Friday, September 30, 2022

Poetry Sisters Write Definitos

The challenge this month was to write in the form of the definito. Head on over to Heidi Mordhorst's place, my juicy little universe, to learn more about the roots of this form. Essentially, this is a poem that focuses on the meaning of a "less common" word through word play. It is written in free verse and consists of 8-12 lines, with the last word of the poem the word being defined. These poems are aimed at readers ages 8-12, so getting this right was a challenge.

I spent some time perusing vocabulary lists for 4th- and 5th-grade students. I found a few words I liked, but none that really struck a chord. Then I pulled out the book L is for Lollygag: Quirky Words for a Clever Tongue, written by the Chronicle Books Staff. Within minutes I had a gaggle of words to write about.


The word that I ultimately settled on was betwixt. During our Zoom meeting Sara suggested I break the word and put the poem in between the word parts. I just couldn't get that out of my mind. I don't usually title my poems, but I thought I might try some variation of this suggestion. Here's what I came up with.

Be- (insert definition here) -twixt

not engine or caboose
     but railcar

not elementary or high school
     but middle

not once upon a time or happily ever after
     but the action in between

not Oreo chocolate
     but vanilla cream

not first base or second
     but playing a game of pickle

when you're stuck in the middle
     you're BETWIXT

Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

    Would you like to try the next challenge? In October we are writing in the form of the Dansa. You can learn more about this form at Writer's Digest. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on October 28th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

    I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference. Happy poetry Friday friends!

    Friday, August 26, 2022

    Poetry Sisters Write Bop Poems

    This month's challenge was to write a Bop poem. This form requires 3 stanzas, each followed by a refrain. The first and third stanzas each have 6 lines, while the second stanza has 8. What's interesting about this form is that presents a problem, explores it, and then resolves it or describes the attempt to solve it. You can learn more about this form at Writer's Digest.

    We decided that we would use the common refrain "Let's kick that can down the road."

    I spent some time brainstorming ideas, and they were all political, and depressing. When I dug a little deeper and more literally, I couldn't stop thinking about summer nights playing Kick the Can. Do you know this game?

    With this game and others in mind, this is the poem I came up with. I'll admit I did alter the refrain a bit.

    Choosing teams was always hard
    no one wanted a little sister tagging along
    but mom insisted 
    they were so much older
    I adored them
    what could they do?

    They kicked that can down the road.

    I didn’t think I was annoying
    though they often swore it was true
    running faster than I ever could
    they tried to lose me or hid
    but I heard their whispered voices
    wondered how I could fit in
    wanted so badly to play their games
    what could they do?

    They kicked that can down the road.

    In the fading light of summer
    they sometimes humored me
    let me join for hide and seek
    but they never searched me out
    eventually, they moved away
    no thought for the sibling left behind

    They kicked that can down the road.

    Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

    You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. Tanita also happens to be our hostess extraordinaire this week.

      Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing Definito poems. You can learn more about this form at Heidi Mordhorst's place, my juicy little universe. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on September 30th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

      I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Tanita Davis. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

      BTW, Tanita's blog is a bit wonky this weekend. You can check out all the Poetry Friday posts here.

      Friday, July 29, 2022

      Poetry Sisters Write Phrase Acrostics to Maya Angelou

      This month's challenge was to write a phrase acrostic. Is that even a thing? We chose our phrases from the poem Still I Rise by Maya Angelou. Whew! Talk about a challenge ... I tried to approach this as a "backwards" golden shovel, with the words at the beginning of each line instead of the end. This was a bad analogy for me, as I couldn't get the golden shovel form out of my mind. I wrote several drafts and tried to write someting that reflected the spirit of Angelou's poem, but couldn't seem to make it work. 

      Instead, I challenged myself to use not one, but two lines in each poem. After some tinkering, I wrote two poems that include two lines from the Angelou poem, with one forming the beginning words of each line, and the other forming the end words of each line. They need work, but I have solid drafts to play with.

      Poem 1
      With an open mind and heart, with just
      the whisper of an idea, she wrote with what felt like
      certainty ... a first draft tinged with hopes
      of literary magic, of a perfect twist of phrase like springing
      tides ... rising, rising, lifting words on high

      Poem 2
      Just another day of asking why
      like that time he wondered if stars are
      moons or could be … he looked at you
      and before you could answer you were beset
      like moths to a flame with more questions … do all planets dance with
      suns and on and on … the incessant chatter and his smile erased the gloom

      Poems ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

      I missed our Zoom this week, so I have no idea what my sisters have written or how far off the mark I might be. I can't wait to read them! You can read their pieces at the links below. 

        Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing Bop poems. You can learn more about this form at Writer's Digest: The Bop. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on August 26th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

        I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Marcie Clinchum Atkins. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

        Friday, June 24, 2022

        Poetry Sisters Write Byr a Thoddaid

        This month's challenge was to write in the form of Byr a Thoddaid. You can learn more about this form at Writer's Digest. It has a lot going on in terms of rhyme and meter and frankly, looked a bit complicated. Once I got started, it wasn't so bad. The form I used was this suggested option:

        xxxxxxxA
        xxxxxxxA
        xxxxxxxBxc
        xcxxxB

        I was inspired to write to this photo Liz Garton Scanlon took while hiking the West Highland Way.

        Photo by Liz Garton Scanlon, 2022.  

        I couldn't get this sweet image out of my head. Since I have a hard time writing to form without a topic, I decided to focus on these lambs. Here's my poem.

        West Highland Lambs

        Lambing season arrives each spring
        when tender-hearted little things
        roam the Scottish countryside. Rain or shine
        they twine beside the lane

        two undisturbed by those who pass.
        A mother and her bonnie lass
        quietly witness with wonder this pair
        under a sky so fair.

        Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

        Interestingly, after writing this poem I found a different description of this form that I actually like a bit better. Instead of 3 rhymes, it uses only 2. You can read more about this version at Poetry Magnum Opus. Here is the form they suggest:

        xxxxxxxA
        xxxxxxxA
        xxxxxxxA-xb                 
        xxbxxA

        Needless to say, I decided to try again with this form. Here's a second poem written to the photo of the lambs.

        they followed the West Highland Way
        discovering beauty each day
        mother and daughter under gray skies spied
        in a hide in the hay

        two lambs twined together asleep
        this sight made their open hearts weep
        mother and daughter felt bone-deep wonder
        found oneness with wee sheep

        Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

        I'm not sure I followed the rules exactly, as the guideline is "the main rhyme appears somewhere near the end of a longer line and the end word is a secondary rhyme... The last syllable is echoed  somewhere in the first half of the next line as secondary rhyme, alliteration, consonance or assonance." I didn't use the same approach in each stanza. In the first the words rhyme (spied/hide). In the second I've used assonance (wonder, oneness). I'm not sure I like this as much as the first, but there are ideas here I like. I'll need to keep playing with this form.

        You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

          Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing acrostic phrase poems. Choose any line from the poem "Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou and use each word in the phrase to begin a new line of your poem. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on July 29th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

          I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Catherine Flynn at Reading to the Core. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

          Friday, May 27, 2022

          Poetry Sisters Write to the Theme of String/Thread/Rope/Chain

          This month's challenge was to write a poem using the words or theme of string, thread, rope, and/or chain. I thought a lot about kites and sewing, but none of my ideas really hit the mark. Yesterday I spent a few minutes watching an industrious spider and decided that was what I wanted to write about. 

          Spider Triolet

          They swing and dangle in the air
          spiders spinning webs of string
          patterned with unconscious flair
          They swing and dangle in the air
          perfect traps designed to snare
          insects walking or on the wing
          They swing and dangle in the air
          spiders spinning webs of string

          Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

          You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

            Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing poems in the form of Byr a Thoddaid. You can learn more about this form at Writer's Digest. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on June 24th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

            I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Linda Mitchell at A Word Edgewise. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

            Friday, May 06, 2022

            Poetry Friday - More Primary Source Poems

            I'm still working my way through family documents and still writing every day, though not strictly in Japanese poetic forms as I did for this year's National Poetry Month project on poems and primary sources.

            Here are the poems I've written for May 1-6. (Click images to enlarge for a better view of the documents.)

            I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jama Rattigan at Jama's Alphabet Soup. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

            Saturday, April 30, 2022

            NPM 2022 - April 30

            I can't believe it's the last day of April. Where has the month gone? I feel like I have so many more primary sources to share.

            Today's poem is written to a photo of my brother and sister with our Semmelmayer cousins. This was taken Christmas day, 1960, five years before I came along. I missed some awfully good times. 

            This poem is written as a choka. The choka is a Japanese form of unrhymed alternating five and seven syllable lines that ends with an extra seven syllable line. It can be any odd number of lines. You can learn more about this form at Poets Collective.

            Here is a listing of all the poems I've written this month. I've also shared these poems on my Instagram, which is a good place to go to see them altogether. 

            April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
            April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
            April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
            April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
            April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
            April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
            April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
            April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
            April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
            April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
            April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
            April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
            April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
            April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
            April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
            April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
            April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
            April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
            April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
            April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
            April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
            April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
            April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo (1899)
            April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
            April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945)  
            April 26 - Senryu to a button envelop (1950) 
            April 27 - Sedoka to a photo of my grandfather and his twin sister 
            April 28 - Senryu to my dad's navy photo 
            April 29 - Dodoitsu to a family photo (1946)

            Friday, April 29, 2022

            Poetry Friday - Poetry Sisters Write In the Style of Taylor Mali

            This month the challenge was to write in the style of Taylor Mali. If you've ever seen the video What Do Teacher's Make, you know who he is. Mali is largely a spoken word poet. When you read his print poems, they are long and recursive. I wasn't sure I'd be able to pull off a poem like this, so I went to his Writing Exercises page and found a poem on the Rhyme Time Lesson that I thought would be good to emulate. The directions were to use his poem as a model, and then write about "thoughts, memories, fears, joys, and mostly OBJECTS that generally fill your head each day." His model poem is really a list poem. I didn't follow his directions exactly, but I'm not too far off. 

            Insomnia Brain Remembers
            When I can’t sleep at night and my brain won’t shut down
            I feel like a tourist in memory town
            Remembering people, places, and more
            Reliving the bits that will not be ignored
                 My grandmother Stohr in her yellow housecoat
                 The day I was published for something I wrote
                 My father’s wry wit, my mother’s quick laugh
                 The first time my son fed a captive giraffe
                 The day that my sister packed up and moved out
                 The first job after college that filled me with doubt
                 The yellow VW owned by my brother
                 The last day in June when I lost my mother
                 The mountains, Tibet, and the glorious view
                 Sundays in church on a hard wooden pew
                 The first day of school when I started to teach
                 The jar of treats grandma kept high out of reach
                 The winter the dog was found caught in a trap
                 Charting our trips on an unfolded map
            Try too hard to rest and it all rushes back
            But I’ve lived and been loved, so there’s nothing I lack
                 (only sleep!)

            Poem ©Tricia Stohr-Hunt, 2022. All rights reserved.

            You can read the pieces written by my Poetry Sisters at the links below. 

              Would you like to try the next challenge? Next month we are writing poems using the words or theme of string/thread/rope/chain. We hope you'll join us. Are you in? Good! You’ve got a month to craft your creation(s), then share your offering with the rest of us on May 27th in a post and/or on social media with the tag #PoetryPals. We look forward to reading your poems! 

              In addition to today's Poetry Sister collaboration, I'm close to wrapping up my National Poetry Month where I'm writing poems in Japanese poetic forms to primary sources. Today's poem is written to a family photo. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jone MacCulloch. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

              Poetry Friday: NPM 2022 - Day 29

              Today's poem is written to a photo of my grandparents, great grandmother, and great aunt and uncle. The back of the photo is stamped June 17, 1946. 

              This poem is written as a dodoitsu. I haven't really followed the form too well this time.  While I have followed the pattern (a 4-line poem with a syllable count of 7-7-7-5), I have not focused on "love or work with a comical twist." The post What is a Dodoitsu? contains more information about this Japanese form.

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
              April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
              April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
              April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo (1899)
              April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
              April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945)  
              April 26 - Senryu to a button envelop (1950) 
              April 27 - Sedoka to a photo of my grandfather and his twin sister 
              April 28 - Senryu to my dad's navy photo 

              In addition to today's National Poetry Month poem, I'm also in with the poetry sisters challenge to write in the style of Taylor Mali. You can find my poem here.

              I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Jone MacCulloch. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

              Thursday, April 28, 2022

              NPM 2022 - Day 28

              Today's poem is written to my father's navy photo. I didn't often see him write his full name, so it makes we wonder if my grandmother called him Frederick.

              This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
              April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
              April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
              April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo (1899)
              April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
              April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945)  
              April 26 - Senryu to a button envelop (1950) 
              April 27 - Sedoka to a photo of my grandfather and his twin sister

              Wednesday, April 27, 2022

              NPM 2022 - Day 27

              Today's poem is written to a photo of my grandfather and his twin sister. Born in 1899, my guess is that this photo was taken when they were 3 or 4. I wish it had a date. My grandfather had 6 siblings, his twin Edna, and 5 other sisters. Twenty years separated Mamie, the oldest born in 1888, from Dorothy, the youngest born in 1908.  

              This poem is (loosely) written as a sedoka. Sedoka is a form that contains two stanzas, each a Katauta with a syllable pattern of 5-7-7. The first generally asks a question and the second answers. These poems were generally question and answer conversations between lovers with the stanzas being written by different people. You can learn more about the sedoka at Writer's Digest or Shadow Poetry.

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
              April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
              April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
              April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo (1899)
              April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
              April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945)  
              April 26 - Senryu to a button envelop (1950)

              Tuesday, April 26, 2022

              NPM 2022 - Day 26

              Today's poem is written to an envelope with buttons inside. That is my mother's handwriting on the outside. She would have been 20 when her grandmother died. I have no way of knowing if she made this note at the time of her grandmother's death or some time later. This small remembrance of my mother's grandmother got me thinking about my grandmothers, both of whom are described in this poem.

              This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
              April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
              April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
              April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo 
              April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)
              April 25 - Senryu to a letter my father's sister sent him during the way (1945) 

              Monday, April 25, 2022

              NPM 2022 - Day 25

              Today's poem is written to a letter my Aunt Lois sent my father when we was stationed in Hawaii during the war. Her letters are filled with stories about school, what music she's listening to, how she's earning money, what she's saving for, and so much more. Many of them open with her addressing him as something other than Fred. 

              This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

              I'm sad that the ink has faded in spots, making parts of the letter hard to read. You can see it below if you want to see it in its entirety.

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
              April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
              April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
              April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo 
              April 24 - Senryu to a photo of my father and his parents at the beach (1929)

              Sunday, April 24, 2022

              NPM 2022 - Day 24

              Today's poem is written to a photo of my father and his parents at Ontario Beach Park in 1929. One of the photos from this day ended up on the cover of the Gas and Electric News, a publication of the Rochester Gas and Electric Corporation. The date was August, 1929. 

              This poem is written as a pair of senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

              My grandmother saved the cover of the publication. It somehow ended up in my mother's papers. She wrote who was pictured on the cover in two different places. She also circled my father and grandmother. You can see the front and the back of that cover below. (I love the back because it has a poem!)

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
              April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
              April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945) 
              April 23 - Senryu to my grandfather's christening photo 

              Saturday, April 23, 2022

              NPM 2022 - Day 23

              Today's poem is written to my grandfather's christening photo. I'm struck by the length of the gown, the setting of the portrait, and the serious look on his face. This photo immediately made me think of my mother, who could shoot a look that made you know you were in big trouble. She didn't even need to speak. One look and you just knew. That's where this poem went.

              This poem is written as a senryu. Senryu is a three line poem written in the 5-7-5 form like haiku. While haiku focus on nature, senryu focus on human foibles. You can read more about senryu at How to Write Senryu Poems: Understanding the Senryu Form.

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
              April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in
              April 22 - Tanka to a newspaper masthead from NAAS Jacksonville (1945)

              Friday, April 22, 2022

              Poetry Friday: NPM 2022 - Day 22

              Today's poem is written to the masthead of a newspaper published at the Naval Auxiliary Air Station in Jacksonville, Florida in August of 1945. My father's flight crew was pictured on the back page and honored as crew of the week. I was surprised that the name of the paper was the Privateer, knowing the history of the word and its connection to state-sanctioned piracy. That's where my poem went.

              This poem is written as a tanka. A tanka is a 5-line poem with the syllable pattern 5-7-5-7-7. You can learn more about this form at The Tanka Journal.

              You can see the paper in ins entirety below. Click on the images to enlarge them. (Fair warning, some of the articles are representative of the nationalism of the time and offer unflattering stereotypes of Japanese people.)

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned 
              April 21 - Haibun to a newspaper story about a car accident my father was in

              Finally, I do hope you'll take some time to check out all the wonderful poetic things being shared and collected today by Margaret Simon at Reflections on the Teche. Happy poetry Friday friends. 

              Thursday, April 21, 2022

              NPM 2022 - Day 21

              Today's poem is written to a newspaper clipping we found in my dad's papers after he passed away. We were astounded to learn he'd been in a car accident and that it had been reported in the paper! It was treated like the end of the world when we had minor fender benders, so it seemed he'd been rather hypocritical when we learned about his youthful indiscretion. Oh the stories our parents never tell us about their youth! I can only imagine what happened when he got home.

              This poem is written as a haibun. A haibun is a form that combines prose with haiku. Haibun prose is usually descriptive and is meant to set a scene or evoke an image in the reader. It is followed by a haiku that serves to deepen the meaning of the prose, either by expanding on the theme or serving as a juxtaposition to it. You can learn more about haibun at More Than Birds, Bees, and Trees: A Closer Look at Writing Haibun.

              I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

              April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
              April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
              April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
              April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement
              April 5 - Gogyohka to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring
              April 6 - Senryu to a student's drawing of my dad
              April 7 - Tanka to a photo of my grandmother and her mother by a car
              April 8 - Dodoitsu to a piece of V-mail from my great uncle 
              April 9 - Senryu to a Christmas card from Paris during the war (1944)
              April 10 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 11 - Dodoitsu to an early family portrait of my mother
              April 12 - Senryu to a photo of WWII nose art 
              April 13 - Senryu to a pair of postage stamps issued in 1934
              April 14 - Somonka to a war letter to my father
              April 15 - Senryu to a photo of my mother as a child 
              April 16 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandmother sent my grandfather
              April 17 - Senryu to an Easter card my grandfather sent my grandmother
              April 18 - Tanka to a First Day Cover celebrating NATO's 10th anniversary (1959)
              April 19 - Somonka to my grandparent's wedding photo 
              April 20 - Dodoitsu to a list my grandfather made of the cars he owned