December 22

 

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Remember Who You Wanted to Be

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Remember the vivid dreams of youth

Who you did and did not want to be

You followed your heart which was the truth

wanted to fly, teach, cook, surf the sea

To make real change in the voting booth

Be loved, be calm, be true, be free

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(A Bumper Sticker Poem)

Bumper Sticker Poems – a form I created, inspired by cento and golden shovel poetry, with the following guidelines:

  • Using a bumper sticker as inspiration use the words in the bumper sticker as the first word in each line of the poem
  • The theme of the poem may or may not have anything to do with the message of the sticker
  • Title should be the words of the bumper sticker
  • Should be rhymed
  • 9 syllable lines
  • Number of lines depends on number of words on the bumper sticker

December 19

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Traditions (Santa Cookies)

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Unfold the stiff yellowed recipe in your mom’s handwriting from the box of the vintage icing gun

Blend the shortening you don’t use for anything else with bleached flour you don’t use for anything else

because this is tradition, and you’ve tried it other ways and though they are your own they don’t take you back

to the warm crowded kitchen with grandma and mom and your sisters.

Pat the cold dough into the vintage plastic mold filled with the chemicals they don’t put in plastics anymore

Dust, roll, press, pat release onto the baking sheet.

Paint the faces in the specific order designed to avoid red sugar sprinkles in the icing eyebrows

Give them away to everyone you care about.

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A Didactic Poem

 

 

December 18

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A liquid moon moves gently among the long branches

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There is little better than a

winter night with a hearty meal, some select liquid

and your hunny with the full moon

creating shadows in the house as it moves

across the sky, dancing with the stars gently

and we full and bundled up slip among

bare trees over crisp leaves and cold water, the

night early and still cooling, no night will be as long

holding hands nearly off balance we watch through the bare branches

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A Golden Shovel Poem based on Winter Trees by William Carlos Williams

December 17

 

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The Best Things in Life Aren’t Things

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The time has arrived to celebrate

Best time of the year, some disagree

Things like cold, snow and short days dissuade

In fact I will not live without it

Life without winter cannot be great

Aren’t these humid summer months crappy?

Things are best with snowflakes, I’m afraid.

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(A Bumper Sticker Poem)

Bumper Sticker Poems – a form I created, inspired by cento and golden shovel poetry, with the following guidelines:

  • Using a bumper sticker as inspiration use the words in the bumper sticker as the first word in each line of the poem
  • The theme of the poem may or may not have anything to do with the message of the sticker
  • Title should be the words of the bumper sticker
  • Should be rhymed
  • 9 syllable lines
  • Number of lines depends on number of words on the bumper sticker

December 16

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Do You Like to Sing?

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Do you have trouble holding it in?

You sing on the treadmill and trails?

Like, loudly without caring who hears?

To fret not about notes you can’t nail?

Sing simply everywhere you’ve been?

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(A Bumper Sticker Poem)

Bumper Sticker Poems – a form I created, inspired by cento and golden shovel poetry, with the following guidelines:

  • Using a bumper sticker as inspiration use the words in the bumper sticker as the first word in each line of the poem
  • The theme of the poem may or may not have anything to do with the message of the sticker
  • Title should be the words of the bumper sticker
  • Should be rhymed
  • 9 syllable lines
  • Number of lines depends on number of words on the bumper sticker

December 15

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Glasses Shopping

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Choosing

New Spectacles

I create a spectacle

feels like 1000 pairs tried on

no luck

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A Cinquain Poem

December 14

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Pura Vida

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Pura – simple easy uncomplicated

Vida – life wonder-filled and celebrated

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(A Bumper Sticker Poem)

Bumper Sticker Poems – a form I created, inspired by cento and golden shovel poetry, with the following guidelines:

  • Using a bumper sticker as inspiration use the words in the bumper sticker as the first word in each line of the poem
  • The theme of the poem may or may not have anything to do with the message of the sticker
  • Title should be the words of the bumper sticker
  • Should be rhymed
  • 9 syllable lines
  • Number of lines depends on number of words on the bumper sticker