February 16, 2017

Poetry Friday--"The New Peppermint Bay"

This has been a busy, busy week, and one of the notable things about this week is that the Cybils Award Winners were announced on Tuesday. Poetry Friday regular, Laura Shovan, won the 2016 Cybils Award for poetry for her debut novel-in-verse, The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary. Congratulations, Laura! Congratulations to all the winners and finalists.

I thought I'd look back to what I was doing writing-wise in February a few years back. In 2014, I took part in Tabatha Yeatts' "Directory of Imaginary Poems" project.
The New Peppermint Bay

Come sail your good ship to the all
new Peppermint Bay Hotel and Resort.
Peppermint Bay is proud to have been
named Lush Magazine's "Ultimate
Vacation Destination" for the year 2014.
No lollipops, bon-bons, or lemonade here!
Exotic native-dressed waitstaff will serve you
locally distilled mango, banana, fig, coconut,
or, our signature Peppermint Bay schnapps.
And for those who "harbor" fond memories
of the original Peppermint Bay, we also carry
devil's food cake and caramel flavors, too!
After dancing the night away to the music
of Cracker Jack's Steel Drum Band enjoy
a relaxing dip in an all natural bay water
pool, then hop into our boat-shaped beds
...and dream away!

© Diane Mayr, all rights reserved.

This poem wasn't the one I submitted to Tabatha for the Directory, that one you'll find here.

Peppermint Bay was originally featured in this song sung by Shirley Temple:



Be sure to stop by Michelle H. Barnes' Today Little Ditty where it's my turn as a guest blogger. And you should definitely stop by Check It Out where Jone is hosting this week's Round-Up.

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    1. I could use a little relaxing by the bay right now, how about you?

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  2. Such a fun poem. I can picture myself there, with the "exotic native-dressed waitstaff." Colin would look good in a loincloth. Maybe it's just me. :D

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    1. I imagine he would look good in a loincloth, but not as good as he does in a wet shirt!

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  3. Thanks for the throw back smile today, Diane! =)

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  4. Diane, I wrote a response but it must have vanished. Here we go again. Thanks for taking me down memory lane with Shirley Temple and going on a fantasy tour of Peppermint Bay Hotel and Resort. I always love to read through your poetry.

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    1. Thanks, Carol. Shirley Temple played a big part in my early days.

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  5. Oh, I remember being swept away by Shirley Temple movies when I was a little girl!

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    1. Me, too, Jane. The music, the dancing...

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  6. Love Shirley Temple! Your poems are always a joy to read.

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  7. Love it despite despising peppermint! :-)

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    1. Peppermint is a good ant repellent, in case you're ever plagued by ants!

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  8. I love those Imaginary Poems, and I'm glad for the reminder and your poem, Diane. Great advertisement!

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    1. Those Imaginary Places poems were a fun challenge.

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  9. Wowie zowie. Look how far we've come as consumers. Sigh.

    Maybe I'm reading more into this poem than you intended, Diane, but I do love that characteristic DM sass.

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    1. Lord, knows what I had intended back in 2014! I barely remember my intentions from two weeks ago. Sass, however, is a given.

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  10. Thanks for the walk back to the Imaginary Poems, Diane! I'm glad to see this one (and the video). I remember the song well.

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    1. Thanks for coming up with that fun exercise!

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  11. Shirley Temple creeps me out. So does the contrast between her version of Peppermint Bay and yours!

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    1. I'll bet you have the same reaction to Kellyanne.

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  12. Oh, I remember watching this movie with my kids...but I like your Peppermint Bay much better, Diane...wish I could get myself there soon!

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    1. Warm waters, relaxation, sipping a cocktail...I'm ready!

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  13. So refreshing, Diane! And thanks for all the goodies shared over at Michelle's, too.

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  14. OK, I'm in.....off to click on the link to Tabatha's challenge. It's too good to pass up. And, I'm so in the mood for something happy these days. I second Robyn's thanks for all the goodies over on Michelle's blog. Awesome links. I've followed all the newsletters on twitter and just....wow!

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  15. The new Peppermint bay sounds like my kind of place!

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  16. I"ll take the "boat-shaped bed" Diane it sounds lovely, as is your poem! Thanks for a wonderful accompaniment by Shirley Temple too, what a treat!

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