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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Meet the poet on Wednesday

Welcome to Jingle Poetry and Meet the Poet. Every Wednesday we highlight some of the talents who contribute their time, poetry and words of encouragement. I am Blaga and today I'd like to meet you with Corina Ravenscraft and her Dragon Dreams. I truly enjoyed the interview with Corina and I'm glad to know her as a poet, as a friend. There is so much she could offer to all of us. Talent, creativity, generosity, friendship...

~ To Uplift the Spirit and Free the Mind ~
By Corina Ravenscraft

I wait and watch for falling stars,
in the liquid still of night.
To wish upon them one by one,
as they streak and fade from sight.

Bits of heavenly, alien dust,
they carry my hopes and dreams.
And I wish upon them one by one,
as childish as that seems.

Fate can change the stars, it’s said,
in the blink of a cosmic eye.
And I wonder about my destiny,
as they shoot across the sky…

The past is but a memory,
the future stays untold.
But if I can wish upon a star,
then my soul shall not grow old.


Tell us about yourself.

I think that's probably a hard question for anyone to answer. It's easy to let Ego do the talking and come off as pretentious. The internet is a great tool, but it's also a lens by which the rest of the world judges a person. I'm just me. I feel that I've led a very fortunate, though somewhat hard life and it's forced me to be a realist. And yet, there's always room for hope, so the idealism is never quite spent.

I'm 39 and was born in Seattle. I currently live in the South with 2 cats, 1 kitten, 2 dogs and a wonderful boyfriend who treats me like a queen, is an excellent cook and makes me laugh.

I work full-time at a university library on the night-shift (5:30 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.) which is an odd shift to most people, but fits my vampirish circadian rhythm perfectly. I get most creative in the wee hours and that's usually when my muses strike. It's quiet and I can focus.

I like to help people (both friends and strangers alike), believe in random acts of kindness and changing the world for the better by being aware of the planet and our impact upon/in it. I'm passionate about a lot of things and try to make a difference where I can. For the "web-condensed" version of who I am, I've tried to sum up an "About Me" page on my blog, but it's impossible to contain the richness of being alive in just a few words. 

Tell me about your blog, about the name and what it means to you?

~ Dragon's Dreams ~ The name comes from my love-affairs with both Dragons and Dreams (capital Ds). It's another extension of who I am, a facet for expression; a place and way to reach other like-minded, creative individuals. I post a lot of poetry and images that fascinate or move me, because that's my favorite way to view the world. I post about things important to me and the world in which we live, try to champion extra important political, societal and environmental issues, etc. Sometimes I wax philosophical, because it's also a place where I always seem to learn about myself, too, by interacting with some of the brightest minds, souls and hearts out there.  It's all about "connection(s)" and I don't mean "net-working" with people for personal gain, but the expansion of the 4 L's: Light, Love, Laughter, Learning.

When did you start blogging?

Blogging for me? 2000. Blogging to share with the rest of the world? 2003.

A Winter Minute
By Corina Ravenscraft

I heard the sad call of an owl, tonight,
ringing clear in the cold, night air.
The hollow, mournful hoot of only one,
whose lonesome voice seemed so full of care.

‘Twas melancholy, yet it was strong,
as it pierced the crisp, quiet dark.
It was a simple, haunting, natural song
as the owl sounded out his mark.

It echoed off of the frost below,
kept company with the pale, winter moon.
It sounded as cool as the snow’s soft glow,
wanting Spring to get here soon.

I listened for a few long moments more,
my breath steaming warm in the cold.
I wanted to answer his sad call with Hope
that the springtime would still promise hold.

That though both owl and I were still alone,
Winter’s grip fades to gentle new starts.
And the warmth of fresh beginnings unknown
would melt the ice around both of our hearts…

Your first poem, do you remember it?

 Well, I remember some of it, but it was a poem called "Red is...", written for my grandmother when I was about 8 or 9. 

Is there a style of writing you prefer? Do you write only poetry?

I've been accused of being more of a 'formalist', in that I like rhyme, measure and certain forms. I majored in English/Creative Writing in college, so things like grammar, punctuation, spelling, etc. are important to me. I admire poets like e.e. cummings, for example, but it drives my "Inner Editor" batsh*t reading him, so I prefer some sort of structure (though I have tremendous respect for free-form, too). I write many things, and like every amateur writer, I have a book 'in process'.

What inspires you the most to write?

The most? Hmmm. Life, emotions, reading other poetry or seeing a great image. Anything and everything can become inspiration, it just depends on where your focus leads your 'being' (soul, mind, heart and body). Scents, music, visual and sensual stimuli all help. So does being a positive person, although there is value and beauty in examining and understanding the darkness; some of my sharpest poetry has come from the blacker, darker parts of human nature.

Favorite books, authors?

Is this a trick question? lol. I work in a library, so all I can say is that it's impossible for me to choose favorites. There are so many. Poe, R.A. Salvatore, Tolkien, Lewis, Brooks, Eddings, Pratchett, Rowling, McCaffrey, Piers Anthony and old Stephen King are close to the top. I have kind of a thing for Poe because of my middle name (Lenore), and one of my most cherished material possessions is a First-Edition bound copy of his poetry. It's not signed, but that's okay. I especially like all the Romantic poets, but the poetic names that instantly jump to mind as favorites are: Frost, Keats, Yeats, Dickenson, Browning, Neruda, Wordsworth, Blake, Thomas, Lawrence, Emerson, Eliot, Thoreau and of course, Whitman.

If you could be the writer of a famous best seller book which one would that be?

The one I'm working on now, of course /smiles/. It's a fantasy novel and as one might guess, it has dragons.

Favorite quote?

There are WAY too many to pick just one. In fact, I'm working on a page of my favorite quotes, but I keep finding ones that I want to add to it, so it's become several pages long. I used the phrase "Carpe Diem Quod Tempus Fugit" on my blog because I love Latin, and because it's a truth which brings me back to earth when my mind has been on walk-about.

What are the benefits of being part of Jingle poetry community?

Reaching and interacting with others, advancing the experience of poetry in all its many forms and wonders, spreading joy, wisdom, different viewpoints. Learning some new forms, new techniques, and even new vocabulary. It's a good place for ego-strokes, too, which doesn't hurt.

Any advice for people who like to write?

Just do it. The first step (action) is usually the hardest. Read. A lot. Trust your gut but learn to recognize the value of other writers' opinions and points of view. Grow. Expand your horizons beyond your comfort zone and stretch your proverbial wings - you might be surprised. I think it helps, too, to figure out why you write.

I would like to thank Corina for her time and you, dear readers, can read more of her poetry at http://dragonkatet.wordpress.com/

The will of the Quill
By Corina Ravenscraft

Thick as the speed of clotted thoughts,
This language suffices;
A cumbersome tool.
Experience sought (and bought)
The sacrifices
That made wiser men
From ignorant fools.

Words escape.

You. Me.
They cannot be caught,
Yet aren’t quite free,
For every one comes attached to a thought,
And for every action,
It was birthed in naught but
Electrical energy —
Brain waves of….what?

Symbols understood, with meaning,
But none can accurately catch the dreaming,
Teeming shores of what it means to live.
Sensation lingers in the mind’s mouth,
Tasting phrases.
Sifting variations of description,
Through this medium’s sieve.

It still lacks
The richness of the moment’s impact.
In fact,
It’s amazing communication takes place.
Limited as we are,
By our lack
Of (understanding)
The rigidity of moving back
And forth,

Seeking to capture a feeling,
A sight,
To explain human nature –
Thus, stealing it, right?
We take from experience,
And categorize.
We label our labors,
And ceaselessly prize the “Hows“,
And “Whys”,

But Language,
The bridge of the written word…


Though inadequate,
Sometimes succeeds,
And we’re “heard”.

Wishing you a lovely day.
Stay tuned for next Wednesday and Christopher’s interview with another poet. 

Review Tuesdays - A Journey of Words

A journey in words can go a long way. Engrossed in words, the journey may go for eons, yet we may feel like it has only been a few minutes. It may be a marathon, a hurdle race of millions of metres, yet at the end, if we ever reach it, it may feel like we’ve been travelling only a few miles. Today, I review the blog of a friend, my co-host here at Review Tuesdays, Someone is Special aka SiS. He’s called his blog Few Miles, and we’ll travel some few miles with him here today.

Saravana Kumar, writing under the pen name of SiS began his writing journey with a poem titled “Sorry” but he’s continued to pen down poems and stories which need no apologies. He’s woken up angels in his dreams, and the blog’s poems, he says, are inspired by the dream girl. Given his pen name by his sweet friend, he continues to use the name and with the words he pens, he tries to cross the many hurdles and critics to remain focused as a writer with myriad thoughts in his mind.

The blog Few Miles’ template has been edited by him, a simple look with a mix of orange, blue and the main background of white. The blog header has a logo “FM” that is also the favicon of the blog. The blog has a single sidebar to the right, and the sidebar houses a large assortment of widgets; from twitter contact buttons, to the award badges he’s won on various platforms, from archives and favorite posts, to the recent comments list and category cloud. The blog has, so far, got visits from more than a hundred different countries since beginning in October 2009, and has 242 posts to-date.

SiS is not a “particular” writer; in the sense, he doesn’t prefer a particular form, or genre for that matter. He writes what comes to his mind at that time, or depending on if a meme inspires him. If he feels unable to write, he’s willing to take breaks to refresh his muse. SiS likes to write for contests, be it poetry or prose and experiments with the same. His themes vary from causes to nature, but most of his readers would recognize that the theme that dominates the others is romance. He is a self confessed “romancer” and his stories have that emotional pull to it. Quite a few of his posts also revolve around cricket so I think he is a great follower of the sport as well. SiS writes regularly for memes, and is also the host of a meme called Room for Romance, a monthly meme with themes based on his favorite emotion.

Being a regular writer, his frequency of posting is high, and though is he is talented to hold the quality, depending on the frame of mind he is in; his posts do have a tendency to waver on that front. A positive point about SiS is that he takes critique well and works on his posts to get better as he writes. I’ve been reading him for a while now, and I’d say I have a lot of favorites from his posts to list out here. If any of you are very much addicted to romance in reading, I’d say his blog would be a drug to you. On a personal note, I’d very much say him to work on his determination, as I’ve known him to think of quitting when results are not going his way.

As a reader, I think the first thing I’d look at in a blog is the post. As a writer, I feel that I would also want my reader to read the post. In your blog, I find the sidebar assortment of widgets to be overwhelming. When the badges of winning entries you have had in competitions is present directly, the reader would be distracted to reading that instead (though it being there as a celebration of your success is quite understandable). If possible, try to declutter it somehow. Explore more themes other than romance in your long stories. Look to better yourself each time. I think you are good already, but still aim for the perfection that is elusive. A writer’s journey is always toward perfection, hence the reason for it being an endless one. Other than that, I’m quite happy as a reader to visit the blog. Keep going!

Glad to review your blog, and let me know how you found it, if you’ve found me wavering on some point. Cheers and have a lovely week ahead.

From the Review Tuesdays team here at Jingle Poetry,

Sunday, May 29, 2011

POETRY POTLUCK- Thunderstorms, Floods and Water fury

MEMORIAL Monday!!! Time for our Potluck!!!

We (Olivia and Kavita) welcome you all to another fluid week of Poetry Potluck... This week, be prepared to get submerged under the force of "ThunderstormsFloods and Water fury"... So swim in... and have some FURIOUS fun!!

Register yourself (with your name and the link to your potluck entry) using InLinkz below, and leave a comment with a pointer to your post! It would be great if you could link back to us on your blog!!! Once you are done with this, visit other participants (at least 6), read their entries, comment, AND ENJOY!!! Of course, you can always submit any poem of your choice as well...

Remember: Every week, InLinkz will be up on Sunday, at 8pm (CDT), and will stay open till Wednesday, 8pm (CDT). So you will have 72 hours to share your poem with us...COOL huh?!! Also, if you aren't new to Poetry Potluck, please note that we may not send you weekly reminders. So, it would be awesome if you could add us to your Blogroll or Favorites, so that you can stay updated with the happenings on our site!!

Flash Forward!! Whew!! If all the water logging has gotten you tired, don't you worry! Get "Inspired by a song"... Think of a song.. your favorite song, least favorite song, its lyrics, its tune..whatever... and write a poem while you are getting inspired by it!! Sounds like fun, eh!? BUT... let's save that for next week! That way, you will have one entire week to prepare your poem for this theme.. :) And if you are unable to submit a poem ON the theme, relax... Send in an older poem you would love to share with us...

Now LET'S GET STARTED with this week's potluck!!!! Enjoy the VIDEO here and write on... Thanks for joining in and supporting your fellow poets here at OUR favorite Poetry Potluck!!!

"The Saints"
(by Sheri)

We are from water and to water we return
True believers baptized in the muddy surge
The water gives, the water takes, our children learn
We build our homes, we catch our food, respect we earn
The waters come, our land, our lives,our hopes submerge
We are from water and to water we return

Tears are cried, rain pours from skies, the waters churn

Both saint and sinner taken in unholy purge
The water gives, the water takes, our children learn

Displaced, divided, in our dreams of home we yearn

Diaspora upon us from this watery scourge
We are from water and to water we return

Persephone dragged back to Hell, another spurn

But come another spring and surely we'll emerge
The water gives, the water takes, our children learn

Our eyes reflecting flames, we watch our water burn

God or man, upon our land the fates converge
We are from water and to water we return
The water gives, the water takes, our children learn.

Thank you, dear Sheri, for honoring us with such a beautiful poem... this one's real special, my friend.. 

SUNDAY RALLY DISPATCH: JP News, Views, Interviews, and Events

Sunday Rally Dispatch is a collection of news updates of interest to our poet-blogger community members.  Your contributions from your area of the world, your activities, or your interests are welcome. Please forward them to Jamie Dedes of Musing by Moonlight at jamiededes@rocketmail.com. Contributions are subject to editorial discretion and space constraints. Feedback welcome.

ON THIS DAY in 1917 the American poet, writer, and teacher, Kate Harrington died. She was born in 1831. Harrington was the child of a playwright and the wife of a poet. She was the anonymous author of Emma Bartlett, or Prejudice and Fanaticism, which was a fictional rebut to Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin and exposé of what Harrington perceived as the hypocrisy of Know-Nothingism. Know-Nothingism (1840s and 1850s) was not one of America's shining moments or movements. It was a revolt against the immigrant flow of German and Irish Catholics into the United States. These populations were regarded as being hostile to the mainstream, majority Protestant population. In addition to poetry, Harrington wrote children’s books and educational primers. This poem was written for a Chicago jubilee. It is the only one I could find by her.

Lake Michigan by Kate Harrington

While thousands throng each crowded mart,

And gaze around in mute surprise,

I turn with an adoring heart

To thee, fair mirror of the skies.

Yet not in silence can I pour

My full heart out, fair Lake, to thee,

So, humbly kneeling on thy shore,

I chant thy praise, my Jubilee.
continued HERE 

ABOUT SAMER (SAM) EL ABED (CERCA TROVA, Latin for Seek and You Shall Find): The first thing that grabbed my attention on Sam’s blog was the peaceful header, a wonderfully gentle poetic promise right there. The next was the juxtaposition of a Latin blog-name with his Arabic name and the “somehowpersonal” that is his URL. It all combined to intrigue. Moving on and reading Sam’s short -  sometimes pungent, often sweet poems – always delightfully illustrated – I was hooked. I visit as often as time allows. I’m pleased to introduce Samer El Abed on Dispatch today…

JAMIE: Your blog is distinguished by posts of striking photographs followed by short poems, which consistently ring with authenticity. How did your style evolve? ...out of a specific philosophy or poetry or simply organic for you?
SAM: It all started as experimentation; or, I might say an evolvement. In my earlier posts of either poetry or short stories I didn’t use any images, but as I became more involved in writing I wanted to explore a new presentation, mainly the use of images that accompany my words.
Poetry to me is a pure state or as someone once commented “It just happens”, so my writing starts within then it is materialized into words. Later I chose images either from the web or from my own, which would somehow relate to the theme.
My poems are a pure personal reflection. The words come first and with them I draw my own imagery, whereas the images I use are there to give a visual enhancement. The images I use are not an inspiration but a presentation.

JAMIE: What subjects are most important to you, most move your poetic voice?
SAM: Human nature is my motivation as well as my inspiration; to me everything revolves around it, the way we react, think, feel, the whole spectrum of “Man”. And in that I usually go deep within my own self and try to voice out my reflections or reactions on different issues in life such as fear, love, death, beauty, happiness, pain, suffering…etc. Within us exists an endless universe that is waiting for us to explore.                                                                                
JAMIE: When did you start writing and why? What poets have most influenced your style?
SAM: My educational background as well as my professional one is pretty far from literature. I studied business and work in marketing and sales. So my writing was mainly done through my studying days. It was mainly for academic purpose. Yet in my study years I was exposed to all kind of literary works both in Arabic and English. Poetry, philosophy, history, psychology …etc, were all part of my curriculum and were all an influence. To me all are integrated. The influence I got from Freud is as important as that of Lord Byron, the same goes for Shakespeare and Al-Farabi (Alfarabius).

JAMIE: What poets do you read and admire most?
SAM: To be honest my reading habits have quite fallen since I started my career. Through my study years I did a lot of reading in Arabic and English. I can’t say that I have a single preferred poet because everyone presents to me a different view of life, which is again a reflection of human nature. But to name a few of whom I was more interested in, it would be Omar Al Khayyam, Lord Byron, Nizar Qabbani, Jubran Khalil Gibran, and Edgar Allan Poe.

JAMIE: In the About on your blog, you say you have found some answers in music and poetry. Please expand on that.
SAM: To me music and poetry are the ultimate means of expressing feelings. A well-written song or a musical piece is an inspiration just like a great poem. In reading Al Khayyam I found that human quest for the knowing the meaning of life, of death, the reason of our existence as well as perching and in listening to Nusrat Fateh Ali khan, I am transcended to the beyond. In reading Jubran Khalil Gibran I am floating in the universe and when I am listening to Leonard Cohen I am in touch with human suffering, feelings and fears. Music and poetry are the two faces of the same coin “Pure human nature”.

JAMIE: How long have you been blogging and what spaces does it fill in your life?

SAM: In the coming month of July it will be a year since I started blogging. In my personal life I am a private person and in that I do repress a lot of my feelings that in return causes major stress in me. Blogging gave me a beautiful freedom to let go. I am able to put my feeling of whatever nature down into words that I can share with others without constraint. Blogging gave me the ability to communicate more my feelings and beliefs, and it introduced me to this world of poetry, where I had the privilege of meeting great talents with whom I am developing beautiful friendships.

Thank you, Sam. I share your enthusiasm for Gibran and Cohen and am delighted with your mention of them in your interview along with such fine poets, generally less known among Westerners, from Central Asia, the Lebanon, and Syria, which helps to honor the diversity of our poetry community.  Poem on …

COLOR IS A HALLMARK OF BECCA GIVENS’ BLOG (On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea). The header on Becca’s home page is a photograph of a stunning stained glass window bright with color and light. Then check out her pages: Animal Talk, Becca’s Art, Favorite Quotes, Kitchen Love, Photos, Surprises … and she’s full of the latter, producing one of the more eclectic blogs in our community. Here’s what Becca has to say …

JAMIE: Your blog is quite a multi-interest blog and that is just one of its delights. What made you decide to do all in one instead of separate blogs for each? You do touch on this a bit in your About, but perhaps you'd expand on it here.

BECCA: When I started On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea, I barely knew what a blog was much less what it entailed. I am a bit computer challenged. When my friend, Pat from Sources of Inspiration, offered to set up the blog for me, I accepted with much appreciation. She asked me questions and went to work creating it. Since she knew what material I had offer, she divided my interests into pages for me. I cannot imagine trying to juggle different blogs. Having it all together gives the observer/visitor a better feel for who I am and what I am trying to accomplish with my small niche in the blog world.

JAMIE: You talk about "creativity rehab.” How'd it start and how's it going? How long have you been doing it?

BECCA: About two years ago, after the death of my dad, I took a personal inventory and decided I needed to make some changes in my life. I felt stifled and dry inside. I did not know who I was or my purpose. I mean, I knew I had a life purpose, but at the time, I couldn’t’ figure it out. A close friend suggested increasing my involvement in creative projects. I laughed and said “but I am not creative.”  She remarked “then find something.” I thought about it and tried several things, but I wasn’t happy with the outcome of any of them. It seemed the more I thought about it, the more frustrated I became, until it almost became an obsession.  Apparently, I was trying “too hard” to be creative. So I decided to change my outlook and direction. I thought if I am “creativity – challenged”, then I need to find “creativity rehabilitation” measures to change the outcome.
            About a year ago, I was invited to participate in an international community with activities focusing on gratitude, intuition, self-awareness, growth, and transformation. I connected with like-minded individuals with whom it became easy to share thoughts, ideas, and goals. Through this group, I found the beginning of the path with a partial road map for the road I was destined to travel. I became more aware of who I was, why I was here at this time, and steps I needed to walk through to improve. A turn of events prompted me to start painting with watercolors and writing Haiku.  In fact, these two specific activities helped launch my blog with substance.

JAMIE: You've been involved now with Jingle Poetry for some time. Does it help? How so?

BECCA: I love the Jingle Poetry!  The community is very welcoming, supportive and encouraging. The weekly prompts through Monday Potluck and Thursday Rally have exposed me to a diversified assembly of poets. I have become more familiar with a variety of styles of traditional and non-traditional poetry, prose and short stories. Participating on a regular basis allows for continued growth as well as increases traffic to your site.

JAMIE: You do quite a bit of writing and you visit and comment on a fair number of blogs. How do you organize yourself and keep from getting overwhelmed? Do you have any rules for yourself?

BECCA: Initially, I visited many different blogs to get a feel for the blog world, what it had to offer, and to become more comfortable.   As my blog has blossomed and readership has increased, I’ve had to put more structure to my visits and the extent of my participation. When I participate in a hosted event, I try to visit the other poets who contribute. I divide my reading throughout the week, in-between writing, posting and returning visits.

JAMIE: You seem to delight in short poems and haiku. True? Why? Do you write longer poems?

BECCA: Yes, Jamie this is true. I prefer to use the short forms as an act of self-discipline. It is a challenge to convey a specific message in a limited number of words and/or syllables. It teaches me to be concise and not ramble. It tends to parallel my real life as well. I have either a short answer or a long answer, rarely anything in-between.  There have been a few occasions my creative muse would not let me get away with a short version.

JAMIE: When did you start writing poetry? What inspired you to start?

BECCA: I have only been writing in earnest since I started On Dragonfly Wings with Buttercup Tea. Prior to this, I started “playing” with it during the summer 2010.

JAMIE: Please tell us about one or two of your favorite poets and why you favor them.
BECCA: One or two? This makes a difficult task. My first would be Pat Cegan of Source of Inspiration. She provides daily inspiration that nurtures, brings joy, uplifts and/or opens my eyes into another state of awareness of myself and our connection with the Divine; the common thread among all of us. If I want to laugh, all I need is to read the latest edition of  Rainforest News and see what the redheaded imp is professing! I always walk away feeling lighter in spirit. I would like my blog to embody similar reaction from my readers. When this is accomplished, my heart soars. 
Thanks, Becca, for your delightful blog and for sharing your unique perspective, which is something I know readers will appreciate as much as I do.  Blog on …

Big Sur
FILMING POET JACK KEROUAC’S BIG SUR: He was know as the King of the Beats and his book, Big Sur, often takes a back stage place relative to On the Road and Dharma Bums. Big Sur, though, illustrates the person Kerouac was after the dreams that are the highlights of his other books became tarnished. Now a film version of Big Sur is in the making, If you are interested, you can follow the filming in progress HERE.  [The Beat Museum, San Francisco, California, U.S.A.] 
Quotable Kerouac:
"I want to work in revelations,
       not just spin silly tales for money
I want to fish as deep down as possible
       into my own subconscious
    in the  belief that once that far down
everyone will understand because they are te same
        that far down." Jack Kerouac
CAMP NaNo: I’m not quite sure how I became the point person in the Jingle Poetry Community for National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), but it seems I have. Thanks to Olivia and a few others for alerting me to this new event, Camp NaNoWriMo. I wasn’t really paying attention. I have a lot going on in my personal and poetic life and am still refining the novel I worked on last November. I don’t know anymore than the rest of you at this point, and I am not a spokes-person for NaNo. It does indeed look like there is going to be a summer fiction-writing event. The exact dates and nature of the event have yet to be posted on the site. At this point, it would appear the NaNo folks are in fund-raising mode. So support if you can and continue to look for updates HERE.  I’m guessing, but I think about 20-25 of us participated last year, most of whom I didn’t become aware of until after the fact. 

MANY THANKS to RiikaInfinity (Deadly Butterfly Betrayal) for our new Jingle Poetry theme, cheery and appropriate for this time of year.  RiikaInfinity is a twenty-year-old artist and writer from Singapore. She created her website in June 2010 and has been blogging continuously ever since. Riika writes poetry and, using Photoshop, creates and manipulates images to go with the poems. MORE
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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Poem of the Week -"Sketches, Images and Impressions"

The Saturday is the day for selecting one out of hundred Potluck Entry for the prompt " Sketches, Images and  Impressions" .As usual it had many wonderful submissions from many creative writers in Jingle Poetry .This day I am presenting one such selection  Molly Monet 's Indelible Impression .

The writer says that she wrote this lovely poem along with her busy schedule .Yet she managed to bring a story tied in her poem .It's more like the impression of her life .The final line she has written brings beauty to the whole poem "... growing tall and proud" .I liked this poem and hope you too will like it

Indelible Impression

I spent the day cleaning

On my hands and knees scrubbing
My dirty hardwood floors
Really they need re-sanding
But I am trying to revive their luster
With elbow grease and quick shine
Yet I feel like Lady MacBeth
Futilely attempting to erase a psychic stain
Out, damned spot, out
I can clean up greasy fingerprints
And sticky sweet spots
I can even attempt to remove the
Trails of our steps
Back and forth through the kitchen
But I cannot erase the indelible impression
That this house has made on our lives
Jonah spoke his first words here
Layla was conceived under the sunlit picture window
We parted ways here
Yet it has also been
The site of our family night dinners
My ex still does his laundry in our basement
This is our home
It has been with us for better and worse
And better yet again
I can sell it and move on
But the memories, the love
Will always remain
Just like our anniversary gingko
That continues to grow tall and proud
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About Me:

I am Umamaheswari Anandane ( Iwrite4u) ,the owner of " Inside My Poem Book ", feels honored to be a part of the Jingle poetry with the work of selecting poems of the week in accordance with the week's themes .


Umamaheswari Anandane: (http://umaspoembook.blogspot.com/) 

Meet you all again in POTLUCK !