Thursday, November 24, 2022

A Recipe

Happy Thanksgiving, Poets!

Poetry Friday Round-up

By: Linda Mitchell
Yield: Infinite
Prep time: 20 min. – 2 days
Total time: One Friday to a lifetime 


    Poem reading | to taste (research can be used as a substitute) 
    Whatever inspiration you have on hand. Mentor texts work well 
    Writing | to one’s liking 
    1 pinch editing 
    Handful of Photographs, video or illustrations 
    Smattering of links 
    1 Blog (a blog of a friend will do) 
    1 Poetry Friday badge 


    Spend some time reading poems until inspired to jot down thoughts. Use the notes to draft an original poem or, find a poem of similar theme from any source. The Poetry Foundation, Poem Hunter, American Academy of Poetry and No Water River are great stores of poetry. However, you are not limited to them. You can go rogue.
     At some point, gather all thoughts, original or found poetry and arrange in a post on your blog. Fold in photographs or illustrations one at a time. Sprinkle with links—especially a link to the round-up host. Don’t forget to edit. Reading your work aloud helps. If you do miss this step, it’s acceptable to revise a post…even after publishing. 
     Once published, find the Poetry Friday host online blog. Read the post thoughtfully and add a link to your post as directed. Take a moment to thank the host for the time they spend sharing your post and poetry worldwide.  Thank you, Ruth for hosting the round-up this week at There is no such thing as a godforsaken town.
     Visiting all the Poetry Friday blogs is not required. However, if the spirit moves you, visit to several Poetry Friday blogs. It is helpful to reader and writer. Write comments that highlight the good and well written poems. When possible, mark your post with the Poetry Friday badge. 

Special Information 

    Poetry Friday is open to anyone who wishes to participate. There are no additional requirements, fees or calories! Some blogs specialize in poems for teachers or children. Others serve as great anthologies…while others offer original work.
    Mary Lee Hahn sends out a call for hosts twice a year (December/July) and arranges a calendar of hosts. Several participants offer special events such as poetry swaps, monthly challenges and postcard exchanges. These are not required but can be frosting on one’s cake! 


What stars did the Pilgrims see? There's a new haiku on Star's padlet. 

Thursday, November 17, 2022

Tonight's Poem

Hello Poets.

Happy end of this week. I'm looking forward to the weekend to prepare for the coming holidays. 

The poem below was inspired by this painting/illustration by Graham Franciose found on Twitter.

Thank you, Jama for hosting our Poetry Friday round-up!

A new little haiku on Star's padlet today

Thursday, November 10, 2022

After Buffy Silverman's Gold Blooming Days

Hello Poetry Lovers,

I'm on the road again this weekend. Thank goodness for audiobooks. I'll be driving far but to family and that's the best. I might not respond to posts until my return. In the meantime, say thanks to our Veterans and enjoy beautiful autumn. 

Thank you Buffy Silverman for hosting our round-up this week. This poem is for you--Mwah!

The Poetry Sisters are calling for recipe poems this month. I'm practicing with a Recipe for Stargazing...on the padlet  

Thursday, November 3, 2022

Inklings Folk Tale Week Challenge

Happy November,

It's my turn to challenge inklings with a writing prompt. 

Even though #folktaleweek was started by illustrators, creatives of any kind can join in. I use the words as prompts for poems. 

It's funny. My poem at first doesn't strike me as very folktale-y. But, it could be...we've been living through a scary tale for a while in many parts of the world. Once Upon a Time, Victory was inspired by Barbara Crooker's poem, And Now October, shared by Karen Eastland on Poetry Friday last week. It harkens back to a gentler time before so much societal stress. 

Once Upon a Time...

by Linda Mitchell. 11/4/22

Thanks to photos sent to me by a friend who saw star shapes in autumn leaves, there is also a #folktaleweek poem on Star's padlet. 

See how Inklings responded to the prompt:

I am at the Virginia Association of School Librarians' conference today--my PF responses could be a bit later this week.