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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,

the heater kicks on to warm the room
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

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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!
                  ~~Judi Van Gorder

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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

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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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"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

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"Day 19 - "
Theme: Currier & Ives Christmas. Write a rhyming poem that takes us back in time to a Currier & Ives kind of Christmas. (Google Currier & Ives if you aren't familiar with them.) Think simpler times, family oriented. Togetherness. No cell phones, video games or TV.

Words to use: harness, candle, envelope, stick
Forbidden words: auto, car, TV, cellphone, video, computer, internet,

For some reason, these prompts bring out my dark side.

Picture Perfect Christmas

 Frosty snowbound village
with garland all around
cozy candle lit cottages
where love of family abounds.

Enveloped in Christmases of old
were homemade gifts and sweets
and sleigh bells in the narrow streets.
Holiday sights and sounds untold.

Every person went to church
Currier and Ives sold a brand
A cardinal watches from his perch.
Were things really all that grand?

Kids enjoyed a sticky taffy pull
and snow ball fights for sure
a practice still secure
and on the farm, dared tip a bull.

A well worn harness hangs
on the rustic stable wall
next to the old mare’s stall,
there’s pens to muck before supper clangs.

Nostalgia for the good old days
when life was simpler then
you know, "Good will to men" when
seen through a rosy haze.

No people of color do you see
or derelicts, drunks or gays.
They don’t fit this idealic way
around the Victorian tree.

The truth is life was hard
in this picture perfect note
and women couldn’t even vote
when grandma cooked with lard.
                  ~~Judi Van Gorder

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Ring Joyful
Form used, Glosa

"day 20" Theme: Bells. Could be bells or belles. Door bells, church bells, 'with bells on,' --any kind of bells--but used in conjunction with Christmas
Required words: stargazing, meander, etiquette, break, jump, ring.
Forbidden words: fly, wing, chime.
Additional parameters: any form (state form with link to how that form works) as long as it is at least 24 lines long. (Do a double or triple if necessary!)

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Day 21 Theme: Anniversary. Write about 'an' anniversary...any kind of anniversary... 3rd Christmas together, wedding, a wdc anniversary … perhaps a cancer free date or x years at a job.
Words to use: the year of the anniversary and what it is.
Forbidden words: All words are good because each scenario is different.
Additional parameters: At least 40 lines. Make us want to go 'awww...sniff...smile'

Happy Anniversary Babe

It was just a couple
of weeks ago,
November 30, 2018
we celebrated
our wedding anniversary,
well sort of.

It was a quiet
just the two of us.
It had rained
all day,
I had to go
into the office
so I was tired.
Bob said we
should go out
for dinner
but I didn't
want to.
So we stayed in,
it was a night
like most every other

A far cry
from 55 years ago,
and the hustle and bustle
of a formal wedding.
I say that quite
my slipper satin
gown had a bustle,
the train
pulled up into
a bubble on my butt
for dancing
later on.

The event
was just that,
a full Catholic Mass,
a gaggle of bridesmaids,
300 guests,
sit down dinner,
a four tiered cake,
a live band
and an open bar.

A new beginning
after just one
week before,
with the assassination
of President Kennedy
and the death
of one of our groomsmen
in an auto accident
the same day.
We were putting mourning
behind us
and starting a new life.

And life goes on,
quieter now, simpler now,
more comfortable now.
         ~~Judi Van Gorder

60 Lines
PS. We did go out and celebrate with friends of 50 years two days later. We are old but not so old we can't still have fun.

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Day 22

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Theme: Shopping for the perfect Christmas Present, you meander in to an old antique store you've never noticed before. Time has no meaning here and you wander, entranced, by the items you see artfully displayed in old trunks or balanced precariously on dusty shelves. Antique furniture, jewelry piled as if in Aladdin's cave, musty old books, elegant hats of some long forgotten era. What do you find? Why is the cat (?)watching you? Why does the proprietor seem oddly familiar? Do you venture up the stairs to the second floor? Why do the wide wooden floorboards creak sounding like an old carol? Do you look out through the fogged windows to see outside and if so, does it look the same? Using some of these details, and more you come up with on your own as you wander in your mind's eye, take us on a descriptive journey to your finding that ultimate gift. Will it be as intended?

Words to use: piquant, befuddle, ring, set, cobweb, feather, gloss, spectacles, at least a four syllable word starting with the letter E.
Forbidden words: shop, store, buy, gift
Additional parameters: details, descriptive phrasings, find more than a simple gift. At least 48 lines, rhyming or not.

Curiouser and Curiouser

I enter the hobbit-like domain
of antiques and curiosities.
This peculiar place
is out of the way, almost hidden.

I peruse, glass topped
ornately carved display cases
and witness
crooked wire spectacles
from another era,
a moldy, mauve feather boa
that makes me sneeze,
an oriental yellowed-ivory chess set
that my son would love,
and a tiny gold baby ring.

On a shelf
next to the counter
is perched
a delicate, porcelain dove.
No, that's not it,
I need a more piquant find,
something unique, something memorable.

Toward the back of the room
there is a doorway
shielded by a glitzy beaded
curtain that tinkles
as I pass through.
Unlike the well lit outer room,
this one is dim
illuminated by only a stuttering
florescent lamp.
Cobwebs decorate the corners
and a once glossy teak table
is covered in dust.
Boxes are stacked
precariously at odd angles
in befuddled disarray.

With excruciating
and meticulous, endeavor
I begin to comb
through the boxes
closest to the light.
One must have been the property
of an apothecary.
Blue bottles, a scale,
stone mortar and pestle,
what stories
these could tell.
Another belonged to a military man,
old medals,
tarnished and forgotten.
Thank you for your service.

Who knows how long I searched
with no success
but I know it is here.
I will return tomorrow
to continue my quest..
            ~~ Judi Van Gorder

59 lines

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Day 23

Theme: Your favorite or most memorable Christmas. Be descriptive and let us in on the backstory as to the why it stands out in memory.
Words to use: Any and all you wish 🙂
Forbidden words: Free day 🙂
Additional parameters: at least 48 lines.

Merry Christmas To All

Haven't we been down
this road before?
Of my 76 Christmases
what's my most memorable?
I honestly don't know. They blur
together until a comment
a photo, a song or a person,
something draws me back.

So I'll simply
share my 77th with you,
which hasn't yet happened,
but only one week away
so things are fresh
in my memory. Favorite,
probably not,
but who knows, I'm alive,
my family is well
and I'm truly
grateful for each day
and Christmas
just takes it up a notch.

Since my son married
and made his home
500 miles away
I've gone south
to watch my grandkids
experience the wonder
that is Christmas each year.
It's easier and cheaper
for two people to travel
than a family of six.
A few years ago
they planned
a trip north
to spend the holiday here
and my son ended up
in the hospital,
again I went south
and obviously
their trip was cancelled.

He was a motor cop
at the time
and he was hit by a car
merging into his lane
where he was pursuing
a speeder at 75 miles
an hour with full lights
and sirens but she
didn't see him.
They had to pry
the bill of his helmet
from the asphalt.
That was a scary one,
but he survived,
he's just fine, still a cop
but plain clothes now
an expert in vehicle theft,
chop shops, undercover ops
and surveillance.
I told him he lives
a real live TV show.

This year I'm staying home
and so are my son and grandkids.
I'm hosting a Christmas brunch
for my brother and another couple.
I'm still planning the menu
and additional decorations,
its kind of fun to change it up.
I'll go to Midnight Mass
in my own parish,
which I haven't done for a long time,
husband won't make it that late.
We'll facetime the kids
on Christmas morning
and enjoy a low key celebration.

Then a few quiet days
before we'll be invaded
by our grandchildren
and their parents
for a full week.
A promise of chaos, noise,
adventure and lots of love.
On second thought, this just may
end up being my favorite.
                   ~~Judi Van Gorder

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