many words!

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  3. Such a sad ending for your kite (you've got me thinking of charlie brown!) Love the finality of your last line!

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    1. Thanks Buffy, and now you've reminded me, ah, Charlie Brown!

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  4. I absolutely love the line "treed." That one word says so much.

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    1. Thanks, Liz. And it's true unless someone gets a firetruck to come along. The tree is very high, & not climbable.

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  5. Love the photo and your haiku. So much is told in so few words. Love the last line.

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    1. Thanks Joy, it was rather fun to imagine the words that fit.

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  6. I love haiku because of their compactness - in word, thought, and emotion! You captured a moment most of us can relate to in just a few short words.

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    1. Thanks Matt. It doesn't always work that way, but this one did.

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  7. Treed, oh my! Such a great one word line that tells it all. Happy wandering!

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  8. Yes, that last line is just perfect!

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  9. Oh Linda you've captured the essence of the kite's predicament perfectly - just like the tree did! Fantastic haiku! = )

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    1. Thank you! Poor kite, and poor people who lost it!

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  10. I think I can hear the wind snickering!

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    1. Oooh, another great word! Thanks Victoria.

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  11. Your wanderings are infectious... So glad you share your rich journeys Linda.

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  12. Perfect, Linda! This brings back memories of flying kites with my kids when they were young. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you-it is wonderful to fly them with young children. They get so excited!

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  13. I agree with all the enthusiasm for the few words that say so much. Love kites and sky and trees.

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    1. Thanks, Jeannine. I appreciate your response!

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  14. Lovely! Fabulous word choice!!

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  15. What an economy of words. Well done!

    Violet N.

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  16. Hi there Linda, I always enjoy seeing your photographs - how awesome that you now have your poetry embedded in them. If you're using a smartphone, you may consider downloading a free app called FOTOR - an app which Fats shared with me. You can very easily add your text to the image - and there are exquisite fonts and designs to choose from as well, I'm sure you'd have loads of fun tinkering with it. :)

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    1. Thank you for the heads up to Fotor. I will certainly try it! Sounds terrific.

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