Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Sonnet-(English)

From: ________ To:_________

Girl barefoot with suitcase

From the Midwest prairie there arose,

A blue eyed country girl, quiet and shy.

Twas a simple, honest life she chose,

Enjoying nature’s wood, and clear blue sky,

Til years, and bitter tears, drew her away

To the bright city lights and noisy nights,

Bringing many sorrows and great dismay,

Filled with untrue friends and foolish fights.

But suddenly, one night, arose a light,

Telling her to return whence she came,

And visions of the prairie she did sight,

Helping her heal from all the grief and shame.

Once more, now barefoot, she stands

Upon simple, Midwestern prairie lands.

SONNET–ENGLISH:

(3 Quatrains (4 line stanzas) and 1 Couplet (2 line stanza) equals 14 lines–10 syllables each line– Rhyme: abab cdcd efef gg–problem posed in the first 12 lines/Volta=solution in last 2 lines)

#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 11—Prompt: write a poem of origin.

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Posted in Choka, December 2018

The Green Raincoat

Green Raincoat

Love thy neighbor

Standing in the pouring rain

On a city corner

Not dressed for Winter weather

Yet he didn’t complain

Though he’s covered in raindrops

From his head to foot

He smiles and says he’s thankful

It’s not a hot, sunny day

Choka

Today was a wet, windy, winter day as Oregon winters usually are. I didn’t really want to be out in it but I needed coffee for tomorrow’s breakfast so I made a quick run to the grocery.

I left the store feeling pretty cheery as my coffee was on sale and the bottles I returned put an extra $2.00 cash in my pocket.

As I was driving out of the store parking lot I got stopped at the red light, where a young man in only a thin shirt and pants was standing holding a soggy cardboard sign that said “Anything Helps. Have a Blessed Day”

Feeling he must be pretty desperate to be out in this weather, I rolled down my window and handed him the $2.00 cash I had just gotten. He took it and said “Thank You”.

“It’s pretty rainy and chilly out here today” I said, making conversation as the light was still red.

Though he was soaked from head to foot he smiled and said it was better than a hot sunny day and that he would rather be wet from rain than sweat.

Even so, I told him there was a thrift shop in town where he might be able to get a raincoat free. He said he knew that but had to wait until next month to get his voucher.

The light turned green and I had to move on.

I called my daughter. “Do you happen to have a raincoat at your house that no one is using?” I asked.

“Just that green one you gave me last summer” she replied.

Ah, the Green Raincoat. I had found it in a box marked “Free” at a yard sale I was at this summer. I took it with me that day thinking my daughter or someone in our family could use it, but no one had. It had just hung on a hook waiting for this time in life. It’s purpose had been found. It was going to someone who really needed it.

The young man smiled as I returned and and gave him the raincoat.

“You have a Blessed Day” he said, as he put on the green raincoat which fit him perfectly.

Unwanted and discarded

Have you ever felt that way?

Banished, set free

Judged unworthy by those

Who don’t see your value

You go through life hanging ‘round

Waiting and hoping

The day will come when you

Are noticed, needed

Choka

Posted in Etheree, November 2018

Perplexity

Helping hand

Just

Do not

Understand it!

I am a helper,

I love to help,

But why doesn’t everyone?

Why are some selfish,

Unwilling to give a helping hand?

I just don’t understand it at all!

They are missing out on so very much.

Etheree

Posted in October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018, Sonnet-(English)

Inside and Out

Person in thought, dreaming inside, beside a window covered in raindrops

Emotions stir inside of me

Thoughts rushing in like a hurricane

Cripple my mind causing great pain

Cold feet numb, desire to flee

Would I not gotten so intense

Spoke out loud the things inside

Revealed hurts instead of hide

Tried to reason with offense

But nay, I kept it trapped within

Tongue lies silent in its tomb

Nerves on edge await their doom

I need new life to begin

God reveal to me what to do

No one knows me better than You

Sonnet (English)

#OctPoWriMo Day 26

What is inside you (thoughts, feelings etc) that should be out to the world, but aren’t? Do you have anything inside you that is out, but that you didn’t want to be? Or maybe you are relieved that these ‘inside’ feelings are finally ‘out’?

Suggested forms: Sonnet
Word prompts
open, secret, introspective, reveal, discover

Posted in Choka, October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018, Scripture

God is Like My Umbrella But Better

Umbrella with bible verse references

God is my umbrella (Psalm 28:7)

His banner over me is love (Song 2:4)

He’ll never leave me (Hebrews 13:5)

He’s my protector always (Psalm 121:3)

He’s my shield from harm (Psalm 5:12)

He covers me with His wings (Psalm 91:4)

His love doesn’t fail ( Jeremiah 31:3)

He’s my shelter from the storm (Psalm 61:3)

He’s my rainbow of promise (Genesis 9:16)

Choka

#OctPoWriMo Day-15

WORD PROMPTS:

umbrella, shield, shelter, cover, protection

Posted in Blitz, October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018

Color Beyond Better

Colored pencils forming a heart shape

Broken crayons still color

Broken hearts still love

Color your world bright

Color is beautiful

Love everyone

Love never fails

Bright spots attract growth

Bright days attract smiles

Beautiful smiles

Beautiful thoughts

Everyone needs a smile

Everyone matters

Fails are bound to happen

Fails are opportunities to try again

Growth comes from fails

Growth often happens slowly

Smiles are free

Smiles are needed

Smiles are upside down frowns

Smiles lighten up the world

Thoughts spoken can cause regret

Thoughts unspoken can cause regret

Smile at life, you only get one chance

Smile at life and things will go better

Matters of the heart

Matters of the mind

Happen to all of us

Happen unexpectedly

Again and again and

Again and again

Fails are just one time errs not failures

Fails are a chance to try something new

Slowly time goes for those who wait

Slowly time goes for the lonely

Free yourself from doubts trust God

Free yourself from worry trust God

Needed people who are friendly

Needed people who care

Frowns compliment garments of gloom

Frowns are smiles upside down

World needs your love

World needs your smile

Regret steals happiness

Regret steals time

Chance offers new opportunities

Chance offers new life

Better life can be yours today

Better take a chance before it’s too late

Better

Better

Blitz

#OctPoWriMo 2018

Whew! This is my first try at writing a Blitz poem! It was a challenge, somewhat confusing at times, and took me awhile but I enjoyed it and I will be trying this form out again! Info is below if you would like to try writing one.

The Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim.

This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow.

Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliché. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition.

Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.

The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.

There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.

(Blitz poem info was taken from Poetry Soup website )

Posted in Cascade, October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018

Of Plans and Paths

Path

An unexpected crack in my plans

Puts me on a path of imperfection

I must keep myself from slipping

And with new eyes, begin again

I can’t let my plans slip away

I must now patch the imperfection

That arose and caused me to have

An unexpected crack in my plans

With new eyes I search for an answer

That will help me smooth out my plans

To keep me from a happening that

Puts me on a path of imperfection

As I avidly search to find the answer

I come upon one who offers help

He extends His strong hand, I grasp it

I must keep myself from slipping

My kind strong Helper leads me to new places

Places where I can find perfect plans

Good sound plans created just for me

And with new eyes begin again

Cascade