As writers, and poets specifically, we are influenced by the words of others. Words from which to learn and be inspired and words to live by. This week, I want you to develop a personal motto; a quotation which Bartlett’s would be proud to offer. Instead of using someone else’s quote as your jump off point, open with your own quote. Accredit it to yourself, and then write your poem. It’s a lot more challenging than it sounds.

Quote from Marie Elena:

“Sometimes yes means maybe no, and no means sometime, maybe.” ~Marie Elena Good

ADVICE TO MOMS (and dads, grandmas, grandpas, aunts, uncles, sisters, brothers, cousins, teachers, neighbors, sitters … you get the idea.)

As moms, sometimes we might give in
And let the little darlin’ win.
Does yes mean yes and no mean no?
Or maybe we don’t really know,
Depending on the mood we’re in,
We might not think. Well, think again.
Examples set and morals sown
Will speak to them until they’re grown.
Our word should be rock solid, sound,
And we should always stand our ground.
So simply let your yea be yea,
And nay must never NOT be nay.
End of story. No dispute.
(Unless, of course, they’re stinkin’ cute!)

Walt’s quote and poem:

“On the Merry-go-round of life, love makes the world go around. The faster it goes the  more it makes your head spin!” ~Walt Wojtanik


Drunk with affection.
Whether small sips
or large gulps, the feeling
of inebriation weakens the knees.
Losing your bearings as your footing slips
is the only way to really fall in love!