December 5

The Nation that Destroys its Soil Destroys Itself

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The root of life is beneath our feet

Nation building from pebbles and rocks

That form humanity’s foundation

Destroys illusion that we’re complete

Its bits of dust are the building blocks

Soil equalizes expectations

Destroys notions of superiority

Itself leveling all authority

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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

November 4

Bored is Not in My Vocabulary

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Teach some students with a whiteboard

Sharpen my skills on a chessboard

Can’t be bored

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Challenge my fears on a surfboard

Tour calm lakes on a paddleboard

Won’t be bored

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Earn a degree and a mortarboard

Write a new poem on the keyboard

Can’t be bored

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Memorize the guitar fretboard

With friends throw darts at the dartboard

Won’t be bored

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Maybe I’ll learn to skateboard

Finally learn to jump my snowboard

What is bored?

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(A Poem inspired by the Compound Word Verse. Modified the form)

October 31

Hurts Costumed as Lesson

Lesson as Costumed Hurts

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Hurt, mysterious, scary

Bundled scars, pain wrapped

Holding tears

Pressed tightly

Gifts bestowed with shrugs of

Hopelessness

Of shrugs with bestowed gifts

Tightly pressed tears

Holding wrapped pain

Scars bundled

Scary, mysterious hurt

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(A Palindrome Poem)

Or

(A Mirrored Poem)

October 26

Emerson

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It was a year ago today

I said goodbye to you

Dear cat

I just didn’t know what to say

Somehow I think you knew

Smart cat

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Your spunky presence filled the room

And filled my heart as well

Unique

The fifteen years ended too soon

So hard to say farewell

Tears streak

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(A Memento Poem)

October 23

Hearts-A-Burstin’

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Vulnerable core suddenly exposed

Simply amazing how little it takes

When your heart breaks is it the sad that leaves?

Does the happy spill out when your heart breaks?

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Does bursting with happiness feel the same

As breaking with sorrow when the heart grieves?

Does the happy spill out when your heart breaks?

When your heart breaks is it the sad that leaves?

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Just how can a person know the difference

Between happy pains and the anguished aches?

When your heart breaks is it the sad that leaves?

Does the happy spill out when your heart breaks?

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(A Mirrored Refrain)

October 1

Not a Spectator Sport

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Life is this pink and blue treat ball

Upon first glance does not enthrall

Just sitting there not giving

Needing you to do the living

You need to act to get rewards

Life’s waiting to be explored

Live to the fullest, risk the fall

Get all you can from this treat ball

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(An Octelle Poem)