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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 …

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”

Mar 13 prompt

Today’s prompt is “you opened an umbrella indoors” ...


What happened?



Mar 12 prompt


Okay – getting this train back on track! Let’s get back in the habit of posting early enough for those living east of me – which is most of the world – to use the prompt. LOL

Today’s prompt is “the tang of fresh rain” ... I know petrichor is the smell of the earth after rain; I’m not sure if there is a specific word for the taste of rain.  Let’s find out … Continue reading “Mar 12 prompt”

Mar 9, 10 & 11 prompts & poem

Got behind again – but for a good cause.  There have been some priority physical chores that I tackled (not alone) and that has left me exhausted and very sore.

Yesterday, Continue reading “Mar 9, 10 & 11 prompts & poem”

Mar 8 prompt

Today is International Women’s Day Today prompt is going to repet the question their website poses … “how are you going to push for progress?”.

Got involved last night/this morning on a political Continue reading “Mar 8 prompt”

Mar 7 prompt

Today prompt is “a bank teller”.

Computer issues today …

and I have to head downtown for First Wednesday’s event.



Mar 6 prompt

My Pinterest Ariel’s List has today’s prompt as “alone in a cathedral”. I’m posting a twist on that today …

Today prompt is “a lone cathedral”. Because it sounds a bit forlorn but also serene and romantic. Maybe even a title of a sci-fi novel … Continue reading “Mar 6 prompt”

Mar 4 & 5 prompts

Today is one of my Bro’s birthday! So I am changing today’s prompt in honor of him. He’s a big Douglas Adams fan – If you are too – or a Hitchhiker – you would know the answer to Life, The Universe & Everything is 42.

So that’s today Prompt – “42”. Because I wish him Everything.

Yesterdays prompt was “cloudy Mars” …

Mar 3 prompts & poem

Today’s is World Wildlife Day, a subject dear to my heart. This year they are especially advocating to protect the Big Cats from extinction.

I have quite a few Climate Change/Conservation poems and a good third use the voice of Big Cats as a cry to stop the extinction of Earth’s animals. Continue reading “Mar 3 prompts & poem”

Feb 26 prompt and poem

Getting back to some of my roots today … The prompt is “County Cork”. Continue reading “Feb 26 prompt and poem”

Mar 1 & 2 prompts

Sorry, folks, I fell down a few rabbit-holes. I came up against a deadline on my Cherry Blossom Festival art project, so I had to get hyper-focused. And then, as a result of that hard push, Continue reading “Mar 1 & 2 prompts”

Feb 25 prompt and poem

Today’s prompt is “dust Continue reading “Feb 25 prompt and poem”

Feb 23 & 24 prompt and poem

Yesterday’s prompt was ” banana bread”. Warm sweet banana bread – I understand the best is made from bananas with brown, almost black skin – the more over-ripe the banana, the sweeter the bread.

Today’s prompt Continue reading “Feb 23 & 24 prompt and poem”

Feb 21 prompt and a poem

It is nearing my birthday – so I am getting a bit personal on the prompts …

 Today’s  prompt is “purple” – my favorite color and very wrapped in meaning to me. Continue reading “Feb 21 prompt and a poem”

Feb 19 & 20 prompt and a poem

I know I have gotten slow in posting these prompts – but life has been happening Continue reading “Feb 19 & 20 prompt and a poem”

Feb 17 & 18 prompt and a poem

I was planning on doing nothing today Yeah – that’s not gonna happen. Creatives don’t do “nothing” …

 Yesterday’s  prompt was “buried on mars”

Today’s  prompt is “buried on mars drink wine day” -yes – this is one thing I won’t be doing. I love wine … but none on hand. I have paint though – and canvas. So maybe I’ll paint wine.

And how about a wine poem …

Once Upon A Wineglass
(Wine and Writers)

The six glasses sat beckoning
and it’s been a long day.

The steward slid the half pour in,
subtle yellow Sauvignon Blanc standing in a round.

Hard edges of the 2015 Villa Maria was my morning;
a Grecian shanghai across the seas, unfinished, uninvited.

2014 Peter Yealands, an alternative bus;
it got me there with two minutes to spare.

2014 Infamous Goose, a mid-priced bouquet;
pleasant flavor offset by technical glitches in the email.

2015 Kim Crawford, an audacious fruity intention;
a well-crafted giggle to dispell afternoon’s gloom.

2013 St Clair – this would be walking out the door;
bright fruit notes, a smooth finish

2014 Greywacke – closing the day with gourmet;
crème brulee and unhindered words.

And, from today until the 19th,  take 15 minutes to inventory your birds, yeah? Post your findings at

Feb 16 prompt

Let’s get back to nature and present day. It is Audobon’s Great Backyard Bird Count … today’s  prompt is “backyard bird”. Continue reading “Feb 16 prompt”

Feb 15 prompt & poem

It’s Advancement of science week and, as such,  today’s  prompt is simply “science”. Continue reading “Feb 15 prompt & poem”

Feb 14 prompt & poem

Valentines’s Day. Birthday of Oregon, my favorite grandmother and of my beloved …

So today’s  prompt is “Tiger”. Continue reading “Feb 14 prompt & poem”

Feb 13 prompt

Tuesday’s prompt is “Inside a computer”.

… Which is where it seems I live alot .


Feb 11 & 12 prompt

Sorry – life has been demanding and has needed to be tackled face-on and with a battle cry.

Sunday’s prompt was Continue reading “Feb 11 & 12 prompt”

Feb 10 prompt

Today’s prompt is “along the water”.

I may go differently with this prompt than  Continue reading “Feb 10 prompt”

Feb 8 & 9 prompt

Yesterday was a “one-step forward, three-steps back” day:  I knew my physical self would have a push-back from two demanding Continue reading “Feb 8 & 9 prompt”

Feb 7 prompt

While I am a spiritual person, I am equally passionate about science. And I often see the spiritual world echoed Continue reading “Feb 7 prompt”

Feb 6 prompt

One of the duties in writing is “description” and one of the first few things we describe Continue reading “Feb 6 prompt”

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”

Feb 3 prompt

Today’s prompt is “women physician “.

Yes – I’m a proponent of feminism! Continue reading “Feb 3 prompt”

Feb 2 prompt

Today is Wear Red Day – to bring awareness to strokes and heart disease in women – I am going to put a twist on that. Today’s prompt is to Continue reading “Feb 2 prompt”

Feb 1 prompt

Today starts National Black History Month (why do we only set aside 28 days Continue reading “Feb 1 prompt”

Jan 31 prompt

Let’s go current today & offer two different prompts: Continue reading “Jan 31 prompt”

Jan 30 prompt

Today’s writing prompt is “college professsor”. Good for a homage Continue reading “Jan 30 prompt”

Jan 29 prompt

I love the smell of libraries & bookstores And it is totally appropriate for me that I fell in love

Continue reading “Jan 29 prompt”

Jan 28 prompt


I wasn’t too sure of using today’s prompt – with it being a #SundayFunday … but maybe this is the mind-shift we need before Continue reading “Jan 28 prompt”

Jan 27 prompt


Today may be a day of fantasizing … Or maybe it’s just  because I really need a handyman that will work for Continue reading “Jan 27 prompt”

Jan 26 prompt

I do community theater, so I often have had to wear Continue reading “Jan 26 prompt”

Jan 25 prompt

Parents will recognize today’s prompt … and, not surprisingly, it’s another National Day..

Today’s prompt is “Opposite Day”. … Or is it?

Jan 24 prompt

Let’s go out on a limb here …in a poem

Today’s prompt is “on Continue reading “Jan 24 prompt”

Jan 23 prompt

Sorry – this is late … I got busy last night compiling a chapbook ! So sorry!

Today’s prompt is kinda adventurous and Continue reading “Jan 23 prompt”

Jan 22 prompt

It’s a Monday – let’s keep it simple. And yummy.  Today’s prompt is  “blonde brownie”.


Jan 21 prompt

So, Just a heads up – Today’s prompt is political times two. Because there are too important political events today.

At least – for me.  Continue reading “Jan 21 prompt”

Jan 20 prompt

i had planned – last month – to have today’s prompt be “cheese lover” – but I’m changing that – Today’s prompt is definately Continue reading “Jan 20 prompt”

Jan 19 prompt

Today’s prompt as “a happy-go-lucky guys”.

Jan 18 prompt

Today’s prompt is actually inspired by one of my IRL poet friends – Nicole Continue reading “Jan 18 prompt”

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 Continue reading “Jan 16 prompt”

Jan 15 prompt

Today’s prompt is an expected one – because I think it is a reminder of how needed basic human Continue reading “Jan 15 prompt”

Jan 14 prompt

Today’s prompt is “Ratification Day”.

I got this  Ratification Day from Continue reading “Jan 14 prompt”

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