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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Meet the Poet Wednesday

Welcome to Meet the Poet Wednesday where we get to learn more about the artists/writers/poets/bloggers who make up the Jingle Poetry community. This week we get to learn more about Melissa R. Bickel!

Tell us about yourself

I want to write something clever and witty, but the truth is I'm a work in progress. I've accomplished a few baby steps along the way. I've had the pleasure of winning a state hosted poetry contest for my area of Oklahoma. I've been published on line and have taken delight in helping others find their muses.

Right now I write for a freebie site on tips and ideas for frugal living and include the occasional recipe which is quick, easy, and frugal as well. Recently I was honored to accept a job offer for writing reviews on products as well. I've also reverted to my tried and true job "ironing" for a living. With a bit of writing and ironing mixed together I can afford to buy a loaf of bread.

Writing and poetry are my passions. You got to love anything that has to do with words or the creation of words. Oh, regarding poetry, I'm crazy about it.

Poetry has seen many changes. These changes are reflected in new forms of poetry, even the lessening of constraints in form poetry. I usually travel the road of free verse myself.

I find myself lingering in free verse because it allows for free movement of

words and expression. Still I try to hold on to a steady rhythm and grace,

which is so much a part of any poetry.

I hope within my penned lines here and articles, you too will linger and see what it is about life, self, and love that moves me to write.

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

I have several blogs, but Poetic Ponderings is what the name says, ponderings from a mind which revolves around poetics. I've had this blog for over two years now and it holds a piece of my heart and soul.

Don't get me wrong, there are true pieces of crap poems here that I jotted on the run and never got back to, but that will come with time. Sometimes I sit on a poem and eventually its true form comes to be.

When I see words or phrases, really anything, I think about how they'd work inside lines of poetry. To give words freedom of expression in poetry is my goal. Thus Poetic Ponderings came to be.

When did you start blogging?

I've been blogging for many years now. One could say it's an addition. I needed some place that was my own, a place where I could leave my poetry as if in book form, but no quite. A place where if someone wanted to, they could offer thoughts, comments, and critiques of how my words affect them.

Your first poem, do you remember it?

My first poem was called "Blossom" and at the moment I can't recall the lines word for word,

but I remember what it felt like to see it in print! It was freakin awesome. I didn't care that it was printed by a vanity place either, it was in print and it was mine.

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

I'm a free verse writer for the most part. I love the uninhibited lines which don't follow one said meter or rhyme. I personally feel poetry should be free to move in and out of thoughts without the restrive counts of syllables, lines and so on. There is a place for all forms of poetry, but for me it's the free style writing I enjoy.

Poetry is my passion, but I earn money doing freelance writing. I"m able to incorporate some of my creativity into it at times. I also enjoy writing humor, flash fiction, and on occasion short stories.

What inspires you the most to write?

Life, what better reason is there to write than life. The good, bad and ugly phases of life. It could be an illness, a marriage, birth of a child, a piece of trash blowing in the wind, the after effects of a storm or the storm itself. Life is just exciting, and the topic never runs dry.

Favorite books, authors?

I've four main books I love. The Bible, whose author is God, Cyrano, To Kill A Mocking Bird, and Pride and Prejudice. Each are written about topics I'm interested in.

The Bible: Everything I want to know about from Creation to Why I'm Here and What's to come in the Future I find in the Bible.

Cyrano: The ultimate in sacrifice, the sacrifice of love. This is really a play, but it holds the best lines of poetics I've ever read.

To Kill a Mocking Bird: This was written about a time in our history when race, discrimination, and unfairness prevailed, however there are times when justice won and those wronged were set free.

Pride and Prejudice: Ah, how easy it is to judge another because of their social station in life. Sometimes we assume things when they aren't even true of another, losing out on opportunities which could have made us happy, this book makes a person stop and think about wasted time and misplaced thoughts.

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

It would be about my ponderings through poetry and writing itself with little quirks and quotes. It would also include thoughts about people who've influenced my style of writings along the way.

Favorite quote?

"Poetry is when an emotion has found its thought and the thought has found words."

~ Robert Frost~

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

The ability to share yourself with so many of like mind. Too it's a good way to get feedback on your poems, that is when ones are willing enough to say truly what they think about your poem.

A poet can't grow if they are willing to take the good with the bad. In the real world a poem is never finished, it can always evolve. That is why critiques are important.

Any advice for people who like to write?

Don't be afraid of rejection! Look at it as an opportunity to fine tune your craft. Mostly don't stop writing because some don't like what they read. When it comes down to it, we write for ourselves, but try to fit it into mainstream readers.

Too when you write something, be willing to set it free so it can grow and become better than what it was in the beginning. If we hold our words to close to heart we can be wounded and poetentially be so hurt we stop writing all together, so once you've set your words to viewing, by others, divorce yourself from the personal side of it.

Propositions from Within:

Keep it real. Be yourself, and be willing to grow.

Review Tuesday - Short Poems

In this world of modern technology, we find that we can all bind and come together as one through the power of words. We weave together and we understand that words explore us through a journey. Age has no authority over our imaginations. This week's Review Tuesday shows us that our love and our passion for poetry is what is so amazing, I take you through the mind of young inspired poet Short Poems & blog authoured Marinela Reka .

About Her

Marinela is a 15 year old girl, it doesn't state from where she is. Her love for poetry grew at a young age of 6. It began as something she would practice her writing and spelling, however after the time she realized how much she enjoyed it to write what's on her mind. After years she learnt poetic skills, she also writes in various forms. Not all her work is about her own feelings and emotions, she writes about situations in life and other world issues.

"After opening a webpage, I soon discovered that the people all over the world were also enjoying my poetry with me. This inspired and motivated me to write more. Over the years of writing I have been lucky enough to publish two books. (One at the age of 8 and the other at the age of 11) Also, some of my poems have been published in 6 anthologies along with other young writers. I believe my poetry is a gift, and I would love to pursue writing in the future."

Marinela subscribes what you will find on her page: In my web page you will find poems of all sorts, like: Short and Sharp Poems,
Scary and Funny, Family and Friendship Poems, Father and Mother Poems,
 Freestyle and
Seasons Poems, Animals, Haiku, Cute,Cinquain, Limericks,
Mask, Teen, Love and
Heart Broken, Alliteration Poems‏, Quatrain Poems,
Pantoum Poems, Acrostic Poems,
War, Nature Poems, Rhyming Poems,

Onomatopoeia Poems, Pet Poems, Imagination
and a lot more...

The Blog

Her Blog/Website is in her own domain, this author really has put alot of work into her design as she chosed a NoteBook Template. She also have tag notes on the right hand side with her labels in under different categories. Also on the page you will find that Marinela has also written two poetry books which is also show cased on the right side of her page.
There is also an article on her being one of the youngest poets out there. I love the quotes that was made due to her talent.

On Her  Book: "A Little Whisper"

“Poetry is a different type of music. Words and verses
create pictures in our mind and stir our emotions. Marinela’s poetry

does this brilliantly. She captures and expresses the moods, the emotions,the feelings and the situation of the young, as well as the young at heart,be it her reflection on a tree or “Looking out my window” : or realising“I don’t know who I am”. “A Little Whisper” has a wide range of feelings and moods, be it the weather, the seasons or what possibly could lurk beneath our bed or the secret life of a pet! As a long time author of fiction, I do recommend this book of poetry to everyone of every age
. Dr Paul C Doherty, B.A.,D.Phil (Oxon) F.R.S.A”

This girl certainly have talent, I have been enjoying her work for the past six months. I also learnt from her as much where forms comes in. She truly is an arising star.

I would like to take this moment to introduce myself I write under the Blog, Chim's World of Literature. As many know Leo & SiS two of my favourite poets and their Tuesday Reviews has always lead me to new poets. I'd Like to thank Jingle for giving me the chance and hopefully we will get many more wonderful bloggers and introduce them to the community." Jingle Poetry Rocks."

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Poetry Potluck Week 41-Saints, Monks, and Meditation!!

There is No More Sunday Depression or Monday Blue because it is 
Poetry Potluck Time!!!

Welcome to Jingle Poetry Potluck Week 41, Our Theme of the Week is  "Saints, Monks and Meditation"!! We (Jingle & Riika) offer you our warmest greetings to another fantastic week of Poetry Potluck. It is time to enjoy the peace surrounding us now in the form of mediation, the moment of tranquility within the prayers by the monks, and don't forget the teaching of the holy saints.

How to link in my poetry?

Share your work using InLinkz below, and leave a comment in case it is your first time! It would be great if you could link back to us on your blog.

Weekly poetry collection starts on Sunday, at 8pm (CDT), and will stay open till Wednesday, 8pm (CDT), 72 hours for you to share your poetry with us...

Upcoming Next Week!! 

For Week 42, We will have the theme "SiblingsCousins and Friends"!!! So bring your siblings  cousins and friends along with you on this one! A little suggestion will be getting them to write a poetry together with you in related to the theme, how does that sounds? That's next week of course! So you 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... 

Leaving that aside, let's get back to the main topic here. 3...2...1
*pull the party poppers* 
Poetry Pot Lucky! 

Note: We are going to introduce you to a special corner over at our first side bar called "Music of the Week". It will be a music chosen for the Poetry Potluck and the music will change once every week. So just press the Play button and you are good to go! ^_^

Enjoy the poems below and write on upon your inspirations and thoughts.

By Lyn

I will be a saint one day too,
threading a needle of hope
and genuflected to.

Martyrs haven't owned this title yet,
the Patron Saint of Worker Bees
and Violins.

For the amber flow 
of honey
in a hexagon geometry,
pray to me.

If you play a Stradivari,
do the same.

Saints give up their skeletons,
I pluck a string
with a sliver of mine.

My world is a reliquary,
I have holy bones too,
and bless the honeyed tea.

*Mandolira...a musical instrument.

By RiikaInfinityy

Quiet room with lit candles
I open my eyes
a vision begin to appear
surrounding me
I try to recall
yet it is futile

It is definitely not now
and definitely not the past
ruins, debris
wreckage, destruction
land and sea merge
crimson sky of flames
ashes floating in the air
what is going on?

A moment ago
in mediation mode
and now I am here
remembering nothing
and bonded to the destruction
where am I?
why am I here?

The darkness drag
the vision into it and
vanish into thin air
I am back in
the quiet room with the lit candles
once again…

Thanks for joining in and supporting your fellow poets here at Jingle Poetry Monday Poetry Potluck!!!

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.


... in 1817 the British poet and painter, Branwell Brontë, was born. He died in 1848. He was one of six children in the family and one of the four who survived to adulthood. The three other survivors are the better-known Brontës: Charlotte, Emily, and Anne. Branwell was forever being dismissed from his jobs, the last dismissal being the result of his infatuation with Mrs. Robinson, the wife of the minister for whom Branwell worked. Branwell returned to his family home after losing that position and, grieving for his love, became a serious alcoholic. He eventually developed an addiction to laudanum (tincture of opium). Here is a snippet of a long, despairing poem written after the break-up with Mrs. Robinson.

Penmaenmawr by Branwell Brontë

I knew a flower whose leaves were meant to bloom
Till Death should snatch it to adorn the tomb,
Now, blanching 'neath the blight of hopeless grief
With never blooming and yet living leaf;
A flower on which my mind would wish to shine,
If but one beam could break from mind like mine:
I had an ear which could on accents dwell
That might as well say 'perish' as 'farewell' -
An eye which saw, far off, a tender form
Beaten, unsheltered, by affliction's storm -
An arm - a lip - that trembled to embrace
My Angel's gentle breast and sorrowing face
A mind that clung to Ouse's fertile side
While tossing - objectless - on Menai's tide!



DONNA SWANSON, copyright 2011, all rights reserved

There have always been creators. To us creating is a display of God's image in the world. Creating is an ache in our spirit; a compulsive reaching out to those who share life with us. We can no more not create than we can not breathe. Though there is a longing for our creations to be affirmed and applauded - anyone who denies that is lying to you – there is a deeper hunger to do the act of creating. The feel of a brush on canvas; the weight of a pen in the hand; a particular word that completes a poetic phrase. These are to our souls as oxygen is to our lungs. Though no one responds, still we must offer. Perhaps the next painting will invoke a response; the next book, the next poem, the next song...

And success? Now, as I look back over my life, I have a much different perspective than I did in my youth. I see those things I created, and they are good. I know they have blessed the few people they have touched. And now I can put them to rest where they belong; in God's hands. If there comes a time when He wants them widely known, they will be. If not, they were infinitely satisfying in their creation.

Again, as I look back over my life, I see the successes that mean so much more than any amount of fame could supply. I asked God to give me acclaim and the praise of my peers. He gave me good children who rise up and call me blessed. I asked God to make me financially successful. He gave me a beautiful home set amidst towering pines given by those I loved. I asked God to make my name known. He gave me a husband who knows me and loves me just as I am.

Our family has never been abundantly wealthy, but we have never gone without food or clothes or a warm fire. We did not have expensive indulgences or travel to exotic places, but we've had those small blessings that mean most because they were a surprise or a loving gift.

Success is relative. Success is fleeting. Success is a carrot leading a donkey down many a rocky road. Success is okay if it happens, okay if it doesn't. It's the road one takes to get to the destination that builds the soul. The road has been worth it.

Thank you, Donna, for this piece. It is truly a gift to us, putting life and art into perspective.

Connect with the multi-talented Donna at the links below:




(liv2write2day)I would like to invite the readers and writers of Jingle's Poetry Community to participate in the writing prompts I serve up on Sunday evening/Monday morning to help jump start your week of writing, whether you write poetry, short fiction or essay.

A number of you already read and comment on the Wordsmith Wednesday article that features writing how-tos for both poetry and prose. I'd like to expand this weekly post to include more discussion so I'll be soliciting your input. I believe we all have our areas of expertise when it comes to writing--whether learned by experience or formal education.

Please consider visiting and joining in these efforts by submitting your links in the Monday Morning Writing Prompt comments or adding your advice to Wordsmith Wednesday. Thank you.”

MIA LUMBARDI, a.k.a. Luna, (Luna’s World of Beauty, Hopes & Dreams) announced the publication of her first book entitled Survivor last week. Says Mia, “If anyone is interested in having their poem included in my next book, please visit my SITE for details.”

SEASON’S FAVORITE CHALLENGE to be hosted by Blaga Todorova (BrokenSparkles) begins July 2:

2 July – Spring’s favorite
9 July – Summer’s favorite
16 July – Autumn’s favorite
23 July – Winter’s favorite
30 July – All time favorite

Each post has to contain your favorite: word, quote, poem, book, song, movie, town, animal, flower, food and image related to each season. For the last post on July 30, it should contain your all-time favorite. Link HERE for more the details.

WRITERS' ROUNDUP is a new feature that begins today on Jamie Dedes’ Musing by Moonlight. It includes information and resources for writers and poets to hone their writing skills, keep up with contests and opportunities, and make their way through the evolving world of publishing. Link HERE today. Musical Monday and Tuesday on the Light Side will continue as always. Enjoy!



As always, many thanks to Jingle and to officials past, present, and to come for lending their hard work, support, and talents to this formidable effort at community building. Today we feature, Blaga Tordova (BrokenSparkles).

JAMIE: You've been blogging and writing for some time now. How has your work changed over the past year?

BLAGA: I've been blogging since September 2010 and yes, the writing and the format of my posts has changed. I've met many people through the Jingle Poetry Community, most of them with much more experience in writing than me. Communicating in this way does allow you to learn new things, to improve by association, and by reading the blogs of others and gathering the best out of all.

JAMIE: Tell us about the work you do behind the scenes for Jingle Poetry.

BLAGA: I do Meet the Poet on Wednesdays. Reading poems here and there helps to explore people and when I like someone's writing I make the request for an interview. My job is to ask question the poet to be featured and then post the interview. I also include the poem of the poet that I like the most, which involves browsing through that poet’s blog. I'm thankful to all people that I've featured in Jingle Poetry, Meet the Poet, for their patience, time dedicated, and quick responses on my requests.

Thank, Blaga, for all your hard work and dedication. Job well done …



Review Tuesdays, Chimnese Davids (My Poetry and Writing) & Robin Elisabeth (Write it)
Sunday News, Starting July 10, Aynsley (Life in Verse)
Substitute for Poem of the Week on July 2 & 16, Untitled Moments
Poetry Potluck starting July 10 & monthly haiku meme on Thursday (more to come on that), Shashi, (Shadow Dancing With Mind)


Please email news announcements to Jamie Dedes at
Please include all necessary links. Next week will be my last week for developing and writing Sunday Rally Dispatch.
Send Aynsley (
Life in Verse) any news to post after July 3.
aynsleyfuller@gmail.com Thank you! :-)