July 22, 2014

July 20, 2014

Happy Haiga Day!

One more from last week's Michael Bublé adventure.


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July 18, 2014

Poetry Friday--"Father O'Brien"

Headed for my Sketchbook Project book.

Caption: Pin boys in Les Miserables Alleys, Frank Jarose, 7 Fayette St., Mellens Court, said 11 years old, made $3.72 last week. Joseph Philip, 5 Wall St., said 11 years old, and works until midnight every week night; said he made $2.25 last week and $1.75 the week before. Willie Payton, 196 Fayette St., said 11 years old, made over $2 last week, works there every night until midnight. Location: Lowell, Massachusetts. Photo taken October 1911 by Lewis Wickes Hine, courtesy Library of Congress.

Father O'Brien

Father O'Brien of
Saint Patrick's Church
started to laugh when
I told him about my job at
Les Miserables Alleys.
"My boy," he says,
"a more aptly named
place there never was."
And then he busts out
sputtering and laughing
like one who has been
touched by the pixies.
I'll tell you something--
I don't get the joke.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

Head over to see Tabatha Yeatts for the Poetry Friday Round-Up. (Tabatha sent me poem #3 in the Summer Poem Swap. Actually, she sent me 4 poems total! What a gal!)

July 15, 2014

Haiku Sticky #262

This was written in response to last week's 15 Words or Less challenge at Laura Salas's blog.


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July 13, 2014

Happy Haiga Day!

I guess you can figure out where I went on Friday night! I'll have another concert haiga next Sunday, so come back.

Click on the image to enlarge. © Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

If you're not familiar with Michael Bublé here's a clip from the same tour, which was taken two weeks ago:

July 10, 2014

Poetry Friday--"Tall Tales"

A few weeks back, Jama Rattigan's Friday Feast featured the book of poetry, Anna’s Garden Songs by Mary Q. Steele, with illustrations by Lena Anderson. Jama wrote, "I may as well confess right now that I’ve always had a thing for giant vegetables..."

When I read Jama's confession, I wondered if she was familiar with the Wisconsin Historical Society's collection of "tall-tale" postcards. I left a comment with the link and then spent a little time revisiting the "exaggeration" postcards.

When I finished, I had a poem already bubbling. I wrote it and then went looking for something to illustrate it. As much as I love Wisconsin Historical Society's website and their easily accessible photo collection, I knew that they charged for permissions. (I thought I might like to use some of their homefront photos for Kids of the Homefront Army, but changed my mind when I discovered their terms.) So, I once again turned to ebay. I quickly found a "buy it now" option for a tall-tale postcard that appeared to be in good condition. I purchased it for $5.49, which included shipping! I now have an illustration and a postcard to add to my stack of paper ephemera (something that will either delight, or cause my kids to curse me when I'm gone).

Sorry, Jama, this postcard doesn't feature a vegetable! This one is in the tradition of Paul Bunyan and his blue ox, Babe!

Tall Tales

When photography
arrived, this magic
medium lent itself
to tale manipulation.

Tellers had photographic
evidence to back up
their stories, but, were
clumsy in their efforts.

Now comes advanced
photo editing software
and it is imperative we put
a finger in all wounds.

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

The postcard is not from the golden age of postcards, which ran 1898-1918. It's a later vintage, but I think it's well-done, and definitely could fool a naive viewer!

We're lucky to be in the golden age of internet poetry, don't you think? I'm not certain how long it's going to last, but there sure are a lot of weekly participants and readers for the Kidlitosphere's Poetry Friday! This week, Linda at Write Time is hosting the Round-Up, stop by and enjoy!

July 8, 2014