Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Bees, Birds, and Bunnies


By Bob Peterson from North Palm Beach, Florida, Planet Earth! [CC-BY-SA-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



It is the season of birth and rebirth, so I am going to title this prompt "Bees, Bunnies, and Birds."

What bird to you is a 'sign of spring'?
Write about an admired or  favorite bird.
What if you could fly....like a bird?  What would it be like?

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Are bunnies cute little furry things or nuisance pests that feed in your garden?
Did you ever have a pet bunny?
Do you have an Easter Bunny memory?


By ItsLassieTime (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons



Honey bees are endangered.  Any poetic thoughts?  Perhaps an ode?
To me, bees symbolize spring too.  I haven't seen any around here yet.
Are you seeing them where you are?

By Julia Wilkins (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons


Perhaps reflect on  'birth' or  'rebirth' in general?  Or the Easter season in specific?

Or perhaps choose words to show uplifted you feel this time of year!!
I know that's how I feel!  It's spring, after all!

Link your poem below.  Visit the links of others who post.  Enjoy.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Baseball&Barriers

opening day parade of teams

Any warmth the sun has is sucked up on a cool breeze roaring off the mountain. Dirt, freshly combed for pebbles & particulars, trails in ever diminishing circles to the pitchers mound. Blazing white chalk lines the bases. A bat thunks cleats. Hot dog scented smoke slips out the back of the concession stand A ball smacks leather & a big guys steps to the mic and belts out the national anthem---this is Spring.

Saturday was opening day for dixie league baseball.  My son plays. For me it is officially Spring when baseball begins.

Seeing all the kids in new uniforms that will never look at clean as the first day no matter how many times you run it through the wash. They will face victory and defeat, but today everything is possible.

There are so many metaphors in baseball as well.

Next week, on April 15th  it will be Jackie Robinson Day. Jackie Robinson was the first baseball player to break the color barrier in the major leagues. Previously, there had been a Negro League - separate but equal. His character and talent challenged beliefs about segregation and contributed significantly to the Civil Rights Movement.

So today, we will play a game of either or...

write about baseball, use baseball as a metaphor, use a baseball game as a setting in your poem

or

write about barriers coming down, those that dared stand against the tide, write about possibility.

Whichever you choose, write. Post your poem on your webpage, link it below --- and be sure to read others that link in, we'll be jammin' til next Monday night.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

It's About Time

It's About Time



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This week let's write about TIME.  Let the word itself inspire you, and let your words flow where they will.

This year it seems that winter has lasted a long TIME.  And, I don't know about you, but once summer comes TIME seems to go way too fast.  And in the blink of an eye it is over again.  TIME, for me, passes at varying speeds at different TIME of the year & also at different points in my life.  How about you?

Here are a few TIMELY quotes I like:

Edmund Burke said, "You can never plan the future by the past."

Benjamin Franklin said, "Lost time is never found again."

Golda Meir said, "I must govern the clock, not be governed by it."

Pericles said, "Time is the wisest counselor of all."

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Think about songs that have been written about time.  "Time Time Time" by Sugar Land and an older version by Simon and Garfunkel. "Time of Your Life" by Green Day.  And there are more if you check You Tube.  Perhaps let songs inspire you.

What are your thoughts on time in your life?  Are you always on time?  Do you run out of time?  Does time move too fast?  Too slow?  Do you welcome the passing of time or fear it?  Do you ever think about the End Times?  Do wear a watch?  How do you view time?  Do you have a favorite timepiece?

Take your TIME with Poetry Jam this week.  The prompt will be up all week.  And after you write and link your poem, be sure to take time to visit others' offerings as well.  Enjoy!