Here are a few photos:
Poets are great ones for taking pictures! From the quality of this one, perhaps I should stick to words!
Rocks from the word garden. I took other non-people photos that I plan to use for future illustrated poems such as this cherita:
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We had one chilly morning and I found the frosted picnic table complete with handprint outside the dining hall!
early morning walk
the children's poet
on the lookout for ideas
her words come
as a Thanksgiving ditty
gobble gobble gobble
I'm sure you're waiting with bated breath for me to share the secrets of poetry. Here's what I learned:
1. Find your poem's real beginning. It's probably not where you thought is was!
2. Hone your poem! Sharpen your vocabulary and then cut, cut, cut everything that is unnecessary.
3. Surprise your reader. Think unexpected. In other words, avoid cliché. (I almost wrote, "like the plague.")
I'm sure others came away with different secrets, which I hope they will share.
My neighbor to the south (in MA), Brenda, is hosting this week's pre-Halloween Round-Up at Friendly Fairy Tales. Have a great weekend and remember the candy is for the trick-or-treaters!