Day 15 – Come in! Come in!


Today’s challenge :Day 15- Post a poem (written by someone else) that you love (for any reason).

Do you remember the anthology Where the Side Walk Ends? It was my first intro to poetry and I fell in love. The poems were funny, thoughtful, short, long, engaging, and written just for me. At least, that’s how I felt. Invitation continues to be one of my very favorites. The poem draws you in with its invitation. When I read this poem, I feel wanted, needed. It creates a desire in me to be creative and tell my tale.  I’ve shared this poem many time with my little writers in my classroom. This poem was an invitation for them to be themselves and write their own story. Now, I’m trying to do the same.

I invite you  to post a poem that you like. Yes, you! Do it! This is far more fun with friends. 🙂


Day 14- A Bad Love Poem

heart-762564_1920Our love is like a fine wine

It takes me higher than a Georgia pine

We will be together for eternity

because I love you whole heartily

Promise me when times get tough

and you think you have had enough

You will rest on our love

Which was sent from up above

Today’s challenge was just what I needed to help cheer me up. Now, there is nothing wrong with rhyme. I love rhyme but this poem . . .  And that’s not all that’s wrong.  I hope you enjoyed. 😉

Day 14- Write a bad poem, make it as lousy as you can, do everything wrong, let yourself be awful.

Here’s the challenge! 

What do you think makes a poem bad? 

Day 13- Just One Piece

1811980892_dee9e46632_zThere’s a wicked chill in the air.
Around every corner a scare.
Spooky things go creak in the night.
Candy for days, oh what a delight!
I’ll just eat one piece, oh maybe one more.
Big mistake, I just threw up all over the floor

Day 13- Write a short poem that a child would like.

I taught second grade for about eight years. Now that I am not teaching, I really miss teaching writing. In April, my class would celebrate Poetry Month by reading and writing a variety of poetry. I loved it. They loved it. I learned that eight year olds like their poetry short, funny, and rhyming.  If you throw in something a little gross, you have a real winner! Oh, how I miss my babies.  They were such brilliant free writers.

Up for a challenge? 

Day 12- Life Saver


Born into sin

Saved by grace

Is this your life story too? I accepted Jesus when I was ten. My mom became a Christian and she told me about this man called Jesus. The choice to become a Christian was left up to me. I decided that I wanted to know this Jesus too. But my true love for him began just a tad after that.  It’s been 30 years since we first met and there have been lots of ups and downs. But life has certainly not been the Do same since that day.

Looking to challenge yourself with some prompt writing? Join the challenge.

Today’s challenge: Day 12- Tell your life story in 6 words.

Day 11- My Granny’s Kitchen

BHG1972-261x300My Granny’s Kitchen 
My Granny’s kitchen is where love resides along with
Avocado green thigh sticking chairs
Plastic vegetable ladies dancing over the sink
Birds chirping in the ice maker and
Cabinets overcrowded with Armour Vienna sausages, Hormel chili, Quaker grits, and Dole mixed fruit
Dirty line shoes sit waiting by the back door for sunshine washed laundry
The Junk Drawer filled with keys that open unknown locks
Salted roasted peanuts on darkened roast pan
Wafts of butter flavored Crisco fried chicken
The sweet smell of buttery crust that top fresh warm peaches
Ice water
Folded dictionary pages
Quiet nights
In my Granny’s Kitchen

The kitchen is usually the hub of the house. My Granny’s kitchen was no different. Her house was built in late 60s/early 70s and the was kitchen was lovingly decorated in avocado green.  I loved that kitchen. In the evenings, the dishes were washed and the lights turned low. My Granny would roast a pan of peanuts, pour a glass of ice-water, and complete her daily crossword puzzle.  Sitting quietly talking with my mother while she worked are some of my best memories.
The challenge for Day 11 – Write a list poem.
Check out my favorite day of the challenge so far here.

Day 10- Closer

Hope invades me as I consume your words
I move closer to you
and allow your truths to
cleanse me
I want to be what you have in mind
In your arms I find
In your eyes I see
May my desire for you be an unquenchable thirst

Today’s challenge: Pick a one line song lyric to serve as an epigraph to your poem. Then, write the poem to accompany it. One of my favorite worship songs is a song called Closer. The first line is : Into your arms I’m drawing near again to dwell with you. It’s my only heart’s desire. It is the perfect sentiment for my poem.  I am really enjoying this challenge. I look forward to writing. It is the ultimate stress reliever. Please feel free to jump in at any time. You can find tomorrow’s challenge here.

Day 9 -Mom

m. and me
I am thankful for being a mom
Even when you throw yourself on the floor in a dramatic fall
and you make me want to cry
take a drink
But the house is dry
I am thankful for being a mom
Even when your pink Hello Kitty goes whizzing by my head
and you give me your firm toddler “No!” like a missile shooting out of a cannon
I am thankful for being a mom
You are grandma’s sweet toddler princess
She swoops in when being a mom is just too hard
I am thankful that I have an outstanding mom

I am no longer a mom of a toddler. But I am a Nina/Grandma. I watch my daughter with my grand- daughter and it brings back vivid memories. Toddlers are little humans that truly have minds of their own.  Today’s challenge: Day 9- Quickly jot down four verbs, four adjectives, and four nouns. Write a poem using all 12 words. My words are: throw, fall, drink, cry, outstanding, thankful, dry, pink, princess, Hello Kitty, toddler, and mom.