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Mar 17 prompt

I’m out and about today, helping a friend. So posting today’s prompt from my phone…

Today, St Patrick’s Day, is a day of my people … if you count leprechauns as my ancestors! Although Im just as apt to claim the Sidhe and Faire Folk!

So rather than go with the cliche and trite prompts … Today’s prompt is “cabbage” …

I think that may be Irish enough for today – but if you insist on doing green beer, or shamrock, or blarney instead – go with it. Follow the whispers of your muse! Just poem!

I have a day of cleaning a wood floor just now – but I hope to catch the local Irish Band, Potatoe Famine.

April is Nation Poetry Month and the start of many Poem-A-Day (PAD) challenges.

My favorite? Robert Lee Brewer has done one the past decade(?) on his Poetry Asides blog over at Writer’s Digest. He posted the guidelines a few days ago in preparation of the 11th PAD Challenge. I’ll be sharing them here!

I will also be sharing NaPoWriMo’s (National Poetry Writing Month) daily prompts. They also are posting their preparation guidelines.

I’ll also be sharing The Poetry Schools PAD Challenge (if they have one this year). And any others I find …

Happy happy March! Showing love to the Irish & counting days down to the now global Poetry Month!

Erin go braugh!


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 …

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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”

Feb 4 & 5 prompt

Yesterday’s prompt was “home-made soup”.

Today’s is “kill the machine’. … because after three days of tracking Continue reading “Feb 4 & 5 prompt”

Dec 27 prompt

Sorry I am late again; It’s day six of having a cold.

And I’m a SLIDer Continue reading “Dec 27 prompt”

Dec 26 prompt

Today’s prompt is especially timely – given yesterday’s traditional gift-giving frenzy. It is Continue reading “Dec 26 prompt”

Dec 25 prompt


Happy Christmas! I wish everyone joy today!

Today’s prompt is Continue reading “Dec 25 prompt”

Dec 24 prompt


ToHappy Holidays. Today is Christmas Eve and I wish everyone a peacefu, serene night!

Today’s prompt is Continue reading “Dec 24 prompt”

Dec 23 prompt


Todays poetry prompt is “soul Continue reading “Dec 23 prompt”

Dec 22 prompt


Todays poetry prompt is “equinox, Continue reading “Dec 22 prompt”

Dec 21 prompt

As word artists, one of the tasks/duties is to be a witness – a Witness to experiences, truths, and current Continue reading “Dec 21 prompt”

Dec 20 Prompt

Today’s prompt is “Portland” … Continue reading “Dec 20 Prompt”

Dec 19 prompt

Today’s prompt is inspired by my Monday evening … it is “by the Continue reading “Dec 19 prompt”

Dec 18 prompt

It’s Monday – but let’s have some fun …Grab the nearest book & go to page 22. Continue reading “Dec 18 prompt”

Dec 17 prompt

Let’s have today’s prompt be “chocolate-covered anythinng” … Continue reading “Dec 17 prompt”

Dec 16 prompt

Today’s prompt can go many ways – it is “cold Continue reading “Dec 16 prompt”

Day 15 prompt

Still December – so tossing in another holiday-themed prompt out there ..Today’s is “the lights on Continue reading “Day 15 prompt”

Dec 13 prompt

Today’s prompt “Mother, on her birthday”

My mother’s birthday Continue reading “Dec 13 prompt”

Dec 12 prompt

Ipoetry prompt/ Poetry prompy, Poetry prompt?

Sorry – I’m late today. stayed up last night with my CC Willow hat on – updating my database after neglecting it since September. Still need to finish that today as End Of Year is coming …

I like writing about current events – seeing what lessons can be gleaned from them or what wordds can heal. And given yesterday’s subway bombing … let’s have today’s prompt be Continue reading “Dec 12 prompt”

Dec 11 prompt

It is a month of hoidays …

Today’s prompt is “Chanukah begins”

Poinsetta by CC Willow
Poinsetta by CC Willow

Reminder, my Etsy site CC Willow Arts will be 10% off through December (I can gift-wrap for you). Also – If you like my zentangle patterns, many are available on items, like pillows, on RedBubble

If you are into community

Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow
Poinsetta 2 by CCWillow

theater and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley – the murder mystery that I have been in rehearsals for – “Christmas At The Blizzard” -opened Dec 1 and is running weekends through Dec. 17.  See Silverton’s  Brush Creek Playhouse’s website for details …

Day 10 prompt

Late – due to tech issues … But I got some sleep and I’m tackling it anew.

Today’s prompt has been on my mind for a three weeks – perhaps because I have become such  a homebody. It  is “you are the ghost in your house” … Continue reading “Day 10 prompt”

Day 3 & 4 Poeming, Bogarts, and Steampunk – Oh My!

So yesterday was a silent – but productive day.

Silent – as  the devices I had access toinfested with bogarts & brownies and not letting me communicate with anyone (no keyboard, no mobile internet, heck – no clocks) and those that miht have worked … were missing or hidden. <rueful smile>  No posting; no writing.  Continue reading “Day 3 & 4 Poeming, Bogarts, and Steampunk – Oh My!”

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.

Day 21 Where I find prompts …

Day twenty-one – we’ve been at this for a full three weeks now.

My personal Poem A Day Challenge – today’s is … a little league event.
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Day 17 National Haiku Poetry Day

Day Seventeen International Haiku Day!


Robert Lee Brewer’s has his AprPAD 2017 post  up & it is so good – I’m
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Day 16 & Happy Easter!

Day sixteen – I’m always sad on the sixteenths of April and November. It means the countdown has started to the end.

However, the fun’s not over yet! Yesterday I found Continue reading “Day 16 & Happy Easter!”

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