march thirty one: #NationalPoetryMonth #ThrowbackThursday #OldSchool – Gil Scott Heron – The Revolution Will Not Be Televised

Since it’s Thursday (Throw Back Thursday that is), here is one of my favorite poets and one of my favorite pieces of spoken word. It’s Gil Scott Heron’s, “The Revolution Will Not Be Televised”.  #OldSchool #TBT

We lost him in May 2011, one of the pioneers of modern spoken word and performance. RIP Gil Scott Heron

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National Poetry Month – Late Start

So I’m getting a late start on this. In the spirit of National Poetry Month, I will once again, attempt to keep up with the Writer’s Digest Magazine Poem A Day Challenge (PAD) http://www.writersdigest.com/editor-blogs/poetic-asides/poetry-challenge-2014-poetic-asides.  I managed to do very well in 2012 and posted poems just about all of the 30 days of April, however 2013 I didn’t do as well and this year is turning out to be a challenge to keep up with the challenge. Today i s actually the first day I’ve had to post on my blog. So much poetry to write, so little time….. 

Day #1 Challenge (posted by poet Tracy Brimhall)

  1. Write a beginning poem. Today is the beginning of this challenge. It’s also the beginning of April. But there are so many other beginnings: Beginning of a relationship, beginning of school, beginning of the rest of your life, and so on. Pick a beginning to write about.
  2. Write an ending poem. Often, though not always, beginnings come as the result of an ending. Sometimes endings are cause for disappointment, heartbreak, or numbness. Other times, endings are celebrated. Capture an ending today.

 

My poem:

April One – a poem

Fools rush in
Jokes abound
Laughter comes
Then someone
Inevitably
Is embarrassed
This month
Full of rain showers
Begins as a mystery laden
Comedic driven
Reality show
Full of punchlines
Ridicule
And shenanigans
It’s a wonder any work gets done
Perhaps the boss
Will give us a day off
To lolligag
Roll on the floor and
Take naps on a whim
Daydreaming of beach filled days
And extra long vacation days
With pay

April Fools

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march thirty one: twitter poetry challenge, haiku about favorite tv show

So I decided to respond to a twitter poetry challenge by Young Chicago Authors (@YoungChiAuthors , http://youngchicagoauthors.org/blog/), to write a haiku about your favorite TV show.  Here’s mine:

 

haiku for my favorite tv show

ripped from the headlines

real life stories with a twist

law and order love

 

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march thirty one: a poem for grand(mothers)

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I have been thinking a lot about my grandmothers lately and I felt compelled to write a mother’s day poem for them. And Happy Mother’s day to all mothers everywhere! That includes birth mothers, adopted mothers, aunties, grandmothers, sisters who play a mother’s role, and anyone who cares for someone in a maternal way!

 

lessons from my grandmothers

 

dear grandmothers

 

I miss you times two

 

grandma to the left

 

and grandma to the right

 

where

 

on the family tree

 

you both add value

 

to who I am

 

for you gave me

 

my mother

 

and my father

 

who had me

 

the offspring

 

of you

 

and it is on this day

 

that we honor mothers

 

and the mothers

 

of mothers

 

I honor you

 

my grandmothers

 

my wise apparents

 

who showed me how to

 

bake and sew

 

how to make water

 

out of wine

 

how to take loaves

 

and turn them into

 

a feast

 

you taught me

 

about beauty

 

inner and outer

 

how to take care

 

of loved ones

 

and how to

 

be love everyone

 

unconditionally

 

womanly

 

god fearing

 

in all actions

 

deeds

 

and words

 

I thank you

 

for existing

 

and I know

 

that heaven is a better place

 

with you

 

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march thirty one: #30poems30days, the last day of national poetry month, April 30

So, I’ve been totally off my game this year for National Poetry Month. I was doing so well at the beginning of the month when I had a lot of down time but towards the end of April, I just couldn’t keep up.  So, to round out the month, I want to eek out one last poem. This is an homage to graduating seniors everywhere. Congratulations graduates and here’s to the rest of your life.

 

finals week

heads hang low

books open

eyes glazed over

pajama pants

become your outfit

of choice

as you work

to cram

a semester’s worth

of information

into your head

with energy drinks

on tap

like happy hour

as you intake

coffee

like a patient

who needs

a blood transfusion

as anxiety builds

you realize

that

it’s all a crap shoot

unless you

keep calm

relax

and do your best

because

in the end

it’s all about

how tough you are

and how these

past four years

of your life

will be

worth it

in the end

degree in hand

it’s over

#30poems30days

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