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A Pacific Northwest poet, writing confessional and haunting poetry.

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Jan 18 prompt

Today’s prompt is actually inspired by one of my IRL poet friends – Nicole Taylor. of Eugene, Oregon. She will post poems that start with a word, place it in a firm base of it’s own definition , it’s synonyms …and then lets the word explore out on it’s own trajectory. It’s amazing taking the journey of a single word can do! I am often in awe of  my dear freind’s ability to do this; it forms this very unique voice to her pieces..

So – in honor of her, I’m setting today’s prompt as “thesaurus”. I hope to write something very nicolesque – but in an arielian feel. (It’s a homage; I don’t want to steal her voice.)

And as for HER poetry … I know ther are a few places in Salem & Eugene that have Nicole Taylor’s chapbooks for sale. If you run across them, treat yourself to one or two!  I know I should post the actual titles here – but I’m too drained right now to pull them out off my poetry shelf , where at least one of them resides (Yes, I do collect te works of local poets!) But my body is demanding sleep and a recharge! And, yes, she is on Facebook if you want to reach out to her; since she moved from Salem, that’s how we stay in touch!

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Jan 17 prompt

Today’s prompt is another teasty cold-weather one; it is “hot buttered rum” ,

Here’s a recipe …

Jan 16 prompt

Grabbed another National Day for today’s prompt & it is “National Nothing Day” ,

A day just to sit without celebrating, observing or honoring anything. How will you interpret this for a poem? Will it be an ode to “nothing”, an ode to simplicity (“Tis a Gift to be Simple”). Perhaps a poem about solitude? (“The Sound of Silence“?) A persona poem about being a hermit? Maybe a poem about someone who – in myriad ways-  does “nothing” for you. Or perhaps a letter to a neglectful person.

Maybe it was you – you needed to do something and – due to circumstances – you ended up doing nothing. This is a chance to explain yourself – what obstacles were too much, were too daunting? You are only human, you know – it’s okay to be vulnerable … at least in poetry.

Perhaps it’s a poem about tossing away you to-do list

I’m late in posting (Sorry!) – I suppose that’s a form of doing nothing earlier. Personally -I am sick of “doing nothing” – this invalid period has been about a month now. Yuck. I’m ready to do something – ANYTHING! That too can be a poem today – climbing mountains, hiking the Pacific Trail, falling in love, bathing in the seas, birthing nations …. doing laundry. Right now they all seem admirable adventures..

I will follow where the poem takes me!

I hope you do too! Feel free to share it with me.


Speaking about To-Do lists – I am notorious for creating those and having them run on and on.

I found an article last night about using a To-Be list instead.  In reading it, I see it was a good compliment to a Leadership course I took in 2015, consciosly taking steps to create WHO you want to be. This concept may have been around a while – even Oprah has an article about it.

So I’m going to be trying this  I’ve been feelng defeated lately – with my body not allowing me to accomplish most – if any- of my to-do list. By focusing instead on “being” (optimistic, humorous, hopeful, porductive) – maybe I can spot some accomplishment/progress that way – looking more at the end result than the actual steps.

Here goes nothing! <glasses clink>

 

Jan 15 prompt

Today’s prompt is an expected one – because I think it is a reminder of how needed basic human rights is; it is”Martin Luther King Day ”

I’m a strong propoent of diversity and equity. And as a vocal advocate of both, king has been one of my heroes. I have written several poems about him and to him – both hopeful and defeated.

I think his words are greatly needed now – to push back upon the resurgance of ignorance and bigotry. I truly hope that we will not allow he worst among us to define us. I look forward to the day that America returns back towards sanity and dignity.  I honestly thought it would have happened by now – instead we still are slidding into some Gileadian third-world country.

Perhaps it hasn’t been repelled yet because we are fighting too many battles on too many fronts. The Trumpian forcees are set to tear down anyhing of value.

I know I feel too embatled to fight every fight these days. It’s a literal struggle just to eat each day, to scrape for what I need just for that day. and my strength is depleted, inadequate for the big battles – those that define us as a society. I’m asahmed of this –

And when I think of how my fall was engieered – i get bitter. Hardened

But then I remember I am a daughter of literal kings. I have the blood of The Bruce and The Wallace flowing through my veins.I am a daughter of literal heros. And isn’ hat what the world needs right now?

So – I willl use today to re-commit tto Peace, to hat ideal society I believe we can become. That great Heaven on Earth when we reat each other truly as Brothers and Sisters – for we are onestly only one race – the human race.  I aspire to the bravery of those great souls that risked themselves to protect others from harm – the Ten Booms and the Schindlers. Rosa Park and Hariett Tubman.

Today I won’t be beaten, I won’t be defeated.

 

Jan 14 prompt

Today’s prompt is “Ratification Day”.

I got this  Ratification Day from the National Day Calender site. I’m not sure I have heard of this anniversary before & I love themes that look back on history and make a modern comment on them.

It has been 234 years since the Treaty of Paris was signed, declaring declaring the “Cessation of Arms” between the new United States & Great Britain. An excerpt from the proclamation of ratification reads:

“By the United States in Congress assembled, a proclamation: Whereas definitive articles of peace and friendship, between the United States of America and His Britannic Majesty, were concluded and signed at Paris, on the 3rd day of September 1783 … we have thought proper by these presents, to notify the premises to all the good citizens of these United States …
Given under the seal of the United States, witness His Excellency Thomas Mifflin, our president, at Annapolis, this fourteenth day of January, in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and eighty-four … ” ~Definitive Articles of the Peace of Paris – Signed by representatives of Britain and The United States on September 3, 1783.

Jan 13 prompt

Lae … but still alive!

Today’s prompt is “Stephan Foster, father of American music”.

Who is Stephan Foster? He’s the  father of American music.

Jan 11 & 12 prompt

I’m combining two here as I waas too sick to post Jan 11 prompt – which I really was excited about onncluding. But I’m kinda vertical right now & it is still technically the 11th – so  thursday’s prompt is – WAS – looking forward a bit … “Spring 2025”

What do you think it will be like? What will you be doing? What will your world look like? It’s only seven years away – alot can happen in so short a time.

And the Prompt for Jan 12 was a little forcasting … it is “that cold place”

Of course, it would be easy to combine these two prompts … a little doomsday portens perhaps – given our current world leaders.

… But that could beMY cold bones talking. (Still pretty sick.)

On a positive note. some videos I’m watching tonight has reminded me that our Earth has gone hrough rapid changes and truamas and it is still turning. Life does survive even when it is forced to change form.

 

Jan 10 prompt

Today’s prompt is ” save the eagles” ….

from? Drones, electric wires. Cruel photshop users who put Donthe Con’s toupee on their picture? What do you want to save the eagles from?

 

Write it.

Jan 9 prompt

Today’s is inspired by true experience …”too much pain killer”.

Eff oxycodone.

Go. Write.

Jan 8 prompt

I love writing poetry; I especially like weaving layers of meaning into poetry … which makees today’s prompt especially fun for me!Today I offer Continue reading “Jan 8 prompt”

Jan 7 prompt

I’m going to go sensual today – as in urging you to explore the senses. Today’s prompt is Continue reading “Jan 7 prompt”

Jan 6 prompt

Yesterday’s prompt was an object – let’s go more human today. So I have chosen Continue reading “Jan 6 prompt”

Jan 5 prompt

Today’s prompt is “life jacket”.

Whether you use this motif as Continue reading “Jan 5 prompt”

January 4 prompt

I go under the knife today – shoulder surgey is early, early Thursday (my ride picks me up at zero dark thirty). So the next few days my posts will be completely automated.

Which inspires today’s Continue reading “January 4 prompt”

January 3 prompt

Today’s prompt is “new car smell”.

 

January 1 prompt

Let’s start out the year unconventially … I had many New-Year-ish contenders but the winner is … Continue reading “January 1 prompt”

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”

CC Willow here – December’s Art Walks

2017 Something Red Art Walk
2017 Something Red Art Walk

I do have two paintings on the Something Red Art Walk in Downtown Salem: RedHead @ Elsinore Gallery  & Framing and Tent at World Beat @ CCTV through the end of December  – both available for sale. (Though I heard a rumor that CCTV is closed this week for the holidays.) I will be picking them up when December ends.

Continue reading “CC Willow here – December’s Art Walks”

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 ” thank you note”. 

Write a poem that is a thank you note or a poem about a thank you note.

Or maybe an anti-thank-you-note poem (because I think Dear Abby’s obsession with Thank You notes is overblown, if you verbally said “TY” why waste paper and stamp saying it again …

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” …

I’m heading for bed – ninth and final performance tomorrow afternoon for “Christmas at THe Blizzard.”


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 …

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 my tree” …

One of my favorite traditions is sitting in a quiet house, after everyone has gone to bed, watching the christmas lights dance to some Christmas music put on low. When my husband was alive, I would be cuddled in his lap – a cat curled up in mine. I still do this on my own – my tree loaded down with lights, some years I don’t even put ornamets on it, allowing the lights ceter stage.

Write a poem – tell me about you lights, your tree. Or why you refuse to have any. Or why you keep them u year-long.


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. I loaded three new ines today …

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 …

Dec 14 prompt

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

Today’s prompt is “late for being naughty”.

Reminder: my CC Willow originals are on sale in my Etsy shop, CC Willow Art, through December. Only time I have my originals on sale.

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”

Dec 9 prompt

Ariel's List of Poetry Prompts: December
December 2017

Today’s prompt is “drunk & drugged” …

Or should I have just said ‘Holiday Party’???? Continue reading “Dec 9 prompt”

Dec 8 prompt

8Today’s prompt is “when no-one’s looking” …

What does some-one do when no one is looking? Do they savor the inattetion? do they seek attention? Do you? Continue reading “Dec 8 prompt”

Dec 7 prompt and poem

2017 Something Red Art Walk
2017 Something Red Art Walk

In honor of laast night’s festivities – The Something Red Art Walk  – that kicked off wih a reception  and music last night. So today is “Something Red”  … Continue reading “Dec 7 prompt and poem”

Dec 6 prompt

Today’s prompt is especially timely, i thiink, given the politicl clime and the season. it is “human rights” – something I feel particularly passionate about.

What is it about human rights that you feel compelled Continue reading “Dec 6 prompt”

Dec 5 prompt

Today’s prompt is “the last time I saw my father”.

What happened? What did he say? What did you say? Or was it just an ordinary, everyday non-event? Tell me. Continue reading “Dec 5 prompt”

Dec 4 prompt

This was scheduled to post 5mins after midnight; I should have known better than to trust software.

Today’s prompt is “snowbirds”.

Maybe this makes you think of birds who live in the snow, like penquins? Maybe you think about the birds who stay

Continue reading “Dec 4 prompt”

Dec 3 prompt

Today’s prompt is “awareness of awareness”.

One of the things I love about prompts is it allows me to think of an object of how it symbolically may mean  – and what lessons may be learned from it. This awareness of Continue reading “Dec 3 prompt”

Dec 2 prompt

Today is “rhubarb vodka”.

Two things I am found of ….


Yesterday – Robert Lee Brewer posted the next steps to take on the completed NovPAD Challenge. Like NaNoWriMo, December is the time to start editing and polishing. if you want to submit a chapbook manuscript to Writer’s Digest, Jan 15th is the due date.

 

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. I’ve got over a few more new ones uploaded. And will get even more uploaded today …

Poinsetta by CC Willow
Poinsetta by CC Willow

If you are into community theater and in Oregon’s Willamette Valley – the murder mystery that I have been in rehearsals for – “Christmas At The Blizzard” – WILL BE OPENING THIS FRIDAY NIGHT. See Silverton’s  Brush Creek Playhouse’s website for details …

January 2 prompt

Today’s prompt is “a 60% off coupon”.

How will you use it?

 

Dec 1 prompt

Today is “Faux Fur Friday”.

And as a big fan of fake fur – It seems like a great way to start the month. Comfort and warmth – and no lives taken. No lives wasted … Continue reading “Dec 1 prompt”

Day 29 – Count Down on November Writing Challenges

Running today. I am hoping to play #1 linewed on Twitter today … but not sure I will get that chance!

Here’s the prompts:  Continue reading “Day 29 – Count Down on November Writing Challenges”

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