Monthly Archives: October 2017

Inktober: Pumpkin Patch

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Inktober: Pumpkin Patch

For my final Inktober offering:

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More OctPoWriMo Poems

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More OctPoWriMo Poems

October is Poetry Writing Month. I shared some of my OctPoWriMo poems a couple weeks ago. Here are some more.

Day 19’s prompt was fox or foxy:fox-317023_960_720

Encounter with the Fox

On a walk down our dirt road I spied a fox
I felt so honored to meet her
She swished her fluffy red tail
And pranced on her tiny little feet
I stepped toward her and she danced away for a measure
Then turned around to check on me
I stood still and held my breath, no threat to her
She ignored me and went about her business
Hiking off toward the trees

Day 21’s prompt was nothing remains the same; suggested form: abecedarian.

Rantings of a Geezer, in Alphabetical Order

Aging is for the birds.
Balance isn’t what it used to be. I’m afraid to climb a ladder.
Contemporary church service makes me long for the old traditional ones.
Doctor sees me more often than my children do.
Eyes see better than ever after my cataract surgery. Ha! Score one for old age.
Friends are dying one by one.
Graying, thinning hair.
House is falling apart faster than we can put it back together again.
I need ibuprofen to get through the day.
Jogging hurts my poor bones. Can’t do it anymore.
Knees hurt.
Laughing makes me pee.
Memory plays tricks on me. What day is it? What did I come in here for?
No one cares about my aches and pains.
Old, older, oldest.
Prunes keep me going.
Quick, answer the phone—you’re closer.
Retirement is a mixed blessing: I like my little pension, but I miss my colleagues.
Senior discounts! Now, that’s a good thing.
Television is a waste of time. These days there’s nothing to watch but junk.
Useless. I can’t do what I used to.
VPAP helps me breathe while I’m sleeping.
Who is that old woman who stares back at me from the mirror?
X-rays show arthritis.
Yearning for the good old days.
Zero—that’s how good I feel on a scale of one to ten.

Day 25’s prompt was taste of satisfaction:

A Writer’s Progression

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Inspiration
Preparation
Perspiration
Gestation
Creation
Incubation
Completion
Presentation

Submission
Anticipation

Rejection

Dejection

Revision
Augmentation
Amplification

Resubmission
Anticipation

Rejection

Deflation

Recalibration
Elaboration
Perspiration

Resubmission
Anticipation

Rejection

Frustration

Reevaluation
Permutation
Innovation

Resubmission
Anticipation

Rejection

Exasperation
Self-flagellation
Procrastination
Stagnation
Starvation

Abbreviation
Perspiration
Transformation

Resubmission
Anticipation

Communication
Affirmation

Publication

Elation
Celebration

Admiration
Appreciation
Quotation

Vindication

Repetition

If you’ve been following me for a while, you know that I’m obsessed with the Unicorn Tapestries at the Cloisters, the medieval branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. I’ve visited them there a few times, and they always take my breath away.

When I saw that the prompt for Day 29 was breathtakingI knew my poem had to involve a unicorn somehow. The form is a villanelle.

The Quest

For one objective was I born,
One purpose is my earthly goal:
To find the elusive unicorn.

I search for his majestic horn;
His horn is my magnetic pole;
For one objective was I born.

True to the oath that I have sworn,
Toward this I pour my heart and soul:
To find the elusive unicorn.

My search is futile, wise men warn,
While I perform my sacred role:
For one objective was I born.

And, so, I blow the hunter’s horn
To fill my destiny’s gaping hole:
To find the elusive unicorn.

My journey stirs up naysayers’ scorn,
Yet still, I search the hidden knoll.
For one objective was I born:
To find the elusive unicorn.

Poems © by ARHuelsenbeck

Did you write any poems in October? Feel free to share in the comments below.

Monday Morning Wisdom #126

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Monday Morning Wisdom #126

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From the Creator’s Heart #122

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From the Creator’s Heart #122

Pride leads to disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom (Proverbs 11:2 NLT).

What does your Wardrobe Say About You?

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What does your Wardrobe Say About You?

And what items in your closet say more than your t-shirts?

My husband, Greg, loves wearing t-shirts with funny sayings. He loves it when people crack up reading them. Some of his favorites are no longer with us, because he wore them out. He used to have one that said in Asian-style script: Ho Lee Chit. Another said: Grow Your Own Dope. Plant a Politician.

But he still has a couple of others that he wears a lot.

This one has the drawback of being long-winded:

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And I almost didn’t post the one below because of recent events. Realize that I’m married to a guy who likes to plink at tin cans out in the desert, not a homicidal maniac.

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And here are some of my favorites. My NaNoWriMo shirt from 2015:

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And this one needs no explanation:

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And here are some Greg bought for me. I used to be a music teacher:

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I checked to see what the good people at Etsy.com could add to my collection. Here are some I’d love to own. Click on the links for more information.

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Say what

Beautiful design. With a slight change, this could be a depressing writer’s shirt. How often do I have an absolutely brilliant scene in my head, but the words I put on the page fall flat.

Uni

You knew I had to find a unicorn shirt, didn’t you?

Focus

I love this photographer’s shirt on so many levels.

Teacher

Good teacher shirt. For me, I’d have to add singers, percussionists, dancers, and recorder players to the list, because that’s how we spent a lot of our instruction time in my elementary music room.

Oh, yeah. Here’s a good music teacher shirt, not on Etsy.

 

Stand

I love the Malala quote, but I also love that the seller donates 100% of the proceeds of this shirt to charity.

Jeremiah

This is one of my favorite Scriptures.

The Any Message Here t-shirt can be found here.

Do you own or have you seen a t-shirt with a clever saying? Please share with us in the comments below.

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Creative Juice #65

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Creative Juice #65

Twelve sips of creative juiciness to inspire artistic vision.

  1. Total cuteness.
  2. Why bloggers blog.
  3. It’s not too early to start some Christmas quilting projects.
  4. In honor of the coming 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, here are Martin Luther’s 95 Theses. I confess I haven’t read them yet, but I’ve printed them out with every intention of studying them.
  5. Awesome prize-winning photographs from the National Geographic contest.
  6. Epic ink landscapes.
  7. For the writers: best books about writing. I only know half of these—I’ve got some reading to do!J
  8. A cute and easy little weaving project for kids of all ages.
  9. I’d love to see a resurgence of interest in embroidery. Here’s what you need to get started.
  10. There are still a few days left to enter this photography contest. Check out your competitors.
  11. Homage to the doily.
  12. It’s almost time for the Christmas Spectacular at Radio City Music Hall.

In the Meme Time: Crazy

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In the Meme Time: Crazy

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