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Ariel

A Pacific Northwest poet, writing confessional and haunting poetry.

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June 1 prompt

In Salem, we are getting a reminder of how precious clean water is. And how easy it is to screw up communications.

The past week we have had cyanotoxins in our tap water. Of course – our City did not notify us until late Tuesday Continue reading “June 1 prompt”

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May 30 prompt

So, a lil’ computer/e-devices issues today. But I used the downtime to catch up on the dishes.

June is coming up fast, Continue reading “May 30 prompt”

May 29 prompt

Yesterday, our wanderings led us to Waterloo State Park, just south of Lebanon, Oregon.  Which suited me fine as I am a “water creature”.

At first Continue reading “May 29 prompt”

May 28 prompt

 

Today it is National Memorial Day in the United States – a day to remember our loved ones past on, especially veterans and soldiers who have sacrificed for our liberty and freedom.

Today I am Continue reading “May 28 prompt”

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”

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 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 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 Continue reading “May 8 prompt & poem”

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.  Continue reading “May 4 prompt”

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.  Continue reading “May 3 prompt”

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 29 – Two days to go.

It’s Sunday – which usually means I get a delicious writing prompt in my inbox from “Draft” which always leas me somewhere delightfully unexplored. But I also need to tackle my long-neglected Continue reading “#Day 29 #AprPAD #NaPoWriMo”

#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”

Apr 25 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo

Day 25  I’m going to make this quick before the ‘puter gremlins wake 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! Continue reading “Apr 25 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

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 Continue reading “Apr 21 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

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 Continue reading “Apr 20 #AprPAD #NaPoWRiMo”

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 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 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”

Mar 16 prompt and poem

It’s spring and you know our thoughts are going to go towards life and life starting ,,,

Today’s prompt is “kitchen garden “ ... Something I started planting today …

Continue reading “Mar 16 prompt and poem”

Mar 15 prompt- updated w poem

Let’s go a different direction today – as I find a good way to tap into my creative side is to dump it into the uncomfortable deep end of the pool.

Today’s prompt is “Kansas” ...  A place I have never been.  Continue reading “Mar 15 prompt- updated w poem”

Mar 14 prompt and poem

3/14 or 3-14. Or 3.14. <happy dance> It’s PI day.

I love incorporating science and math into the language of poetry. Today’s prompt is “Pi” ...  So write about Pi. Use it as Continue reading “Mar 14 prompt and poem”

Dec 31 Prompt

Let’s end the year on a positive note – most everyone I know  Continue reading “Dec 31 Prompt”

Dec 30 Prompt

Dec 30 has a mess of differnt historical happenings such as Dec 30, 1936 ;The United Auto Workers union staged its first sitdown strike.

So, as we traditionally look Continue reading “Dec 30 Prompt”

Dec 29 Prompt

Our prompt today is “tomato & winter squash”.

And  – dang – a soup of that sounds Continue reading “Dec 29 Prompt”

Dec 28 Prompt

Today – as one of the Twelve Days of Christmas – is Holy Innocents Day. And that is Continue reading “Dec 28 Prompt”

Day 11 and SteamPunk Masquerade Ball!

steampunk+ball+flyer (1)So … in September I found myself a member of the committee to put on Salem’s Inaugural SteamPunk Masquerade Ball. So the past two months we have been gearing up for it. And tonight’s The Night! Continue reading “Day 11 and SteamPunk Masquerade Ball!”

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