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      Blogs   05/01/2017

      Blogs are now accessible to Guests. Guests may read and reply to blog entries. We'll see how this works out. If Guest participation becomes troublesome, I'll disable Guest access. Members are encouraged to make use of the PMO Members' Promotional Blog to promote their published works. Simply add your latest entry to the blog. Include relevant information (your name or screen name, poem title, periodical name, hyperlink to the site where published, etc). If you have a lot of them and feel you need your own blog, let me know, and I will try to accommodate you. Members are encouraged to continue also posting their promotional topics in the Promotions forum on the board itself which is better suited for archiving promotions.


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    • Already started to 'muck' about. Thanks Tink.
    • Oh so good Badge.... I can't pick a favorite line, so good.  Knowing your penchant for editing, don't "muck" with this one... ~~Tink
    • Thanks Badge,  The exercise was to include as many details from the photo as I could see and then embellish with my imagination to bring it home.  After this sits a while, I think I'll come back and trim it up. Not every detail need be mentioned in the finished poem away from the exercise.

    • revision At a distance those pencil smiles hooked
      our greed for edges - an alliteration
      of crags and crevices and clefts. And when we arrived so disappointed
      to be diverted into a turnip field. The track
      drawing us away from the millennia of smiles as broad as clowns
      mucking about before their sadness
      descended into the sea.     original At a distance those pencil smiles hooked
      our greed for edges - an alliteration
      of crags and crevices and clefts. And when we arrived so disappointed
      to be diverted into a turnip field
      drawing us away from the millennia of smiles as broad as clowns
      mucking about before their sadness
      descended into the sea.
    • Lovely Tink. Especially S1 and S2. Love the picture of ordinariness in those.
    • In the Night, Darkness

      Another late night writing binge,
      seeking words to ignite and singe
      the edge of thought. Scarring a new
      image within the reader's mind
      and leading him as if he's blind
      to a savage and ravaged view.

      A lady stained in blue is pale
      and cool upon this page in brail.
      Can you see her behind your eyes?
      Can you feel the stripes of flogging?
      Can you hear her silent sobbing?
      Can you taste the salt of her cries? 

      When she dies this little song ends
      and blends poet and reader's sighs.
                                ~~Judi Van Gorder
    • Thanks Tink. I do revise poems here - in fact this poem started life as something else. Writing on a blank page is another matter. I do follow the prompts and your subsequent writes. best badge
    • Hi Badge,  So glad to see someone else post a poem.  I like how this is poem finds the right sounds to describe ordinary tasks.  "garden days" is that the same as "salad days" ?   I like Auntie Eve.  

    • My Auntie Eve sips a black coffee
      and stares out at the sleeping homes,
      that leafy litter of graves. She sucks
      on another roll-your-own ciggy,
      unloads a basket of soiled souls.
      The machine's full. Humming a hymn
      she sets the dial to synthetic white                                   
      and through the screams and cleansing foam
      observes the spinning out of night.
      She clasps her flask of homemade gin,
      makes knowing sighs. Auntie Eve nurses
      the stuff of dreams, those bouquet schemes
      for garden days and original sin.
    • "The lady doth . . . "

      The current climate of "Time's Up", "Me too!"
      exposed a wrong against the vulnerable.
      A movement hearing voices over due.
      They shout with charges indisputable.

      Though not exclusively for women wronged.
      It seems that most complaints do come from there.
      Abusing power, mostly men belonged,
      they use their strength, intimidate and snare.

      Now many men have fallen in their shame
      and many more will follow in their wake.
      The line is drawn but not to bring one fame.
      A compliment can be just that, no snake.

      So don't mistake attraction for abuse
      and protest only when there is misuse.
                                        ~~Judi Van Gorder

      14 Lines Shakespearean Sonnet

      Prompt: Write a Shakespearean Sonnet inspired by "The Lady doth protest too much, methinks."

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