Thursday, February 28, 2019

Welcome Poets, Welcome Spring!

          Welcome Poets, Welcome March, holding spring! 

When I signed up for March 1st, I thought I would simply share a breezy, flowery poem, readying us for what's coming, at least for those of us still held up in winter. I know some of you are already posting buds and blooms!

"Spring is nature's way of saying 'Let's Party!" Robin Williams

"Spring adds new life and beauty to all that is." Jessica Harrelson

and this: “In the spring, I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of 24 hours.” Mark Twain

        However, I have become interested recently in anagrams, began searching for lists, and discovered more than I could have imagined were there. Within my own discoveries, I found spring and grew a poem. Perhaps you'd like to try a couplet or two if you discover some anagrams that inspire?

A Gander to Garden

In the heart of the earth
sap warms in a spa.
Trees ready for a reset
though the wake may be weak,
miles to go before they smile.
Snow sometimes owns
the tales, can steal
into a forest in softer
tone, keeping a winter's note.
Finally, a nester brings extras
palest, pastel petals of
lemons and melons,
pear blooms we'll reap,
rosiest of stories,
the Charm of March.

Linda Baie © All Rights Reserved


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66 comments:

  1. Oooh! Aren't you clever. I do love how poetry just enables (and invites!) so much creativity. We challenge ourselves over and over... and rise to the challenge! Great one, Linda.

    Draw on creativity
    to ward off reactivity.

    Thanks for the challenge - and for hosting! You can send some of that snow down under. We'll welcome the moisture!

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    1. We have snow coming again this weekend, Kat, and I'd be happy to send it to you! Love your "Draw on Creativity/to ward off reactivity." Yes! Thanks, too.

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  2. Oh, Linda, I love this! It's such a clever idea and I imagine it's endlessly fun to play with. Your poem's a delight from start to finish and I especially like these lines:
    "Snow sometimes owns
    the tales, can steal
    into a forest in softer
    tone, keeping a winter's note."
    Thanks so much for sharing your home-grown anagram poem and for hosting this week as well. (I suspect I'll be working on these couplets during my middle of the night wakeful hours!)

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    1. You're welcome, Molly, so glad you are inspired. Hope you'll share from your middle-of-the-night writing!

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  3. Oh what a lovely and clever Spring anagram! Thank you for sharing and for hosting this week.

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    1. You're welcome, Kimberly. It was fun, and I love hosting.

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  4. Oh, so clever! Love your anagrams poem, Linda. You're having too much fun. :) Am anxious for spring; your post is a wonderful invitation for it to arrive sooner than later. Thanks for hosting this week!

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    1. You're welcome, Jama. March will be the beginnings of good things, I'm sure. Yes, this was lots of fun to write. Thanks!

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  5. Linda, that is flat out brilliant. WOW! It reads as a poem without anything being force...and yet the anagrams. You definitely make me want to try this...but after my very, very long day, I think I'll wait until morning. The charm of March, indeed. You smarty pants, you!
    This week, I am away from my writing spot...and am sharing a rhyming poem in the style of Henry Behn from the 1940s. I will catch up with my poetry Friday friends a few days later than usual.

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    1. Wherever you've landed, hope it's nice, Linda. Thank you.

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  6. Love your clever, puzzly poem, Linda! Thanks for getting us to think in this new way :-) (And thanks for hosting!)

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    1. You're welcome, Tabatha, glad you enjoyed (maybe) a new idea.

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  7. Very creative...and because so many words are anagrams, the internal rhyme sings!

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    1. Thanks, Matt, yes, it was good to hear when I read it aloud.

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  8. Thank you sooo much for hosting, dear Linda! :) Loving your anagrammatic poetry, Linda - so clever! :)

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    1. Thanks, Myra, and you're welcome, too. I love hosting!

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  9. Well, at the risk of using everyone else's word, this is SO CLEVER, Linda! And thoughtful and fun. Thanks for taking the time to write it and to share it! And thanks for hosting this week. XO

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    1. Thanks, Robyn, fun to write and fun to follow you after last week's lovely poetry.

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  10. I'll have to admit Linda, that I am new to anagrams in poetry. But even though I don't completely understand the concept, I can see a hint of what you are doing in the wordplay that is happening in your spring poem. I loved the line, "Trees ready for a reset
    though the wake may be weak" ...isn't this so true? Here in the northwest we are still in winter's tight grip, but when the spring thaws finally arrive (early to mid-April...) we will begin to see the slow, weak reset in the vegetation all around!

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    1. I don't think it's anything too complex, Dani, just using anagrams, two & sometimes three, in the same line, using them for one theme (or another as you choose). Yes, our trees may be waking inside, but show no change that can be seen right now. Thanks.

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  11. What a delightful post Linda. I love your Spring anagram, thanks for composing it, I hope it brings Spring a little bit closer to us! And thanks for hosting too. Here's a response to your call:

    An artist trained with perceptive traits,
    portrays spring's earth with open heart.

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    1. Thanks, Michelle, your words are fabulous and especially because they are from you, that artist!

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  12. Linda, your delightful poem that focuses on word power through anagrams was a bold move. I like how your poem flowed so in tribute to your words, I have an inspirational slogan: Warm the heart with spring's earth! Perhaps your poem and my thought will brighten our cold winter days. Brr! I was in NYC for my annual check-up. While it is always exciting to be in there, the chill went right to my bones. Thanks for hosting PF today.

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    1. Thanks, Carol, I love the slogan! We had a warm day yesterday, now cold & snow are on their way back! Winter won't let go for a while.

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  13. I love this, Linda. May have to play with it a bit.

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  14. So. Much. Fun! I especially love the three anagram line! What a fun challenge. I want some back story on your process. Do you keep a list of anagrams and then choose from them for your poem, or do you "anagram" as you write?

    Thank you for hosting us! Happy Spring!

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    1. March cold is on its way here, again, Mary Lee! I looked up lists of anagrams then took notes of all that "might" work for a spring/winter theme. Then wrote & messed with the lines, etc. Thanks!

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  15. I have not thought of anagrams in too long! I know them as a game, but not as a poetry practice, so this is exciting. And I especially love the Charm of March line! I know your March is already charmed, dear Linda!


    * Have had a fussy few moments adding my link to today's blog, if you can please help? It is

    https://bookseedstudio.wordpress.com/

    Many many appreciations.

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    1. Thanks, Jan, Happy March to you, too. I added your link!

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  16. There is something delicious about reading your poem out loud. What a feat to use all of those anagrams.

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  17. Linda, it's amazing to me that you were able to find so many anagrams... and make them make sense! Brava! Thanks you for sharing, and for hosting. I have a school visit today, but I welcome all to sign up for the Progressive Poem in comments! xo

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    1. Thanks, Irene. Wishing you a wonderful day! Time for the Progressive Poem, wow! The year is moving along!

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  18. Now I want to have a fling with your spring poem idea! I especially love the line

    "Snow sometimes owns
    the tales,"

    which evokes many snow-cloaked fairy tales....(although I DO NOT want more snow....come ON, spring!)

    Thank you for hosting!

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    1. You're welcome, Sara. I know, wishing all of us no.more.snow!

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  19. Linda, that is magical! I am at reading this at the gym, but I ain't going to look up some anagrams and try to at least a couple it late This also reminds me of the Winterhouse middle-grade novels, where codes and anagrams feature heavily! Thank you for hosting and rounding us up this week!

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    1. You're welcome, Laura. I don't know those books, will look for them!

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  20. https://mrsmerrillsbookbreak.blogspot.com/2019/03/rebuilding.html

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    1. Today at Mrs, Merrill's Book Break, I am sharing a poem that I wrote. It's one that had been rattling round in my mind for a while. :)
      Happy Poetry Reading! Cheers! -Amy

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    2. Thanks, Amy, will look for your poem!

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  21. Ooops! Sorry Linda, for posting my blog link in the comments! I love this idea! I now want to play with anagrams! :) Thank you for the beautiful poem and idea! ~Amy Merrill :)

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  22. Hi Linda,
    Like others have said, I really love this poem. I am definitely going to experiment with some anagrams!
    Thanks for hosting.
    Tricia

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    1. You're welcome, Tricia! Enjoy the fun experimenting!

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  23. Thanks for hosting, Linda! I love your anagrams!

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  24. Thank you for hosting today, Linda. The anagram poem is lovely and fun.

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  25. Linda, I LOVE your anagram poem! It is so clever and lovely. I've never written an anagram poem, but you've inspired me to put it on my list of things to do. Thanks for a great mentor text for me to follow!

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    1. Thanks, Linda. Hope you have lots of fun in the writing!

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  26. Oh, Linda, this is delicious--original and ingenious! I'm ready for a reset, too--and the charm of March! Thanks for being here!

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    1. You're welcome, JoAnn. Lovely to see you here, too!

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  27. Oh, THAT POEM!!! I think I'm going to have to try one of these -- what a puzzle and a wonder. Thanks for the inspiration, and for hosting today! :)

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    1. Thanks, Liz. Wishing you a lot of fun when you try it!

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  28. I HAD to try it, instead of packing...it's a curse...
    I'm putting it on my page.

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  29. Bravo, Linda! Your spring-filled poem is wonderful. I especially love the image of the first lines: "In the heart of the earth/sap warms in a spa..." Anagrams have never been a favorite, but your idea is intriguing. We're supposed to get hit with two rounds of snow this weekend, so I may have plenty of time to play with this. Thank you for hosting this week!

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    1. Thanks, Catherine. I think we have several storms on their way, then to you in the east. Winter stays! Have fun playing around!

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  30. Linda, what a delight! The charm of March and those palest, pastel petals! You're amazing. Thanks for hosting. I missed joining in, totally forgot that the first day for slicing was also Poetry Friday. Next week, for sure.

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    1. Thanks, Ramona. I hope you do join in next week. Best wishes for your slicing!

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  31. Wow Wow Wow, Linda! This appeals to my deepest sense of wordplay, and you pulled it off with aplomb! I suppose I just google a list? I'll get to that after my March of Submissions and #climatestrike. Do join me on March 15, both at mjlu with a climate poem or post and maybe at the Colorado State Capital! https://www.evensi.us/denver-climate-strike-colorado-capitol/294313216

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  32. Such fun to read your poem, Linda - especially these lines:
    palest, pastel petals of
    lemons and melons,

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  33. Thanks, Heidi & Tara, happy you enjoyed my poem! This was (as written earlier) a lot of fun to write/play with. Yes, Heidi, just Google for a list (or more). I know about the 15th, will see if I can make it.

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