Posted in July 2019, Syllabic Verse

Just One Word

Blackboard, open journal, flowers, message Write! It all begins with one word

Today I wrote a word

Just one short word

It sat there awhile

All alone it sat

Until inspiration

Caused it to grow

And multiply itself

Creating a story

Of three thousand words

The power of pen

And inspiration

Can change the world

Syllabic Verse

Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Shadorma


Quill Pen,

The quill speaks

Of days long ago.

In quivering


It tells of quotidian

Events radiantly.


#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 24–prompt is to write a poem that is inspired by a reference book. Locate a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia, open it at random, and consider the two pages in front of you to be your inspirational playground for the day.

(As you might guess I opened my dictionary to pages Q-R)

Posted in April 2017, NaPoWriMo 2017, Rhyme

Evolution of Writing

A human Finger writes in the sand,
Words a heart needs to say.

And a dry Bone held in a hand,
Draws word pictures in moist clay.

A Reed blowing in a Egypt’s land,
Is used to scribe events of the day.

And Romans, in their culture so grand,
Invent the Stylus, so they say.

Anglo-Saxons cleverly planned,
To write books using a Quill as a way.

Then upon the world’s Grand-Stand,
The lead Pencil’s design is put on display,

Yet, Pencil writing was undermanned,
So ink Pens were created in various array.

But, for all those invented, both great and bland,
The Finger is still used to text and sign today.




Posted in Clerihew, Freedom-July 2013, Rhyme


Leona J. Atkinson
Writes poetry for fun
Her great accomplishment has been
Learning to speak through a pen

Clerihew poem

Leona J. Atkinson  07-10-13

This poem was written in honor of NATIONAL CLERIHEW DAY which is celebrated on July 10 of each year.
The Clerihew poem was invented by Edmund Clerihew Bently, (1875-1956). 
A Clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem, in an aabb form.

Posted in Holiday, June 2013, Tanka

In Honor of the Pen

To celebrate this
National Ball Point Pen Day
I buy a new pen
I write a new style of poem
My choice handwritten Tanka

Leona J. Atkinson 06-10-13
(My first try at writing a Tanka, which is 5-7-5-7-7 syllables with the third line as a pivot)

To day is National Ball Point Pen Day
Brothers, Laszlo and Gyorgy Biro,  are credited with the invention of the ballpoint pen and obtained a patent in June of 1943.