Tuesday, September 23, 2014


This week I want us all to think about the beauty and wonder of clouds.

The wonder of the sitting in a field and just gazing into a sky full of drifting clouds.

Do clouds spark the imagination in you?

The sky on some days may be so thick of rain clouds but as Paul Davis once said, ““The sun always shines above the clouds.” 

Are clouds gloomy to you, do you find them depressing are you longing for the unclouded bright blue day, “And from the midst of cheerless gloom I passed to bright unclouded day.”  Emily Brontë.

Lailah Gfty Akita looks forward in hope, to her every day is a new opportunity and clouds have endless possibilities.  “The beauty of white clouds: Every morning brings new clouds and sunshine.”

What do you see when you look at clouds? Recently my daughter pointed out an Elephant in the sky, and sure enough the clouds had formed themselves into an Elephant.

Take a few moments and transport yourself into the world of clouds, listen to David Gates, and immerse yourself in the awesome wonder of clouds.

So this week drift into the world of clouds and write whatever you want on the wonder above us.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Harvest Time

"The Apple Harvest" - Carl Larsson -1903 (public domain)
This is the season  that we here in the Midwestern U.S.A. are really enjoying the beautiful and rich harvest. Is it the same elsewhere?  We have excellent farm markets in various locations different days a week.  I love the fresh sweet corn, tomatoes, eggplant, cucumbers, beans, squash, cabbage, etc. Some are large markets and some are smaller.  Some are frantic and busy and others are relaxed and social.

Produce from a nearby farmers' market

What I would like you to write about this week can be either about the harvest itself, a particular harvest festival you know of or have experienced, the farm market experience, or perhaps particular fruits or vegetables grown in your area that are ripening now.  Or perhaps write about the preserving / canning of fruits or vegetables that many do, though I know more people did this in the past.

Red Vineyards at Arles - Vincent Van Gogh - 1888 - (public domain)

I know that in the southern hemisphere it is not harvest season right now.  I do hope you have some recollections or reflections.

I look forward to a bountiful harvest of poetry this week!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Sea

Winslow Homer, The Gulf Stream, 1899

Peggy here in Southern California. This week I want you to write about the sea.

Much art and writing through the ages has been about the sea.  Sometimes it is peaceful and beautiful, other times it is something raging and terrifying.

You may live near an ocean or perhaps it is something you have never seen. Perhaps you have had experiences with a sea or maybe it is something you only dream about.

South Africa, photo by Peggy Goetz, 2006

Is the sea a part of your work, or something recreational, or perhaps just something that is part of your world. Or is the sea something you rarely think about.

So write about the sea. I look forward to reading what you all will come up with.

Post your poem on your blog and link it below using Mr. Linky.