LIFE IS A BEACH – A MILLION FISH IN THE SEA

July 22ndSadly, sometimes the shoreline is pocked with dead fish or gulls stinking up the joint. Give them back their lives and write about any aquatic creature that could be seen/found in these waters. Write about the one that got away… or the one you threw back! Go on an underwater adventure aboard your Yellow Submarine and visit an Octopus’ Garden. (We are POETIC BLOOMINGS after all!)

There may be well over a million fish in the sea, but today we celebrate a one-in-a-million poet, Jane Shlensky and offer a glimpse of her Memoir Chapbook, OLD MULES AND PLOWED GROUND. So, after you complete Day 22’s prompt and post your poem, click on the link and enjoy some of Jane’s Finest poetry.

Old Mules and Plowed Ground by Jane Shlensky

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KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 21 – Muscle Beach/Bikini Beach

July 20 – Just Another Day In Paradise

July 19 – Waves

July 18 – Children

July 17 – Put Into Words (Ekphrasis)

LIFE IS A BEACH – MUSCLE BEACH/BIKINI BEACH

July 21stWe’ve all marveled (and inwardly chuckled) at the small faction of the populace (we’ll call them exhibitionists, for lack of a better word) who show as much as possible wearing as little as possible. You’ve landed on Muscle Beach or Bikini Beach. Use that image (or write of another person you’ve observed on the shore) to pen your poem and try not to laugh too hard!

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cookie monster bikini

KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 20 – Just Another Day In Paradise

July 19 – Waves

July 18 – Children

July 17 – Put Into Words (Ekphrasis)

July 16 – Amusement Park

LIFE IS A BEACH – JUST ANOTHER DAY IN PARADISE

July 20thA good day at the beach is like a day in paradise. Escape to your special island, and write about paradise as your mind envisions it. Include as many of these words in your poem: idyllic, palm tree, coconut, bamboo, hut, hungry, clothes, native.

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KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 19 – Waves

July 18 – Children

July 17 – Put Into Words (Ekphrasis)

July 16 – Amusement Park

July 15 – Tides

LIFE IS A BEACH – WAVES

July 19thI hope you haven’t confused the tide with today’s prompt. Tides reflect the level of the water; waves are the rolling movement of the water. In waves there is rhythm and power. You feel it in its push and hear it in the rumble. Your waves might be personal; changes or upheavals in your life. They could be sports related (You make me stand up and flail my arms in the air one more time…)  Please do not waver in your adulation for waves.

And a reminder: don’t pass up the opportunity to “meet” an incredible young person and poet featured in Marie’s Poet Interview. Our featured poet is none other that Erin Kay Hope. Read her chat with Marie HERE and you’ll walk away feeling that there is hope for the world with young ones like Erin Kay in it!***

KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 18 – Children

July 17 – Put Into Words (Ekphrasis)

July 16 – Amusement Park

July 15 – Tides

July 14 – Picnic

LIFE IS A BEACH – CHILDREN

July 18thThere was no greater thrill than loading the lot of us into the station wagon and heading for the beach. Write a poem featuring children at the beach. Or write from the viewpoint of a child for this foray into poetics.

And don’t pass up the opportunity to “meet” an incredible young person and poet featured in Marie’s Poet Interview. Today, our featured poet is none other that Erin Kay Hope. Read her chat with Marie HERE and you’ll walk away feeling that there is hope for the world with young ones like Erin Kay in it!

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KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 17 – Put Into Words (Ekphrasis)

July 16 – Amusement Park

July 15 – Tides

July 14 – Picnic

July 13 – Lighthouse

LIFE IS A BEACH – PUT INTO WORDS (EKPHRASIS)

July 17thThis form takes the visual and puts it into words. Write an Ekphrasis* based on this photo prompt:

Photo Credit: Walt Wojtanik

Photo Credit: Walt Wojtanik

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* NOTE: The Poetry Foundation defines it as such, “An ekphrastic poem is a vivid description of a scene or, more commonly, a work of art. Through the imaginative act of narrating and reflecting on the ‘action’ of a painting, photo or sculpture, the poet may amplify and expand its meaning.” The Academy of American Poets offers some fine-tuning that syncs nicely with my own work, saying “[M]odern ekphrastic poems have generally shrugged off antiquity’s obsession with elaborate description, and instead have tried to interpret, inhabit, confront, and speak to their subjects.”

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KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 16 – Amusement Park

July 15 – Tides

July 14 – Picnic

July 13 – Lighthouse

July 12 – Starry, Starry Night

LIFE IS A BEACH – AMUSEMENT PARK

July 16thGrowing up in Buffalo, there was a beach up in Canada that was purely beautiful with its white sands and crisp blue-green water. It was attached to an amazing amusement park, which bore the same name, Crystal Beach. So kick off the sand and take a stroll to the park. Don’t forget to grab some cotton candy, or a Loganberry (Loganberry drink and Crystal Beach suckers were famous) and write your favorite amusement park adventure. (Sadly, Crystal Beach – the amusement park, has long ago been torn down and replaced by condominiums .)

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KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 15 – Tides

July 14 – Picnic

July 13 – Lighthouse

July 12 – Starry, Starry Night

July 11 – Lakes, Oceans, Waterways

LIFE IS A BEACH – TIDES

July 15thLet’s explore tides today. Their presence is almost required for a day of fun at the beach. Be it a high tide or low tide, don’t hide your muse and refuse to get your feet wet. Write your tide poem. (And yes, if you wish to honor laundry detergent, I’m not stopping you!)

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KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 14 – Picnic

July 13 – Lighthouse

July 12 – Starry, Starry Night

July 11 – Lakes, Oceans, Waterways

July 10 – Seagulls (Triolet)

LIFE IS A BEACH – LIGHTHOUSE

July 13thLighthouses are beacons that offer a sense of security to wayward seafarers by giving direction and lighting the way. They steer you clear of the rocks and other hidden obstacles throughout your travels. Write a lighthouse poem. Or, think beyond a brick and mortar structure and write of a person who performs the task as your personal lighthouse.

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KEEPING UP WITH THE WAVES

July 12 – Starry, Starry Night

July 11 – Lakes, Oceans, Waterways

July 10 – Seagulls (Triolet)

July 9 – Boats

July 8 – Seaweed/Kelp