May 1, 2019

Because I Sat

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Because I sat for a moment

On a stone bench

Feet on pebbled concrete

I noticed more bird song

With each breath

In

Then

Out

I saw a crow fly above me

With long bits of the garden

In beak

Back

And

Forth

Creating home in a tall white pine

Life was happening

Around me

Not

To

Me

Because I rested

Breathing

In

Then

Out

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A Free Verse Poem

January 21, 2019

I Am Calmer Than You

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I am immersed in panic buzzing

Am overwhelmed by to-dos not done

Calmer days ahead they assure me

Than(ks) but I’m making calm today’s goal

You remain waiting for peace to come.

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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
  • May or may not be rhymed
  • 9 syllable lines
  • Number of lines depends on number of words on the bumper sticker

December 1

In the Beginning Man Created God

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In life it’s important to question

The assumptions we bring to our worlds

Beginning and ending within us

Man may bristle at the suggestion

Created when opinions are hurled

God, let’s reduce this uncivil fuss.

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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 30

No, Thank You

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Doesn’t matter how you describe them

Barrels, odors, flowers, fruits

There’s now way I’ll drink that IPA

My precious tastebuds I won’t pollute

*

Doesn’t matter if life’s in mayhem

Made with spicy ginger root

I’ll drink your IPA? There’s no way

In this decision I’m absolute

*

Doesn’t matter what’s this week’s problem

Or the day’s familial dispute

There’s no way I’ll drink your IPA

My precious palette they just don’t suit

*

Doesn’t matter the carpe diem

Or if the label is so darn cute

I’ll drink your IPA? There’s no way

About this choice, I am resolute

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(A ZaniLa Poem)

November 28

Contumelious

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An archaic term

Old-fashioned, antiquated

Yet we witness living examples daily

On television, on radio

In big white houses and small suburban homes

Perhaps not obsolete but modern

Perhaps not irrelevant but relevant

Perhaps not anachronistic but timely

We need a new way to describe daily horror

Why not use an outmoded term

Describing modern behavior perfectly?

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(A Free Verse Poem)

November 24

Practice Makes Permanent

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Visualize letting go

Egolessness is there

Sending, taking daily

Samsara evasion

Everything’s workable

Loving kindness to all

*

Om – open mind relax

Future is the presence

Yielding to compassion

Om – relinquish control

Understand discomfort

Reflection is the way

*

Meditation practice

Ahimsa is the goal

Invite self-awareness

Testing, acting, healing

Resisting judgement

It is always practice

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(A Spirit’s Vessel Poem)

November 14

Winter Woods

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They’re wondering about the shine out there

Mourning the fall on this frosty morning

Bare gray branches are more than they can bear

Warning us winter came without warning

*

No other season questions what you know

Wait while dormant branches support snow’s weight

So strong as below acorns gray squirrels sow

Ate one, shared one, then buried the next eight

*

I know winter’s magic astounds the eye

Piece of the woods covered in snow brings peace

Sky blue birds migrate past in the blue sky

Geese in their way in the v-shape of geese

*

Right now’s so stunning makes me want to write

Site’s so lovely it really is a site

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(A Shadow Sonnet)

November 10

Election Day

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Millions cannot be led astray

Try not to be disenchanted

Choice of evil

*

I will do more than hope and pray

Sticking up for the transplanted

Avoid the vile

*

Taking action without delay

Bringing to light words so slanted

Lifting the veil

*

Freedom to cast my vote today

I will take nothing for granted

The way I live

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(An Anacet Poem)

I believe I created this poem form though if you know of another name for the same please let me know:

– A combination of anagram and tercet

– no meter

– at least two stanzas

– rhyme scheme: abx- abx – abx

– 8 syllables, 8 syllables, 4 syllables

– last line uses anagram of a word

November 5

Rainy Day

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Heavy chunky rainclouds rumble

For my bumbershoot I bumble

And raincoat

*

Lightning makes me feel humble

Into my rainboots I stumble

In rainfall

*

This weather makes others grumble

Into the puddles I’ll tumble

In rainstorms

*

During my commute I mumble

Liquid windshield world a jumble

The rainscape

*

Do not let the camera tumble

To catch the fleeting I fumble

A rainbow

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(A Compound Word Verse)