Monday, March 20, 2017

#SOL17 - 21/31 - Borrowed Words



         SOLC17 21/31 I'm writing for the March Slice of Life challenge with the Two Writing Teachers community for Day Twenty-One of Thirty-One.  Thank you, Stacey, Beth, Deb, Betsy, Lanny, Kathleen, Lisa, and Melanie.   


     Margaret Simon shared a post for writers yesterday that I want to share again. It is worth keeping for all writers, and an inspiration if you're feeling like you're running out of, well, words! Thanks, Margaret!
        

       I hope you don’t mind if I borrowed these words?

          In the recent few days, I began to choose certain phrases that stood out for me. It may not be because they are written beautifully, but sometimes they are. The words might not make sense out of context, but I liked the way they sounded, or the way the words were used.  I didn’t collect from all those posts I read, but I’ve attempted to arrange them into something that I hope declares to all you slicing writers that your words mean something, the sad and happy, the philosophizing and the life’s moment. All good, all great to read!  (I did change some punctuation.)

this week you get what you get  

Thinking in life is not optional.
I know my routine is here somewhere.  
There isn’t much room for breathing.  
They can’t be secrets.  
It might have been one of the last sledding days of winter.  
If you give kids a little bit of scaffolding and a whole lot of choice, they will create amazing things…they will innovate.  
Now he's ready for summer,   
spirits filled with good food, good talk, and love.

Someday you’ll learn    
what the week looks like for me.
They are my little wonders, sweetest little face and eyes -
Baby yoga.
Ask me how I know.

I'm grateful for my tribe.  
But this morning, I heard other voices. 
For a moment, it seemed like the train was headed straight toward me.  
My self-talk is interrupted by the William Tell Overture blaring over the sound system.  The crowd is now screaming.
Somehow this conversation is not going well.
Now there is only one way to go, away from this and towards a story to tell. 
It reveals pieces of hope we had thought were lost.
I hope there’s still chocolate at the end.

 She wants her work to be blessed.              
A perfect Sunday!
      Everyone (C) All Rights Reserved

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      If you'd like to take part in a Poetry Scavenger Hunt for a found poem, Donna Smith at MainelyWrite offers a challenge today for World Poetry Day! Take a look!


photo credit: GrungeTextures Wrinkled Notebook Paper via photopin (license)

30 comments:

  1. What a beautiful found poem of the community! I remember many of them. Thank you!

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    1. You're welcome, Julieanne. It was fun to save and write!

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  2. What an incredible thing to do and share, Linda! Words matter.

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    1. Yes, they certainly do! Thanks, Loralee.

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  3. WOW! This is amazing! I love how you created this. Brilliant!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle. I'm glad you like it!

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  4. This is incredible! I love how you found the words in our writing community and wove them together. I did recognize some! What a great idea for a classroom community! Perhaps I will!

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    1. Thanks, Anita. You're right, it would be very fun for a smaller community like a classroom.

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  5. Love this! And thanks for the shout out!

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    1. You're welcome, Margaret. I loved that post!

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  6. What a wonderful idea for a slice! So much wisdom here.

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    1. Thanks, Stacey, it was a fun challenge to make something new from all the beautiful words.

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  7. What seems so seamlessly arranged had to have been a challenge to bring to its final state. Well done, Linda!

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    1. Thanks, Elsie. I arranged and rearranged a bit!

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  8. Ah, my friend...what you can do with found words! I recognized so many of these in your new form.

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    1. Thanks, Tara, fun to "make up" a story!

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  9. I love found poems. This was such a creative way to read and capture from posts and in doing so create something new.

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ann. I enjoyed grabbing the phrases and doing something with them.

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  10. I remember you created a poem or two like this in past challenges - I love reading it. It connects us all. Fabulous, Linda!

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    1. Thanks, Maureen. It is lots of fun to do and try to make some sense of them all together!

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  11. This is wonderful, Linda, and so full of wisdom. I've been toying around with some book spine poem ideas, which is similar. I love your new header photo, too! (And I'm feeling a little better, thanks!)

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    1. Thanks, good to hear it all, Catherine. I need to do another book spine poem, haven't created one in a while!

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  12. There is so much beauty and inspiration in the posts that this is a perfect way to share what touches and has meaning to you. Thanks for sharing this, Linda.

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    1. You're welcome, Bob. It is a pleasure to do.

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  13. This is so beautiful! I am going to use your and Margaret's inspiration to try my hand at borrowed words. Thank you!

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    1. Oh, I hope you do, Julie. I love reading all the interesting ways people create and share.

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  14. You are amazing! It has been awhile since I have visited - so many slices to read - and I am glad I chose today!

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    1. I'm glad you did, too, Leigh Anne. It was fun to write.

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  15. Love these borrowed words. I would love to try this. And I did recognize some phrases and words from slices I've read and even one of my own! Thanks for this wonderful format.

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    1. You're welcome, my friend! It was great fun to do, and I hope you do try it. I'm late writing tonight, such a busy day! Thanks for coming by!

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