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A Pacific Northwest poet, writing confessional and haunting poetry.

May 25 prompt

 

Headed downtown because it is the day to switch out exhibits!

Today’s prompt is “taking down art” Continue reading “May 25 prompt”

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May 23 prompt & poem

As CC Willow, one of my art mediums is digital photography.  And, oft-times, those photos inspire a poem (or three).

I’m looking at one of my pieces today of my late hubby hugging a Redwood tree.  Truth be told, Continue reading “May 23 prompt & poem”

May 22 prompt & poem

Today is National Solitaire Day. I find games can be used for great effect as metaphors in poetry.

Today’s prompt is “solitaire” Continue reading “May 22 prompt & poem”

May 21 prompt

 

It’s such nice weather today … let’s make today’s poem be a happy, peaceful one.

Today’s prompt is “garden gate”. Continue reading “May 21 prompt”

May 19 prompt and poem

The past few days I have been unexpectedly participating in holding a bullying manager accountable for their actions. Continue reading “May 19 prompt and poem”

May 16 prompt

SLIDing today … and SLIDing blind for the most part.

Let’s not go too far for today’s prompt .

Continue reading “May 16 prompt”

May 15 prompt and poem

It’s been perfect gardening weather and all the green inhabitants of Boxwood Cottage are growing like… well, a weed! Including the ivy.

When we bought Boxwood Cottage, it came with a few “wild areas covered with English Ivy under the trees. Continue reading “May 15 prompt and poem”

May 14 prompt and poem

I’ve been having today’s prompt muse around my head, re-arranging the furniture, knocking down walls.

Today’s prompt is “write a love letter”. Continue reading “May 14 prompt and poem”

May 13 prompt and poem

Let’s go the other way this Mother’s Day –  Even if you don’t all have a child, we all have been children at some point.

Remember what that was Continue reading “May 13 prompt and poem”

May 12 prompt and poem

 

Perhaps you have someone who you love like a mother. Maybe there’s someone who chides you like a Continue reading “May 12 prompt and poem”

May 11 prompt

Today I’ve been thinking of one of my favorite artists, Vincent Van Gogh… and, hey, I’ve a pix taken yesterday of him & I together – him the beauty, me the brains.

My favorite portrayal of Vincent was in Dr Who (the episode that centered around the Church of Auvers painting), when Smith’s Doctor & Amy Pond spent time with Vincent. We almost all know that Van Gogh suffered

Continue reading “May 11 prompt”

May 10 prompt

Tech issues …

Today’s promot is “may I”

May 9 prompt

I have something that has become a theme=of=the-day so …

Today’s prompt is “imposition”. Continue reading “May 9 prompt”

May 8 prompt & poem

Today I pull out another National Day … and it should be a holiday, in my estimation! It is Have A Coke Day, or in Twitter speech – #NationalHaveACokeDay.

It’s no secret I am a Cocaholic – a devout Coca Cola Classic imbiber, something I was proudly addicted to …

At least, I was. Until 8 days ago, when I went cold-turkey on Mexican Coca Cola caramel concoction. That’s a big part of why I’ve missed days lately; I’ve been fighting that withdrawal crash. And it’s a double-whammy as, my doctor reminds me, I used it to manage my symptoms, to self-medicate.

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Coca-Cola sloagans through the years ….

This week, my “Coke” consists of water muddled with lemon juice in a Coke glass. And I hope this withdrawal tapers off soon. I was a heavy Coke-drinker … a “Coke”-head; it may take a while to purge.

I didn’t “have” to quit – I’m not diabetic. It was a conscious decision – partly to save money, partly to lose weight. I was inspired quite a bit by my friend, Gene Stewart, purging it from his diet. And there are worse addictions I have never suffered from – alcohol, tobacco, street drugs. I understand the withdrawal is harder from those.

So I’ll keep riding out this out. And while I’ll rock my “Coca-Cola Adds Life to Me” shirt (maybe play pool with my Coca-Cola cue stick) – my Coke glass will stick with that clear, lemon-infused water.

And write an ode to the “Elixer of Life” that served me so well for so long …

Today’s prompt is “have a coke”.

And, No, I’m not getting rid of my Coca-Cola paraphernalia! Even the empty bottles still have their uses! Pretty sure that when I’m ready to add Coke back into my life, It’ll still be available; its been around since 1891.

Let me share one of my “Coke” poems …

Mexican Coca Cola


Want to look up a past prompt? Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?

I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.


Took a couple of pages out of CC Willlow’s play book … started loading my poetry memes onto RedBubble (as ArielPacNWpoet) & ShopVida (poet-ariel).

May 7 prompt & poem

It’s been a few days … I fell out again. Or down. Pesky rabbit holes – or was it worm-holes into other places?

Well, today I have an craving that has pulled me back here. Continue reading “May 7 prompt & poem”

May 4 prompt

We’re going easy today … because I am a life-long Star Wars geek! Yep, Han Solo is my ideal man, I don’t wear real fur ’cause Ewoks are cute, and, damn, I’m a Rebel Princess!

Today’s prompt is “May the Fourth be with you. 

You are a Jedi Master … What do you need to share with your young jedis?


Want to look up a past prompt? Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?

I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.


 

May 3 prompt

I am still really having fun with playing with the blitz form from yesterday – so let’s give it a spotlight today! Today’s prompt is to write a blitz poem. 

Check out my blitz page on how this fun format is done!

 


Want to look up a past prompt? Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?

I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.


Salem Poetry Project is tonight at Salem’s Barrel & Keg 7-8:30 pm.

I am practicing my ABC poem; hoping to perform it tonight during the open mic portion.

 

Day 30 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo

Day 30 – Last Day of National Poetry Writing and all the Poem-A-Day challenges. It could be a sad day … But good news! Not only will November bring National Novel Writing Month but it will bring November’s Poem-A-Day Challenges!

As for me, I’m gonna continue posting one a day … HERE!

And tomorrow brings May –

Continue reading “Day 30 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo”

#Day 29 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo

Day 28 – Two days to go.

It’s Sunday – which usually means i get a delicious writing prompt in my in-box from “Draft” which always leas me somewhere delightfully unexplored. But I also need to tackle my long neglected back yard – which is looking somewhat like a intimidating jungle.  However, my main priority today is a certain email that I need to send off … and I’ve been postponing it every way I could.

Following the day of the week prompt’s, Today’s prompt us “Sunday”

Or Son day (Sabbath). Or for some, it’s sin day …

 


And here is what my contemporaries are also offering this month in regards to poetry writing challenges …

I have uploaded my Pinterest “Ariel’s List” for April if you want to use those.


Want to look up a past prompt?  Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?

I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.


Addedum: IT’s Monday morning & this DID not post.  I’m sorry – not sure what happened.  Gremlins is my guess!

Here’s a pretty picture as a apology gift ,,,

Scilla at Boxwood Cottage

 

#Day 28 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo

Day 28 – Counting today, three days left of Poetry Month Writing challenges … oh my.

The ‘puter gremlins are active but fortunately I’ve got WordPress on my phone.

So … Today’s Continue reading “#Day 28 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo”

Apr 27 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 27 and the last Friday of the month. Which means  … Salem Art Walk! Time I go full-on CC Willow … but it is National Poetry Month and the Art Walk theme is “Poetry this evening – So I get to play as “Ariel” as well!  Continue reading “Apr 27 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Day 26 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo

It’s one of my bad bad days. I’m I didn’t make it to the Grand Launch of Moments Before Midnight.

Can I get honest? My mind has been telling me I’m taking on more commitments than my body can handle. It has done it with pain, with fugues, inability to focus, insomnia, dyslexia and (something new, but gets my attention) transient blindness. And this morning it was shouting I needed to stay home.

I didn’t; I had a much-needed Ear appointment first thing today. But, once there, that shouting became a full crisis storm. I So – message received – I went home, canceled rides & aptmts (except Art Walk committee) and went to bed. Im awake niw and readying to head to committee. After, which – I have a phone aptmt with my Doc and then more bed rest.

I can’t stress how life-long damaging child abuse can be, how warped to can shape the wiring of a childs brain as they develop, wrecking havoc in all aspects when they are adults.

Today’s promot is “Thursday” … and my poem today is going to be much different than I planned. I wanted cheerful; it may be a House of Breakage poem instead.

As for the Salem Art Walk – we need poets, poetry, and poetry-related art! See flyer …’cause I got SAW meeting to get to.

Apr 25 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 25  I’m going to make this quick before the ‘puter gremlins wakw up or before my mind short-circuits a vital part of my body.

Following the prompts of the last two days  Today’s prompt is  “write a Wednesday poem”  ... hoping to make the final week of Apr Poem-A-Day challenge easy for you!


MBM Reading Flyer
Moments Before Midnight Book Launch

Upcoming events – Reading at the Moments Before Midnight sBook Launch tomorrow – i’m ataching a flyer with SAW Poetry flyerthe  details.

Also – And this is important to me – I had talked the Salem Art Walk Committee inot making Aprils Group Show’ theme be Poetry to play into National Poetry Month. So If you live near Salem Oregon – WE NEED Poets & their poetry,

Salem Art Walk Has a Monthly Art Walk on the Last Friday of every month; it has been going strong now for 18 months. It includes a group art show, based on a monthly theme, at Prims Gallery AND THIS TIME AROUND ITIS POETRY! So the committee is looking especially for entries from poets.

Also – if poets want a pop-up location where they can display /sell their CHAP BOOKS, Please see facebook.com/prismsgallery or contact Anna Cottam at acottom@pclpartership.org

I know I should have sent this earlier – but as I have mentioned before, my current disabilities play havoc with my planning & scheduling abilities. So I am <singing> “sending out this SOS to the world” … you being The World.

Pieces will be accepted Wednesday afternoon until Friday for the show to open at 4 pm Friday Apr 27 (I’ll be on hand Friday. Pieces will continue to be shown until the Wednesday before May’s Last Friday. Prism is located in The Reed Underground (basement of Reed Opera House Mall in Salem, by stairs). It is organized by non-profit Partners for Community Living – beginning at first as a gallery for disabled artists but has branched out to include artists of all mediums in the area. I, for one, will be submitting my Write The Town poem displays.

As the theme is Poetry -apr in honor of National Poetry Month – there will also be an OPEN MIC for poets that night  Apr 27. The Art Walk runs from – 8 pm. NOt sure on the details yet for this – that gets finalized at Thursday’s Committee meeting.  Please see facebook.com/prismsgallery or contact Anna Cottam at acottom@pclpartership.org

 

I’ll have more details after tomorrow’s meetings; my body/brain hasn’t let me attend the past few meet’ns.


And here is what my contemporaries are also offering this month in regards to poetry writing challenges …

I have uploaded my Pinterest “Ariel’s List” for April if you want to use those.


Want to look up a past prompt?  Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?

I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.


Quick “bizness” …Thursday afternoon is my next public reading where I will take the stage along with fellow Moments Before Midnight poets at Western Oregon University. It’s our official launch and Thursday night I will have 5 copies available on my Etsy site for purchase. Please note that all funds from MBM go towards ACLU to ensure the protection of our human rights.  If you don’t make it – I have heard the MBM will be live-streamed or recorded (to be broadcast later).

 

Apr 24 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 24  I am being SUCH a writer today … and by that I mean I am allowing every little thing to pull me away from writing – as writers tend to fall prey to. But can you blame Continue reading “Apr 24 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 23 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Hate realizing a post didn’t – well – post.

Day 23  I didn’t get to a post yesterday – what with the Garden Poems reading and other distractions. So consider that day a wild card as far as prompts go.

My next reading will be this Thursday – Moments Before Midnight Continue reading “Apr 23 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 21 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 21  20180422 Poetry in the GardenA Quick reminder – I will be one of 10 poets reading Tomorrow (Earth Day) at Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow.  Event is 2-4 pm at Salem’s  Gaiety Hollow (across the street from Bush House) and is the Mid Valley Poets Assn’ first Poetry in Performance event for this year.  I’m attaching the flyer with the details.

I’m at a hospital with Fam today. As I mentioned before, I am the medical rep for two of my brothers, so when one is in the hospital, I try to present as much as possible to get the right info from his medical staff. They are terrible at remembering what they need to do!

Today’s prompt is  “representing” 

 

 


Other PAD challenges are …

I have uploaded my Pinterest “Ariel’s List” for April if you want to use those.


Want to look up a past prompt?  Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?

I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.


 

And here’s a “representing poem” I wrote a few years ago off a “census” prompt …

Represent

 

Apr 20 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 20  I’m glad I pre-announced this on yesterday’s post as It’s another day “down the 20180422 Poetry in the Gardenrabbit-hole” and I’m looking for that tidbit that will make me “big” again …

A Quick reminder – I will be one of 10 poets reading this Sunday (Earth Day) at Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow.  Event is 2-4 pm at Salem’s  Gaiety Hollow (across the street from Bush House) and is the Mid Valley Poets Assn’ first Poetry in Performance event for this year.  I’m attaching the flyer with the details.

So -Only ten days to go on April’s Poem-A-Day challenge! Let’s get to it!

Today’s prompt is  “write a sestina”

A sestina is a very formal format with 6 stanzas, ending with a seventh stanza called the envoi. The first stanza, with 6 lines (in preferably iambic pentamenter) sets the six end-words for the next five stanzas – with a prescribed order that they appear. And the envoi incorporates all six endwards into its final three lines. You see why I usually write free verse!

You can find how to write a sestina at Poets.org and a more simplified approach here on Wiki-How.

And to keep track of the order of end-words there are a few online generators around, such as Rena’s Sestina End Word Generator or Dilute.net’s Sestin-a-matic.

 

My first (really rough) draft? I’m not quite happy with it yet, but I think it’s a good start. It should be in iambic pentameter but that’s the next tweak in polishing (and polishing PAD poems takes place during May!) …

About Oaks draft


Other PAD challenges are …

I have uploaded my Pinterest “Ariel’s List” for April if you want to use those.


Want to look up a past prompt?  Maybe one of my past Pinterest “Ariel’s List”?

I’ve made it easy for you. You can find them in my archive on my Poetry Prompts page.


 

 

 

Apr 19 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 19 Good news! My Pixy (‘puter) yet lives! A day of sitting in rice seems to removed what water leaked in. I am SOOOO relieved  – not just because this is the first repository of my PAD/NaPoWriMo poems but because it is the only place Continue reading “Apr 19 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 18 #NaPoWriMo #AprPAD

Day 18. My aide may have killed my beloved laptop with dishwater. We’ll see, Fortunately, the top was closed. I have dried what water I could see and have it bagged up with rice until tomorrow.

So – today we do this tiny-screen editing on phone. Means “no frills”. I hope you had a chance to bookmark the links to those other Poem-A-Day sites; can’t link them today.

Today’s prompt – since I cant access my list – is “dead devices”.

Excuse me while I go mourn and howl at the heavens …

PS Reminder I will be one of the poets reading at Sunday’s Garden Poems at Gaiety Hollow – AT Gaiety Hollow on across from Bush House in Salem, OR. 2-4 pm. Poetry, art, music, food … a wonderful way to celebrate on Earth Day!

Apr 17 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 17 I have a good reason for being late-ish today. A great reason! I was poeming. That ABC poem from last Friday? – My muse decided what it really should consist of: and I’m mostly blind today so it took a while – and two devices – to type it out.

I’ll share it with you at the end of today’s offering.

 

Today’s prompt is “shared questions”. Continue reading “Apr 17 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 16 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 16 – I know, I know. this is late – the day near-done for some of you.  But it is Monday, which is one of two weekdays that are heavily scheduled for me. So – I’m free now to spend time with you!

I am switching out my planned prompt for an image/concept that has been coming to the fore of my thoughts today; it has been “weighing” on me. Continue reading “Apr 16 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 15 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 15

Today’s prompt is to write a double elevenie.

What’s that? Well, an elevenie is an Continue reading “Apr 15 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 14 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 14 Today is a fun one. And creative.  And it gives you options …

Today’s prompt is “Eleven uses ..”. Continue reading “Apr 14 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 13 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 13

 

Last night’s Moments Before Midnight poetry reading was fun – one of the highlights is when my Facebook friend, C. Steven Blue, performed his “# (hashtag) Not My President” to a drumbeat.

And the Open Mic portion Continue reading “Apr 13 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 12 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo + 2 poems

Day 12

Moments Before Midnight bookThis evening,  the poets from Moments Before Midnight anthology are reading from the just-released Moments Before Midnight at Salem Poetry Project. As one of the MBM poets – I’ll be there! Join me Continue reading “Apr 12 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo + 2 poems”

Apr 11 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 11

Let’s write about a subject you know really well today. Today’s prompt is ” What <your name> knows is this”. Continue reading “Apr 11 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 10 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 10

Yesterday was cray-cray; not only did my ‘puter go on strike – Continue reading “Apr 10 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 9 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 9

 

My PAD prompt is …”ostrich” Continue reading “Apr 9 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 8 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 8

Today I am sharing a fun process to compose a poem Continue reading “Apr 8 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 7 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 7  – 1 week in! 1/4 of the way through; let’s keep the momentum up!

My PAD prompt is …”let’s make it awkward” Continue reading “Apr 7 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Day 6 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo

Day 6 This is one of those days when I have to build this post in stages; my computer nicknamed Lady Pixy is acting like a bitch,  only giving me increments of 3 consecutive minutes at a time …

My PAD prompt is … “black stone
Continue reading “Day 6 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo”

Apr 5 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 5

My PAD prompt is … “words to use from a poem
Continue reading “Apr 5 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 4 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Today is Maya Angelou’s birthday – she would have been 90. What an amazing  poet she was! I had the pleasure of hearing her read before when she was in Salem.

Day 4

My PAD prompt is … “7 lines” Continue reading “Apr 4 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 3 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

“Day 3

My PAD prompt is … “procrustean” … I love collecting words!

Continue reading “Apr 3 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 2 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

“Day 2

My PAD prompt is  … “collage” – Collect images from newspapers and magazines either by clipping them or making a list of the colors, things, people, objects, and their qualities that you notice as you look through them. If you’ve clipped images, create a collage of the clippings as an illustration of a poem not yet written, and then write that poem. If you’ve collected images as text, use the snippets to create a poem. Continue reading “Apr 2 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

Apr 1 Start of Poem A Day Challenges plus …

Happy Easter!

Finally! April is here and with it all the Poem-A-Day games challenges. napo2018button2 blackTime to smash down any mental brick walls stumbling blocks you may have been running into.  Today National/Global Poetry Month. starts – and GloPoWriMo 2018 button blackwith it the annual writing challenges “Poem-A-Day” aka PAD. Also Camp NaNoWriMo starts …

 

My PAD prompt is apropos … “start”. Continue reading “Apr 1 Start of Poem A Day Challenges plus …”

Mar 30 & 31 prompts. NaPoWriMo. Poem. Readings. Kitchen Sink.

Today’s is going to be a long post – Because it is the final day to prepare for National Poetry Month and I have a lot of irons in the fire – so to speak.

Yesterday’s prompt was “hyper”.   Continue reading “Mar 30 & 31 prompts. NaPoWriMo. Poem. Readings. Kitchen Sink.”

Mar 27 & 28 prompt

I keep falling down those rabbit holes; seriously, I think that March Hare has a thing for me. But there’s only so long I can walk on ceilings before the need becomes driving for solid earth again.

Yesterday’s prompt was “theater” Continue reading “Mar 27 & 28 prompt”

Mar 26 prompt

The United States right now is craaazy! What ‘s right is wrong, what’s black is white, what’s up is down; feeding the hungry is being outlawed, defending the vulnerable is being portrayed as attacking white males and the NRA is taking an affront with schoolchildren denouncing slaughter in the schools.

Let’s go to a different time, shall we? Today’s prompt is “September 1960 “. Continue reading “Mar 26 prompt”

Mar 25 prompt

I’m not a smoker but…Today’s prompt is “an ashtray”. Continue reading “Mar 25 prompt”

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