Tuesday, January 24, 2017

What Can We Do?

For this past Poetry Friday, I was visiting Greg Pincus' blog and read his poem.  I just had to replicate its format.  So here's my poem for today.

What Can We Do?

Plant a tree,
Build a boat,
Give someone a nice, warm coat;
Make a pie,
Bake some bread,
Knit a hat for some cold head.
There is much
That we can do
Under
   the stars
   in sky of blue.

by Donna JT Smith, Jan. 2017

And here's another "What Can We Do?"  We can write ferocious poems!

Hope you are writing something ferocious for the Poetpourri Challenge!  (Here's where it started.)
Below are the guidelines again.
Below that are the contributors to credit.
Below those are the lines to copy and paste to work with if you need them.
Posting on your site is this Friday!  Link here on Thursday/Friday's post and link at Carol at Beyond Literacy Link where Poetry Friday is being hosted, for double coverage!

The guidelines:
  1. You may break the given lines up into phrases, esp. if the line is broken into prepositional phrases.  
  2. A word used in a line may be repeated elsewhere as needed.
  3. You may add or change articles (a, an, the...).
  4. You may change tenses, as necessary for meaning.  
  5. If you haven't added a line to the poem, you may not add one now. Others won't have it in their pile of phrases to use - so it won't really be as intriguing.
  6. However, if you can create a brand new line using individual words from the given lines, feel free! Do not do that for the whole poem though - that may be another challenge on another day! 
  7. Phrases should still be identifiable even though the whole line may not be in one unit still. (for example: "ignore the awful times" may be used in one place and "concentrate on the good ones" may be in another place).  
  8. Remember, these are only guidelines, as it IS poetry and we ARE poets...
  9. Rules are meant to be broken.
  10. You may make your own rules if you don't like these - and that way you aren't breaking a rule.
  11. You need to use ALL the submitted lines in some way.
  12. Please copy and paste the list of participants and their lines in your blog so that each is credited, along with some of their sources for the lines!
  13. Link up here on that day also for potential extra traffic to your poem!
  14. There is no 14.  I just didn't want to stop on 13.
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This is the part to copy and paste into your post next Friday:
  1. Buffy Silverman: "ferocious women who never bring you coffee" - refrigerator magnetic poetry
  2. Donna Smith: "always leave a wild song" - refrigerator magnetic poetry
  3. Linda Baie: "dreaming women do art in poetry" - from her pile of poetry blocks
  4. Buffy Silverman: "where wizards and wolves rush by in a blur of green and gold and gray" - patched together from Kate Dicamillo's Where Are You Going Baby Lincoln
  5. Kay McGriff: "ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones" from Vonnegut's Slaughterhouse Five
  6. Linda Mitchell: "waking the world to a new day"
  7. Margaret Simon: "steam that climbs like smoke from a fire" - this was in the comments the first week, and I'm not sure if it is a comment or a line... but I'm using it! 
  8. Carol Varsalona: "fearless women reach out, connect, and find joy in life's intertwined moments" - Connecting the word "fearless" that April had used last week.
  9. Tabatha Yeatts: "little chest to put the Alive in" - Emily Dickinson
  10. Joy Acey: "wear loose clothing and a smile" - from a thought and some connections
  11. Jan Godown Annino:  "I feel like there should be more stories out there for girls, and I try to tell them" - a quote from Hope Larson from the book COMICS CONFIDENTIAL.
  12. Mary Lee Hahn: "ferocious women do not exaggerate" - from Mary Oliver's UPSTREAM on page 109, "I do not exaggerate."
  13. Brenda Harsham: "make a ferocious dinner that eats masks, drips truth and saves softness for dessert"
  14. Keri Lewis: "radical at their core" from her husband's magazine, "Guns & Ammo"
  15. Kiesha Shepard: "ferocious women would rather drink the wind" - a line from Mary Oliver's (Why I Wake Early) titled "The Arrowhead"
  16. Diane Mayr: "out of endurance, exaltation" - a line from the poem "Monadnock" by Robert Francis.
Here are just the lines - to save you time when you want to copy them and paste them into a document to either manipulate on the computer or to print out and cut up:
  1. ferocious women who never bring you coffee
  2. always leave a wild song
  3. dreaming women do art in poetry
  4. where wizards and wolves rush by in a blur of green and gold and gray
  5. ignore the awful times, and concentrate on the good ones
  6. waking the world to a new day
  7. steam that climbs like smoke from a fire
  8. fearless women reach out, connect, and find joy in life's intertwined moments 
  9. little chest to put the Alive in
  10. wear loose clothing and a smile
  11. I feel like there should be more stories out there for girls, and I try to tell them
  12. ferocious women do not exaggerate
  13. make a ferocious dinner that eats masks, drips truth and saves softness for dessert
  14. radical at their core
  15. ferocious women would rather drink the wind
  16. out of endurance, exaltation
I will post on Thursday, Jan. 26 with the link for those wanting to post early!
I am so looking forward to reading what you've come up with!  I know it will be awesome and ferocious, with a bit of softness, too!

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