Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Last week, Brad Osbourne, the poet laureate of WordPress at commonsensiblyspeaking, shared a style of poetry known as a Diamante poem, as part of his weekly Whittled Words series. Here is the format of such a poem: A diamante poem is a 7-line poem that looks like a diamond. It can be used to describe … Continue reading Am I As Creative as a Kindergarten Student?

Poetry in Numbers

Elfchen An Elfchen (also known as an elevenie) is a short poem with a given pattern. It contains eleven words which are arranged in a specified order over five rows. The typical structure of an elfchen is as follows: Row Words Content 1 1 A thought, an object, a color, a smell, or the like … Continue reading Poetry in Numbers

Jury Judges Jaywalking Jim

I've been wanting to try my hand at writing a tautogram poem for a couple of months. I first learned about this style of poem thanks to the Nobel laureate of WordPress, Brad Osborne. Brad is a talented writer and poet, somehow managing to come up with an original poem every day and share his … Continue reading Jury Judges Jaywalking Jim

It’s International Haiku Poetry Day!

I didn't want to write another haiku, but what can I say - it's International Haiku Poetry Day. Thank you to Beth at I Didn't Have My Glasses On for letting me know about this holiday. Observed annually on April 17, it's a day that encourages everyone to try their hand in creativity. For those … Continue reading It’s International Haiku Poetry Day!

A Limerick About Blogging (and Stats)

This is my first attempt at writing a limerick, at least one that isn't crude. I'll thank the wonderful poet, Brad, for encouraging me to try some poetry on occasion; I think three-line haikus and five-line limericks are about as far as I'll wander into the world of poetry. I don't want to defile such … Continue reading A Limerick About Blogging (and Stats)

Haikus About Blogging

Last week I wrote a post, "The Power of Poetry", and referenced John Paul Lederach, a Mennonite conflict mediator who likes to write meeting notes and trip reports in haiku form. He believes that the act of distilling information to a five-seven-five syllable format is a way to “capture the wonder of the human experience … Continue reading Haikus About Blogging

The Power of Poetry

I'll admit that I wasn't much into poetry growing up. In school, it seemed as if poetry was used as the vehicle to enhance our memorization skills, and that was fine with me. I found memorizing poems easy; understanding what the poet was trying to say, impossible. So once I finished high school, I probably … Continue reading The Power of Poetry

“And Habit Like a Crane”

For whatever reason, the title of this blog, which is a line from a poem I read more than 50 years ago, has always stuck with me. I don't remember any of the context or anything else about the poem, but that image of a crane, going through the same motions over and over without … Continue reading “And Habit Like a Crane”

There’s a Poem for That

I have found TED-Ed to be a great source of educational lessons presented in an easy to use set of animated videos. If you are not familiar with TED-Ed, here is a description from its web site: TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers … Continue reading There’s a Poem for That

She Sounded Like My Kind of Poet

I am not going to claim that I know much about poetry. I vaguely recall liking Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe, and the poetry of Ogden Nash and E. E. Cummings when I was in grade school. Beyond that, I don't think I could name one living poet. So when I heard of the … Continue reading She Sounded Like My Kind of Poet