Posted in Syllabic Verse

The Great Coverup Searching For Smiles

Girl with smiling eyes wearing a face mask

Masks try to

Hide smiles

Yet our eyes

Overcome

Every

Place I go

I see masks

Cover up

People’s mouths

But not their

Smiling eyes

Syllabic Verse

Smiling with your eyes, also called the “Duchenne smile” or “smizing,” makes you look like you’re genuinely happy. Smiling with your eyes is hard to fake, and it helps to channel good thoughts so you’ll seem more sincere. Once you get really good at it, you can even smile  using only your eyes!

How To Smile With The Eyes

Posted in Senryu

Birthday Blessings Bestowed

Me on my 76th birthday

Special days happen

Because people take time

To make them so

Senryu

I enjoyed a very special birthday today because so many people took the time to make it so for me. My family, friends, neighbors and acquaintances all shared their wishes in some way to make the day great, and for that I am feeling especially grateful and blessed!

Posted in Crown Cinquain

Earth Day 2020

Earth wearing a white mask

I looked

Around the earth

The trees were doing fine

As they whispered to the wind

Waving

Welcome

To the sunshine

That Spring had provided

Even though virus threatened their

People

I looked

Around the earth

The birds were doing fine

As they sang sweetly in the garden

Greeting

Morning

Cheerfully as

If the virus didn’t

Exist among many of the earth’s

People

I looked

Around the earh

The flowers grew and bloomed

Dressed in glorious colors

Earth’s fine

Crown Cinquain

Posted in Senryu

Neath the Masks

Face masks

This new normal is

Filled with masks and 6 foot marks.

A world so surreal

Senryu

Since this Sheltering in Place took effect I have only been going out to the stores one day a week to get my groceries and necessary supplies.

Each week I see more and more changes taking affect. More control, more limiting, more distancing and this week, today it was more masks.

It seemed everyone was wearing masks today, where in previous week just a few were doing so.

It just seemed so surreal seeing everyone all around me in masks.

Posted in Triolet

Faces

Sketches of faces
Face sketches by Leona J. Atkinson 2020

Faces are all around me

Young, old, dark, light,

As far as I can see

Faces are all around me

Some sad, some friendly

Some mad, some drawn tight

Faces are all around me

Young, old, dark, light,

Triolet

There are so many faces we see daily. Sometimes I don’t take the time to look at every face but other times I make a point to focus on each face I see. I guess that’s called “People Watching” and it can be very interesting.

Posted in Scripture, Tanka

Judge Not—There’s A Time for Everything

The excited butterfly

Shouted at his friend below:

“Fly! Reach for the sky!”

“My time has not yet come”

Said the waiting caterpillar.

Tanka

In its own appointed time, eventually every caterpillar will fly, for it will transform into either a butterfly or a moth.

Perhaps that is the same timing for some people, therefore we should not judge.

To everything there is a season,

A time for every purpose under heaven:…

Eccl. 3:1

Posted in #MayFalls19 Poetry Challenge, Choka, May 2019

World Overview

Man racing with time

Quickly jotted notes

Faceless friends and family

Life passing by

Living in a timeclock

Checking Apple’s watch

Running life’s racetrack

In a zombie world

Filled with roads to nowhere

Lonely souls needing God.

Choka

#MayFalls19 Poetry Challenge-Day 2–Prompt:”quickly jotted notes”

@FallsPoetry on #Instagram

Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Pantoum

Living Life

Robot sculpture in field McMinnville,OR 2019

Living in an imperfect world

With imperfect people

As we struggle to survive

Searching for answers

With imperfect people

We walk, talk and dwell

Searching for answers

Only God can help us achieve

We walk, talk and dwell

Climbing mountains

Only God can help us achieve

Are we willing to trust Him?

Climbing mountains

Living in an imperfect world

Are we willing to trust Him?

As we struggle to survive

Pantoum

#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 26–Prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that uses repetition.

Posted in April 2019, List, NaPoWriMo 2019

People

People

People abundant

People busy, bored

People cranky, caring, cautious

People driving, daring, devious, daunting

People everywhere

People fearful, following

People guilty, going, gullible

People happy, hiding, hoarding, hovering,

People indoors

People jolly, joking,

People kind, kissing, kidding,

People loud, lost, lazy, lacking,

People missing

People nice, needy

People old, obstinate, ordinary,

People pleasant, picky, private, proud

People queer

People running, rude,

People singing, silent, sick

People talking, talented, tall, tiny

People understanding

People victorious, vicious, victims, vulgar

People winning

People xenophobics, x-raying

People yelling, yawning, yielding,

People zestful, zany, zonked, zombies

List poem/alphabetical and numeric

#NaPoWriMo 2019-Day 16 Prompt: Today, I challenge you to write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane.