Category Archives: serious stuff

The Way of the Whale

NaPoWriMo, Day 23. The prompt: Write a poem about an animal. Tell me again about the whales, Great-gran; did you ever see one? Yes, child, I have seen them, but only from afar. Even at a great distance, it must … Continue reading

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If You Give a Man a Shovel: a story for Earth Day

If you give a man a shovel, he’s going to want to dig. He will dig holes in the ground. He’ll want to plant something in the holes, so he’ll ask you for some seeds. The plants growing from the … Continue reading

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Weekend Wildcard (Flashback #2: Brushing off my Faith)

This is my second time of re-posting from a no longer active blog I started in 2012. The blog was my way of working through a rather severe episode of depression. My purpose in revisiting the “old” me is — … Continue reading

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When It’s Time

NaPoWriMo, Day 18. Our optional prompt for the day takes its cue from how poetry can help us to make concrete the wild abstraction of a feeling like grief… Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an elegy of … Continue reading

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Weekend Wildcard (Flashback #1: Free Fall)

In 2012, I began my first of many blogs, entitled “Lifting the Weight.” Seems like eons ago. I looked this week and was surprised to see the blog still sitting out there in the ether, looking none the worse for … Continue reading

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Checking In

Day Four of NaPoWriMo. And now for today’s (optional) prompt, inspired by Teicher’s poem “Son“. One thing you might notice about this poem is that it is sad, but that it doesn’t generate that feeling through particularly emotional words. The … Continue reading

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In Passing

We met at the park, the one where a paved trail winds around an open grass field. He walked his tiny black poodle in one direction. I walked my midsize white Eskie in the other, and we would cross paths, … Continue reading

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It’s here: NaPoWriMo

NaPoWriMo celebrates National Poetry Writing Month, where one writes a poem a day for the entire month of April. As I did last year, I am participating by responding to the prompts given at the site NaPoWriMo. net. The “early … Continue reading

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Toe the Line

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Asking Bella

From where did you come, and where did you go before you came here to me? What happened to make you fear crates and loud noises and the prospect of being left alone? Who put you in a cell with … Continue reading

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