JULY COVID-19 P.A.D. – DAY 11 THINGS ARE DIFFERENT AT THE LAKE

We have a fascination with water, or should I say lakeside/oceanside. A day at the lake (yes, the one I’ve shared with Marie all these Eerie years) recharges my depleted battery. I find solace there. I’ve made memories there. I love the vision of the lake.

What do/would you look forward to seeing there. Write a poetic scene of something you’ve seen at the beach. Could be the waves upon the shore. Or the raucous birds pestering. A lifeguard’s intensity. Young lovers hand -in-hand along the water’s edge. If you can envision it, you can write it. Be expressive and passionate. That’s what we poets do!

JULY COVID-19 P.A.D. – DAY 10 WHAT’S ON THE MENU?

What’s your favorite dish? What’s something you’d like to try? What’s one thing you’ll never eat, no matter what? We’re writing food today! Can you smell what I’m cooking? Are you hungry?

If you want to impress me, write your poem in the form of an EPULAERYU. It’s an actual poetic form specifically about delicious food.

Here’s a link to the INFORM POET exploration of the EPULAERYU.

JULY COVID-19 P.A.D. – DAY 9 DOING THE DOZENS

I’m not thinking about “The Dirty Dozen” (1967) or “Cheaper By the Dozen” (1950/2003). It’s back to the theater we go! Through the years there have been some great motion pictures that have graced the “silver screen”. And these films gave us some memorable quotes. I am offering up twelve (the dozen) of such quotations for your consideration. Choose one as an inspiration and write a poem. As always, I’m not asking for something related to the movie. Write something that is inspired by the quote and get ready for your close up!

“Why so serious?” ~ The Dark Knight (2008)

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” ~The Godfather (1972)

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.” ~ The Wizard of Oz (1939)

“Here’s looking at you, kid!” ~Casablanca (1942)

“Go ahead. Make my day!” ~Sudden Impact (1983)

“May the force be with you.” ~Star Wars (1977)

“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” ~ Love Story (1970)

“They call me Mister Tibbs.” ~In the Heat of the Night (1967)

“After all, tomorrow is another day.” ~Gone With the Wind (1939)

“Houston, we have a problem!” ~Apollo 13

“I’ve always depended on the kindness of strangers.” ~A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.” ~Dracula (1931)

JULY COVID-19 P.A.D. – DAY 8 LET’S GO SHOPPING

   

We’ve finally opened the Mall! (They haven’t really, not yet). Let’s walk the concourse and find us a new outfit to make us feel re-connected with the world. We’re putting on a new face. The title of your poem should be “Shopping at the (Insert Mall Name Here)” If your closet is full, what are you going to purchase during your visit? We’ll all get through this buy and buy!

JULY COVID-19 P.A.D. – DAY 7 REASON TO CHEER

While we were quarantined or just socially distanced during this pandemic, we’ve surely missed something to which we would have gathered together and toasted, feted and celebrated. We’ll cover specifics during the month, but for today, we’re celebrating poetry. How good is it that we can “come together” to write and comment here and on other poetry pages without restrictions or regulations? (OK, there is one demand we make here… Have fun!) Write about an aspect of poetry that keeps you coming back to write more. Let’s see where this will take you.

JULY COVID-19 P.A.D. – DAY 6 MUSIC HATH CHARMS

They say music hath charms to soothe the savage breast (not beast as so many misquote). There is some sound out there that we can all feel good about. We’re heading to a concert. You name the group. I’ll lead with saying write about the experience of the first group you had seen live. If you’ve never been, write of an imagined one that you might like to have seen. Putting the Beatles back together qualifies. A Philharmonic works. Electric Mayhem (the band on the Muppet show…) you see where I’m going with this.

Today we fill the page with music. Turn up the volume and rock your poem!

JULY COVID-19 P.A.D. – DAY 5 WHERE HAVE YOU GONE, JOE DiMAGGIO?

(Derek Gee/Buffalo News)

All sports leagues suspended play during the COVID-19 pandemic. Odds are slim that play will resume anytime soon or in a form we’ll recognize. What sport, if any, do you miss? Do you miss them at all? Do you revel in having your “Sundays” back? Present a poem of the sport you miss or wished stayed permanently away. You can even write that carefree Sunday afternoon. Just be a sport about it and write without malice, Alice! Poem On!

JULY COVID-19 P.A.D. – DAY 2 EAT AT JOE’S

Today we are opening the Poetic Bloomings Restaurant. There are so many cultures and flavors from which to choose. What is your favorite cuisine? That is your topic today. You can write a list poem featuring various dishes. You can expound on the experience. You can wax poetic on the Nationality of the food’s origin. Write until you are sated and we’ll fill ourselves on your words.