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  2. Tinker

    Hush, He's Sleeping

    Hush, He's Sleeping palpable whisper replete with muted symbols heavenly music heralds new babe on straw bed our promised Savior is born ~~Judi Van Gorder Notes: ▼
  3. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Notes: ▼ "Day 18" Theme: Christmas - any aspect thereof Words to use: palpable, replete, whisper, symbol Forbidden words: the, of, a, for, an, to, I, you, me, from, in, and Hush He's Sleeping Tanka
  4. badger11

    Eggs

    Intriguing, but I'm not progressing to an understanding.
  5. Hah Marti, so glad to see you popping in. I miss you. ~~Tink
  6. dcmarti1

    Open Doors

    Like Tony, I felt "there", in both the places and in your own conflict. Loved the alliterations: fenceless fields; Belgian beer. Grand imagery.
  7. dcmarti1

    Witch

    Just like badger, I had forgotten about it being a dream. Chilling stuff for winter, Tony.
  8. I love "all things Estonian". And, yes, Tony was a cute child. 😛
  9. dcmarti1

    When the Light Went Out

    Shocking, simply shocking! :) I'm not sure if I have empathy for either him or her, but it makes for good reading.
  10. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Notes: ▼ Prompt for: December 9, 2018 (Ren) "Day 17 " Subject or Theme: Holidays make us miss someone or appreciate someone more. Your poem must include 5 of these 10 lines that are from songs on my current playlist: if you're gonna break my heart just break it play me close 27 blocks to go I'm not made out of steel everywhere I go I see your face this is perfect baby I still see you you're running out of time just another ex-love you don't wanna see looking like a princess I need more hours with you you love me now and I feel the same way I got this feeling inside my bones baby shark Word(s) to Include: at least 5 of the lines above - please list the ones you used at the bottom in a note.(tense can be changed, but nothing else!) Forbidden Word(s): (none) (or any derivatives of these words) Additional Parameters: Can be serious or humorous...24 lines minimum Remember, do not use forbidden words ANYWHERE, including title or the brief description. I'll Miss You Tears held in check a battle rages inside, anger and sadness war. "I’m not made out of steel" "If you’re going to break my heart, just break it" and still I'll miss you. "You’re running out of time" To salvage any hope of Christmas past, the laughter gone. "I got this feeling inside my bones" we end now and I'll miss you. "Everywhere I go I see your face" Your taunting words ring in my ears. I will be happier without your venom. and still I'll fondly remember better times and I'll miss you. ~~Judi Van Gorder 25 Lines Lines used from playlist highlighted in green
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  12. Tinker

    A Lifetime

    A Lifetime Life can be but a blink of an eye, a short sprint or a decades long marathon. Whatever minutes granted they are on loan. Live each day in gratitude, fill your hours with kindness and service and when night falls you will rest complete. ~~Judi Van Gorder Notes: ▼
  13. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Day 16 Theme: Time - we all need more, but supposing someone 'gave' you a moment? Pick a period of time: a moment, a quarter of an hour, a day, an hour, decade, eon, month, etc.. What would you/could you do with it? Or maybe when would you get it? Fun or get chore caught up? All sorts of possibilities! Words to use: your selected amount of time, plus four (min) other units of time. Title your poem your chosen unit of time. Forbidden words: None today 🙂 Additional parameters: None sp; A Lifetime
  14. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Day 15 Theme: Pick a snack or some kind of food you love that you CANNOT get where you are. A friend calls on her way to get herself some of what ever it is and now you really want some too. Words to use: NOW!, mean, slime. Forbidden words: ANY KIND OF FOOD. Additional parameters: Title of poem is the specific food. (ONLY place you can use any type of food word.) At least 16 lines. Taquerìa Tacos Oh yes, there are many others but only one hole in the wall, So Cal, cocinero can create them mean and lean. Fire on my tongue, addicting, leaving me craving more. Not now, but when I head south again, You will be sure to find me standing in line to place my order. Taste of Mexico, no slime, just succulent freshness that awakens every taste bud with fireworks! Olè! ~~Judi Van Gorder
  15. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Notes: ▼ Onomatopoeia The Day Begins Rat-a-tat-tat, Rat-a-tat-tat you might think it a kettle drum. Rat-a-tat-tat, Rat-a-tat-tat No, it’s the sound of the rain, waking me this bleak morning. Rat a-tat-tat. Pa-dump pa-dump, pa-dump, the kitty gallops through the house Pa-dump pa-dump, pa-dump jacked by the cold and ready to play, running so fast she slammed into a wall. Clunk! Pa-dump pa-dump, Shuuuuuuuu-uuuuuuu the heater kicks on to warm the room Shuuuuuuuu-uuuuuuu I have no idea why that thing is so noisy. Until it does it’s job I’ll stay right here in the rustle of my sheets snuggled and entertained by the cat. ~~~~ Judi Van Gorder
  16. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Day 14 Notes: ▼ December 6, 2018 at 8:49am Preview: Theme: Colors Words to use: Minimum of five colors used in new connotations. Use at least one other sense besides sight. Forbidden words: the At least 24 lines, free verse - rather than highlight your colors in green (per usual) list them after your poem. Rainbow of Possibilities Waking light fills my rose dusk mind with golden thoughts. I see familiar tree tops change to forest towers and open sky becomes a wash of powder blue possibilities. Prinked by prompts and bold “must does” I begin my day. I flip on TV for company and see a starburst stained glass window beaming down a rainbow welcome upon a simple casket, wrapped in red, white and blue, remembering a life and mourning a loss of a president. His sage legacy is a reminder to live with love and respect. Today I strike a candle to join your "thousand points of light". George Herbert Walker Bush, Thank you for your brilliant service. ~~Judi Van Gorder 37 Lines Colors used, rose, golden, forest, powder blue, red, white, blue, sage, (and maybe "rainbow"}
  17. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Day 13 Notes: ▼ Theme: Put someone on 'the naughty list' and tell us why. NO SPECIFIC NAMES, not even names like wife, daughter, friend, spouse, aunt, uncle, cousin or man at the corner. Him, her, she, he etc. are fine. Words to use: coal, flamingo, list, naughty, why, mayhem,something 'deleted' as in crossed out. Words forbidden: Any identifying names, (to protect the guilty and/or the indignant) Additional parameters: Rhyming, Unlikeable He sat there, slumped, arms crossed in petulant pose among dignified leaders to honor a great man in repose. Clearly he'd rather be off playing golf in flamingo land or creating mayhem for coal miners, or to be anywhere he can grandstand. I'm reluctant to deem him damned, his office demands our respect. Why, some supporters are my friends, but for me it's hard to connect. I wonder when it is all over and done will he be on the naughty or nice list. Only history will tell. Perhaps the FBI will investigate check it twice. ~~Judi Van Gorder
  18. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Day 12 Notes: ▼ Theme: Something, anything to do with a particular Christmas. No restrictions - just make it real. And at least 20 lines long. Christmas Blurred Over my 77 years, no one Christmas stands out. Most of my childhood years are pretty much a blank slate. I do recall one Christmas morning sitting on the policeman's desk my legs dangling while Mama bailed out Daddy. And another Christmas the police brought Daddy home, the cuts on his face and his guilty smirk scared me. I know I have cooked the holiday meal the giant portion of my years, sometimes more than once. Even as a kid I peeled potatoes and other easy tasks, by my teens I always baked the pies. (I had a knack.) Since I married, 55 years ago I have never not cooked for the special day. One year I cooked a full feast for my brother and friend at home, before joining my husband in Baja where I helped cook Christmas dinner at the kayaking school for 40 people on El Coyote Playa where we anchored. Then two days later prepared another Christmas dinner for our Irish friends who were at sea on Christmas Day. One other Baja Christmas I cooked the turkey and pies and campers on the beach brought side dishes for a potluck. Locals brought traditional tomales. We strung colored lights on the tenders and trolled the shoreline playing Carols on a boom box while Santa buzzed the beach in an ultra light. But my favorites are Christmas at home Midnight Mass, family and friends at my table. Just the unremarkable comfort of Christmas. ~~Judi Van Gorder 56 Lines
  19. FrasMac

    Open Doors

    Thanks Tony. I had been trying to find the instructions for that!
  20. tonyv

    Open Doors

    PS -- FrasMac and others, I'm not saying you have to do this -- you can use any spacing you want -- but if you want to use single-spaces from line to line, just hold down the shift key when you hit Enter/Return at the end of a line: To single space Just hold down Shift When you hit Enter/Return At the end of a line
  21. FrasMac

    Eggs

    Eggs The white dove flew from our plimsolled feet, leaving two perfect white ovals behind, twigged in the ancient ivy. The white dove watched as our curious hands lifted her embryos up to the sun, looking for shadows beyond innocence. There was one. The white dove watched as our footsteps went on, leaving the young to the decisions of time. 5/12/18
  22. FrasMac

    Open Doors

    Thank you both very much for your feedback. Conflicting emotions is exactly how I feel about the whole political landscape surrounding the UK and Europe at present. On the one hand I understand why we want to protect our own, but cannot help feeling that we are perhaps about to back down on a sacrifice which has already borne good fruit. We shall see.
  23. Earlier
  24. badger11

    Three Drops From A Cauldron

    Thanks Tony. Like your word 'distilled'. cheers Phil
  25. Tinker

    Daily Poem Challenge

    Day 11 Notes ▼ Theme: A visit to the North Pole --what is it really like? Words to use: ambrosia, Q-tip, charcoal, impossible Forbidden words: Santa Claus, workshop, Additional parameters: Be descriptive! Do not repeat any words. Min 20 lines You don't realize how much you depend on words such as, a. the, and, for, is, my, I, and with, until you try to use them only once in 24 lines. It does make you reach for alternative words with is a good thing. But often the syllable of a "the" or an "and" makes the poem run smoother. This was a real challenge. Returning Home Back from my trip planning a route, preparing landing I give out shout, thankful children believe without doubt. I've always loved the golden glow reflecting off pale, silver snow. Welcoming warmth waits below. Fluffy ambrosia-like mounds circle love's little compound. Holly berries, mistletoe abound. Helpers bustle, polish yon sleigh next to rustic stables, there reindeer stay, so able, ready, soon, "up and away". Studio sanctuary where magic gets done, hums with sounds of laughter, much fun, designing presents for everyone. No charcoal this year, forgiveness is best. last finishing gifts receive Q-tip test, near time earnest elves have well earned rest. Some say "one night", an impossible feat, millions, both boys plus girls deserving treats. I'm not swayed, listen, you'll hear hoof-beats. ~~Judi Van Gorder 24 lines Classic Triplets
  26. Tinker

    President George H.W. Bush 1924-2018

    Thanks Tony. I was saddened by his death. Maybe heightened by my close encounter with him so many years ago. He was a man I admired and voted for twice. My husband asked me what I would write for the current president's demise. I sang "Ding dong, the witch is dead, the wicked witch is dead." Just joking Trump fans. ~~Judi .
  27. tonyv

    Ten Plus One More

    It looks like a fan, Judi, but it's actually just a chart in the inside cover of my dictionary. I'll try to take a better picture and post that in place of this one when I do.
  28. Tinker

    Ten Plus One More

    So cool. I wish I had that fan. I can sort of read it when I enlarge but the words are fuzzy. Really interesting. ~~Judi
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