This week we played the Name Game. We weeded through the different words and phrases found in our names to construct our poems. It was a bit more labor intensive, but whatever doesn’t give you writer’s block, only makes you stronger. Now, let’s give names to our beautiful blooms:


This was tough.  Tougher for some of us than others.  😉  I’m amazed at how many managed coherent, engaging, flowing poetry with limited letters with which to work.  A high five to ALL of you for putting your work out here!

My Bloom this week goes to Earl James Parsons for “Rest.”  Even though Earl had only nine letters with which to work, he managed to pen a poem that is relevant to recent events, tells a complete story, speaks of an issue that is important to him, incorporates a creative title, and flows flawlessly.  Amazing job, Earl.

Rest (by Earl James Parsons)

Terror spears Easterners
Narrators report plots
Reasoners pose reasons
Press repeats treasons
Appeasers report errors
Errors entrap appeasers
Snares snarl serpents
Easterners rest


The trick to this exercise is to make the words as seamless as possible. This gave us many variations of words and the phrases as many had admitted, were useless for the most part. This piece stood out for me because of the content and the poet. The poem reads like a prayer. And knowing Earl Parsons had written it says the poem was truly his style. He earned this BLOOM for its cohesion  and heart.

Amen (by Earl James Parsons)

Reason ransoms reason
Pen pens poems
Personal responses leap
Prose presses psalms
Solemn reason
Open ears
No more remorse
No more alarm
No more snares
No more alone


Well, well, well.  Once again we chose the same poet.  But this time, we chose different poems.  Well done, Earl.   Well done.