NaWriPoMo19: Playing With Poetry 8/30: He said, She Said

April is Nationa/ Global Poetry Month.  I’ve been “Playing With Poetry” this month along side Mary Lee Hahn, Margaret Simon, and Christie Wyman.

I have fun tools to use: Haikubes, Metaphor Dice, Paint Chip Poetry, and Magnetic Poetry. Plus I signed up for the daily prompts at Two Sylvias Press. My poems are in draft form and sometimes I combine prompts and tools.  It IS playing with poetry after all.

Feel free to join us.  What kind of poetic trouble can you get into by playing along? We’re at #playwithpoetryNPM on Twitter and Instagram.

I’m “smushing”, to use a phrase in the Two Sylvias Press group, a prompt and a tool. It was to write a “he said, she said” poem. I knew immediately that I would play with the haikubes


Campfire Strangers

Around the campfire, two strangers

speak in haiku:

He said,

“Sister eyes

a glorious dilemma

oozing there”

She said,

“Brother calls

a love ravenous

leaves water”

He said,

“Sister sees

a curvy tangle

not the fire”

She said,

“Brother leaves

the flock sleeping

under moonlight”

Two strangers eat s’mores

between haikus

©jone rush macculloch (draft, 2019)

For some reason, WordPress on my IPad is playing editor for line breaks.

Don’t for get to visit the poet of the day for the Progressive Poem. It’s unfolding in an unique way.

1 Matt @ Radio, Rhythm and Rhyme
2 Kat @ Kathryn Apel
3 Kimberly @ KimberlyHutmacherWrites
4 Jone @ DeoWriter
5 Linda @ TeacherDance
6 Tara @ Going to Walden
7 Ruth @ thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown
8 Mary Lee @ A Year of Reading
9 Rebecca @ Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @ Live Your Poem
11 Dani @ Doing the Work that Matters
12 Margaret @ Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @ Dori Reads
14 Christie @ Wondering and Wandering
15 Robyn @ Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Carol @ Beyond LiteracyLink
17 Amy @ The Poem Farm
18 Linda @ A Word Edgewise
19 Heidi @ my juicy little universe
20 Buffy @ Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @ Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @ Reading to the Core
23 Penny @ a penny and her jots
24 Tabatha @ The Opposite of Indifference
25 Jan @ Bookseedstudio
26 Linda @ Write Time
27 Sheila @ Sheila Renfro
28 Liz @ Elizabeth Steinglass
29 Irene @ Live Your Poem
30 Donna @ Mainely Write

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NaWriPoMo19: Playing with Poetry 7/30: Simi Valley


I’ve been playing with the prompts from Two Sylvias Press this weekend. On think I’ve discovered is my love of researching before I sit down to write. This prompt asked for specifics on a place you’ve live. From 1963 until 1970, my family lived in Simi Valley.

It was before the days of the Rodney King trial and the Ronald Regan Presidential Library. A place where in the spring the scent of orange blossoms permeated the air and where the drive-in was the hang out for teens.

After the summer of 1969, I was afraid knowing that just seven miles from me was Spahn ranch and a notorious murderer lived there. Some of my friends actually met him. My father taught one of Manson’s girls, Leslie Van Houten, in fifth grade in Monrovia, CA.

From my bedroom window, I had a view of Whiteface Mountain and the arroyo or wash as I called it was behind my house. The first house we rented while waiting for ours to be finished had a lady with tattoos on her arms. She kind of freaked my mom out (which was unusual) so we moved to west Simi within two months.

So today a Pantoum about Simi Valley.

Simi Valley

I stole the orange blossoms from the orchards on First Avenue

The neglected ones bloomed on the branches akimbo

Recited  “Ode to Garlic” by William Stafford as I left seven cloves for planting

in the mailbox of the woman with the cigarette in her mouth and tattooed arms.

*

The neglected ones bloomed on the branches akimbo

During a full moon, the Northern Mockingbirds sang at midnight

In the mailbox of the woman with the cigarette in her mouth and tattooed arms

I left a letter to Leslie asking why she chose to hang out with Charles Manson

*

During a full moon, the Northern Mockingbirds sang at midnight

And we chased the dust devils down in the dry arroyo

I left a letter to Leslie asking why she chose to hang out with Charles Manson.

It upset my father to know his former student was in prison.

*

And we chased the dust devils down in the dry arroyo

I gathered them up and hiked Whiteface Mountain at daybreak

It upset my father to know his former student was in prison

So we watched as the wind clouds scudded across the sky

*

I gathered them up and hiked Whiteface Mountain at daybreak

Recited  “Ode to Garlic” by William Stafford as I left seven cloves for planting

So we watched as the wind clouds scudded across the sky

I stole the orange blossoms from the orchards on First Avenue

*

©jone rush macculloch (draft, 2019)

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NaWriPoMo19: Playing with Poetry 6/30, I Always Carry

Keep up with The Progressive Poem.

April
Matt @Radio,Rhythm and Rhyme
Kat @KathrynApel
Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites
Jone @DeoWriter
Linda @TeacherDance
Tara @Going to Walden
Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown
Mary Lee @A Year of Reading
Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem
11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters
12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @Dori Reads
14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering
15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink
17 Amy @The Poem Farm
18 Linda @A Word Edgewise
19 Heidi @my juicy little universe
20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @Reading to the Core
23 Penny @a penny and her jots
24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference
25 Jan @Bookseestudio
26 Linda @Write Time
27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
29 Irene @Live Your Poem
30 Donna @Mainely Write

Today I have another poem from the Two Sylvias Press prompts. I looked to Scotland, Robert Burns, and my grandfather. One thing I know is that I like to research before I write. Since the prompt asked from a books of poems, bread, wine, and a person, I delved into what I could find in Scotland.

I Always Carry

I always carry cheese,
Ayrshire Dunlop
in case of unicorns
on a gloomy night

I always carry wine,
Cockburn’s Port
in case the Bard of Ayrshire
Arrives on a stormy wave

I always carry bread
Bannock in a skillet
in case strangers visit
Under a murky cloud

I always carry a poetry book
Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish Dialect
in case I must recite
on a night foul with rain

I always carry whiskey,
uisge beatha, water of life
In case of a cold
That chills my blood

I always carry the words
of Grandfather and Burns
in case I feel their spirits
On the banks of Ayr under an azure sky

© jone rush macculloch (draft 2019)


Fun facts about the poem:

  • The Italicized words are from Burns’ poem, “Farewell Song to the Banks of Ayr”, written in 1786. Burns thought he was heading to Jamaica but he never left. (note: uisge beatha is Latin and not in his poem).
  • My grandfather and Robert Burns grew up in the same part of Scotland. Burns died 67 years before my grandfather was born.
  • I didn’t know my grandfather. He was born in 1860 and died in 1941. He was 60 when Dad was born.
  • My grandfather always believed in a hot toddy for medicinal purposes.
  • Bannock is the bread of Scotland.
  • Unicorns are the national animal of Scotland. It is said that they can be lured with cheese.
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NaWriPoMo19: Playing with Poetry 5/30: Self-Portrait

Thank you goes to Karen at Karen Edmisten* for hosting all the Poetry Friday goodness.

Red Tulips in a Field, 2019

I signed up at Two Sylvias Press for a daily prompt in April. The good news is the prompts are amazing. The bad news is they come every day fast and furious. Today is my first posting of a poem using one of their prompts. It’s a self portrait with an artist and bonus if you can weave titles into the poem.

I’m headed to Georgia O’Keeffe land (New Mexico) the end of the month. I have long admired her work and actually stayed at Ghost Ranch in Abiqui in 1971 for a college off campus study.

In 1989, I viewed an exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in NYC. Got in trouble for photographing a one of her paintings (oops, I really didn’t know until the guard informed me that it was prohibited).

This week I got a copy of Girl with Brush and Canvas: Georgia O’Keeffe, American Artist by Carolyn Meyer. It’s a fictionalized biography about her growing up and quite engaging.

So when I read the prompt, O’Keefe was the first artist I thought about and given I had just been to the tulips fields, the above photo served an inspiration.

Self Portrait with Georgia O'Keeffe

I hopscotch across the sky above the clouds
I photograph tulips like O'Keeffe's poppies
I reach for stars on the ladder to the moon

I turned three the day O’Keeffe painted the moon
Was she thinking of playing hopscotch in the clouds?
I hid her paintbrushes in fields of poppies

and planted tulip bulbs in place of poppies
Astronauts climbed the ladder to the moon
I turned four, found a red canna in the clouds

I gathered clouds as ghost frogs danced with moon poppies


© jone rush macculloch (draft 2019)


The words in Italics are the names of her paintings.

To find out the next line of the Progressive Poem, go to Linda at Teacher Dance.

April
Matt @Radio,Rhythm and Rhyme
Kat @KathrynApel
Kimberly @KimberlyHutmacherWrites
Jone @DeoWriter
Linda @TeacherDance
Tara @Going to Walden
Ruth @thereisnosuchthingasagodforsakentown
Mary Lee @A Year of Reading
Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem
11 Dani @Doing the Work that Matters
12 Margaret @Reflections on the Teche
13 Doraine @Dori Reads
14 Christie @Wondering and Wandering
15 Robyn @Life on the Deckle Edge
16 Carol @Beyond LiteracyLink
17 Amy @The Poem Farm
18 Linda @A Word Edgewise
19 Heidi @my juicy little universe
20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @Reading to the Core
23 Penny @a penny and her jots
24 Tabatha @The Opposite of Indifference
25 Jan @Bookseestudio
26 Linda @Write Time
27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
28 Liz @Elizabeth Steinglass
29 Irene @Live Your Poem
30 Donna @Mainely Write
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NaWriPoMo19: Playing with Poetry 4/30 The Progressive Poem

What a better way to play with poetry than to be a participant in Irene Latham’s Annual Progressive Poetry event.

Our poem is for children. And Matt started us off by using some lines from music (and there is a challenge to continued the found lines). Kat and Kimberly continued the found lines.
Both days one and two are from the soundtrack of my preteen and teen years.
It prompted me to look up lyrics from other bands of my youth, in particular The Doors and Led Zeppelin (I had very eclectic music taste).
The Progressive Poem thus far…
Endless summer; I can see for miles…
Fun, fun, fun – and the whole world smiles
No time for school- just time to play
we swim the laughin’ sea each andDCwe every day
Found Lines
L1 The Who, ‘I Can See for Miles’ / The Beach Boys, ‘Endles Summer’
L2 The Beach Boys, ‘Fun, Fun, Fun’ / Dean Martin, ‘When You’re Smiling’
L3 The Jamies, ‘Summertime, Summertime’
L4 The Doors ‘Summer’s Almost Gone’/ Led Zeppelin ‘Good Times, Bad Times’

Linda at Teacher Dance will be swimming up soon for the next line.

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NaWriPoMo 19: Playing with Poetry 3/30

I’m having a low energy day. So I used the haikubes.


under the war home
we embraced his heart journey
dreaming for its peace

©jone rush macculloch (draft, 2019)

Join me here tomorrow for
To catch up, here’s the schedule:

April
2 Kat @KathrynApel
4 Jone @DeoWriter
5 Linda @TeacherDance
8 Mary Lee @A Year of Reading
9 Rebecca @Rebecca Herzog
10 Janet F. @Live Your Poem
13 Doraine @Dori Reads
17 Amy @The Poem Farm
18 Linda @A Word Edgewise
20 Buffy @Buffy’s Blog
21 Michelle @Michelle Kogan
22 Catherine @Reading to the Core
25 Jan @Bookseestudio
26 Linda @Write Time
27 Sheila @Sheila Renfro
29 Irene @Live Your Poem
30 Donna @Mainely Write
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