Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 22 - Earth Day!

Last week, I presented at George Lieb School's Literacy Night.  

  


Because the event was in April, I asked if we could do a tie-in with Authors for Earth Day - and they enthusiastically agreed!  As part of the A4ED program, I chose five non-profit conservation organizations and the students at Lieb School researched each and voted for their favorite.  The winning group will receive the stipend I received for presenting at the school. 

The organizations I chose are: 
~ American Cetacean Society 
~ Bat Conservation International 
~ The Humane Society of the US    
~ Rainforest Action Network 
~ Wildlife Conservation Society


The organization that received the most votes was The Wildlife Conservation Society (personally, I was pulling for the bats).




Earth Day
 Today we focus on the earth.
Its conservation brings me mirth.

There's so much that we can do;
here are just a few for you:

Drink your water from a glass.
Plastic bottle?  Take a pass!

Build a compost in your yard. 
Start a garden - grow swiss chard.

Take a walk or ride a bike.
Don't throw out - reuse, recike.

Drive a hybrid - use less fuel.
Bring cloth bags to shop at Jewel*

Power up with wind or sun.

Please don't let your water run.

These few things are just a start.
Let's help the earth and do our part.


* Chicago area grocery store





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Monday, April 21, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 21 - Phlox

Today's word, Phlox, was given to me by Samuel Kent - the guy who beat me in the second round of March Madness and went on to win the whole thing!!  It's a bit nerve wracking writing a poem for a skilled poet!! 


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Phlox

I have to write another poem? Really?  What the phlox?!
I haven't any fresh ideas - I'll never beat the clocks.

My weakened brain's in need of rest - and just a little time.
It's taking everything I have to think of one more rhyme!

So now this poem has reached its end.  I'll just write one more line.
And I'll forgive your "not great" poems, if you'll forgive me mine!




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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 20 - Perfection

My old grade school friend, Sally, gave me the word Perfection.  I'm sitting here, writing this while watching the TV show Resurrection.  Perfection - Resurrection - they rhyme!  Coincidence - I don't think so!  So, here's my Perfection poem.

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Perfection
The program, Resurrection,
is so far from perfection.

The plot holes are gigantic.
The story line pedantic.

The dialogue's not great.
The acting's second rate.

The roles are all portrayed
in a way that's so cliched.

It's a show I suspect
they will not resurrect.

So mark the words I've said:
This show's as good as dead!! 
 


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Saturday, April 19, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 19 - Reminiscing

Today's word, Reminiscing, was given to me by my old (as in long time) college friend, Dumas!  Sorry that I got sappy - for some reason, when I don't write funny, I write sappy!!  It's a problem :-)



Reminiscing

I can't help reminiscing
'bout the friends whom I've been missing!

The long lost pals who've moved away.
The memories of childhood play.

My friends who are no longer here
Whose voices now are hard to hear.

 Reminiscing makes me happy,
even though I'm sounding sappy!


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Friday, April 18, 2014

Poetry Month, Day 18 - Please Don't Eat The Daisies

 I asked for word suggestions and my writer friend, Sarah Barthel, went overboard and gave me six words - daisy, nibbled, persecution, destruction, never and forever!!  I managed to rhyme them all, but the storyline is a bit of a stretch! 



 Please Don't Eat The Daisies!

You'll think that I'm crazy,
to eat a fresh daisy.

I mixed it with milk
and it went down like silk.

My daisy solution
has caused persecution. 
 
I really just nibbled
and, ok, I dribbled.

My lack of good suction
was my own destruction.

I promise, forever,
I'll eat daisies - never!




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