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IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – APPRECIATE

In highlighting the creative minds of our poets, there is one aspect on which we have only brushed the surface, that being in the matter of newly created form. We’ve used many forms in this segment of POETIC BLOOMINGS that have been developed by people outside of our realm of influence. But….

This week we tap Earl Parsons in a form the he’s been working the kinks out of, and I’ve decided to help Earl present it here in his “own” words:

We’ve all heard the cheer, “2, 4, 6, 8, Who do we appreciate!!” Well, here’s a poetic form based on that cheer. It’s simple:

A poem of one 5 line stanza with syllable counts of, hold it now, just a minute, I think you guessed it….. 2, 4, 6 and 8 with the fifth line being 7 syllables, just as the line “Who do we appreciate.” There is no rhyming pattern to follow, however, the subject of the poem must be something that is appreciated (I guess that will eliminate politics, war, or socially polarizing issues). Simple, no?

Let’s give it a go with two examples from Earl:

Love

True love
So pure of heart
Can never be taken
Even though one may pass away
True love will always live on

Or this:

Cat Licked

Cold nose
Sniffing my face
Whiskers tickling my cheek
Is it love or is it hunger
Quick before I get cat licked

~ Earl Parsons

 

AND NOW OUR EXAMPLES:

 

MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT:

SPAMMER

 Sincere
Indebtedness
And appreciation
For how pertinent my viewpoint
Is to you in this moment.

© Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013

 (I hope sarcasm is acceptable, Earl.  But I mean, seriously … how gullible do these spammers think we are?  HA!)

WALT’S APPRECIATE:

IN HER THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

She prays.
Keeping those near
amongst her intentions.
No mention of her own distress.
It is best we pray for her.

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013
 
(Hope you had a nice walk, Marie!)
 
Walt, you are so very kind.  Thank you!  And yes,  I love my morning walks.  ~Marie

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258 thoughts on “IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – APPRECIATE

  1. FRIENDS

    True friends
    Don’t hesitate
    To tell you the truth, no
    Matter how much it hurts, but they’re
    Always there to ease the pain.

    © Copyright Erin Kay Hope – 2013

  2. COLORS

    Colors
    That shimmer, dance
    And sparkle are what this
    World is made up of; everything
    Has color – color is life.

    © Copyright Erin Kay Hope – 2013

  3. THE MAGIC OF MUSIC

    Music
    Is like magic;
    It wraps up your troubles
    And sends them floating far away;
    Music blends joy and sorrow.

    © Copyright Erin Kay Hope – 2013

  4. William Preston on said:

    Here are a couple of attempts at what I’m calling, henceforth, “Parsons poems”

    THUNDER

    Lightning
    is little more
    than Mercury warning,
    in his hasty, quicksilver tone,
    that Jupiter is coming.

    copyright 2013, William Preston

    FIDELITY

    One dog
    curled at the feet
    is worth more than most friends,
    whether in fair weather or foul,
    for the dog never asks, “Why?”

    copyright 2013, William Preston

  5. William Preston on said:

    AVE MARIA

    I hear
    Miss Beshgatour
    telling her Latin class
    again, with exasperation :
    “It’s ah-WAY, dears, not ah-VAY.”

    copyright 2013, William Preston

  6. William Preston on said:

    MINISTER

    He knows
    that his sermons
    tend to run on too long.
    Those times, he purrs from the pulpit,
    “The parson isn’t perfect.”

    copyright 2013, William Preston

  7. connielpeters on said:

    Hot Tea
    (An Appreciate)

    Comfort
    Cream and sugar
    Caffeine to stimulate
    A favorite mug to sip from
    Pleasant chat with an old friend

  8. DebiSwim on said:

    Kaleidoscope

    Child’s toy,
    kaleidoscope,
    colors tumbling about.
    Patterns changing, shifting, blending.
    Enchanting vibrant puzzles.

  9. Small Rodent Appreciation Poem

    Hamsters
    are like gerbils
    but not like guinea pigs
    because they are much smaller, but
    only hamsters do that dance.

    ###

    Hampster Dance

  10. Flip Flops

    Flip flops
    have a thong thing
    which fits between your toes.
    They make a ‘flip’ sound when you walk,
    but that could be a ‘flop’ too.

    ###

  11. William Preston on said:

    WHAT “LIKE” DOES TO THE LIKES OF ENGLISH

    It’s like,
    confusing, like
    speech is, like, stymied, like
    a fence in a bathtub, y’see.
    Like, ya know what I mean, like?

    copyright 2013, William Preston

  12. Dragon Anatomy

    Dragons
    have wings and scales
    but not puppy dog tails.
    Instead, they have big dragon tails
    about which they’re kind of proud.

    ###

  13. LOVE ON MOONLIT DOVES

    Small hearts
    and hands to love,
    to hold, to warm in mine.
    Send me smiles; I’ll send you love
    on the backs of moonlit doves

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  15. SUMMER TUNES

    Sun-kissed
    and starlight spun,
    strum me a summer tune
    I can hum – lyrics sung like birds
    at dawn. Once more, just once more.

  16. Walt and Marie,

    Thanks so much for giving Appreciate a dry run. So far it looks promising. At the very least, it’s producing some wonderful thoughts. Thanks again.

    Here’s a couple more that express some of my favorite things:

    Mornings

    Coffee
    Scent fills the house
    Fluffy eggs scrambled light
    Toast buttered to the edge with jam
    Time to thank God for the day

    Vacations

    All packed
    Ready to go
    Not one thing forgotten
    GPS set destination
    Worries left in the rear view

  17. sheryl kay oder on said:

    Word or Words

    Oh, Lord,
    teach me to love
    and delight in Your Word
    more passionately than my words.
    Holy Spirit, draw me close.

  18. ejparsons on said:

    The Wonderful World Of…

    Disney
    Magic Kingdom
    Hollywood Studios
    Animal Kingdom and Epcot
    The Happiest Place on Earth

    © 2013 Earl Parsons

    (funny how they all fit in this form)

  19. WALTER

    Mentor
    Encourager
    Friend I have never met
    Rainbow’s highway across the lake
    Scarecrow to my Dorothy

  20. Marie Elena on said:

    RJ and William, you two have already penned so many appreciation poems, and all of them are excellent! Man-oh-man!

  21. Love Story

    A laugh…
    that’s all it took.
    You made me laugh
    and I…I fell in love.
    If you can find the humor, then
    everything else will follow.

    ###

  22. Storm

    The wind
    keeps practicing
    blowing those stormy gales
    while we batten down the hatches
    and prepare to take cover.

  23. Languishing in India

    jail-born
    resilient son
    resolute to save mom
    worked hard, raised bail, secured freedom
    mother’s release realized

    © ~ Randy Bell ~ 2013

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  26. Thank you, Earl…what a cool intentional little form!!
    ~
    Paired up with Poetic Asides prompt to use “Entertain…with a word or phrase as a title,” today!
    ~
    Entertain Fallen Flowers
    ~
    Foibles,
    fault adds flavor
    differences and struggles;
    each is an opportunity
    to bloom in the face of love.
    ~
    Copyright © Hannah Gosselin 2013
    ~

  27. SALVATION

    Sharon
    You saved my life
    When in free fall I fell
    From the heights of make-believe love
    You mended my wounded heart

    #

  28. You guys are awesome! Thanks, Earl. Your form is a delight. Hope I didn’t misuse it. Kind of Haiku-ee.

    “Finding levity”

    Woe moods—
    shoulder splinters
    from the crosses we bear—
    dwindle on currents of music,
    easing life’s strain, writing poems.

  29. BROTHERS

    Brothers
    Are strange creatures
    – So weird, but so funny
    At the same time; they’re annoying
    And totally loveable.

    © Copyright Erin Kay Hope – 2013

  30. DOCTORS

    Doctors
    Hold life and death
    Inside their hands, preserving
    One, and preventing the other;
    They must be sent from heaven.

    © Copyright Erin Kay Hope – 2013

  31. “Olive it!”

    I like
    it crispy or
    salty, sweet or squashy.
    Two bellies full for a dollar
    will do. Olive my mud pie!

  32. DESCARTES DILEMMA

    I think
    therefore I am
    getting a bad headache.
    Make no mistake, it’s a bad one.
    no relief in sight, I think.

  33. Ellen Knight on said:

    (write an “appreciate” poem, form: 5 lines, syllables 2,4,6,8,7)

    The Gift

    Grateful
    for everything
    for being able to
    be grateful for being at all.
    All of this life is a gift.

    Ellen Knight 6.12.13

  34. Ellen Knight on said:

    Spoiled

    My muse,
    my will to write,
    is always pressing
    to be heard when least convenient.
    I dare not ignore her call.

    Ellen Knight 6.12.13

  35. Ellen Knight on said:

    3rd line should read ‘is always pressing me’

  36. Tunnel Vision

    I like
    the sight of you:
    churning through the doorway;
    cap awry; thrown kisses whiz by
    my kaleidoscopic view.

  37. (cool form, Earl)

    Appreciation 2,4,6,8

    Oh no,
    time to vacuum.
    Dogs will bark, I will yell.
    There’s so much hair, the job is hell.
    You will vacuum? Oh, thank you.

  38. Henrietta Choplin on said:

    Grandchildren and Friendships

    My day
    ends–exhausted
    sports, meals, bath and bubbles
    A drink of water and a prayer
    Now, for me, friends’ poetry.

    (Thanks, everyone, Loved your work!!)

  39. ejparsons on said:

    True Love

    My wife
    She is my life
    No other makes me whole
    My gift from God to have and hold
    Without her, I’m incomplete

    © 2013 Earl Parsons

    Children

    Children
    So beautiful
    God’s little Thank You notes
    Their fragile futures in our hands
    Help us get it right, oh Lord

    © 2013 Earl Parsons

  40. ejparsons on said:

    A tribute to………

    A Pair of Bloomers

    You see
    Walt and Marie
    Their paths have never crossed
    Poetically conjoined in cause
    A match made in poem heaven

    © 2013 Earl Parsons

  41. William Preston on said:

    GENTLEMAN JOHNNY

    Mercer
    wrote of skylarks
    and huckleberry friends
    and engine number forty-nine
    as though he knew every one.

    copyright 2013, William Preston

  42. William Preston on said:

    THE SOCIETY OF FRIENDS: A DESIDERATUM

    Quakers,
    hold in the Light
    all who come to Meeting
    and, through grace of your example,
    infuse a passion for peace.

    copyright 2013, William Preston

  43. SONG OF BIRDS

    Bird’s song
    Wakes me every
    Morning, puts me to sleep
    Each evening; their sweet, shrill voices
    Create beautiful music.

    © Copyright Erin Kay Hope – 2013

  44. COUSINS

    Cousins
    Are wonderful
    Friends and companions;
    Even if they live far away,
    Strong ties are never broken.

    © Copyright Erin Kay Hope – 2013

  45. SPRING RAIN

    Raindrops
    Falling softly,
    Especially in spring,
    Soothe and wash with healing power;
    Spring wouldn’t be, without rain.

    © Copyright Erin Kay Hope – 2013

  46. DebiSwim on said:

    Stormy

    Thunder
    rumbles across
    the sky. Grumble and fuss
    amongst the black, roiling, mad clouds.
    Why are you so affronted?

  47. DebiSwim on said:

    : )

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