Tuesday, June 14, 2011


Prompt #43 takes another look at the 18th letter of the alphabet, the letter “R,” and our word today is: remember. The prompt is, no doubt, the by-product of my having a birthday yesterday. Birthdays often take us back to days gone by, and an occasional trip to the past is not a bad thing. But lingering there indefinitely becomes unhealthy when yesterday obscures tomorrow. Remember what moves you and what stirs the poet within. And, as always, remember to infuse your muse!


How swiftly runs sand through the hourglass.
How quickly the time slips away.
Recalling those days of the my childhood
should leave me with volumes to say.

And yet, though I’ve much to remember,
I look to the future instead.
My vessel sails straight to tomorrow
engaged by the travels ahead.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


We’ve arrived at the letter “q” today and our poetry prompt is the word, “queasy.” I’ll be the first to admit I struggled with this prompt. But to prove the point that inspiration can come from any source, the poem practically wrote itself after I read an online article about Congressman Anthony Weiner. He’s big in the news this week because of being accused of sharing, shall we say, indiscriminate, photos of himself over the internet. I’m not sure which part of all this bothers me the most: his original actions, his lying to cover them up, or his tearful apology. Whatever it is doesn’t really matter, though, and I thank him for inspiring the prompt and the poem. Find what makes you queasy, infuse your muse with it, and put it into verse!


Our leaders aren’t infallible,
but shouldn’t it be easy
to try avoiding those mistakes
that only make you cheesy?
He tries to turn the bad around,
but only looks more sleazy.
And just the thought of what he did
has left me feeling queasy.