January 29, 2015

Poetry Friday--One More Ku-Do!

Emily Dickinson is back this week. I took a breather last week and then I think I'll put her away for a while. I need to get my Sketchbook Project in order so that it can be submitted before the end of March deadline. I'm sorry they moved it from end of January to March--it gives me more time to procrastinate--never a good thing. (Click on the labels on the right if you missed the earlier Kud-dos to Emily or Sketchbook Project posts.)

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If you're wondering if I have the correct word in line three of the haiku, rest assured, I checked, and it is indeed manically. If the chipmunk had been running around as a result of mental illness, then it might have been correct to use maniacally. But, since the chipmunk is acting as a chipmunk usually does, then manically, is correct. I can't tell you how many times I doubted myself! I also doubted my choice of the wild grape vine. Do chipmunks eat grapes? Again, I checked. Chipmunks eat just about everything--the little rascals! The grapes were growing wild against an old stone wall and I snapped the photo in the fall and have now found a use for it. The chipmunk is from a public domain illustration, which I have altered.

These 4 Corners is the place to be for the Poetry Friday Round-Up. Be sure to stop by.

Announcement: in case you haven't heard, the Poetry Friday Anthology for Celebrations, compiled by Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong, is scheduled to be released in time for National Poetry Month. Celebrations is a collection of holiday poems for the entire year. The poems are in both English and Spanish, and, are for students in pre-K through grade 5. The book is intended for school and library use, but I can see poetry lovers of all ages enjoying it! One of my poems was selected to be included in celebration of election day. Yay! (Celebrations would make a great teacher gift!)

January 25, 2015

Haiku Sticky #290

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Happy Haiga Day!

A week or so ago, Robyn Hood Black posted a photo of antique buttons and suggested that her readers use the buttons as inspiration. So here you go, Robyn:

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January 23, 2015

Poetry Friday--Winter Blues

"Winter Blue" by Jonas Lie (1913), courtesy The Athenaeum.

I always get the winter blues, but it's my own damn fault for not getting out into the sun. However, here's a poem by Robert Francis that tackles another type of winter blues--colors.
Blue Winter

Winter uses all the blues there are.
One shade of blue for water, one for ice,
Another blue for shadows over snow.
The clear or cloudy sky uses blue twice--
Both different blues. And hills row after row
Are colored blue according to how far.
You know the bluejay's double-blue device
Shows best when there are no green leaves to show.
And Sirius is a winterbluegreen star.

from Come Out into the Sun: Poems New and Selected (University of Massachusetts Press, 1965)

I going to continue the discussion of winter blues with my take on one particular shade!
The Price of Blue

The only blue worth
writing about, late in
January each year,
is a blue--vivid, yet pale.

Deep within a snow bank
it resides--a shade that
some may never see for the
white that surrounds it.

It is hypnotic. Once seen
you'll want to excavate
the enigmatic blue to
find its origination.

It evades! The deeper
you dig the further it
slips from your grasp.
If you persevere you

may find purchase,
but in doing so you
will undoubtedly have
paid the price of blue.

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Tara at A Teaching Life will lead you through the Poetry Friday Round-Up this week. Stay warm and keep away from snow banks!

January 20, 2015

January 18, 2015

Happy Haiga Day!

This month the Shiki kukai free format topic was "eyewear." A rather odd subject, I thought, but the funny thing is, I actually came up with two possibilities! One I submitted to the competition. I can't really call this three-liner a haiku, and maybe it's not even a poem, but, it makes for a cute haiga. If you wear glasses, and live in the colder states, it should resonate with you!

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January 15, 2015

Poetry Friday--Two More for My Pal, Emily!

Today I have two more Ku-dos to Emily. The first one I spent hours on only to trash it and start over. However, I learned from my mistakes and I finished this version in almost no time (you can teach an old dog new tricks). It tickled me to think of Lassie and Timmy and how Lassie always came to the rescue.

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The next photo I took at Trinity Church in Boston, at one of the Boston Book Festival Events in October 2013. I like to take random photos because you never know when they might come in handy to illustrate a poem! The Dickinson poem I found a bit perplexing. So many of her poems have a religious bent, yet this one seems to be mocking faith. I took the view that for many, it's better not to put all your eggs in one basket! (Which reminds me of a Fred Astaire song, which I'll find and add below, not that it's related in any way to these poems!)

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Irene Latham, at Live Your Poem, is playing Round-Up host this week. Stop by and say "hello!"

As promised, Fred and Ginger--"I'm Putting All My Eggs in One Basket." Watch the whole thing! There's some fantastic comedic dancing. Luckily Ginger doesn't have to do it backwards and in heels, but she sure takes a beating!