Poem #11: Meet Baby the Dog (Wolf)!

baby1I’ve written about the cats in our life, Kiki and Little Puss, along with the two littlest dogs, Buster and Finn. Today it’s time the shyest of them had her moment in the sun. Meet Baby, the husky-shepherd mix (pictured to the left) rescued by Johnpaul years ago.

Want to read it? Scroll down in the alphabetical list for Day #11 to read “Somnambulant Dog.”

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Poem #10 – Waiting for the Wood Thrush

We made it to Day 10 – whew! Only twenty more days to go. But I have to say that I’m thoroughly enjoying this poetry challenge. As I mentioned to a friend, it’s a little like documenting your daily life through a diary of poetry.

In keeping with yesterday’s poem about the delights of spring, today we’ll anticipate the arrival of the wood thrush, a rather woodthrushnondescript bird in terms of appearance, but with a song as ethereal as the nightingale. Have you heard it?

Want to read my poem? Scroll down the list for Day #10 to read “Waiting for the Wood Thrush.”

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month.  Please do read my work (and those of the other poets) if you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome because they inspire me to keep going!

Many, many thanks to all of you have contributed to the cause so far — either through a monetary donation or moral support, which are equally valuable.

Please know that your contributions are going to a great cause. Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work.

Poem #9 – Wild blackberries, friend or foe?

blackberrySpringtime along Whale Tail Road in southwestern Randolph County brings abundant joys but I’m on the fence when it comes to the plethora of wild blackberries. They have more “volunteers” than any other plant and seem to pop up in the most unlikely places–even in the gravel!

So today’s poem addresses the mixed blessing of wild blackberries. Want to read it? Scroll down in the alphabetical list for Day #9 to read “Pulling up the Wild Blackberry Bushes.”

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Many, many thanks to all of you have contributed to the cause so far — either through a monetary donation or moral support, which are equally valuable.

Please know that your contributions are going to a great cause. Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work.

Poem #8 – One About a Ghost

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One of my favorite sources of poetic inspiration is dreams. They offer an endless variety of unfettered thoughts with hoards of images and surprises. Today’s poem is inspired by someone else’s dream.

Want to read it? If so, scroll down in the alphabetical list for Poem #8 to read “Why My Lover Dreamt of a Naked Ghost Named Rebecca.”

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month.  Please do read my work (and those of the other poets) if you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome because they inspire me to keep going!

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Please know that your contributions are going to a great cause. Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work.

Poem #7 – Remember the Lunar Eclipse of 1982?

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Okay, this is actually a picture from last night (no eclipse) but the moon is always evocative, isn’t it? 

Where were you during the lunar eclipse of 1982? I know where I was….on the front lawn of my cherished friend Sarah Beth. Today’s poem is inspired by that experience and is dedicated to her.

Want to read it? If so, scroll down in the alphabetical list in Day 6 to read “Lunar Eclipse, July 5-6, 1982.” 

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month.  Please do read my work (and those of the other poets) if you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome because they inspire me to keep going!

Many, many thanks to all of you have contributed to the cause so far — either through a monetary donation or moral support, which are equally valuable.

Please know that your contributions are going to a great cause. Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work.

Poem #6 – A Tale of Two Kitties

I’d like to say that this is a happy story but as it sometimes goes in life, this is a tale of two kitties who do not get along. Their sisterhood is best described as a hate-hate relationship. Today’s poem is their story.

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Kikiwoozer, left, prepares to strike at Little Puss. Though one cat is black where the other is white, there is no yin to this yang.

To read it, scroll down in the alphabetical list in Day 6 to read “Kikiwoozer and Little Puss.” 

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month.  Please do read my work (and those of the other poets) if you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome because they inspire me to keep going!

Many, many thanks to all of you have contributed to the cause so far — either through a monetary donation or moral support, which are equally valuable.

Please know that your contributions are going to a great cause. Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work.

Poem #5 – The Prince of Someday

You know you have one. A friend who’s a dreamer. Always conjuring up these wild projects you know he or she may never pull off.  Today’s poem is a tribute to such a person in my life, our friend Harmon.

To read it, scroll down in the alphabetical list in Day 5 to read “The Prince of Someday.” 

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month.  Please do read my work (and those of the other poets) if you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome because they inspire me to keep going!

Many, many thanks to all of you have contributed to the cause so far — either through a monetary donation or moral support, which are equally valuable.

Please know that your contributions are going to a great cause. Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work.

Poem #4 – Memo from the Search Committee

Writing poems about the daily grind is is hard! Many times we’re so emotionally invested in our work that we lack the ability to be objective enough to turn the experience into something others can understand. But once in a while, as my friend Ruth has said, life just gives you a little gift. And in this case, it was my recent experience chairing a search committee for a vacancy at my workplace.

To see my poem for today, scroll down in the alphabetical list in Day 4 to read “Memo from the Search Committee.”  What do you think? How did I do?

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month.  Please do read my work (and those of the other poets) if you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome because they inspire me to keep going!

Many, many thanks to all of you have contributed to the cause so far — either through a monetary donation or moral support, which are equally valuable.

Please know that your contributions are going to a great cause. Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work.

Poem #3 – The McCuiston Girls (My Sister Envy)

For all of you not lucky enough to have a sister, who didn’t envy those did? I sure did! As much as I loved having a brother, I couldn’t help but envy my two dearest childhood pals, who more or less adopted me as their own sister and let me tag along on their madcap adventures. I penned today’s poem in honor of Deborah and Rebecca, who made every day seem like an endless summer.

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A lake in the Caraway Mountains, the setting for “The McCuiston Girls.”

I’m honored to be one of 9 poets participating in the 30/30 project on behalf of Tupelo Press. To see my poem for today, scroll down in the alphabetical list to read “The McCuiston Girls.”

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month. I also hope that my family and friends, fellow writers, and the subscribers of my blog believe in me, I’m hoping that you’ll read my work when you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome, because they inspire me to keep going!

Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work. I hope you consider supporting me, and supporting this amazing press I am representing this month.

Poem #2: My Cousin, Stunt Double for Vivien Leigh

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Scarlett’s famous tumble down the stairs was one of the scenes handled by Addie and the subject of today’s poem

Happy Sunday and welcome to Day 2 of my personal quest to write a poem every day in the month of April. Today, I am tackling the “persona” poem and the narrator speaks as Addie Hash Warp, a champion equestrienne and stunt double for Vivien Leigh, Elizabeth Taylor, and more.

I’m honored to be one of 9 poets participating in the 30/30 project on behalf of Tupelo Press. To see my poem for today, scroll down in the alphabetical list to read “Self-Portrait of Stunt Woman for Vivien Leigh Falling Down the Stairs.”

Although Addie and I never met (she passed away in 2008), she and I are distant cousins (through my grandmother Wilma Hash Thomas).  With a generous dose of poetic license, I imagine what it must have been like for a brief moment in Addie’s extraordinary life.

If you love poetry, I hope you’ll consider supporting a poet this month. If you’d like, you may also read my poem yesterday (scroll down the list to Day 1):  “Too Bad You Were Never Mine.”

Because I hope that my family and friends, fellow writers, and the subscribers of my blog believe in me, I’m hoping that you’ll read my work when you can, and consider supporting me with a small donation. Supportive comments on this blog are also very welcome, because they inspire me to keep going!

Tupelo Press is a prestigious non-profit press, and for 17 years their mission has been to publish new voices. They are giving my work some exposure, and bringing me into a community of over 350 alumni helping each other publish our work. I hope you consider supporting me, and supporting this amazing press I am representing this month.

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