To the Young Poet Standing

To the Young Poet Standing
“Failure drives a Nissan Cube.”Your opening line is succinct. Neither made up in a slather of cosmetic adjectivesor itching to shake off an entanglement of adverbs. Personification plain and simple.You have written to your audience.Read the lines with clarity and intonation.Everything that was asked of you.
Since Failure has

End of Daylight Savings Time

While reading the news online this morning, I found a cache of poems allegedly about the end of daylight savings time. (click here) I’m not sure these poems were all written for this purpose, or indeed if any poem has a purpose. Most honored poets seem to be all mournful about the death of

Gatekeepers Through the Ages

Once upon a time in the long long ago, parents were the gatekeepers of knowledge for kids. Sharp knives and matches were dispensed to kids on a need to know basis by grown-ups.
Over many generations, that dribble of knowledge begot kids doing their own thinking and writing books which begot libraries. Libraries begot

English Companion Ning

Michael found this and I am pasting it right in here because we are THIS excited about our book club discussion about our new book on the English Companion Ning. If you are teacher and you haven’t seen all the great resources available on this ning go there adn check it out! Developed

I took this picture with my cellphone about a week ago beside the driveway. It was the first week of October and this stubborn little dandelion wasn’t being shy at all about crashing fall. Not a bit. And I’ve been wracking my brain to find this poem about dandelions standing

Where were you on 10/10/10?

Where were you on 10/10/10? This seems like an important date, and I almost missed it. I mean, I was here, but where was I? In computer update limbo. Kicking with my software. Holed up in front of this blinking cursor. What kind of a memory is that?

A big date

Found Poem

CommentI NEED A JOBThe Great RecessionorThe Great Depression?To just one does not all credit go.ChangedGreat Recession has affected way in which we live.Tryfinding wordsthat describe goals,plans.We want jobs now.
I’m not usually into these things, but this one kind of jumped off the pages of the Lake County Herald.

The Garden’s Fall

The Garden’s Fall
So this is what
it comes to
after all.
The promise of spring now
stacked sticks,
twisted vines,
faded blossoms,
all cracking up over lost suppleness.
Past the point of usefulness.
Uprooted.
After all those phases of the moon,
the sun and rain,
the hosings and the horse manure.
Most

A Question of Mushrooms

Mushrooms in the garden?
Mushrooms in the grass?
Mushrooms in the trees?
Is this too much to ask?
Clouds!
Stop raining?
PLEASE!

And those pictures are just from one half-mile walk around the block. Cleveland! Gotta love it.

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