Monday, April 4, 2016

Slicing Poetry



            I'm slicing with the Two Writing Teachers community today.  It's the first Tuesday slice after the MARCH SLICE OF LIFE CHALLENGE. How are you doing? 
            Thanks to Stacey, Tara, Anna, Betsy, Dana, Kathleen, Beth, and Deb, we keep going!


It's also April, poetry month, and I'm attempting to write a poem every day, sometimes taking someone else's challenge, sometimes finding inspiration myself.  I'll take a break later in the week for a short trip, then will continue on.

Be sure to go here to Penny Klosterman's post at A Penny And Her Jots  for line number five of Irene Latham's Progressive Poem.

My writing since the end of the Slice of Life challenge has consisted of a few book reviews and messing around with words, for POETRY. I've been reading poetry, hoping to learn and grow as a poet, but being messy doing it is accurate.

        I've completed a challenge for another blogger today, but in between revising it, I've tried more than one topic, and rejected more than one, too. In between that writing, I've rearranged clothes, winter to spring, tried to make a list for a trip to see my son, daughter-in-law and grandson this Thursday. My mind is on finishing tasks before the trip, deciding what to pack, that terrible time when you realize that you cannot take your entire closet! I am impatient, do not like waiting for a trip. I want to just GO!
          I have April's poem # 5 to share, and a challenge for you if you'd like. I did this challenge a couple of years ago and don't remember from whose blog I got it. It is simply to write a poem that includes at least one set of homonyms, if not more. My poem is a little silly, but I tried to hold a story line. Can you find the homonyms?



Homonym Romance

Come here, oh Cinderella.
I love to hear you sing,
like birds who a cappella,
we all await the spring.

Their song awakens tiny buds.
See there the green, green bed.
Now we must wish for rainy nights.
They’re waiting to be fed.

Do not allow the aisle to pull
you to a match that magic made.
We’ll travel to a special isle.
I’ll love you. That will never fade.
Linda Baie ©All Rights Reserved


34 comments:

  1. Ah fun! I admire you. You push yourself to places I don't go. Story, rhyme and homonym. And planning for a trip. Wow!

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    1. Thanks, Julieanne, now your turn!

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  2. I understand wanting to just go. And taking the whole closet. I don't like narrowing choices to finality when packing...I always feel wishy washy near the final moments of choice. Enjoy your trip and I will try your homonym challenge...taking poetry to a whole different level! Thanks for the challenge Linda!

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    1. You're welcome, Amy, & I'm glad to hear about not alone about the trip challenges. Best wishes with the poem!

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  3. Took two readings but I found the homonyms. Fun! I always set out packing lightly and then panic at the last minute and put in extra no matter how many times I tell myself that there has to be a Marshall's nearby.

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    1. Yes, thank you for knowing the added actions, too. I get there and find myself wishing I had ? Glad you found the homonyms!

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  4. Hands are busy packing, mind is spinning poetry. You are one busy lady! I think you accomplished your goal with your poem in a fun way. Have a great visit!

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    1. Thanks, Elsie, a busy week, but I am excited to go for the visit!

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  5. "like birds who a cappella"
    I love the sound of this!

    What fun, Linda...and I had to read twice to find them. They were nestled right into the love song. xx

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    1. Happy you found them, Amy. There is a group in each stanza. Thanks!

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  6. Enjoy your trip Linda! I am so impressed with all of the new things you try in your poetry writing!

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    1. Thanks, Carrie, I am excited about the trip, fun to do something new!

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  7. Beautiful writing, Linda!
    We had a homonym wall in first grade. Unfortunately, I haven't had enough recent practice to pick out all of the homonyms in this poem at first glance, Linda.

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    1. Thanks, Stacey, it was a great challenge to try.

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  8. I'm packing too for a short trip. Trying to keep it to minimal. (I said, I'm trying. Didn't say I succeeded. Yet) The most important thing is to pack the documents and money. :)

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    1. Ha! Thanks for telling me you share my dilemma,Terje. Happy travels to you!

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  9. Love this poem --as always - not sure I can take the challenge --writing poetry is the first challenge for me! I will keep it in mind and see what happens. Enjoy your trip... I am sure it will inspire slices and poetry.
    Clare

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    1. Thanks, Clare, I'm glad you are jumping into swim with poetry. I thought I'd give the challenge in case anyone would like to try.

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  10. I can certainly understand about wanting to be at your destination. Sometimes it seems that the day to leave will never arrive. Really clever use of homonyms in the poem. I was able to fine them in each stanza.

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    1. Thanks, Bob. Glad you could find them, and yes, one more day to get through & pack, then I'll feel great when at the airport!

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  11. Nice use of homonyms! I am a bit shy with poetry. I will write it in my journal but not sharing it yet! I may have to play with this idea just for the fun of it.
    Have fun on your trip! Thursday is almost here!

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    1. Thanks, Joanne, hope you have fun with playing with the words wherever!

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  12. Love the homonyms! I found three sets...but I'm going to re-read to see if I catch more. I am impressed with your writing goals!!

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    1. No, there are only three, Maureen. If I'd tried for more I might have run out of time. But there are long, long lists to be found on the internet! Thanks!

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  13. 3 set of homonyms, yes? This is a fun format. One year I will try this!

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    1. Glad you found them, yes, three! Thanks for coming by, Kendra.

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  14. Ahhh the next challenge Linda. How important that is to stay connected to life. I remember taking up the April poem a day challenge... I loved it but so far I haven't been back for another... So glad you are always there for me, no matter what else keeps you challenged.
    Bonnie

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    1. And I feel you there, too, Bonnie. Yes, I want the connections, and value them. Some day we all do need a long weekend together for sure! I'm taking it easy this April, doing what I feel like each day, and skipping a few. I did Laura Shovan's poem challenge in Feb. & am kind of tired. Thanks, Friend!

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  15. Wonderful poem Linda! I would say all of the studying of poetry has paid off! Have a great trip visiting your family!

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    1. Thanks, Lynn, it was another fun one to write.

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  16. Clever and elegant! Have fun with your "fam" (as our kids would say)

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    1. Thanks, Jane. Looking forward to it!

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  17. I had to read it twice. So clever, Linda. Thanks for the reminder about the progressive poem. It's been such a busy day that I haven't even checked on line 5. Have a great trip. I'm off for a quick visit to see my sister Soon. Even though I'm not subbing this week, the days fill up anyway.

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    1. Thanks, Ramona, yes they really fill up. I think I need a long nap! Next week is even more full, but with good things. I'm looking forward to the trip, and seeing everyone. Wait till you see today's line!

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