Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Observations From a Flying Monkey

Jammed in a haze of cloak and dagger 
management mysticism, 
worker bees wade 
where unspoken expectations run rampant 
in a vicious game of whack-a-maze-mouse. 

The wizard, ever wise, cracks his limp whip 
and reminds Dorothy that she and her friends 
are personally accountable for the company's success.


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[Untitled Haiku]

After the thunder 
in the dark, a flower blooms 
on the broken twig. 


After a long absence and without fanfare or explanation, I've decided to "officially" discontinue the Monday Musings prompts. It is enough for me to begin writing again... Thank you always for your care and encouragement. ~Lettie 


Saturday, September 13, 2014

Graham Joyce (October 22, 1954 - September 9, 2014)

It is with great sadness that I post the loss of another beautiful voice. I believe Greg said it much better than I could in is G+ post earlier this morning:

"Graham Joyce, the talented speculative fiction author I first posted about in April of this year has died of lymphatic cancer.  Graham was a winner of the British fantasy award six times in his career.  He was a Twitter friend and an inspiration to me both as someone living through a terminal disease and a writer.  His insights into the human psyche can be found on his blog at: http://www.grahamjoyce.co.uk 

His latest book and much of his work can be found on Amazon.  If you are a fan of hauntings, horrors, and the nature of man, you owe it to yourself to read Graham Joyce." 
~G. W. Huber, G+ ,Shared publicly  -  9/13/14 2:51 AM  #Books

Please also see The Guardian's article on Graham: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/sep/10/graham-joyce-fantasy-author-dies-aged-59

May there be many hugs in heaven...

Monday, September 8, 2014

Down by the Schoolyard

As children simultaneously
advance
   and retreat
at once screaming and spellbound
by my little white dog,
I smile 
at them 
and at him--ever puzzled 
and patient
by the onslaught of small silly humans.

Inspired by: Monday Musings: September 8, 2014 -- Word/Phrase Prompt

Monday Musings: September 8, 2014 -- Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: Observing chaos

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of standing on the sideline watching as the action (madness) happens.

If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: My general living conditions. ;)


Random Wisdom: Jim Butcher - Family

“When everything goes to hell, the people who stand by you without flinching -- they are your family. ” ~ Jim Butcher

Monday, September 1, 2014

A Deanian Haiku

Lost in northern winds,
bonsai leaves, in their passing,
shiver and are gone.


Inspired by Monday Musings: September 1, 2014 -- Image Prompt

Monday Musings: September 1, 2014 -- Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: The fabulous artwork of Roger Dean.

Random Wisdom: Les Brown - Hoop Quote

I advise you to say your dream is possible and then overcome all inconveniences, ignore all the hassles and take a running leap through the hoop, even if it is in flames. ~ Les Brown

Monday, August 25, 2014

[Untitled Fibonacci]

one
breath
exhaled
releases
tension just enough
to ease the muscle and the mind--
a momentary pause prior to inhalation.

Inspired by Monday Musings: August 25, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt.

Monday Musings: August 25, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: Breathing

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of "breathing" -- what it means or how it feels to breathe. 

If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: A desire to just "be" in the moment.

Random Wisdom: Bruce Lee - Priorities

“It is not a daily increase, but a daily decrease. Hack away at the inessentials.” ~ Bruce Lee

Monday, August 11, 2014

Mining for Inspiration

Pulling plants from a cerebral shore,
I pound roots into a murky mess
sinking to the bottom 
of a shallow pan of pathos.
Swinging the silt in a sacred spiral,
I clear the water 
and wait-- hoping 
to find some semblance of gold.

Inspired by Monday Musings: August 11, 2014 -- Image Prompt

Monday Musings: August 11, 2014 -- Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: A memory of a trip to South Dakota many years ago...


Sunday, August 3, 2014

Monday Musings: August 4, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: Drawing Hands; 1948 Lithograph by M.C. Escher

Random Wisdom: Oscar Wilde - Honesty

“Be yourself; everyone else is already taken.” ~ Oscar Wilde

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

A Monday Fib-o-laundry [Fibonacci]

Try
to
focus
on writing
amid the thunder
of high speed washers at full spin.
I don't know which is worse -- the dryers or the musak,
the apathetic personnel
or me -- this woman
attempting
to write
a
poem.


Inspired by: Monday Musings: July 28, 2014 - Image Prompt 

Monday Musings: July 28, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: Dirty clothes...

Monday, July 21, 2014

Dancing to the Vielle a Roue

Forced through the flaming hoops 
of yet another medical mandate, 
the corporate monkey 
tucks up her tail 
and cries 
into an empty collection cup. 

Inspired by Monday Musings: July 21, 2014 - Image Prompt

Monday Musings: July 21, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:



What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: Hurdy Gurdy by John Hoey [Photograph]

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Surrendering to Twilight

Suspended somewhere 
mesopelagic, 
aware of the catsharks and dragonfishes, 
the coelacanths and firefly squid, 
I gaze down to the abyss 
and feel myself sinking. 

Contemplating the desire to 
develop scale and fin-- 
to dive deeper, 
I'm turned and twisted 
as whalesong bends my bones 
into tuning forks, 
the reverberation 
forcing me to face the light-- 
encouraging me to surface yet again. 

Inspired by: Monday Musings: July 14, 2014 - Music Prompt

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Monday Musings: July 14, 2014 - Music Prompt

Prompt: 



What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the music link above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: Queen - Who wants to live forever (piano version)

Random Wisdom: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe - Knowing

"Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do." ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Friday, July 11, 2014

Wading Through the Clutter

Trapped in a myriad 
of memory's texture and scent, 
I move objects cautiously 
lest I cause an emotional avalanche. 

A soundless cacophony 
deafens my reason 
as I grope my way past 
stopped clocks and dusty picture frames 
only to beat my wings against 
the bent bars of a gilded bird cage. 

Inspired by: Monday Musings: July 7, 2014 - Image Prompt

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Musings: July 7, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: A desire to focus and simplify.


Random Wisdom: Albert Einstein - Clutter

“Out of clutter, find simplicity.” ~ Albert Einstein

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Monday Musings: June 30, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: At dusk.

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of "dusk" -- those moments as the sun is going down it's getting steadily darker. 

If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: A weekend with my mother in the mountain farmlands.

Random Wisdom: Crowfoot - Life

“What is life? It is the flash of a firefly in the night. It is the breath of a buffalo in the wintertime. It is the little shadow which runs across the grass and loses itself in the sunset.” ~ Crowfoot

Friday, June 27, 2014

A Visit with Grandpa

Sacred swirls 
twirl around my toes 
as Neptune 
pulls back his beard to cast 
his frothy tresses at my feet-- 
netting my heart again 
and again. 

The surf's eternal rumbles 
caress my soul 
if only for these few precious hours. 


Inspired by: Monday Musings: June 23, 2014 - Image Prompt... and Grandpa Ocean. :) 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Monday Musings: June 23, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: Sea Bright, NJ and a very nice Sunday celebrating Greg's birthday early. 


Random Wisdom: G. W. Huber - Magic

As adults, we give up the pretenses of childhood. Stupidly, we sacrifice those things in the name of growing up. The magic which once told us that things really could be all right is replaced by the world of newspapers and nightly news; the world that tells us that nothing, ever, is really right.

We trade our simple faith for cynicism and our dreams for a working reality. Once we've let it go, we cannot get it back. We lose the magic simply by failing to believe in it. 
~G. W. Huber, "Magic"

Monday, June 16, 2014

Willing the Spin

Standing on a morning shore, 
I scry the water's gray glass surface 
for direction 
as the haze has confused my compass 
yet again. 
Impatient for the ground 
to center me, 
I skip the first flat stone 
and watch the ripples 
create concentric chaos.

My take on Monday Musings: June 16, 2014 - Image Prompt

Monday Musings: June 16, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:




What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: Kerlundphoto a blogsite for Photos, Art and Life
I've been following Kerlund's blog for quite a while now and am always inspired by her and her partner's ability to capture and create beauty. Please take the time to visit her site. It's absolutely lovely. :)

Random Wisdom: Fyodor Dostoyevsky - Destruction

“Right or wrong, it's very pleasant to break something from time to time.”  ~Fyodor Dostoyevsky 

Une vision d'Edward James (A Vision of Edward James)

Posing a reflection, 
the poet focuses forward 
surrealistically stealing 
his face from view-- 
commissioning his portrait 
to surreptitiously stand behind 
his patronage of the painter. 

Inspired by: Mag 224  -- Not to be Reproduced (La reproduction interdite, 1937) by René Magritte.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

The Corporate Swallowtail (Butterfly Cinquain)

Wanting
to spread my wings
and fly free from this place--
to release my mind from this toil.
My soul
longs to shine, to be seen and heard.
Bound by expectation,
my heart sighs deep
and weeps.

Note: A butterfly cinquain is a poem comprised of 9 lines with a syllable structure of: 2-4-6-8-2-8-6-4-2.

Monday, June 9, 2014

Freed by Fender

Succumbing to
the high-pitched wail of electricity,
I'm lost 
in the deftness of legendary fingers.

Behind closed eyes 
colors shift with the contrast of sounds 
cradling my heart 
to liberate my soul.


My take on Monday Musings: June 9, 2014 - Image Prompt. No matter how draining the day, there's not much a screaming guitar can't break through... ;)

Monday Musings: June 9, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt Inspired by: My favorite form of escapism... music. ;)

Random Wisdom: Stephen Richards - Focus and Determination

“To dream by night is to escape your life. To dream by day is to make it happen.” ~ Stephen Richards

Monday, June 2, 2014

A Wistfulness

Oh, to sit on the shore 
of an island in the sky 
fishing for nothing but sunshine. 

To feel the cloud's kiss 
as the breeze rolls him by 
and the slight tug of light on the line. 

Written for Monday Musings: June 2, 2014 - Image Prompt

Monday Musings: June 2, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt Inspired by: National Geographic Photograph; April 28, 2014 -- Island in the Sky

Photograph by Shane Kalyn

"There is an ethereal, otherworldly feeling to this photograph, as this little island in the middle of Tumuch Lake in northern British Columbia appears as if it's floating in the clouds," says Shane Kalyn, who submitted this photo to the National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest. "To bring us back to Earth, a fish has left a ripple in the water on the left-hand side of the shot. The scene was amazing to witness, let alone be lucky enough to photograph—totally the right place at the right time."

Random Wisdom: Dr. Seuss - Wistfulness

“Sometimes you will never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory...” ~ Dr. Seuss 

Leaning Against the Veil

Like Alice spying
a garden through the keyhole,
I wait--
carefully contemplating
the cost of the key.

Written for Wednesday's Weekly Write #6

Monday, May 26, 2014

Memorial Day

Gunmetal gray 
eyes stare
from beneath the brim
of a battered baseball cap.

A flag raised
with anthem accompaniment
seems a poor exchange
for those who will never come home.

My take on this week's Monday Musings: May 26, 2014 - Image Prompt

Monday Musings: May 26, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: The Keystone Wounded Warriors
From their website:
"Keystone Wounded Warriors is a Eastern Pennsylvania based 501 (c)(3) nonprofit corporation that seeks to honor the daily sacrifices made by the brave men and women in all branches of the United States Military, but specifically those wounded on or after September 11, 2001. Keystone Wounded Warriors aids Wounded Warriors by raising public awareness and seeking the public’s support for programs and services that assist Wounded Warriors. Funds donated to Keystone Wounded Warriors are used to support local post-9/11 veterans and their families located in or with ties to Pennsylvania. The remaining funds are donated to national post-9/11 wounded veterans organizations.
Our warriors do an awe inspiring job in the face of their disabilities and difficulties transitioning into civilian life through dedication and commitment. Keystone Wounded Warriors strives to ease the burden on these heroes through focus in three major areas... Financially... Physically... Mentally..." 
Favoring peace above all else does not prevent me from having immense appreciation and respect for those who serve in our armed forces. It is not those who serve but the political agenda of those who order those who serve with whom I take issue. Especially now, in the wake of this horrific VA scandal, our military men, women and families need and deserve our help. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day...

Random Wisdom: Garth Stein - Honor

“There is no dishonor in losing the race. There is only dishonor in not racing because you are afraid to lose.” ~ Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

Monday, May 19, 2014

Bitter Aftertaste

A cup
quietly brewed
and sweetened with compassion,
sits disregarded--
left to go cold
in the haste of imagined urgency.

My take on Monday Musings: May 19, 2014 - Image Prompt.

Monday Musings: May 19, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:


What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: A misunderstanding... and coffee. ;)

Random Wisdom: Graham Joyce - Living

"There is a shocking and beautiful indifference at large in the universe, and I just have to work with it." ~Graham Joyce

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Remembering Eden (Tanka)

Two bodies entwined,
innocence personified,
know nothing of shame.
Love, unabashedly pure,
defies the concept of fear.

Written for Wednesday's Weekly Write #4

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

A Stillness

The steady drip
   from the kitchen faucet
punctuates the silence
           as I watch the steady rhythm of his sleeping.


Written for: Monday Musings: May 12, 2014 - Image Prompt

Monday Musings: May 12, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: My own dear kitchen sink...

Random Wisdom: Isak Dinesen - Water

“The cure for anything is salt water - tears, sweat, or the sea.” ~Isak Dinesen, Seven Gothic Tales

Petals Unfolded

A spark ignites from within.
The recognition of a need forgotten
suddenly fulfilled
by magic untouchable,
unattainable
and yet, all encompassing.


Written for: Wednesday's Weekly Write #3: Flower Image

Intellectual AWOL

Wings broken,
tired of fighting,
she chooses to hide in the open.

Lips move, hands type as
figurative feet
find purchase
dancing among scented paper flowers.


Written for: Monday Musings: May 5, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Monday Musings: May 5, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: Off the Grid

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of being "off the grid" or outside of normal expectations/societal influences (i.e., work, school, etc.). If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: a desire to break free of the everyday craziness that gets in the way of artistic expression.

Random Wisdom: David Bottoms - Breaking free

“We all want to break our orbits, float like a satellite gone wild in space, run the risk of disintegration. We all want to take our lives in our own hands and hurl them out among the stars.” ~ David Bottoms

Saturday, May 3, 2014

Driving Daybreak

Rubber on road burns past
a blur of trees turned telephone poles
then on to open fields.

The rush of wind
obliterates the whine of toiling turbines
as all fear fades facing
the golden disk of dawn.


Written for Wednesday's Weekly Write #2: Coldplay - Yellow (instrumental)

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Squaring Off

Stepping up to the plate,
confidence abounds
(the check is in the bank)
First pitch... a slider
(the car won't pass inspection)
STRIKE ONE!

Shaking it off
focus returns
(there's overtime and a tax refund)
Second pitch... a curve ball
(the water heater leaves a lake in the basement)
STRIKE TWO!

Staring at the pitcher,
doubt sees the final strike
(exhaustion weakens all reserves)
but the bat pulls up
(with a prayer to move forward)
Third pitch... a Hit by Pitch straight to the hip
(the omnipotent umpire has a wicked sense of humor)
and with a limping walk,
this batter becomes a base runner.


My take on this week's Monday Musings Word/Phrase Prompt...

Monday, April 28, 2014

Publication Announcement: PSH Yom HaShoah Issue

My poem "Das Tagebuch" has been accepted for inclusion in the Poetry Super Highway's special Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) Issue. I am especially honored to be included as I often feel like an outsider looking in when it comes to the Holocaust -- extremely sympathetic but not Jewish. :)

This online issue will but up during the dates of April 28 - May 4 and then "forever thereafter" in the Past Poets of the Week Archive. You can find it at: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/

To read "Das Tagebuch" specifically, go to: http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/2014/04/april-28-may-5-16th-annual-yom-hashoah-issue/#fp29

Thanks to Rick Lupert for the opportunity to remember the Holocaust through poetry and for his tireless efforts "to expose as many people to as many other people's poetry as possible".

shalom

Monday Musings: April 28, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: Baseball

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of "America's favorite pastime" - baseball. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post.

Prompt inspired by: The Lehigh Valley IronPigs and a full weekend at Coca-Cola Park. :)

Random Wisdom: Bob Feller - Baseball

"Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is." ~Bob Feller

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Black to Fade

Caught in the light,
darkness shutters--
fear curling like a fetus
crawls from kindness,
curling into itself
and away from the love
shining gently
on its shoulders.

Tighter, it draws upon
the memory of despair,
suckling on nothing
but a shadow cast
by the hope that seeks
its destruction.

Written for the Wednesday's Weekly Write prompt at Poetry, Music, Photography and More, a G+ Community.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Rush Hour

The morning birdsong
fills the city streets with sound--
nature's traffic jam.

My take on this week's Monday Musings form prompt - Haiku.

Monday Musings: April 21, 2014 - Form Prompt

Prompt: Haiku

What to do: Write a haiku. A haiku is a poem consisting of three lines. The first and last line has 5 moras (or sound unit like a syllable), and the middle line has 7 moras.
While not technically a syllable, I tend to think of a mora as a syllable to make it easier on myself. ;)

Prompt inspired by: Spring and my early morning visits to the outdoors with Milo.

Random Wisdom: Simone Weil - Accountability

“We have to endure the discordance between imagination and fact. It is better to say, “I am suffering,” than to say, “This landscape is ugly.” ~ Simone Weil

Monday, April 14, 2014

The Sun Rises

Tempers in a tempest flare
as shrieks like shrapnel
shatter watching windows
and innocence
crawls crying from the fray.

Eventually,
disdain dies down as day dawns--
reflecting its radiant beauty
in broken glass.


My take on this week's Monday Musings image prompt...

Monday Musings: April 14, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:
Photo by Bing Wright, Broken Mirror/Evening Sky (Kodak Provia), 2012, Archival 
Inkjet Print, 70-3/4 x 56-5/8 inches

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: http://www.bingwright.com/
I find Bing Wright's photographs extremely inspiring. Thanks also to +Eva Trillian for introducing his work to me.

Random Wisdom: Todd Stocker - Storm Quote

“Joy weathers any storm: Happiness rides the waves.” ~ Todd Stocker

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Tapping the Collective

Swirls of sound
in intonations,
unknown
yet not unfamiliar,
wash through form
making mesh of matter--
molecules now nothing more
than pigment-less paint
for the endless dream.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Special Delivery

Petite paper packets
like man-made chrysalis
protecting tiny time capsules
of life--
of sleeping little leaves
dreaming
of their days in the sun.

My take on this week's prompt...

Monday Musings: April 7, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: Burpee Seeds and the fact that Spring has finally arrived and there are little seedlings growing on my windowsill. :)

Random Wisdom: Horace Walpole - Garden Quote

“When people will not weed their own minds, they are apt to be overrun by nettles.” ~ Horace Walpole

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Just Another Particle

Caught in a shaft
of unexpected sunlight,
I find myself
suspended
utterly immersed in beauty
and dancing as a dust mote--
small and insignificant,
held fast
by a warm and infinite
indifference.

Inspired by Mag 214

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Open Fibonacci

Why?
I
ask you
with respect
for your intellect
and elevated position.
Why do you allow those less fortunate to suffer?
In you, they place their hope and trust
and you turn your back
in disgust,
disdain.
You.
Why?

Thanks to my very talented friend Bekkie for pointing me to the  Fibonacci form. Check out her efforts at Picturesque Words...


Tuesday, April 1, 2014

National Poetry Month 2014 - A Commentary

Trying to prepare for a month of poetry was a challenge for me even before the powers that be decided to play with me a bit more than usual. Without a home computer (or a working water heater and a sick man and a very sick dog) for these last few weeks, I've found myself at the mercy of my own frustration -- not meeting my goals for myself and my writing -- and realize I need to let myself "off the hook" as forces WAY beyond my control wreck havoc on my well laid plans... not an easy feat for this little control freak but I am maturing. ;)

So... it's April and National Poetry Month. Rather than beat myself bloody over not getting prompts up, I've decided to refocus my efforts and let some already established sites do the hard work of inspiring others (at least for now). If you are interested in where I've gotten some of my ideas through the years, here are some of my "go to" links when I'm looking for inspiration. Enjoy!

Poetry Super Highway
PSH is currently featuring a Poetry Writing Prompt-A-Day for National Poetry Month.
http://poetrysuperhighway.com/psh/a-poetry-writing-prompt-a-day/

Poets&Writers
"The Time Is Now" offers a weekly prompt all year 'round for Poetry, Fiction, and Creative-NonFiction writers.
http://www.pw.org/writing-prompts-exercises

Writer's Digest
Currently running the 2014 April PAD Challenge.
http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-prompts

The Found Poetry Review
Offers a weekly prompt.
http://www.foundpoetryreview.com/category/poetry-prompts/

Language is a Virus
Would you believe a random writing prompt generator?
http://www.languageisavirus.com/writing_prompts.html

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Monday Musings: March 17, 2014 - Form Prompt

Yes, yes... I know it's Wednesday.

Prompt: Write a Limerick

What to do: Aw, come on. You've heard at least a few of these little diddys -- think Mother Goose or a good ol' humorously lewd bit of fun... Five lines; first two lines rhyme with each other, the third and fourth rhyme together, and the fifth line either repeats the first line or rhymes with it. It is written in anapestic rhythm with an example demonstrated with syllable marks below (the back-slashes are stresses, the dashes are not):

Line 1 - / - - / - - /
Line 2 - / - - / - - /
Line 3 - / - - /
Line 4 - / - - /
Line 5 - / - - / - - /

Prompt inspired by: St. Patrick's Day and the city of Limerick, Ireland (Why not? I've never been there but it looks and sounds like a great place to visit. It is Ireland after all!)

My take on this week's prompt: 

A Faerie McClary

There once was a Yank named McClary
Who was incredibly short and quite hairy.
He reinvented his past
claiming birth in Belfast
and passed himself off as a faerie.


Random Wisdom: Anonymous Irish Saying - Growth

You've got to do your own growing, no matter how tall your father was. ~Irish saying


Monday, March 10, 2014

Monday Musings: March 10, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:
Sunbather, 2014. Photo by Letitia Minnick

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: My (almost) nine-year-old four-legged son, Milo. :)

Please forgive the blatant favoritism this week... Milo just received what could be the best (albeit most traumatic) grooming he has ever had and, after his being extremely ill most of this winter, I could just sit and look upon him for hours. (We're still a bit watchful of his health but trusting that he has recovered and will only get healthier with the oncoming Springtime.)

My take on this week's prompt:

Milo

Mildly
insistent, this
little white dog
owns all my heart.

Update: Monday Musings 2/24/24 Poem Featured at Poets Online!

"Winter Ronka" was chosen by Poets Online as one of the featured poems for the February 2014 Ronka prompt. It can be viewed at poetsonline.org under Archives, ronka / Ken Ronkowitz.

You just never know what will happen if you dare to put yourself out there... ;)

Random Wisdom: Jack London - Charity

“A bone to the dog is not charity. Charity is the bone shared with the dog, when you are just as hungry as the dog.” 
~ Jack London


Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Shrove Tuesday

A simple pastry
of sugared fat
entices the office drone
to make the convenient choice--
offering absolution
by way of tomorrow's sun
rising on a day of ashes
and having suffered
through the long night
of heartburn.


Monday, March 3, 2014

Monday Musings: March 3, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: An imaginary trip

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of imagining yourself somewhere other than you are (take a mental vacation). If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: Donegal Square and McCarthy's Restaurant (and Greg)

Living so close to tourist attractions has its perks as well as its frustrations. One of the perks for Greg and me is McCarthy's - good food surrounded by all things Celtic (which certainly appeals to the majority of my personal heritage). If you ever find yourself in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, don't skip Main Street in the historic district (north side). Stop in and have a pot or a pint. If you are lucky, maybe Furbish* will be there too...

*Donegal Square is a dog friendly shop. Furbish is the owner's "furkid".

My take on this week's prompt:

Shamrocks in Snow

A rare Saturday respite
sharing a pot of tea at McCarthy's.
Simply sitting quiet
watching the flurries
magically transform Bethlehem
into Belfast.


Random Wisdom: Edgar Allan Poe - Imagination

Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things that escape those who dream only at night. ~ Edgar Allan Poe


Monday, February 24, 2014

Monday Musings: February 24, 2014 - Form Prompt

Prompt: Poetry Form - Ronka

What to do: Write a Ronka - a poem of 5 lines, each having 7 words without concern for syllables. Like traditional tanka and haiku, there is no rhyme and a preference to show rather than tell.

Prompt inspired by: poetsonline.org / writingtheday.wordpress.com

While I am always on the lookout for individual creative action, it never hurts to go back and draw from the mainstream now and then. I've found poetsonline.com (and Ken Ronkowitz especially) to be the "shot in the arm" so to speak when I'm feeling stuck or stale.

My take on this week's prompt:

Winter Ronka

Snow fell hard and heavy all night.
Cold but pristine, the glittering white blanket
covered all the world in quiet beauty.
The frigid silence, so fragile as glass,
was shattered by the hulking city plow.


Random Wisdom: Harvey Fierstein - Silence

"Never be bullied into silence. Never allow yourself to be made a victim. Accept no one's definition of your life; define yourself." ~ Harvey Fierstein


Monday, February 3, 2014

Monday Musings: February 3, 2014 - Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: The Horse

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of “The Horse.” If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: Chinese New Year 2014

I have to admit, I considered looking for a website to highlight based upon the Chinese New Year or on horses (Shire being my favorite breed) but... since the inspiration was simply the holiday, I decided to leave it as is. Happy New Year everyone!

My take on this week's prompt:

Work Horse

February snow still falling
with six inches on the ground,
the old mare steps from the stable
to clear the path
in preparation to pull the plow.


Random Wisdom: Albert Camus - Strength

“In the depth of winter, I finally learned that within me there lay an invincible summer.” ~ Albert Camus


Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Wyeth in White

Watercolor, gouache and pencil on paper.
Gently beautiful,
technically sound,
elegantly emitting a calmness
reserved for designer homes
and waiting rooms.

Born and raised not far from Chadds Ford,
the daughter of an artist myself,
there was no escaping Andrew's soft work
and yet,
I've always preferred N.C.

Prompted by: Mag 204

Andrew Wyeth. "The Mill," ca. 1964.

















Monday, January 27, 2014

Monday Musings: January 27, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt: 
"Winter Tree" by Andrea D. Olsen 2014
What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the image above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: Blogger Andrea Dawn Olsen at:

Andrea Dawn's eye for beauty never ceases to amaze me. There is a softness to her work in which I find comfort and contentment (something that I have much needed as of late). More than once I have gone to her blogs with the intention to simply "check in" and have found myself lost in a photograph touched up ever so slightly to make it a masterpiece. Great grace shines through the snapshots of this gentle woman. Give yourself the gift of visiting her blogs and perhaps you too will find a moment or two of peace.

My take on this week's prompt:

Winter Maple

In a desolate field
naked and alone
she waits 
for the sun to warm her
she waits
to feel
beautiful again.


Random Wisdom: John Steinbeck - Winter

“What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness.” ~ John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Diluted

Thwarted by thunder,
the concrete concerto
strikes a sour chord
as a dripping cellist
protects his precious partner
and a practical painter watches
acrylic realism melt
into impressionistic watercolor.

1/22/14

Prompted by Mag 203
Musician in the Rain, Maurice Baquet, Paris, 1957 by Robert Doisneau

Monday, January 20, 2014

Monday Musings: January 20, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:
Warm inside - Photo by Deborah Atkinson at snowcatcher.net

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the photo above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: www.snowcatcher.net

I stumbled on Snowcatcher during a search for snowflake patterns to use as ornament gifts last Christmas. The sheer volume of beautiful snowflake patterns available is staggering and that they are offered for free as long as you don't sell the patterns is an amazing gift.

Make no mistake though, crocheted snowflake patterns is just one small part of what Snowcatcher has to offer. Definitely give it perusal for her Wordless Wednesday photos, if you have an interest in bicycling (especially in the Rockies), or if you just want a glimpse into the life of really talented and bright-hearted blogger.

My take on this week's prompt:

The Craft

Longing to make beauty
from a single string and simple hook,
the child chained for hours
but went no further...
I was twenty-seven
before patience afforded
this stubborn daughter
the opportunity
to be passed my mother's magic.

Now, with knowledge enough to crochet
my own intricate designs,
I smile at the continued requests
to weave words, not yarn, for Christmas.


Random Wisdom: Kurt Vonnegut - Creativity

“We have to continually be jumping off cliffs and developing our wings on the way down.” ~ Kurt Vonnegut


Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Lucifer

High tide intensified,
the stone tower remains
steadfast
braced against the onslaught
of a tremendous tempest.

In the darkness,
battered by the raging sea,
it stands
gracefully offering light
to all in need.

1/15/14

Inspired by Mag 202
La Jument, off the coast of Brittany, photograph by Jean Guichard 















Monday, January 13, 2014

Monday Musings: January 13, 2014 - Image Prompt

Prompt:
Eva Trillian - Fototokig [Photo from Wednesday 1st January 2014 Post]

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the photo above. If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

Prompt inspired by: http://provtyckningar.blogspot.com/

Ja, jag säger då det! or Yes, I forgot about it! is a Swedish/English blog dedicated to quotes, words, pictures, music, and anything else that strikes Eva's fancy. While I cannot recall where our paths initially crossed, I am extremely grateful for this amazing photographer's friendship and for the support she has given me since I began here in the blogosphere.

Don't be intimidated by the blog being in Swedish. Google Translate works fairly well and Eva speaks clearly (and most beautifully) through the universal language of her camera's lens. Please take the time to check it out and support this fellow blogger!:)

My take on this week's prompt:

Cloud Watching 2014

January wind scrubs my cheeks like
my grandfather just before he'd shave
and as I walk this familiar path,
crows fly against the morning gray
to portend subtle changes
rustling the veil.

Still that small child
wide-eyed at her Pop Pop's knee,
I fill my beach bucket
with hourglass sand and begin
to build my castle yet again.


Random Wisdom: John Lennon - Dreams

“A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” ~ John Lennon


Thursday, January 9, 2014

Sitting On The Stairway

Safely surrounded by smoke rings
and a heavy scent of Jasmine,
she winds the music box--
ever content to hide
within the mansion of her mind.


Inspired by: Drop In Weekly Write #1 on Show Offs (a G+ community) - STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN - Led Zeppelin (Harp Twins) Camille and Kennerly




A Leather Apron in Whitechapel, 1888

Dark streets whet
the doctor's blade,
his sharp steel flashes
like lightning as thundering
heartbeats feed the red riverlet
splattering crimson speckles
on the cobblestones.


Inspired by: Mag 201


Monday, January 6, 2014

Monday Musings: January 6, 2014 – Word/Phrase Prompt

Prompt: Chance Encounter

What to do: Write, film, compose, draw, paint, or otherwise express yourself based on the concept of a “Chance Encounter.” If you are open to sharing, just put a link to your inspired creation in the comments section of this post. :)

In an effort to support my fellow electric surfers, I've decided to put a slight spin on Monday’s artistic prompt for 2014 and include a link to the blog/website that inspired the week’s prompt.

Prompt inspired by: avalleyandbeyond.weebly.com

A Valley & Beyond is an online magazine by journalist/author Michael Phoenix that centers around what’s happening in the Lehigh Valley (otherwise known as my backyard). While I admit it took me a little while to get used to the drop down menu perusing style, Michael has a wealth of information, reviews, and photos/videos about music and various events occurring in and around my adopted hometown of Allentown, PA USA (yeah, it’s the same Allentown Billy Joel sings about).

Greg and I had the pleasure of meeting Michael just before Christmas in an East Side Laundromat (you just never know who you are going to bump into when washing your unmentionables) and we were impressed with his friendly demeanor, obvious intelligence, and laid back professionalism. If you have an interest in the Lehigh Valley, are looking for some good recommendations, or are just curious about what it’s like in my neck of the woods, take a stroll over to A Valley & Beyond. You won't be disappointed and you'll be supporting an entertaining and informative online magazine.

My take on this week’s prompt:

On A Tuesday…

Somewhere between the rinse and spin cycles,
a side comment about the news broadcasting
from a flat screen TV above the folding counter
unlatches a door to deeper conversation.

Interests and perspectives shared,
recognized and respected,
spark a flame in an otherwise overcast evening
and gratitude ensues—
ever-happy to ignore the warning
to never talk to strangers.


Have a great week everyone!



Random Wisdom: Emily Dickinson – Opportunity

“Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.” 
~ Emily Dickinson, The Complete Poems



Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Making Resolutions 2014

Outlook good

   My sources say no

            Cannot predict now

Reply hazy try again


Inspired by No-Talent Tuesday's prompt at Show Offs.


Muse Monday 12/30/13: The Annual Inception

The Annual Inception

A celebratory toast
of popping possibilities
tempered with the tangy twist of time
encircles the globe's goblet
with colored light
and playful shadows.

The universal holiday
floats hope in bursting bubbles
and prays for peace
as resolutions rest
much less appetizing
at the bottom of a glass
the morning after.

Written 12/31/13 for this week's prompt...