Saturday, April 25, 2015

Day 25 ~ Weather Poem for #NationalPoetryMonth "30 Poems in 30 Days"



How to write a Weather Poem ~

Today’s challenge is to write a poem about the weather – there are many ways you can approach it and feel free to use whatever style of poetry suits you, but here is one idea:

Sometimes you can get your inspiration from a poem someone else wrote – you won’t be copying the poem, but rather, copying the flow and style of it. I’ll use a well-known poet and poem as an example:

Carl Sandburg and his poem on “Fog”

Fog
The fog comes               
on little cat feet.

It sits looking
over harbor and city
on silent haunches
and then moves on.
         © Carl Sandburg



OKAY – with this as our example here is how we would pick what goes on which line in our new poem:

Title:  Form of Nature chosen
Line #1:  Title + (how it arrives or begins as the animal would arrive)
Line #2:  Tell what it does
Line #3:  And how it does it
Line #4:  And where it is
Line #5:  Tell how it leaves (as the animal would leave) 

OK, with that, I'll leave you to it - I have a family function today and will write my poem later - once I do, I'll come back and put it in here and take this "excuse" out. LOL ~ Cheers!! Have a nice day ~ 

Friday, April 24, 2015

Day 24 ~ 5 W’s poem #NationalPoetryMonth "30 Poems in 30 Days"



How do you write a 5 W’s Poem?

This is an obvious poem, but can be sweet, silly, romantic, or serious, etc., depending on what you fill in.

This poem answers the 5 W’s: Who, What, Where, When & Why.

You can be serious and heartfelt or light and silly by the words you choose.

These poems have no need to rhyme, nor are the lines any particular length or meter. So, it’s a pretty simple poetry form to follow:

Line 1: Who (or what) is the poem about? 
Line 2: What action is happening? 
Line 3: Where does the action take place? 
Line 4: When does the action take place? 
Line 5: Why does this action happen?

I suggest you go to the Instant Poetry Maker on this one ~ it will include your ending punctuation for you when you click on the box “Create My Instant 5W Poem Now!” button. JUST BE WARNED – this little “Poetry Maker” does NOT have spell check –so be careful.

Here is the link: 5Ws Poetry Maker

It also has an example.

Just a thought ~ today is National Arbor Day - got any ideas for a poem about trees?

It's also "National Poetry DAY" (as opposed to the entire month being #NationalPoetryMonth)

Here are few examples of mine:

Poems for National Poetry Month
Are being crafted and written down,
Everywhere and anywhere,
During the month of April,
Because our words beg to be given wings.
 

                  © 2015 Stephanie Abney


Jim, my eternal companion
Takes good care of me,
Wherever we are,
At each opportunity,
Because he loves me. 

                 © 2014 Stephanie Abney





My precious grandchildren
Want to come play with me,
At grandma's house,
As often as they can,
Because I'm lots of fun to play with. 

              © 2014 Stephanie Abney











This last example is the one I wrote inspired by a Christmas I will never forget for so many reasons. Christmas was my mom’s all-time favorite holiday and we lost her to pancreatic cancer exactly one week before Christmas of 1998. I was in California all month with my mom. (The rest of the family joined us for the funeral and we buried mom 2 days before Christmas). Back in Mesa, while I was gone, BJ didn’t have any money but wanted to make me a gift. I collect nativities so he decided to make one, from scratch, without a pattern, except for the vision in his head. He had leukemia and was given a freestanding woodworking workshop with electricity and power tools as his wish from “Make-A-Wish” and so he set out to create the most memorable nativity of my collection of about 50 nativities. It is so precious, as was he. Two years later, BJ lost his battle with cancer too. I cherish every reminder of who he was, what he stood for and how he loved. This one is most precious.


 
Brian James Abney
Made his mom a wooden nativity,
In his "Make-A-Wish" woodworking workshop,
For Christmas 1998 when he was 14 years old,
Because he loved his mom and she collects them.
 

                           © 2011 Stephanie Abney


Okay ~ YOUR TURN ~ head on over to the 5Ws Poetry Maker

Please remember any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments section of this blog. They are the property of the person who shares them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them in any form without their express permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to it. Thanks!! 

And if you choose to post your poems on your own blog – that’s awesome. But please don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem and LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to read the instructions. Thanks for respecting my work.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Day 23 - 2015 How to Write a “Lantern Poem” for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 poems in 30 days”



Day 23 - 2015 How to Write a “Lantern Poem” for #NationalPoetryMonth “30 poems in 30 days”

OK, let’s do a simple little Japanese poetry form called a "Lantern Poem."

A lantern poem is a five line poem in the shape of a Japanese lantern. Please note that each line is specific in what the word(s) should be describing and then also note the number of syllables per line. These poems do not have titles – the first line is basically the title.

The Pattern is:

Line 1: noun (one syllable)
Line 2: describe the noun (two syllables)
Line 3: describe the noun (three syllables
Line 4: describe the noun (four syllables)
Line 5: synonym for noun in line one (one syllable)



Examples:

Here are a couple of lovely examples from a sweet writer friend of mine who passed away a couple of years ago:

 
    Sin
    Transgress
    Remission
      The Atonement
       Debt
                                                                                                                   © 2011 Mary Walling


        House
       Mansion
    Dwelling place
       Habitation
         Home
                             © 2011 Mary Walling


                And here’s my Lantern poem:

        Trust
       Faithful
        Always there
        Can depend on
        You
                                                                                             © 2014 Stephanie Abney

Now it’s YOUR TURN!! 

As always, please remember any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments section of this blog. They are the property of the person who shares them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them in any form without their express permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to it. Thanks!! 

And if you choose to post your poems on your own blog – that’s awesome. But please don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem and LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to read the instructions. Thanks for respecting my work.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

DAY TWENTY-TWO "Nature Color Poem" for “30 Poems in 30 Days" #NationalPoetryMonth



OK, since today is “Earth Day” and we just practiced couplets yesterday . . .
Today, let's write a Nature Color Poem ~ It's fun and made up of a series of couplets (depending on how long you want it - or even just one couplet if you choose to only do one color).
A “nature color poem” tells about the color of something in nature using rhyme. 

Here are the guidelines
        ~ It’s made up of couplets.
       ~ The first word in each couplet is the color of something in nature.
       ~ The two ending words in each couplet are the words that need to rhyme and both lines should have the same number of syllables or beats.

I’m really tired and out of ideas so my example is BEYOND lame, but I can’t wait to see what you come up with:

Yellow sunshine beckons me,
To come out so I can see.

Blue skies over my head,
I have nothing to dread.

Pink flowers are pretty to smell,
I have a cold, it’s hard to tell.

Green blades of grass seem to call me,
Oh, wait, I've got an allergy.



If you prefer, another poem that lends itself well to “National Earth Day” would be a haiku. Traditionally, they are brief, 17-syllable free verses. The first and third lines contain five syllables and the second line contains seven. Most Haikus are written about nature, making it another perfect poetry form for “Earth Day.”

So, Happy Earth Day and let’s get writing!! Cheers!!

Please remember any poetry found on this blog, written by me, is my personal property and may not be used without my permission. The same goes for any poems that are shared in the comments section of this blog. They are the property of the person who shares them. These poems are their original work and no one may use them in any form without their express permission. It is understood that they own the copyright to it. Thanks!! 

And if you choose to post your poems on your own blog – that’s awesome. But please don’t just copy and paste my daily instructions, but rather post your poem and LINK BACK TO THIS BLOG POST for others to read the instructions. Thanks for respecting my work