Podcast. Attraction. 4/9/18

Check out my episode “Poem. Attraction. 4/9/18” from march thirty one poetry on Anchor: https://anchor.fm/marchthirtyonepoetry/episodes/Poem–Attraction–4918-e1a65u


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




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






god fearing


in all actions




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: november poetry chapbook challenge from writer’s digest, prompt #1

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I recently started following Writer’s Digest‘s Poetic Asides editor, Robert Lee Brewer.  For the month of November, the challenge is to write a poem-a-day and submit your finished work for a Chapbook Challenge. I’m getting a late start (10 days in) but I’ve decided that since I haven’t written any poetry since National Poetry Month with the NaPoWriMo Challenge (www.napowrimo.net), I thought November is as good a time as any to write new poetry. So here goes.

Find out the daily Chapbook Challenge prompts by visiting Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest at:


Prompt #1 is from Moriya Koleva

Mariya’s Prompt: Write a matches poem. The matches could be sticks that make fire. Or it could be matches from a game. Or the verb of “to match.” Or as in the phrase “He’s not a good match for you.” Or whatever other match you can make.

My poem:

prom date

When I went to prom

we wore matching outfits

purple and gold lace

my first bustier

you wore a matching cumberbund

and bowtie

too bad

our futures didn’t go together

no high school sweetheart for me