Friday, March 30, 2012

TRUNK TALK: An Original Animal Mask Poem

I’ve been writing animal mask poems for many years. I’ve posted a number of them at Wild Rose Reader in the past—poems written in the voices of a blue whale boasting about its size, a chick chattering about how difficult it is to break out of its shell, young frogs rejoicing about their transformation from “baby” tadpoles into “mature” adults, a toucan bragging about the great features of its enormous bill, a snake talking of the stealthy way it moves around and finds its prey.

You can read those and other animal mask poems at The Great Animal Mask Poem Post & An Invitation (April 9, 2010).

Here is one of the animal mask poems that I haven’t posted before:

Trunk Talk

My trunk is a trumpet.
It’s a hand.
It’s a nose.
It’s a siphon for water…
A neat shower hose.
It can push down a tree.
It is powerful, strong.
My trunk is prehensile.
It’s flexible, long.
It can nimbly pick up the tiniest seed.
My trunk is a dandy appendage indeed!

Maybe there’s an animal voice inside you that’s dying to speak out! Why not write a mask poem? Try it…you’ll like it!

If you DO write an animal mask poem, leave it in the comments or email it to me. I’ll post it during National Poetry Month.

NOTE: Once again, I’ll be doing a poetry book giveaway each week during National Poetry Month.
Here’s the schedule:
First Week of NaPoMo: April 1—7 (Winner announced on April 8th.)
Second Week of NaPoMo: April 8—14 (Winner announced on April 15th.)
Third Week of NaPoMo: April 15—21 (Winner announced on April 22nd.)
Fourth Week of NaPoMo: April 22—28 (Winner announced on April 29th.)
Final Days of NaPoMo: April 29—30 (Winner announced on May 1st.)

Heidi Mordhorst has the Poetry Friday Roundup over at My Juicy Little Universe.

Friday, March 23, 2012

BUD: An Original Acrostic

The weather here in Massachusetts has been unbelievably warm this week. I’ve been wearing shorts and sleeveless tops and sitting out in the sun…and finally taking my granddaughter out for walks in her stroller. I really need the physical exercise! I have also been exercising my rewriting muscles and working on the final revisions for my Things to Do poetry collection.

Today, I thought I’d post a short poem from my unpublished collection Spring into Words: A Season in Acrostics. March is usually a gray, damp, and chilly month where I live. It rarely feels like spring until mid to late April around here. Spring arrived early this year. Everyone is celebrating!

Before I bust out of my winter clothes…before I

Unzip my snug green jacket, I’ll draw in a

Deep breath and dream of the warm spring days to come.

A few proud grandma pictures that I took of Julia in the last two weeks

Mary Lee has the Poetry Friday Roundup over at A Year of Reading.

Friday, March 16, 2012

Things to Do If You Are a Giraffe: A First Draft

I continue to work on revisions for my Things to Do poetry manuscript. I'm hoping I'll be done in a few weeks.

I had forgotten that some time ago I got the idea of writing an entire collection of "things to do" poems about animals. I had already written several and thought it might be a good execrise for me. I even read through some of the other animal poems--including mask poems--that I had written over the years and tried rewriting them as "things to do" poems. Here is the first draft of one of them:

Things to Do If You Are a Giraffe

Have long lanky legs,

Spotted hair, knobby knees.

Nibble the leaves

From the tip-tops of trees.

Be quiet and shy.

Stretch your neck up so high

You can wink at the birds

As they go flying by.



Gregory Pincus has the Poetry Friday Roundup at GottaBook.

Happy Saint Patrick's Day
from Julia!

Friday, March 9, 2012

Things to Do If You Are a Grandfather Clock: An Original List Poem

I’ve been so busy lately that I have had little time to post at Wild Rose Reader or at Blue Rose Girls—or to stop by other blogs and leave comments. I hope to adapt to my new life rhythm and to be able to set aside more time for blogging—especially during National Poetry Month.

Recently, I hosted a family birthday party for my mother. She turned ninety-four on February 24th. It was fun having four generations of my family together to celebrate and toast my mother.

We had two birthday cakes. One was for my daughter Sara
who also had a birthday in February.
Julia wearing her special flower headpiece
that my daughter made for her.
A Family Picture
My granddaughter Julia has been growing up so fast!
She has been sitting up, rolling over, and eating solid food for quite some time.

Julia at Six Months

My Little Love on Valentine's Day

I have been busy doing revisions on my Things to Do manuscript. Some poems have been cut from the collection. I thought I’d post one of those poems today.

Things to Do If You Are a Grandfather Clock

Reside inside a wooden case.
Spin metals hands around your face.
Turned your toothed gears.
Sway your pendulum.
Listen to the rhythm of passing time.
Sing out the hour, clock.
Chime, chime, chime.

NOTE: Some of the people who won copies of Janet Wong’s book Declaration of Interdependence haven’t emailed me their addresses yet. Click here to find out if you are one of the winners.


The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Gathering Books this week.

Friday, March 2, 2012

"Declaration of Interdependence" Winners Announced!

I apologize for posting so late this Poetry Friday. Because of the snowstorm yesterday, road conditions were bad. I decided not to drive home from daughter's last night. Fortunately, the roads were clear when drove home today.

I am happy to announce that EVERYONE who left comments at my Declaration of Interdependence: Poems for an Election Year post last week will receive a copy of Janet Wong's new collection! (Janet sent me some additional copies.)

The Winners:
- Jama
- Jeanine Atkins
- Linda at Teacherdance
- Tabatha
- Linda at Write Time
- Gail Aldous
- Ed Decaria
- Lindsey Matson (Lindsey sent me an email because she couldn't post a comment.)

Congratulations to you all! Please send me your snail mail addresses.


The Poetry Friday Roundup is at Dori Reads.