National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Allspice

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Today’s word: ALLSPICE

Definition: it is the dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica,a tree native to the Greater Antilles. It’s thought to taste like a combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves.

And today the clerihew form as past of Michelle’s DMC using the word zest from the
po-emotion of the day at MaryLee’s A Year of Reading. Thanks for the inspiration.

My husband Chuck, is cooking’s best
he creates pizza with lots of zest.

And when he creates his spaghetti
he throws in allspice like confetti.

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Zorilla

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Today’s word: ZORILLA

Definition: A striped polecat. Lives in mainly Africa. Zorilla comes from the Spanish word, zorro, which means fox.

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A poem in the zeno form seems appropriate for the letter Z.  Zeno is a creation of J. Patrick Lewis.  It’s a 10-line verse form with a repeating syllable count of 8,4,2,1,4,2,1,4,2,1. The rhyme scheme is abcdefdghd.

zorilla of Africa
deimatic
back arched
stance
be wary of
his mad
glance
run fast while you
have a
chance

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While their name may be close to the meaning of fox, they are more like skunks.  They will spray enemies with a noxious fluid.

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Yellow

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Sunflower

Today’s word: YELLOW

Definition: one of three primary colors.

Yellow, the color of sunflowers. Sunflowers, beautiful fibonacci sequence. So a a fibonaci poem.

Sun

Sun
flower
yellow bursts
against royal blue
squirrels plotting autumn harvest

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Poetry Friday is held at No Water River. Thanks, Renee.

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Willow

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Today’s word: WILLOW

Definition: a deciduous tree or shrub

willow limbs
visit in dreams
the ancestors

Often in folklore, willows are associated with ghosts.

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Vanilla

IMG_1540Today’s word is VANILLA.

Definition: a dark substance that is made from the beans of a tropical plant and that is used to flavor food. Vanilla is from a type of orchid grown in Mexico.

What Does Vanilla Know?

It feels the roughness of the farmers’ hands as they pick the pods.
It feels the heat from the tropical sun.
It anticipates the curing process.
What does vanilla know?
It knows the history of the Aztecs.
It smells of delicacy and calmness
It blackens as it sweats.

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Umbrella

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It’s Tuesday, time to share our slices at Two Writing Teachers.

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Today’s word: UMBRELLA

Definition: a device that is used for protection from the rain and sun.

An arun.

Umbrella

on
rain days
umbrella
opens, protects
as we puddle jump

soon
sunshine-
umbrella
quick, snap, closes
it’s our walking stick

rain
returns
umbrella
pops up, opens
splish, splash splosh, splish

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There is little guilt here but it’s Mary Lee’s word today.

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National Poetry Month: The “LL” Challenge: Trilliums

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trillium

Today’s word TRILLIUM

Definition: any of a genus (Trillium) of herbs of the lily family with an erect stem bearing a whorl of three leaves and a solitary typically spring-blooming flower Originally from the Swedish, trilling triplet

Forest Magic

early spring look for the trilliums
with symmetry in their leaves
three whorled ones; the work of magic

the woodland forests hold the magic
look close, see what’s hiding in the trilliums
listen in the quiet, notice what leaves

ants crawl up and down the leaves
seed messengers spreading forest magic
abundant grace is waiting in the trilliums

trillium leaves, a trinity of magic

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