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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 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 …

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.

 

Jan 9 prompt

Today’s is inspired by true experience …”too much pain killer”. Continue reading “Jan 9 prompt”

Dec 14 prompt

It’s December – lets have fun with it! Are you naughty or nice …

Today’s prompt is Continue reading “Dec 14 prompt”

Day 28 PAD heading to finish line …

Day twenty-eight. Only three more days.  This is when you realize that Poem-A-Day challenges are hard. “Yes, show up ev’day. Write a poem …. didn’t I just write one ye’day. I’ve run out of words to say. My family has forgotten what I look like.  I ‘z go stuff to do.”

And yet, if you listen to your muse, you’ll find she’s happier than she has been in a long while. Now that you have stopped listening to your inner critic – started listening to her, you will find she has much more to say today.

For my personal Poem A Day Challenge , today’s PAD is … wary.

Robert Lee Brewer’s AprPAD challenge prompt is smell.

NaPoWriMo‘s participant is little learner.  The featured poet today is poet Kazim Ali, co-founder of Nightboat Books and author of three books of poetry.  NaPoWriMo’s prompt for today is a challenge you to write a poem using Skeltonic verse (or tumbling verse).  That  is a poem thatwas pioneered by John Skelton, a fifteenth-century English poet. Skeltonic verse features short stanzas with irregular meter, using only two strong stresses per line (otherwise know as “dipodic” or “two-footed” verse). The lines rhyme without a proscribed rhyme scheme. See the NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo site for a good example or check out  this link to Poetry Forms.

Poets&Writers is asking that today’s poem uses a clichéd phrase (“fit as a fiddle,” “think out of the box,” “running on empty,” etc.) and turns it around. Give it a new meaning .

The Poetry School‘s NaPoWriMo group today suggests that you write a haiku. But to be loose with it; don’t worry about the syllables and focus on the juxtaposition of two ideas or images  and the cutting word. See their prompt page for a more detailed prompt.


 

18121662_666685146852673_5287217697833574390_oLet me shift gears here back into CC Willow – something I have been doing continously this week.  Salem’s Art Walk is tonight, AKA Final Friday Art Walk. My friends Anna C. & Russ (Star Wars fans, aren’t we all) have set this month’s theme as “It’s a Trap” & then promptly ordered 20-ish stormtrooper heads, handing them out to Salem artists.  I’ve been watching them coming back into Prisms Gallery; the Salem art community taken liberties! One of my favs is a steampunk theme done by friend Terra – I think Time Lord. Another is a lamp done by Christy Wood of Runway Crafts. (Before opening Runway, Christy often painted sets for Brush Creek Playhouse productions; amazing lady!)

PacNW StormtrooperI, as noted on Tuesday, came late to the fun. And although I just brought my helmet home Monday, I had been planning the design since February and so, Thursday morning had a completed Helmet to turn in. My thought – What if a storm trooper’s helmet had been left a long time ago in the Pacific NW forests ? Maybe by space-faring Ewoks,. Or maybe by a longtime Empire/Rebel war. The movie did say “a long, long time ago”.  I added it to the growing collection, setting it on a podium next to Jonathon’s (Create-A-Memory) “Garden Wars”.  Come check it out; the Group project is always housed at Prism’s Gallery in The Reed’s Underground.

My Art Walk display,  at Create A Memory Studio this time, is almost complete. Jonathon helped me yesterday with it. I do have some new pendants added for sale, based on imagees from my Parrrot Tulip and my Iris paintings. And this morning I’m getting more cards printed and packaged.

Two of my pieces will additionally be on display at Russ & Anna D’s shop Parallel Worlds in The Reed Underground. We were chatting as I was taking down my April show at Prisms and he requested two for his red gallery wall.  It’s a great little indie store – I picked up some awesome throwing knives there in January! Do go in there! Both Anna D & He have some amazing work of their own on the wall, some collaborations, and work from other artists as well. Judging for the pieces they have gathered – that red wall is going to be amazing.

I understand that this Art Work has grown quite a bit & really has grown into quite an event. Saying something – since it is just 4 months old. It seems my buddies at Artists in Action have discovered it (Janet & I talking it up at this month’s meeting may have something to do with it) and now the walls above in the Salem Art’s Building are burgeoning.

Well – gotta run – or in my condition today, limp – along. Hope to see you at tonight’s shenanagins. I will be handing at Create A Memory – either with my easel or my sketch pad.

NaPoWriMo Day 24 & Double Elevensies

Day twenty-four … Starting today there is only a full week left. Yes – now’s that time I start having that nagging little countdown start making it’s noise. Continue reading “NaPoWriMo Day 24 & Double Elevensies”

Day 17 National Haiku Poetry Day

Day Seventeen International Haiku Day!

Updated:

Robert Lee Brewer’s has his AprPAD 2017 post  up & it is so good – I’m
Continue reading “Day 17 National Haiku Poetry Day”

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