POETIC BLOOMINGS is a Phoenix Rising Poetry Guild site established in May 2011 to nurture and inspire the creative spirit.


During our Sunday Seed this past weekend, Bill Preston reminded us in his tribute to our friend Earl Parsons, by writing a poem in the poetic form that Earl had proposed a while back. Earl call it an “Appreciate” explaining it’s origin from the children chant “Two, four, six, eight, who do we appreciate…” So as such, the stanza of the poem has two words in the first line, four in the second, six in the third line and finishes with eight words in the last line. I believe you can string stanzas together with that configuration.

So write your poem in Earl’s form, Appreciate. Let him know you have him in your thoughts, and I’m sure he would certainly do just that, appreciate your efforts.



a mermaid
swishing in the sea
emerald water, coral reefs. Seaweed tickles
my fins. I awaken to same old me



Earl messaged
with me on Facebook
telling of his upcoming medical procedure.
I assured him prayers would be raised up.

My thoughts
center on our friend.
His faith will lead him on,
our love will keep him in our hearts!

(C) Walter J. Wojtanik -2016

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  1. William Preston on said:

    Unless I am mis-remembering, a Parson’s Poem is syllabic and has five lines, the syllable count being 2-4-6-8-7, in successive lines;the last line having the same number of syllables as “who do we appreciate?”

  2. Walt, thank-you for your poem. SO many suffering, it seems. Earl, I hope you feel our prayers and sense God’s peace. That goes for the rest of my poet-friend’s struggling as well!

    First you,
    Then me, together ‘we’
    And ‘we’ is better than ‘I’
    Whether we laugh or whether we cry

    I hate
    To think of you
    Alone, when we should be together
    …everyone needs someone with which to weather weather

    Don’t you
    Agree, my dear, ‘we’
    No matter what ‘we’ must weather
    It is much more bearable when we’re together

  3. Appreciating the Appreciate

    No need
    to meter or rhyme.
    Just let go the word flow.
    Not my normal style, but I’m digging it.

  4. Come spring
    Earl will be strong again
    Poeming his heart out with us
    What grand blooms will burst forth then


    Hey, Earl,
    you’re in good form,
    a praise-worthy poet,
    a go-to man folks look up to
    when learning about courage.


  6. MOM

    Hey mom
    You already should know
    That you are loved and respected
    You are a mother that listens without judgement

    Copyright @ TMC 2016

  7. Guest

    some day or night
    peace might knock on my door
    I will put out the welcome mat

  8. Guest -2

    some day or night
    peace might knock on my door
    I will leave the porch light shining
    put out a new welcome mat

    I reworked this version to go along with Bill’s guidelines

  9. William Preston on said:


    Some dogs,
    when they get sick,
    look sicker than a dog
    who has just gone more than ten rounds
    with a lynx and a bobcat.

  10. connielpeters on said:

    To Earl

    Get well
    And remember
    that the God who watches
    sparrows is watching over you.
    You are worth much more than birds.

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