Sweet (Ah-choo) Mysteries of Life

Ah-choo!  Sweet
mystery of sneeze, at last I’ve found thee

Ah-choo!  I know at
last the secret of it all

All the sniffing, coughing, dripping, swelling, burning

The sneezing chokes and tissues that are fall.


Outreach?

Day seven of my personal poetry challenge.  Just to see, you know.  If I could.  And as of 6PM tonight, things weren’t looking good.  Here’s the deal about creative work, there are ALWAYS other things to do. More pressing things, gardens and laundry and dinner and clean up and forever and

The Walk

Sometimes it takes binoculars to look at the up-close and find something new.  Suzi and I make this walk everyday.  But here I am on day six of my 7 day challenge and in looking for something outside of myself to write about, I decided to change my point to view to someone else’s.

Thinking Small

“The more specific your story, the more universal the message.”  I’m not sure who said that first, but it is one of those truisms that keeps me revising and revising — always for more detail.
In lots of areas we are told to THINK BIG and THE SKY’S THE LIMIT, but in

Doppler Effects

And this was not the worst of it.  This was just what was still in the skies at 4AM this morning.  It is almost cheating to fall back on writing about the weather, but jeez louise, what a night!

Doppler
Effects

Whirlwinds
swirled,

sirens
wailed,

arrows

The Ride

The Ride

After
you’ve climbed the hill

to see
the view,

then
slid down the other side,

after
you’ve skinned both knees,

broken
bones,

and
cracked your helmet twice,

after
you’ve tasted the rush

of
passing through

in
front, behind, beside,

what
choice

Tripping

Day 2 of my week long personal poetry challenge.

Let me just point out that this is not poetry month.  It is not write a novel in a month month, and it is not even the week taxes are due, which historically has been a

Writing from the Outside In

There are no less than six books titled Writing from the
Inside Out, probably more.  The phrase is
so universally accepted, it’s almost embarrassing to raise my hand and say,
Yeah, but . . .

Yeah, but that’s not the way I write.  My writing process goes

Crime and Punishment in Bay Village, OH

http://fox8.com/2014/09/03/mom-ice-bucket-challenge-turned-into-sick-joke-against-son-with-autism/

Following the Michael Brown tragedy, people have been talking a lot about privilege.
Well, folks, this video is what the voice of privilege looks/sounds like when the speaker thinks only the like-minded are in the room.  The voices who see themselves as physically, financially, racially, mentally superior. Those

Fear, Courage, and Poetry

Janet Wong and Sylvia Vardell, the creators of The Poetry Friday Anthology for Middle School, have designed the coolest image to go with my poem Fear Factor.  It is just the right resource for sharing poetry throughout the year.

They have also given me permission to share the Take 5 lesson

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