Friday, July 06, 2018

Poetry Friday is Here!

Welcome! I'm happy you are here to celebrate all things poetry today.

The first Friday of the month is always one of my favorite days because I get to share writing that I've engaged in with my poetry sisters. This month the challenge Kelly presented us was to write in the style of Aphra Behn, "one of the most influential dramatists of the late seventeenth century, was also a celebrated poet and novelist." (Or so says the Poetry Foundation. I had not heard of her until this challenge.) You can learn more about her at the Poetry Foundation site.

I ditched my original poem because it sucked. Since I spent all day yesterday at Busch Gardens, I decided that's what I needed to write about instead. I'll admit that I find iambic tetrameter hard. It seems incomplete, so some of my lines are actually 9 syllables long. Here's my offering for this month's challenge, along with a video of my favorite ride from the day.

Roller Coasters After Fifty
I can’t contain the scream that falls
or squelch the laugh from deep within
from high to low my world a spin,
"Again!" the roller coaster calls.
Hard and fast my heart pounds out a beat
surely you can hear it thumping
holding to the bar feels like a cheat
loud and bumpy, cars are jumping.
Fifty-something's not too old to ride.
Live a little on the wild side.

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2018. All rights reserved.

You can read the pieces written written by my poetry sisters at the links below.
I'm thrilled to hosting this shindig today. I'm rounding this up old-school style, so leave a link and I'll get you listed. Happy poetry Friday friends!

Original Poetry
Kay McGriff is offering up a poem entitled Sunflowers.

At Random Noodling, Diane Mayr is sharing an ekphrastic poem entitled Iconography.

Over at A Word Edgewise, Mitchell Linda has a series of haiku that tell the story of a Flamingo named Bob.

Over at Nix the Comfort Zone, Molly is sharing some light-hearted verse.

Catherine Flynn of Reading to the Core is sharing a poem that begins with the line "All is in flux."

JoAnn Early Macken is sharing a bevy of haiku.

Heidi Mordhosrt of my juicy little universe is sharing a metaphor poem and thoughts about using metaphor dice to generate ideas.

Over at Wild Rose Reader, Elaine Magliaro is sharing some poems on beetles.

Amy Ludwig VanDerwater is sharing a poem on Monarchs, some lovely photos, and writing advice.

Matt Forrest Esenwine of Radio, Rhythm & Rhyme shares a poem entitled Standing at the Door, Mid-Summer.

Carol Varsalona of Beyond Literacy Link is sharing a gardening poem inspired by a Twitter chat.

Irene Latham of Live Your Poem shares some thoughts about The Lost Words by Robert Macfarlane and Jackie Morris. That book inspired an original poem, Skunk, written in the form used in the book.

Mandy of Enjoy and Embrace Writing shares a poem entitled Inside and Out.

Over at Mainely Write, Donna is sharing some acrostics and other poems on the theme of looking back/looking forward.

Poetry of Others
Mary Lee Hahn of A Year of Reading is sharing a haiku by Issa.

Over at Bildungsroman, Little Willow is sharing A Song on the End of the World by Czeslaw Milosz.

Tara Smith is swinging open the doors on a new blog, a new phase in life, a new adventure, and sharing Mary Oliver's poem Going to Walden.

Ruth from There is no such thing as a God-forsaken town is sharing thoughts of home and a bit of poetry by Wislawa Szymborska.

Over at Carol's Corner, Carol is sharing a trio of Naomi Shihab Nye poems.

Ramona of Pleasures From the Page is sharing the poem Moments of Summer by Racael Hadas.

Poetry Swap Goodies
Linda B. of Teacher Dance is sharing her latest poetry swap surprise.

Tabatha Yeatts is sharing her poetry swap swag, origami with poems!

Michelle Kogan a poem about the Plein Air event she's participating in, as well as sharing some poetry swap goodness.

Over at Wondering and Wandering, Christie is sharing her poetry sway swag.

Other Poetic Tidbits
Over at Kurious Kitty's Kurio Kabinet, Diane Mayr is sharing some spider poetry.

Kimberly Hutmacher continues the Bayou Song blog tour.

That's a wrap! Happy poetry Friday all. 


  1. My blog continues the Bayou Song blog tour this week.

    Thanks for hosting!

  2. Thanks for hosting today! I'm writing about sunflowers this week:

  3. I'm glad you're here now, Tricia. It's all good. Over at Random Noodling I have an ekphrastic poem, "Iconography."

    Kurious Kitty takes a brief look at spider poems.

  4. Hey, are wonderfully human and here at this moment. We early birds are just fine and happily filling up the comment section.
    I'm so glad you mentioned early BIRDS. I was poking around for inspiration and came across Bob the Flamingo. He's a teacher of sorts and I took his story from The Audubon Magazine and summarized it as a haiku story. Fun times in July. Come on over to A Word Edgewise to meet Bob.

  5. No worries! Thanks for rounding us up. Have fun with your poetry sisters poem (these are my favorite Fridays!!).

    I've got some haiku today:

  6. Hi, Tricia! I chose to celebrate July 6th, the day the Declaration was first printed in a newspaper. Here's my link:

  7. Thanks for hosting this week! Summer throws all schedules off kilter, doesn't it? I'm sharing a selection of light hearted verse today inspired by squirrels, cats and bugs.

  8. Thank you for hosting today, Tricia! I have a poem inspired by a morning walk:

  9. Hi Tricia, I'm glad you are here this morning! Thanks for hosting and sharing all the good things you do. I'm sharing another wonderful poem swap today:

  10. I'm celebrating the Summer Poem Swap I received from Laura Shovan:

  11. Happy summer! Happy Poetry Friday! My web site has been "migrated" to a new format, & not all the pages are working, but I've posted some new summer haiku on my blog at Enjoy!

  12. Happy Friday! I posted A Song on the End of the World by Czeslaw Milosz at my blog, Bildungsroman.

  13. Thanks for hosting today! I'm launching a new blog to go with my new life as a just-retired and soon-to-be-farmer:

    1. A just retired teacher, that is :)

  14. Thanks for hosting the Poetry Friday Roundup Tricia– I look forward to reading your poem. I'm sharing a poem and art about a Plein Air event I'm in, and beautiful Poetry Swap poems and swag from Donna Smith, at my blog Michelle Kogan

  15. The old-school roundups are really my favorite. Thanks for hosting! Here's my post:

  16. Tricia!! Nice to see you and thanks for hosting. I'm diving into my summer game with Metaphor Dice and already breaking the "rules." See what these are here:

  17. Enjoyed your poem! The weather's been so beastly here in Massachusetts that we've been spending a lot of time in the pool.

    I'm a little late posting today. At Wild Rose Reader, I have two beetle poems. One is a haiku--and the other is a mask poem.

    Thanks for doing the roundup today!

  18. Ha ha ha -- I LOVE your rollercoaster poem!! I actually felt a little seasick reading it -- that's how accurately you mimicked the ups and downs and ins and outs....

  19. Thanks for hosting Tricia! It seems somehow fitting that one of the people who introduced me to blogging is hosting on a day when I'm sharing poems by Naomi Shihab Nye, one of the poets who helped me fall in love with poetry. I'm in with three poems from Nye's newest collection, VOICES IN THE AIR.

  20. P.S. I just went back and read your Roller Coaster poem. This over-fifty, ok actually pushing sixty, roller coaster loves it. I'm going to share it at my next book club, when I beg my friends to go to our local amusement park with me!

  21. Oh, you brave woman! Your poem made me want to ride a roller coaster a wee bit...but I will still not. Too scary for this one. Thank you for letting me live vicariously! Thank you, too, for hosting. Today at The Poem Farm, I'm visiting the blog during summer for once....writing about the milkweed in our front garden.

  22. Finally in with my post (I just plumb forgot to put it up until now!): "Poor She-Spye".

  23. Oh, I LOVE that - live a little on the wild side! I haven't been in a roller coaster for a while - but the loud, whooping laughter that just gets forced out of you is depicted beautifully here.

  24. Hahaha! What fun, Tricia! Randy and I went on our honeymoon to Busch Gardens (two whole days, I think, and that only because it was a gift from one of my sisters). What great memories. Love the physicality of those first five lines especially. Thanks for hosting!

  25. I never minded the fast and upside-down rides but you've written what scares me: "loud and bumpy, cars are jumping". It always felt like I would fall at any minute! Fun, Tricia! Glad you're enjoying the "ride"!

  26. Thanks for hosting, Tricia! I love that you tossed the original plan aside and went with what felt right. This week I'm sharing two of my summer poetry swap treasures. -- Christie @

  27. Tricia, ditch a poem and find another at Busch Gardens-love this story and your poem. I added the link to your poem at my post, Finding a Poem in Nature at This poem was created from the Twitter conversation at SpiritChat in May. I created a digital art composition from various scenes in my garden to accompany the poem.

  28. You're braver than I, Tricia, because I'll never get on those giant roller-coasters! Late to the party today, unfortunately, because I've been out most of the day with the kids, but I wanted to share my link - celebrating summer reading lists and teachers:

  29. Thanks, Tricia, for hosting. I gave up on roller coasters some time ago. Far too jarring for me, so I admire your bravery at hopping on. Sharing a poem I love - "Moments of Summer." Summer for me has always been wrapped up in the delight of reading books. Love this poem that combines that with the love of a parent.

  30. I have never liked roller coasters, so I will ride this one vicariously through your wonderful poem! Thanks again for hosting!

  31. Dear Tricia, yay for living a little on the wild side.... and putting it in a poem! I'm late to the party after being out of town, but I do want to share a beautiful book of poems THE LOST WORDS and a poem I wrote after I read the book. Thank you for hosting! xo

  32. Rollercoasters scare me at fifty and at ten! I enjoyed your poem as an outsider and find you quite brave. I'm sharing an original poem as a embark on a new project and resource.

  33. No thank you to rollercoasters - or any ride for that matter!
    Very late. Being sick hasn't helped with my promptness or lucidity.


  34. I LOVE roller coasters, and it's been WAY too long since I've ridden one. Thanks for taking us along!