Saturday, May 19, 2007

Depressed? You're at the right place!

Ready for a little sarcasm and tongue-in-cheek? Shelley, a fellow member of MSA Poets Potpourri Society has put her biting little poem "Depressionville Hotel" on YouTube.

Thursday, May 10, 2007

Mother's Day Poetry

Enjoy Mother's Day Poetry (old and new) here.

Poetry Forum

Are you a Christian poet who would like to meet and interact with others of like mind? Why don't you join us at the Utmost Poetry Discussion Forum?

We are a small but friendly and helpful group who hone each other’s creations with critique and encouragement. Members include beginner poets to winners of the 2007 Utmost Christian Writers Poetry Contest. So if you’re a Christian poet interested in improving your craft, there’s a place for you!

Sunday, May 06, 2007

Thinking Blogger

Notice the above graphic in the sidebar? That’s the Thinking Blogger Award, handed out to Line Upon Line by Julana at Life in the Slow Lane. Thank you so much, Julana!

The rules of the meme say that I may now award the Thinking Blogger Award to other bloggers (five max). I would thus like to bestow this award on:

- fellow poet Darlene at Berg’s Ink. This pediatrician/poet is someone who can always think of a way to make a poem out of the everyday stuff of life.

- fellow poet Charlie at Poems by C van Gorokom. Though his poems draw inspiration from the the clear streams and piney air of northern British Columbia, their final focus is eternal themes.

- Accidental Poet (a.k.a. Hatchet Lady) one of my favorite poetry critiquers who doesn’t post poetry on her blog, but has terse (and funny) blogging down to a science.

- Poets Online - the blog, which is a companion to Poets Online. The thought-provoking poetry-writing prompts at Poets Online are explained and expanded in this excellent poetry blog.

If these tagged blogs choose to play, participation rules are simple:

1. If, and only if, you get tagged, write a post with links to 5 blogs that make you think.
2. Link to this post so that people can easily find the exact origin of the meme.
3. Optional: Proudly display the 'Thinking Blogger Award' with a link to the post that you wrote (here is an alternative silver version if gold doesn't fit your blog).

Poetry of death - 4


Now I out walking
The world desert,
And my shoe and my stocking
Do me no hurt.

I leave behind
Good friends in town.
Let them get well-wined
And go lie down.

Don't think I leave
for the outer dark
Like Adam and Eve
Put out of the Park.

Forget the myth.
There is no one I
Am put out with
Or put out by.

Unless I'm wrong
I but obey
the urge of a song:
I'm--bound-- away!

And I may return
If dissatisfied
With what I learn
From having died.

-Robert Frost


This poem, "Away," is a new Robert Frost poem to me. I was taken with it immediately I read it, in the way it cushions death. Death is pictured as a beckoning journey from which one might even return.

I think it illustrates another way poetry helps us deal with feelings about life-changing events like death. Wrapping mysterious death in the familiar package of a journey — and neatly too (isn’t "After" neat – rhyming and all), helps us feel power over it.