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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 18 Things aren't always what they seem

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 18
Things aren’t always what they seem

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Fresh Dandelion Greens Free Use Image

Fresh Dandelion Greens
Free Use Image

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 18:    prompt:  Things aren’t always what they seem

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Today’s prompt we’re going to add a little mystery to our lives. Look around you, whether it’s a physical object or people in general in your life. Chose something or someone and give them a double life. Ex: I just book a graphic novel where the woman is a turn of the century housewife during the day, but at night she’s an assassin. Maybe your tomato has the secret life of an apple. Never know what’s happening in the crisper when the drawer is closed. Get creative and have fun with it.

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My Response to the prompt:

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Things aren’t always what they seem

illusions that come with mysteries
facts that have a spin to them
unseen to the human eye.
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Cherokee tribe of Native Americans, said

“Don’t judge a man until you have walked a mile in his shoes”

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and Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird :

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“You never really know a man

until you understand things from his point of view,

until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”

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Think of the quote before being the critic:
walk in their shoes.
A grieving person may still be sad
even when laughing and sharing a joke.
A widower spoke and said, “Don’t tell
me you know how I feel unless you’ve
lost a spouse”.
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An only child never knows the bliss
of a sibling who had the same parents
at the same time.of the parents life.
(My brother and I are “only children”
~ six years apart)
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One person’s comfort food,
may seem odd or inedible to another…
have you tried fried insects, jelly fish,
pickled octopus, made rose hip jam or
dandelion greens in your smoothie ?
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Things aren’t always what they seem
illusions that come with mysteries
facts that have a spin to them
unseen to the human eye.


OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 17 Dance

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 17 Dance

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photo: free use image: sheilaomalley Dancing in the 1950s The random pair of legs in the air. The girl is upside down. I love her. I want to be her. Can you see the grin on her upside-down face, too?

photo: free use image: sheilaomalley
Dancing in the 1950s
The random pair of legs in the air.
The girl is upside down. I love her.
I want to be her.
Can you see the grin
on her upside-down face, too?

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 17   prompt:  Dance…

“Dance, when you’re broken open. Dance, if you’ve torn the bandage off. Dance in the middle of the fighting. Dance in your blood. Dance when you’re perfectly free.” ― Rumi
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Poetry Prompt:
What stage are you at in the above quote? Are you dancing? Write for ten minutes asking yourself the previous questions.

Word Prompts:
Free
Middle
Bandage

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My response to the prompt:

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Teens Dancing with Joy
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way back in the day
Friday night school dances
joyful grovin’ tunes
now jitterbug the night away
sounding like a wind broke horse

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 16 Conquer the world..prompt from day 15

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 16 Conquer the world..prompt from day 15

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(c) 2012 Saradunn

(c) 2012 Saradunn

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The prompt from Day 15

Conquer the World
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Imagine if today was the day where you could do anything you wanted. All foods had no calories. You could speed without getting pulled over. You could climb onto a plane and fly without having a ticket. What would you do? What is your wildest dream for you one day? Tell us all about it!

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My take on the prompt:  

Conquer the World :

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If dreams
transformed the world
for even a day
my wish would be to find
the authentic me
Stuffed and tampered out
at an early age
So much I could have given
the world
if not living a lie and pretending to be what others
thought I should be
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If dreams could transform me for even a day
I’d know what made me the way I am
What my parents were like when they weren’t parents keeping secrets
Curiosity could have cost me more..
or would I find out
the freedom that the truth brings
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If dreams could transform me for even a day
… a day would surely not be enough:
I’d see Paris, the Eiffel Tower,
be transported to Monet’s Gardens
Travel to the land of my grandparents
to England Germany and Norway
And keep on going to the end of my time on earth…
My curiosity that was stifled is now active and mournful.
Wasted Days, Nights and Years.
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Sigh.
A contented sigh now that I’ve gotten that out of my mind.
If wishes were horses…
horses would have wings and fly me in style
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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 15 Risky Business/Blitz poem from Day 13.

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 15 Risky Business/Blitz poem
from Day 13.

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Photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn

Photo: (c) 2015 Saradunn

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The Blitz Poem, a poetry form created by Robert Keim.
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This form of poetry is a stream of short phrases and images with repetition and rapid flow.
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Begin with one short phrase, it can be a cliché. Begin the next line with another phrase that begins with the same first word as line 1. The first 48 lines should be short, but at least two words.

The third and fourth lines are phrases that begin with the last word of the 2nd phrase, the 5th and 6th lines begin with the last word of the 4th line, and so on, continuing, with each subsequent pair beginning with the last word of the line above them, which establishes a pattern of repetition.
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Continue for 48 total lines with this pattern, And then the last two lines repeat the last word of line 48, then the last word of line 47.
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The title must be only three words, with some sort of preposition or conjunction joining the first word from the third line to the first word from the 47th line, in that order.
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There should be no punctuation. When reading a BLITZ, it is read very quickly, pausing only to breathe.
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It took a while to get the
rhythm of writing and after a couple of
false starts, a fun way to write.  Siggi

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My Take on A Blitz Poem

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Up and Reversed

Risky business
risky to grow up
up people pleasing
up mild mannered
mild is back in the day
mild turned to grow old bold.
bold and outspoken
bold speaking my truth
truth need to be identified
truth my truth from my soul
soul and body mend
soul with mindfulness heal
heal your thoughts
heal your body
body heals by strengthening weaknesses
body feeds on truth and love
love the person you are
love those who you are with
with the joy of kindred souls
with joy and mindfulness
mindfulness to daily chores
mindfulness to earth and planets
planets revolve sending energy
planets remind us we are not alone
alone surrounded by a world of people
alone but not lonely
lonely not reaching out
lonely are the aging with no young friends
friends make life more interesting
friends something to look forward to
to relieve the grief of those gone on
to live life not just exist
exist to have a meaning
exist to make a difference
difference makes the world interesting
difference the zest of friendship
friendships need to be ageless
friendships are the glue of life
life is empty live in a vacuum
life lived til the last breath a treasure
treasure life long friends
treasure the young and new to you
you over think things as usual
you sometimes are right even tho
tho the world turns
tho the world seems to have reversed
reversed is part of life
reversed is the way life spins
life
spins
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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 14 off prompt. TPOS prompt: The Three Piece Band (art by Adam Blankenship) Gary)

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 14
off prompt.
TPOS prompt: The Three Piece Band
(art by Adam Blankenship) Gary)

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photo: with permission Bruce Cassaday

photo: with permission Bruce Cassaday

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sweet sounds
“Old Cats” Jazz Collective
soothe your soul
a serenade or two
The Pickled Wrinkle
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Photo and art (c) 2015 The Three Piece Band by Adam Blankenship

Photo and art (c) 2015
The Three Piece Band by Adam Blankenship


Day 14 off prompt.
TPOS prompt: The Three Piece Band
(art by Adam Blankenship) Gary)
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photo: with permission Bruce Cassaday


 

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 13 off prompt

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 13 off prompt

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crisp cool air
Autumn leaves color the ground
kids jump in leaf piles

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 12....26 lines

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 12….26 lines

photo: (c) 2012 Sherpa

photo: (c) 2012 Sherpa

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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 12 ….26 lines

Write a poem that is 26 lines.

Each line begins with a different letter of the alphabet. A, B, C, etc.

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Always dreaming
Before they met
Castles with
Dungeons dark and dank
eerie sounds of death
Foul
Ghoulish
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Haunted hayride
Interrupted by
Joyride of headless horsemen
Kickboxing their foes
Loving every moment
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Mantras heard from woods
Night
Owls
Peered
Quickened senses
Rose the dead
Spirits
Trembled
Underneath whispering pines
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Vultures
Woke to search for prey
Xylophones hammers pounding kept the beat
Yearlings woke
Zebra’s wept.
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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 11 Surprising Yourself

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 11 Surprising Yourself

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Photo: (c) 2012 Saradunn

Photo: (c) 2012 Saradunn

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OctPoWriMo Day 11.. surprising yourself

prompt:  Think of a time where you surprised yourself. You set out to do something and you surprised yourself. You weren’t even sure if the goal was feasible. Maybe it was something you hadn’t done before. Maybe you did it against the advice of family and friends. Perhaps you had to war against your inner doubts to make it happen. But you did it anyway and you did it your way.
Tell us your success story

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A time of crisis
told to
Speaking up
to honor my moral compass.
There was a time
my opinion wasn’t my own
molded by parents
grandparents and spouse
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Standing my ground.
Knowing it was the right thing to do
and say
No regrets … no wondering
a feeling of sadness for defying a parent
a feeling of peace
for honoring my God.
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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 10 Go Wild

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 10 Go Wild

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photo; unityinmarin/drumming-circle

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 10 Go Wild

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Too tame
too obedient
no wild child in me.
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Years pass
wonder where the wild child
went.
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What in me
locked wild away
where can it be
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Go Wild
Go West
Go some where.
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Wild is found
in Thunderdrums
rocking music of my youth
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Wild was there
just didn’t see
what others did
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Back in the day
it was thought that
80 was the wild time
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The time to speak
ones mind
and people would laugh
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Why wait til bewildered
unable to enjoy
the reactions
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Wild
my rock’n roll
bluesy jazz
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Drummin’ to the beat
stompin’ with the joy
Wild ~ make your own Wild
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Going Wild
to my own beat
Going Wild ~ laughing all the way.


OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 8 free form: Simple things... "Where the Road Leads"

OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 8
free form: Simple things… “Where the Road Leads”

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Don’t you just love the cities ?
so much to do ?
The city girl is no longer… now a country girl
An accidental country girl…
a temporary home after 40 years now where the heart lives
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Did you go to the Mall ? (of America)
I had avoided it like the plague.
But I go,
…. I’d loved the amusement park,
and Lego City before.
Shopping list in hand, I traipse the floors one by one…
remembered where the food court was..
sat and pondered.
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Acres of stores and not one thing found on the list.
Sigh.
The car luckily found the same day !
Men on golf carts to help the lost be found.
It was town to town,
shopping center to shopping center
to buy each item.
Shopping centers bigger than the town where I live.
Suburbs bigger than the town where I live.
And the streets and hi-ways … the traffic another thing.
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The question repeats.
My answer disappointing.
The visit was to make Mom happy
in her temporary nursing home space.
None-the-less I replied.
No, I don’t want to live in the Cities.
Happy in my accidental seaside country home.
Each time the question is asked
no longer need to ponder the answer:
“I don’t think so !”
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OctPoWriMo 2015 Day 8 free form:
Simple things…
“Where the Road Leads” 

“…let’s talk about something you wouldn’t change.
You did it and you’re happy that you did. It could be a success or a failure.
Perhaps a choice that others may perceive as a failure,
but you know it was the best choice for you.

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Perhaps you took the road less traveled and it was a success for you.”- T.A. Woods
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“…there are often many things we feel we should do that, in fact, we don’t really have to do.
Getting to the point where we can tell the difference is a major milestone in the simplification process.”
― Elaine St. James, Living the Simple Life: A Guide to Scaling Down and Enjoying More

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Photos: Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN
Downtown Ellsworth … two blocks both sides
of the street with parallel parking.

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Downtown Ellsworth, ME USA. Two blocks each side of Main Street. Parallel parking

Downtown Ellsworth, ME USA. Two blocks each side of Main Street. Parallel parking

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Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN USA

Mall of America, Minneapolis, MN USA

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