Lost Inside of Rembrandt’s Poem: Self-Portrait with Two Circles (1660) – Reason 2 Rhyme “Tribute”

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kbnelson’s Reason2Rhyme Poetry Prompt – “Tribute” Ms. Nelson’s prompt for this week is: write a poem to or about someone you admire. You don’t have to personally know them to pay tribute to them. Write a poem honoring one of … Continue reading

One Can Miss Mountains by Todd Boss

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One of my favorite poems is by Todd Bass. I have reprinted his “One Can Miss Mountains” here from The New Yorker Magazine of May 8, 2008. It never ceases to move and amaze me. I love reading it out … Continue reading

Gambino: The Stage Struck English Teacher Teaches Human Sexuality

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Everyone has a school teacher they’ll never forget. Mine was an 8th grade English lit teacher by the name of Mr. Gambino. He was a frustrated English teacher and failed Shakespearean actor. If you who missed the previous installments, please … Continue reading

The Bridges of Men

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Just for a change of pace, we’re going for a one act play here today. It’s entitled The Bridges of Men. The scene takes place in the kitchen of Frank and Gina’s apartment in a city in Italy. Frank and … Continue reading

When He was Born… (kbnelson’s Poetry Prompt Reason 2 Rhyme – “This Day In History…”)

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Monday, July 2, 2012 Poetry Prompt… from kbnelson’s Reason 2 Rhyme – “This Day In History…” Select one particular day in history (the world’s or your personal experience) and write a poem contrasting the same day in the present. When … Continue reading

Everyone has a school teacher they’ll never forget… (Part 3)

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Mine was an 8th grade English lit teacher. Who was yours? Mr. Gambino was a frustrated English teacher and failed Shakespearean actor. If you who missed the first installment of The Stage Struck English Teacher, please click here to catch … Continue reading

A Psalm of the Oppressed

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We are trampled upon, the young and old, the working man, the single parent, asked to do more, give more, and do with less. For what? Why?      While others take, and take more and more, and pay less, give less, and care … Continue reading

6 or 8 word stories? You got to be kidding. (Part 2)

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We recently posted about writing 6 or 8 word stories? You got to be kidding?.   Hemingway’s famous: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. was cited as an example. We offered a few more. Today we post a few more … Continue reading

One of my favorite poets is e e cummings

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One of my favorite poets is e e cummings He has influenced much of my writing. And “in Just-” is one of my favorites. And while I know it’s summer – a little late to be posting this poem – … Continue reading

High Flyers

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Rich from Brainsnorts inc >.<  wrote about  Friday Fictioneers 6/8 in which Madison Woods posts a picture that begs to have a 100 word story written about it. If you click Brainsnorts above, you’ll see Rich’s story. I have written … Continue reading

Lemon tree very pretty but the lemon flower is…

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A little change of pace here. A little lightness but a little sourness. A little fun but also a little fear. A little … lemon? Death of Me and Meyer Lemons I thought I’d lose my Meyer lemon tree, I … Continue reading

For those of you who missed “Bread Upon the Waters…”

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Here is a good Sunday’s reading… For those of you who missed “Bread Upon the Waters…” Please click here to read. In keeping with the same spirit of using a Bible passage as an exercise in motivation to write poetry, I’ve … Continue reading

Tales from the Blue, Part II

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Yogi once said, “Little League is great because it keeps parents off the streets” Boy, was he ever wrong. If you missed Tales from the Blue, Part I, just click here to visit. We posted it here on The Writer’s … Continue reading

Bed Mates

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You know – you’ve had them in bed with you. Those little bundles of joy when sleeping, who drove you crazy all day running and crying and fighting and whining… and now they’re little angels, rug-rats in bed dreaming away … Continue reading

Haiku’s

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These are the haiku’s of party politics, occupy wall and word and world street,  the who-cares and who-gives-a-crap turnpike to the beating down of the beaten down – the old, the poor, the jew and gentile, the gypsy, the uneducated, … Continue reading

The Owl on the Avenue

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How many times have you driven along a road only to see an owl, or maybe it was a squirrel, or some other animal on its hind legs, or standing, or turned to stare at you as you were driving … Continue reading

Ecclesiastes 11:5

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Bread Upon the Waters… I thought using a Bible passage might be a nice exercise to be motivated to write some poetry. I’ve written a few haikus using Ecclesiastes 11:5 as my prime mover: “As you do not know the path … Continue reading

More Billy Collins

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We’re back again with more Billy Collins! If you missed our first blog – we reprinted his Introduction to Poetry on  May 12. Inspired by him so much, we are moved to post him again. This time with him reading … Continue reading

Stories from the Blue

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Carpe Diem – Seize the Day. In baseball, it’s Carpe Call-um.  Seize the Call. Or as Yogi Berra would say, I call ’em as I seize ’em Stories from the Blue My 21 year old nephew, Michael, no longer able … Continue reading

Gambino: The Stage Struck English Teacher Rides Again

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 For those of you who missed the first installment of The Stage Struck English Teacher  please click this link The Stage Struck English Teacher  to catch up with Mr. Gambino, our 8th grade frustrated English teacher and failed Shakespearean actor. … Continue reading

In the endless dark of the night, there is

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Have you ever been up so late that the evening was totally still? Did you strain for the comfort of familiar night sounds? Are you thrown into worry when the lights are off in a dark room and you have to … Continue reading

Sometimes You Just Got to Be Silly

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In keeping with a little more silliniess: I am posting this chapter from the gospel of the Mouse in the Desert. It is well known and respected in the Animalia Kingdom. Though wee in stature, it words ring true for … Continue reading

The Ivy League Baseball Team? Oh Boy….

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Okay. It’s time for a little change up (pun intended)  in the writing here. Let’s do some soft ball for a moment… My son and I were sitting at the kitchen table, discussing his favorite subject, baseball, and we got … Continue reading

6 or 8 word stories? You got to be kidding.

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In David Jacobsen’s web site: http://jacobsenwriting.com/ you will read the following: My friend Ross has a post up about very short stories… based on Hemingway’s famous: For sale: baby shoes, never worn. There’s a lot packed into that, right? …today’s … Continue reading

Introduction to Poetry by Billy Collins

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one of my favorites… Introduction to Poetry       Billy Collins I ask them to take a poem and hold it up to the light like a color slide or press an ear against its hive. I say drop a mouse into … Continue reading

Some poems are well over my head…

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Too difficult. Though I don’t like admitting it. I research words and phrases. Sometimes they are way too personal. I read them again seeking small parts to take away and smell, or hold up to light, maybe try to taste … Continue reading

Everyone has a school teacher they’ll never forget…

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Mine was an 8th grade English lit teacher. Who was yours? Read about Gambino – and then write about your school teacher experiences. The Stage Struck English Teacher        by Randy Mazie Mr. Gambino was our pock-marked 8th grade frustrated … Continue reading

The Miller’s Promise…

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promises made and broken, dreams lost, hard work gone awry,  disappointments… read The Miller’s Promise” let us in on your own… The Miller’s Promise       by Randy Mazie The promise of milled grains in keeping time, spent season’s finest feast, a … Continue reading

Planes… so many types of planes.

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Flying planes. Straight planes. Carpenter’s planes. Three dimensional planes. Spiritual planes. http://kvennarad.wordpress.com/ poemed about a flying machine; I went spiritual in response. Go where you will with yours….  Spiritual Planes …by Randy Mazie white-winged, nailed into cross-puffed grey clouds, proudly-humbled-looking-down-calling … Continue reading