Tuesday, 30 April 2013

April 30th, 2013 Poetry form = Rhyme Royal

Do you feel like you get enough fresh air? If the answer is no, get outside after you write your post!
Rhyme Royal: A type of poetry introduced by Geoffrey Chaucer consisting of stanzas of seven lines in iambic pentameter. The rhyme scheme is a-b-a-b-b-c-c. In practice, the stanza can be constructed either as a tercet and two couplets (a-b-a, b-b, c-c) or a quatrain and a tercet (a-b-a-b, b-c-c)

Yes, oh yes please
I need fresh air
Fresh air to breathe

Fresh air is essential to self care
Get enough, daily don't wait for a dare

Stand tall and breathe in deep
Fresh air helps you sleep

It is not in iambic pentameter but it is a good beginning draft.

Monday, 29 April 2013

April 29th, 2013 Poetry form =Limerick

 Samuel Johnson said: "Where grief is fresh, any attempt to divert it only irritates." True or false?
Limerick: The beat consists of three syllables, two short followed by one long in quantitative meter, and two unstressed followed by one stressed in accentual meter, as in "for the nonce". lines. Lines 1, 2, and 5 of a Limerick have seven to ten syllables and rhyme with one another. Lines 3 and 4 have five to seven syllables and also rhyme with each other
Line 1, 2, 5:  ta-ta-tum ta-ta-tum ta-ta-tum ta or ta-ta-tum ta-ta-tum ta
Line 3, 4: ta-ta-tum ta-ta-tum ta or ta-ta-tum ta-ta

True. I do not wish to talk about death today and I don't want to write a limerick. Strangely enough I am feeling worn out though I am visiting the Professor's. I think part of it is being here after nearly a year away and part of it is the strange bed. And of course I am missing the kids. Oh and I woke up to a grey day which always makes me feel tired.

Sunday, 28 April 2013

April 28 - Sunday Thoughts Poetry form =Haiku

Use a family anecdote, or a family ritual, as a leaping-off point for saying something about how your family or the world works.
Haiku: Traditional form- unrhymed 17 syllable poem of Japanese origin. It usually has a seasonal reference.The structure is: line 1 - 5 syllables; line 2 - 7 syllables; line 3 - 5 syllables

My favorite thing
In the summer bright to do
is a zoo picnic

Before my mother was confined to a wheelchair my happiest memories were stopping at KFC for a family meal
then heading over to Riverside Zoo
 for a picnic
and a visit to the monkey house. 

The KFC has been replaced by a Tim Hortons and the monkey house is now home to carp but still I would love to take my grandsons for a picnic at the zoo, both girls have already done this and the baby girl is still too little.

Saturday, 27 April 2013

April 27 - Nature Poetry form = Tanka

What aspect of nature feels the most poetic?
Tanka: A Japanese poem of five lines, the first and third composed of five syllables and the others seven. In Japanese, tanka is often written in one straight line, but in English and other languages, we usually divide the lines into the five syllabic units: 5-7-5-7-7

Springs return
New buds on trees
Daffodils poking 
Leaves out of the ground
Tell me spring is near

Not a Tanka syllable wise but it's close

Friday, 26 April 2013

April 26th, 2013 Poetry form = Terza Rima

Margaret Atwood said: "In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt." Agree or disagree?
Terza Rima: A type of poetry consisting of 10 or 11 syllable lines arranged in three-line "tercets". The rhyme scheme for this form of poetry is "aba bcb cdc, etc." The second line of each tercet sets the rhyme for the following tercet, and thus supplying the verse with a common thread, a way to link the stanzas. The only time the form changes is at the conclusion of the poem, where a single line that rhymes with the second line of the final tercet stands alone; the rhyme scene at the end of the poem looks like this: "xyx yzy z."

In spring, at the end of the day
You should smell like dirt
It is renewal, it is the only way

Fix, and tend what's been hurt
Dig beds for your future plants
Give them some water, just a squirt

Don't worry about the knees of your pants

This can go on forever but that is enough for now. The syllable count is off here and when I edit it for the book I will fix that but the basic form is correct according to the rules. Oh and in case you didn't catch it, I agree!

April 25th, 2013 Poetry form = Climbing Rhyme

Truman Capote wrote: "Aprils have never meant much to me, autumns seem that season of beginning, spring." Which season signifies the "beginning" of the year for you?

Classical Burmese poetry comes in many lengths and forms, but most of it is characterized by a repeated sequence of 3 internally-rhymed lines consisting of 4 syllables each–a pattern that has become known as Climbing Rhyme. Most Burmese patterns employ a scheme of internal rhyme: the same rhyme appears in the 4th syllable of line 1, the 3rd syllable of line 2 and the 2nd syllable of line 3. This is called the 4-3-2 scheme; its characteristic stair step gave rise to its name, climbing rhyme. The last syllable of line 3 begins a new series of rhymes, continuing the 4-3-2 pattern.

Spring is the time
In it I'm new
Sweet clime begins
New life wins over
Dark sins of cold

time, I'm, clime- begins, wins, sins

Wow internal rhymes in specific places is difficult and these poets did this over dozens of lines

I love spring to me it is the epitome of renewal and rebirth. I grew up in a place where there is snow for four to six months and I am made so happy when the first buds appear on the trees because it means the long grey cold is over.

Oh dang, I didn't check the publish date on this one so it is a day late even if I did write it yeasterday.

Wednesday, 24 April 2013

April 24th, 2013 Poetry form = Dodoitsu

Do you like a fresh start?
Dodoitsu is a fixed folk song form of Japanese origin and is often about love or humor. It has 26 syllables made of of four lines of 7, 7, 7, 5 syllables respectively. It is unrhymed and non-metrical.

Every day is a new day, a fresh start, wouldn't you say. Each day I wake up and ask myself what I would like to get done today. I do not think about what didn't get done yesterday or last week as something I need to do but rather as something I would like to do today. There's no sense in getting down on yourself because something isn't done. For me at least it just makes me drag my feet even more.

Every day is a new day
Don't worry begin again
No sense getting downhearted
Start anew today

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

April 24, 2013

Just a quick note to fill you in about the tags. If it says form = n/a it means that only the rules are there that the poem has yet to be written, you will see a lot of them because getting them done has proven a lot harder than I expected especially the longer ones like the Chant Royale

Some of you may also be still waiting for the Risk calendar that I said I would do last month but it also is proving to be a bit trickier than I expected. When I was first thinking about it it was to be a simple prompt calendar with things like "Smile at a stranger today" but when I began writing it it became something entirely different, a plan to help people who like myself stay inside and away from people to get out of their shells and start making human connections again. Oddly enough when I became aware of what I was writing I suddenly stopped working on it. Looking back now after almost a month from when I stopped working on it I think that perhaps I felt it would be too risky to make it, people might be offended because it is very basic and involves small steps because it is for people who have not connected in any meaningful way with other humans beyond their immediate family in a long time.

I want to do this, both the simple one and the one for people who are out and about but maybe feel their lives are safe and want to make a few changes, take a few easy risks to build up for the big one that is lurking in the back of their minds, I just need some courage of my own. meanwhile it will be delayed.

And finally since I know little about Infographs I find I need to do a bit of studying before I tackle it but as I want it as part of my chapbook it will get done.

April 23rd, 2013 Poetry form = Ghazai

Do you like the rain?
Ghazai (pronounced "guzzle") has less than twelve couplets that are united by a rhyme scheme 
Each line has an identical meter. Each couplet forms a complete thought and stands alone, and the overall ghazai often reflects on a theme of unattainable love or divinity.
in the FIRST couplet, both lines in the end in the same short phrase 
after that, the second line of each couplet ends in that same short phrase 
the rhyme occurs BEFORE that phrase, it is an internal mono-rhyme 
in the LAST couplet, the poet usually signs the poem by integrating his pen name 
the ghazai is usually untitled 

Grey skies hang over my head
The missing sun makes me so sad
I don't want to get out of bed
Grey skies hang over my head
Filling my humble heart with dread
When they are gone I'll be so glad
Grey skies hang over my head
The missing sun makes me so sad

It is not a Ghazai it is a Triolet and it was written for my poetry class at WDC but it does describe how I feel about rainy days. There is one exception to this, a lightening storm gets me to buzzing and makes me want to dance. I do not know why this is so I just know it is. I also don't mind if it rains a couple of days and then the sun comes back to play what gets me is the three or more days of grey skies and damp air. I start to feel like I'm going to suffocate.

Monday, 22 April 2013

April 22nd, 2013 Poetry form = Ballad

How do you keep blogging fresh year after year?
Ballad: A story in a song, usually a narrative song or poem. Any form of story may be told as a ballad (not to be confused with a ballade), ranging from accounts of historical events to fairy tales in verse form. It is usually with foreshortened alternating four- and three-stress lines ('ballad meter') and simple repeating rhymes, and often with a refrain.

Blogging until this one has not been something I wrote for others to read but to get my own emotional mind in some sort of order. For this blog I am intending to use the blogher prompts and challenge myself monthly with a new creative endevour. This month because it is national poetry month is about poetry, though obviously I didn't do as much as I wanted, and writing.

Next month I am looking at a photography theme and then in June I am thinking about doing scale modelling or dolls or maybe knitting, I'm not sure yet. Each month something different. In July I'm thinking about cooking particulrly cold meals. It is all still up in the air. Depending on what I have found out this year I will repeat the sequence or do an entirly different one.

Sunday, 21 April 2013

April 21 - Sunday Thoughts Poetry form =Pantoum

What are the things you love? The things you hate? List them in two columns. Now, write a poem that combines something you love with something you hate.
Pantoum the pattern of line-repetition is as follows, where the lines of the first quatrain are represented by the numbers "1 2 3 4": 
       1  2  3  4          - Lines in first quatrain.
       2  5  4  6          - Lines in second quatrain.
       5  7  6  8          - Lines in third quatrain.
       7  9  8 10          - Lines in fourth quatrain.
       9  3 10  1          - Lines in fifth and final quatrain.
Ideally, the meaning of lines  1 & 3 shifts when they are repeated although the words remain exactly the same: this can be done by shifting punctuation, punning, or simply recontextualizing.

I was sick yesterday and I am still sick today so while I did publish it points wise it is a real dud. I hope whatever this is goes away soon.

Saturday, 20 April 2013

April 20 - Spring Photos Poetry form = Rondelet

What our backyard looks like now.
Rondelet is a french form consisting of two rhymes contained in a seven line stanza. Line one is the exact same as the 3rd and 7th lines. The structure is: 
line 1 - 4 syllables - A (the same as line 3 and 7)
line 2 - 8 syllables - b
line 3 - 4 syllables - A

line 4 - 8 syllables - a
line 5 - 8 syllables - b
line 6 - 8 syllables - b
line 7 - 4 syllables - A

Our yard and driveway as of 6:45 AM this morning. Not much to see except that there is no snow any more. We live on the top two floors of a house so I get a nice perspective from our balcony entrance.

Friday, 19 April 2013

April 19th, 2013 Poetry form = Rondeau

Which cleaning task do you enjoy the most? The least?
Rondeau consists of three stanzas, a quintet (5 lines), a quatrain (4 lines) and a sestet (6 lines). The first phrase of the first line usually sets the refrain (R), but sometimes the refrain can be the whole of the first line.  a(R)abba aabR aabbaR

As a rule I find cleaning of any sort irksome but if I were to choose best and worst, I would say cleaning the kitchen is the best and cleaning the bathroom the worst.

Thursday, 18 April 2013

April 18th, 2013 Poetry form = Villanelle

What task will go undone during spring cleaning this year?
Villanelle: A 19-line poem consisting of five tercets and a final quatrain on two rhymes. The first and third lines of the first tercet repeat alternately as a refrain closing the succeeding stanzas and joined as the final couplet of the quatrain. Tercet:  A group of three lines, often rhyming together or with another tercet.

Cleaning the rugs, mainly cause there isn't time to clear the furniture, clean the rug, have it dry and put the furniture back during the time the boys are at Day Care, they need to be gone for like 24 hours and I just don't see that happening any time soon.

Wednesday, 17 April 2013

April 17th, 2013 Poetry form = Sestina

Do you enjoy cleaning? Why or why not?
Sestina: A highly structured form of poetry consisting of six six-line stanzas and a three-line envoy (thirty-nine lines). The end words of the first stanza are repeated in varied order as end words in the other stanzas and also recur in the envoy.

I hate to clean because it is a thankless, never-ending job. Mind you I like a tidy house, I just refuse to clean beyond what needs doing. You won't find garbage on the floor, or mold on the dishes but there will certainly be dust everywhere and crumbs waiting for me to decide they need cleaned up. The blanket gets thrown over the bed most days but that's only cause my I live in one room and it looks neater if the blanketis spread out on the bed rather than bunched into the corner or on the floor. My clothes ussually get folded and put away but sometimes I just throw them into a big pile on a chair for later. Stuff like that.

Sestina: Is going to have to wait my mind just can't formulate even a beginning line for it and it has 39 lines in it.

Tuesday, 16 April 2013

April 16th, 2013 Poetry form = Tetractys

If you could invent a machine that could help you with one aspect of spring cleaning, what would it do?
Tetractys, a poetic form consisting of at least 5 lines of 1, 2, 3, 4, 10 syllables (total of 20). Tetractys can be written with more than one verse, but must follow suit with an inverted syllable count. Tetractys can also be reversed and written 10, 4, 3, 2, 1. Double Tetractys maybe written as: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, and a Triple Tetractys as: 1, 2, 3, 4, 10, 10, 4, 3, 2, 1, 1, 2, 3, 4, and 10.

Scrub the walls
Shake out the rugs
All in one handy, dandy wee machine

Monday, 15 April 2013

April 15th, 2013 Poetry form = Rictameter

It's time for spring cleaning: tell us which room you're tackling first.
Rictameter is a nine line poetry form. The 1st and last lines are the same with the syllable count as follows:
•line 1 - 2 syllables - same as line 9
•line 2 - 4 syllables
•line 3 - 6 syllables
•line 4 - 8 syllables
•line 5 - 10 syllable
•line 6 - 8 syllables
•line 7 - 6 syllables
•line 8 - 4 syllables
•line 9 - 2 syllables - same as line 1

bitchen kitchen
dirtiest place in the house
I love my kitchen but I hate to clean it
center of all that is good
smelling divine

Ok so it's a bit off the cuff and the syllable count will have to be fixed in one or two of the lines but it answers the prompt and it's in the basic form.

Sunday, 14 April 2013

April 14 - Sunday Thoughts Poetry form = Quatern

A lot of European countries celebrate freedom this month ... what does freedom mean to me?
Quatern is a sixteen line French form composed of four quatrains. It is similar to the Kyrielle and the Retourne. It has a refrain that is in a different place in each quatrain. The first line of stanza one is the second line of stanza two, third line of stanza three, and fouth line of stanza four. A quatern has eight syllables per line. It does not have to be iambic or follow a set rhyme scheme.

That is what freedom means to me
Speak my piece any way I choose
As long as you can do it too
Without a reprimand from me

line 5
line 1  That is what freedom means to me
line 6
line 7

line 8
line 9
line 1  That is what freedom means to me
line 10

line 11
line 12
line 13
line 1 That is what freedom means to me

Saturday, 13 April 2013

April 13 - Jazz Appreciation Month Poetry form = Nonet

Listen to a piece of music and write about the images that it brings into your mind. It has to be a jazz song!
Nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second line eight syllables, the third line seven syllables, etc... until line nine that finishes with one syllable. It can be on any subject and rhyming is optional.
line 1 - 9 syllables
line 2 - 8 syllables
line 3 - 7 syllables
line 4 - 6 syllables
line 5 - 5 syllables
line 6 - 4 syllables
line 7 - 3 syllables
line 8 - 2 syllables
line 9 - 1 syllables

My head feels stuffed with cotton and my bones ache, all I really want to do is sleep. I hope the sun comes back soon, I really need its soothing light. My mind seizes up when faced with so many grey days, especially since they are cold and wet with out a lightening spark. Lightening gives me a buzz but rain drip, drip, drip just drives me insane.

Give me a summer lightening storm
Lightening gives me a cool buzz
Rain by itself makes me sad
Its steady drip, drip, drip
Sounds like someones tears
Gets on my nerves
Drip, drip, drip
Please stop

Friday, 12 April 2013

April 12th, 2013 Poetry form = Kyrielle

How do you interpret the words "live simply?"
Kyrielle is a French form written in quatrains. Each quatrain contains a repeated line or phrase as a refrain. It has a meter usually composed of eight syllables per line but it can be varied. There is no limit to the number of stanzas, but three is generally the minumum. The normal structure is a/a/b/B, c/c/b/B, d/d/b/B. with B being the repeated line.

Before I get to today's prompt I had to share ... this is what my window looked like this morning after an ice storm 

Live Simply

Live in a little house made of wood. It wouldn't have to be big two hundred square feet would be enough. A garden to grow my fruits and vegetables in. A chicken or two for the eggs and a goat for milk. A well nearby or some other body of water to provide that essential to all earth kind.

A few books, some yarn and needles, a few art supplies and I would be all set. This is how I lived as a child and it is as simple as it gets.

If I happened to have electricity for cooking, lights and a laptop that would be cool but I could get along just as easily with candles and a wood stove. I would learn how to get along without a computer again.

Now for the hard part putting all of that into a Kyrielle

Live in a little house of wood
Something ten by ten would be good
No sense in doing it half-assed
Living simply is in my past

Keep a chicken and goat or two
That is one thing you need to do
Find a nice place that is well grassed
Living simply is in my past

Grow my own fruits & vegetables
Wear only bio-materials
Such a life will be unsurpassed
Living simply is in my past

Thursday, 11 April 2013

April 11th, 2013 Poetry form = Diamante

Which natural resource do you worry about the most?
Diamante:  The purpose is to go from the subject at the top of the diamond to another totally different (and sometimes opposite) subject at the bottom. The structure is: 
line 1 - one noun (subject #1)
line 2 - two adjectives (describing subject #1)
line 3 - three participles (ending in -ing, telling about the subject #1)
line 4 - four nouns (first two related to the subject #1, second two related to subject #2)
line 5 - three participles (ending in -ing, telling about subject #2)
line 6 - two adjectives (describing subject #2)
line 7 - one noun (subject #2)

polluted, destroyed
cleaning, weeding, caring
river, lake, breeze, wind
swaying, flying, whirling
clear, ruthless

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

April 10th, 2013 Poetry form = Clerihew

Do you have a green thumb?
Clerihew:  It is biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view; but it is hardly ever satirical, abusive or obscene; It has four lines of irregular length (for comic effect), rhymed as two couplets; The first line consists solely (or almost solely) of a well-known person's name.

Cheryl Marois
Once tried to grow roses
To please other peoples noses
Now the roses all sing in heavens chorus

It's true, I love to grow things but things don't like to grow for me. Unless it is an ivy or a catus which can grow with minimal help it will die on me.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

9 days into the month- scoring

It's nine days into the month so I thought I would add up my points to see where I am at. 

This is how I am scoring them:
1 point x 30 daily blog entrys (as long as there is an entry for that date it counts)
1 point x  20 daily prompts answered
1 point x  30 poems completed in the form listed for that day
1 point  x 20 if the daily poetry form answers prompt 
  1. 9 entries
  2. 5 prompts answered
  3. 5 poems written in the days form
  4. 5 prompts answered with a poem
This puts my current score at 24 out of a possible 36 up to today the ninth of April..

The poems I didn't get done on their paticular day will be sharing a post which I hope to have caught up by the fifteenth.

April 9th, 2013 Poetry form = Triolet

Talk about a time you were on a farm.
Triolet: A triolet is an eight line poem or stanza with a set rhyme scheme. Line four and line seven are the same as line one, and line eight is the same as line two. The rhyme scheme is ABaAabAB.

I grew up on a farm
Dit dit
Safe from city harm
I grew up on a farm
It's why I give a darn
hint, hint
I grew up on a farm
dit, dit

OK it's a bit of a cheat but it is in the correct format even if the form is incomplete and it is about a farm.

Grey skies hover over my head
The missing sun makes me so sad
I don't want to get out of bed
Grey skies hover over my head
Filling my humble heart with dread
When they are gone I'll be so glad
Grey skies hover over my head
The missing sun makes me so sad

This is a perfect Triolet!

Monday, 8 April 2013

April 8th, 2013 Poetry form = ABC Poem

Do you own a garden? What do you grow?
ABC Poem: 5 lines, Lines 1- 4 are made up of words, phrases or clauses and the fist word of each line in in alphabetical order from the first word. Line 5 is one sentence, beginning with any letter.

Today it is your turn! I'll answer too just not today.

Sunday, 7 April 2013

April 7 - Sunday Thoughts Poetry form = Chant Royale

Write a poem in which you speak after your own death. Imagine what death looks and feels like, what your emotions are. What advice can you give to the living?
Chant Royale: consists of five eleven-line stanzas with a rhyme scheme a-b-a-b-c-c-d-d-e-d-E and a five-line envoi rhyming d-d-e-d-E or a seven-line envoi c-c-d-d-e-d-E.

I cannot do this today, it has been a long week and I just want to chill out. I will add this to the poems that need to be done

Saturday, 6 April 2013

April 6 - National Child Abuse Prevention Month Poetry form = Diminished Hexaverse

Discuss Child Abuse min 750 words
Diminished Hexaverse: A poem containing stanzas of 5 lines, then 4 lines, then 3 lines, then 2 lines, ending with one word. The syllables in each stanza correspond to the number of lines, i.e. 5 in each line in the first stanza, 4 in the second stanza and so on. This form may contain more than five stanzas.

As a survivor of childhood abuse, prevention is close to my heart. I have no words to say what needs to be said today, Whenever I think about the abuse I suffered and the abuse my brothers and sister suffered due to one of my uncles I want to scream and run away. That he was there and that I am sure my parents had full knowledge of what he was and what he was doing only makes it harder. You see I know they loved me but my mother was a victim of sexual abuse from her own father and my dad had dysthymia and didn't acknowledge much past his own pain. I know there was some physical abuse in his family but I don't know if there was any sexual abuse.
I do not remember getting physically harmed by my father but as I discussed earlier my mom and I had our moments. A nosy neighbor says that I at least got hit sometimes but I don't remember it, aside from the beating my mom gave me I do not remember any physical punishments, some mental ones sure but that came with the territory of who they were and their own pasts.
I wish that there had been an active child welfare group active during my childhood. I know the Children's Aid Society has been around for awhile but I feel that a lot of the time the assessors are blinded by their own prejudices and do not "rescue" the children that need saving but the ones they assume need saving. I know that makes them human but they need to be taught to be led by their senses not their thoughts if they are going to do anything to help the children that really need help.
On the other hand some of the "spare the rod" people need to understand that sometimes a child needs a spanking because a time out is just a big joke. I am an advocate of the middle of the road on child punishment as I am on most things in the world that require an opinion.
I do not see how a slap on the butt or hand can harm a child or give that child a message that violence is ok. If that single slap turns into several hard slaps given all together without any reason beyond parental exasperation then it could be considered abuse, if it escalates into multiple hard slaps, several times a day then that child is in danger and needs to be removed and to be checked out by a doctor or three to find out if the fault is in the child or the parent.
Often a child can learn self control but someone who has reached adulthood without that become a danger to children and sometimes other adults around them. And yes I am a firm believer that sometimes a child has some issues that make them act out, like a mental illness or something and that it is not the parents fault completely if they resort to physical violence because they do not know or understand what is going on with their child. Mind you if a good parent gets to that point, I would expect them to be taking the child to the doctor to be tested for a disorder, that is their responsibility. (562 words)

Note: I haven't done a poem today this subject just gets me up on my high horse. I will try to do a poem for it later today. If I do I'll post it as a separate post. I still need to finish yesterdays as well, I'll probably do both and put them in a post together tonight or tomorrow. I are still preparing for the landlords house inspection and working on a wedding so writing gets pushed to the bottom of the list. Hopefully next week things will ease up a bit.

Once upon a time
a long time ago
there lived a young girl
who lived in a whirl
running boy to boy

Until one day
Death came to her
Cold and angry
it stole her child

Her will gone
Stopped whirling
Became still

No child


Friday, 5 April 2013

April 5th, 2013 Poetry form = Etheree

Write a thank you note to the earth or Mother Nature.
Etheree: consists of ten lines of unmetered and unrhymed verse, the first line having one syllable, each succeeding line adding a syllable, with the total syllable count being fifty-five.

Thank you
Mother Nature

And that is as far as I got today. Between running around, planning a wedding and my other writing commitments I just didn't have much time for this today. Hopefully tomorrow will be better and I will be able to finish this one and tomorrow's. I have more running around tomorrow, a meeting with the bride and her party plus I need to get my room cleaned for the Monday inspection and keep the boys out of my daughter & SIL's hair tomorrow night when they do the carpets. Come Sunday night this old girl is going to bed at 8 pm and not moving until 10 am Monday

sky, green 
grass, water
I can drink,clear 
to the bottom, No 
debris anywhere in 
sight. Clean air I can breathe, fresh
pure, pollutant free. Perfectly
protecting mankind, helping us thrive.
We need to stay alive, recycle please

The Etheree is completed but it does not answer the prompt. I will try to finish the one above as well but I don't know if I will be able to.

Thursday, 4 April 2013

April 4th, 2013 Poetry form = Italian Sonnet

Tell us about your favourite hike you've ever been on.
Italian Sonnet: A sonnet consisting of an 8 line stanza with the rhyme pattern abbaabba followed by a six line stanza with a rhyme pattern of cdecde or cdcdcd.

I am trying to remember if I have ever been on a real hike, I have walked for km through the parks and along the streets and down the boardwalk in Toronto but I don't think I've ever been on a backpack type of hike in my life. This being so and since a sonnet is 14 lines long I suppose I could make up a poem about a hike. Not sure that would qualify as matching the form to the prompt. If you read this maybe you can comment and tell me what you think.

I set out one day to explore a place
I'd never been before
On a distant shore
I grabbed a pack and set a good pace
As I explored my heart began to race
I heard a loud roar
What was in store
For me ahead, what would I face

I turned the corner and saw such a sight
A big, beautiful waterfall
A cataract off to the right
To the left stood a mountain tall
Above it an eagle in flight
I suddenly felt so very small

Wednesday, 3 April 2013

April 3rd, 2013 Poetry form = Lanterne

Have you ever been camping? Tell us about a memorable trip.
Lanterne: 5 line poem; each line has a specific number of syllables; line 1 = 1 syllable; line 2 = 2 syllables; line 3 = 3 syllables; line 4 = 4 syllables; line 5 = 1 syllable; lines do not rhyme; poem is based on one sentence or idea

year I went
with my family.

I think I got the syllables right but I think I have to do a different Lanterne for the book, this one doesn't make sense unless you include the question and that is not the right form.

In answer to the question, yes I've been camping. Every year we would go to a hunting cabin for a couple of week-ends a summer. That was until the lumber guys revoked our rental agreement so they could start logging the area. I used to love fishing, and canoeing on the lake, walking through the woods  and eating dinner by the campfire most nights.

Mind I have a couple of bad memories of that place too. The strongest one by far took place the last year we were there in the cabin. I was not mouthy indeed most people thought I was a mouse but on this paticular day something broke.

We had several visitors at the cabin and it was rather crowded. My mother asked me to do dishes and for some reason I said no. My mother freaked! She took me out into the woods and made me cut a switch which she then liberally applied to my body every where cept my face for some reason she avoided that. She left me there and went back to the cabin. I walked without knowing where I was going until I came to this big rock out cropping near the far end of the lake. I stayed there for several hours, finally heading back because it was getting dark.

I carried bruises and welts for a couple of months. I walked into my school with them. I think my parents got in trouble over that but I don't know for sure. 

I have lots of good memories of that place and I try not to think about the bad ones. Perhaps when I do the Lanterne take two I will use the beating as the subject.

Tuesday, 2 April 2013

April 2nd, 2013 Poetry form = Shape Poem

Compare yourself to an element of nature and explain how that part of the environment captures some aspect of your personality.
Shape Poem: Poetry written in the shape or form of an object. Shape poems do not have to take the form of the object it describes.

My birth sign is a Libra and that makes me an Air elemental. As I was researching for this answer I came across an article that described the personality of each elemental and Air really is closest to my own. At least the way I see myself.

is closest
            to who I feel I am
       curious about
  Not unemotional just tightly bound
I look and listen with the intention to learn
But soon I get bored and move on
to something new

Rubber ducky any one? At least that is what it is supposed to look like! 

Monday, 1 April 2013

April 1st, 2013 - Poetry form = Concrete Poem

Which environmental cause is closest to your heart and why? 
Concrete: a concrete poem takes the shape of the object it describes.
This is the shape I would like to recreate for the poem

The environmental cause closest to my heart:

Blue sky, white clouds        Water I can drink
Air I can breath                     Clean and fresh
Clean and fresh                        Clear to the bottom
Perfect for me                             No weeds

Green grass                                  Recycle please
Clear of  Trash                            Paper and plastic
This is what I like                       Glass and metal too
 Animals must thrive                  Every thing we can reuse
   Mankind can stay alive        Please recycle

Why there are two badges for April

The NaBloPoMo topic for April is Fresh but April is also National Poetry Month. I found that badge at the NaBloPoMo website and decided to use it .

My main goal for April is to complete 30 poems I need for the chapbook I'm working on over at Write On!. I am also in the middle of a 30 day image prompt contest over there. Since poetry is my first love I have decided to dedicate most of my writing this month to it but I also want to keep up with NaBloPoMo so I have assigned myself a double prompt each day; One poetry form and the NabloPoMo Prompt for that day.

I still need 32 poems for the book but there are not enough days plus some of the forms I have chosen require a fair amount of work. Yes, poetry can be work occasionally, its not all hearts and flowers.

I am trying something new this month:
1 point x 30 daily blog entrys
1 point x  20 daily prompts answered
1 point x  30 poems completed in the form listed for that day
1 point  x 20 if the daily poetry form answers prompt 

Hopefully this will keep me stay with the daily writing as I really need to get those poems at least into draft by the end of April. Each point is worth a dollar at the end of the month. If I've done the math right I will have $100 or so to spend but even $50 would be good because I need new runners.

Each day you will see the prompt and the poetry form I wish to work on that day at the top of the post. I add the prompts ahead of time but the actual writing is done on that date. You are my witness, if  I meet the requirements for that day I hope you will comment because positive feedback is always nice to receive and it will keep me going.