7-Minute Poetry Challenge # 17- Dream A Dream

Quote2-Infinite-Hope.jpg

The Third Monday every January is a day for dreaming. Many folks think of it as a day to sleep in, lounge, relax, but it's much more than that. So much more. It's a holiday set aside to honor one of the great dreamers:Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 

King's vision of a world in which all humans are equal, a vision he expounded in his "I Have A Dream Speech," is one we are still striving to realize today. Here's a snippet of his speech, one that bares revisiting (a link to the speech, delivered Aug. 28th, 1963, follows).  

I have a dream that one day this Nation will rise up, live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’
— Speech by the Rev Martin Luther King, Jr. at the "March on Washington" (Aug. 28, 1963).

Poetry Challenge #17

Dream a Dream . . .  

Dare to share one of your dreams in the form of a poem. It can be a personal dream, or a dream you have for a friend, humankind, the world, the universe, or beyond! As an homage to MLK, begin your poem with "I have a dream..."

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 650 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

ear1.jpg

Dream A Dream Playlist: 

 

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

7-Minute Poetry Challenge #16-Can You Say COLD?

Confession Time...again: I've been so busy holidaying, I neglected posting last week. (I hope you Challenged yourself.) In case you have qualms about the value of this SSSSSTTTREEEEEETCH read what gazillion-times published author Jane Yolen writes about her ongoing poetry challenge. (BTW: Did you know you could read a different one of Jane's books every day for a YEAR!) 

"I started writing a poem a day seven years ago as a personal challenge.  I didn't expect to be happy with any poem on the first draft. But I did it for three reasons: 1. Finger exercises 2. Brain exercise 3. Sales: This was an unforeseen plus. I've gotten at least a half dozen picture books out of those poems and sold a hundred or more to journals and anthologies, and used them in books of my own. My writing had taken a huge step forward. I have no plans to stop."-Jane Yolen in the SCBWI Insights (Jan. 4, 2018).

Poetry Challenge #16

Can You Say COLD? 

For inspiration, here's my view on this Blizzard Blustery BRRRR day. 

For inspiration, here's my view on this Blizzard Blustery BRRRR day. 

Brr!!! It’s a cold time of year! The sun sparkles off the ice-covered branches, the deck makes loud cracking noises, and I can breathe big clouds into the cold air. Write a poem about the cold. Begin with the line, “You know it’s cold when…” and think of all the things that make you know it’s cold. I hope you’re wrapped up in a blanket!! 

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 640 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem. Scroll down and click on the comments!

ear1.jpg

Can You Say COLD? Playlist:

 

 

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

7-Minute Poetry Challenge #15-Ring My Bell!

“Every time a bell rings, an angel gets its wings.” Does that line ring a bell? It’s little Zuzu enlightening her parents, George and Mary Bailey, in It’s a Wonderful Life (one of my favorite holiday pics). This time of year zillions of angels must get wings because Bells are Ringing! (another one of my favs). In the spirit of the season, let’s get ringing!

christmas bell.jpg

Poetry Challenge #15

Ring My Bell! 

Bells come in many shapes and sizes, with so many different uses, and sounds!

Begin by listing as many bells as come to mind. Here are a few to get you started: Sleigh bells, steeple bells, harness bells, doorbells, elf shoe bells, cow bells, Santa’s bells . . .

Next, list the different sounds those bells make. List real words and make up your own words by using letters to recreate sounds—after all this is your bell. Does it bong? Ring-a-ling? Clink?

Now, follow Zuzu’s lead and imagine what magical thing might happen each time your bell rings?

Write a poem about it.  Be sure to include those sounds. Make your poem really ring!

Ring My Bell Playlist:

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge 640ish days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge be sure to let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem, in the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

7-Minute Poetry Challenge #14-Remember First!

B. learns the art of snow angels!

B. learns the art of snow angels!

Poetry Challenge #14

Remember First! 

Do you remember the first of something in your life? Maybe you remember the first time you rode a bike, the first time you visited someone by yourself, or the first time you went somewhere by yourself. Maybe you have early memories of reading or writing or hiking. Who did these things with you? Where were you? What did you like? What feelings do you remember?

D. learning to climb "high-high!"

D. learning to climb "high-high!"

Make a list of anything you remember about some first event. The more things you write down, the more you’ll remember. Add detail and play with the words and order to make the best poem you can. Try to repeat sounds for effect.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think too much; just do it.

ear1.jpg

For inspiration a few songs to rev up your rememberer:

We 3 learned how much writing we could do with 7-Minute Challenges! 

We 3 learned how much writing we could do with 7-Minute Challenges! 

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge 640ish days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge be sure to let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem, in the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

7-Minute Poetry Challenge #13--Smell That Smell . . .

P. U. what stinks?  

Which sense is most important?

My Internet research session determined, that the sense of smell wins hands-down . . .  

                    Or, should we say noses-pinched . . .   

Why? Smell lingers longer in our minds, and is more closely linked to memory than our other senses.  

"Smell is the sense most linked to our emotional recollection." 

Senses.jpg

It follows that tapping into our sense of smell would inspire a more visceral response to our poetry, and this give it more impact.

Easy to say, but hard to do, right? 

Why is it so easy to describe things in terms of how they look, feel, taste, sound, but so hard to describe how they smell? Beats me. Let’s give it a try anyway.

Poetry Challenge #13   

Smell That Smell . . . 

Take a moment to recall a smell. Now write a poem describing it—without comparing it to another smell.

I agree, this challenge stinks…

smell.jpg

Futhermore, or What Curious Minds Want to Nose:

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge at least 630 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge be sure to let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem, in the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

7-Minute Poetry Challenge #12-I Like . . . I Love . . .

Brown paper packages tied . . .

Brown paper packages tied . . .

I like it! I love it! I want some more of it!

That song by Tim McGraw popped into my head when I read this week's poetry challenge. (I hope that's what you're thinking too, if you clicked over for this week' challenge!) And then, after reading the challenge, Julie Andrews, the Von Trapp kids and a thunder storm chimed in--image the cacophony!

Whiskers on . . . 

Whiskers on . . . 

If you're just joining us, welcome! (And if Tim McGraw's song's not your speed, dial up some Sound of Music, grab a pen and let's go: 

Raindrops on . . 

Raindrops on . . 

Poetry Challenge #12   

I like…I love…

List five small things that make you really happy. It could be a thrush singing, hot fudge, a puppy, anything. Add specific details to each thing. Make yourself smile. Try to use alliteration (same beginning sounds). Rearrange them until they’re in the best order for your poem.

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

ear1.jpg

For Inspiration take a listen:

*Cindy and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge more than 620 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge be sure to let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem, in the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

7-Minute Poetry Challenge #11: Don't Be A Turkey!

Turkey protest.JPG

Thanksgiving is here...or nearly here Gobble Gobble! 

The way I learned it, this "Harvest Festival" has been celebrated in the U.S. since the Pilgrims survived that harsh winter of 1621 (with the help of friendly Wampanoag folk),  and nationally on and off since 1789 when our 1st Pres, George requested a Congressional Proclamation. And, beginning in 1863 when our 16th Pres. Abe declared the last Thursday in November a national day of "Thanksgiving and Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens", every year thereafter.

Sometime along the line--you'll have to do your own search to find out when exactly--the name was shortened and the date was changed to the 4th Thursday of November (Hence my earlier confusion.)

As the date became fixed, so have Thanksgiving Fixin's, which now "traditionally" include pie, stuffing, potatoes, corn, cranberry, gravy, and TURKEY! According to the official White House History website, dear Ole' Abe pardoned the first Thanksgiving Turkey in 1863. Ever since then presidents have been pardoning turkeys, thus leading to this week's 7-Minute Poetry Challenge Prompt:

Poetry Challenge #10

Pardon Me, Pleeease!

Pretend you are the Turkey. . . or the pumpkin, apple pie, potatoes, cranberries and any other food served on Thanksgiving. Write a poem about why you deserve to not be part of this year's feast. Begin with this first line: "Oh, please pardon me..." For extra credit make it rhyme. 

For inspiration, here's mine. (We both know you can do better...gobble gobble.)

Oh, please pardon me
I deserve it don’t you see?
Folks boil, whip and fry me,
A gratin, mash and smash me,
Some dice and slice me,
Others try to hash me.
I’d run if I could, but with no legs I’m too slow.
With so much more to eat,
No one will miss this lowly potato.
I’m dirty and knobby, oh please…
Let me go!
thanksgiving-images-2014.jpg

*Cindy and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge more than 610 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge be sure to let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem, in the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl

7-Minute Poetry Challenge #10-And To Think That I Saw It . . .

Kudos Friends for clicking over. If you've been following along, you will notice I have changed the title of this series. It is still a strrrrretch I'm hoping you're up for it! 

Recently, in light of our collective efforts to be more culturally sensitive, this book (which was brought to mind by the title of this prompt) is being banned because a mural in the Dr. Suess Museum depicted a scene from this book has been deemed racist. The mural, or that section of the mural, is being replaced. I am not sure where this leaves this first book by the beloved Dr. Seuss. To read or not to read it, is a question for you to decide. To ban it is shut the door on an important conversation.  (As Theo is long gone, he can't weigh in on the discussion.)

Recently, in light of our collective efforts to be more culturally sensitive, this book (which was brought to mind by the title of this prompt) is being banned because a mural in the Dr. Suess Museum depicted a scene from this book has been deemed racist. The mural, or that section of the mural, is being replaced. I am not sure where this leaves this first book by the beloved Dr. Seuss. To read or not to read it, is a question for you to decide. To ban it is shut the door on an important conversation.

 (As Theo is long gone, he can't weigh in on the discussion.)

And still only a 7-minute commitment. I just shortened the title so we could get to the Challenge  faster. Here goes (courtesy of Cindy*) Grab a pen for Big #10!

Poetry Challenge #10

AND TO THINK THAT I SAW IT . . . 

List 10 or more things you saw on the bus or in the car this morning on your way to work or school. Or take a walk and list things you see. Pick 5 of the things and put one on each line. Add detail or metaphor (it looks like a…it is as ___ as a ___).

If you can get a friend to do this with you, put your two poems together when you’re both done. Switch every other line. Then read the poem and see if you want to move some lines around to get it in a better order or change some words to make it rhyme (or not rhyme) or sound better.

And if you have more than one friend do this, even better!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

*Cindy and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge more than 600 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge be sure to let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole dang poem, in the comments!

Want the 7-Minute Stretch sent to your email? Click on SUBSCRIBE  to receive email notification when entries are posted on Kelly's Fishbowl