There have been times where we imagined our lives as a motion picture. We surmise who would play the part of us.

But in this case, we’ll wait for the book!

Your auto-biography begins here. Break up your life (up to this point in time) into three chapters. Give each chapter a title.

Write three brief poems (one for each title). For added pats on the back, give your “book” a title as well (the title of your three chapter story).


Two Sisters in Three Chapters

Chapter 1.  Rain.

The day I was born,
it rained hard on my sister …
submerging her soul.

Chapter 2. Wombs.

Her first pregnancy’s
uniqueness dimmed, when I found
myself pregnant, too.

Pregnant together
again. A son for me. A
tragic loss for her.

third pregnancies perhaps seemed
a cruel joke, to her.

Chapter 3.  Lost and Found.

In thirty-five days,
we lost Mom and Dad, and found
a common heartache.

In thirty-five days,
we lost Mom and Dad, and found
shared grief is shared love.

In thirty-five days,
we lost Mom and Dad, and found
a needed sister.

© Marie Elena Good, 2020



CHAPTER 3: PUPPY DOG TALES, by Walter J Wojtanik

Growing up, we always had a dog.
My pal and companion,
a boy’s best friend,
a good listener,
two good ears and no sass!
At the head of the class,
I miss having a dog.

CHAPTER 11: SHY OF THE MARK, by Walter J Wojtanik

My nerves in the presence
of curves and a pretty face
had laced my younger years.
It was one of my greatest fears
to be so frozen in place
for the course of a lifetime.
I was able to shake that phobia
over the course of time.
But, it took a while.

CHAPTER 15: FINDING A VOICE, by Walter J Wojtanik

It’s true, I was a shy guy.
When I’d speak, my voice
would creak and crack,
a knack I would outgrow.
That started to show
when I embraced words.
For the good of my sanity
and some of humanity,
music steered me towards poetry.
The rest, they say, is history!


Back to the book shelf to tag our next summer influence. Our selection? Last Days of Summer by Steve Kluger.LastDAys


Last Days of Summer is 1998 novel written by Steve Kluger. It is an epistolary novel told completely through forms of correspondence; letters, postcards, interviews with a psychiatrist, progress reports, and newspaper clippings.

Taking place in 1940s Brooklyn, the bulk of the novel consists of letters written between fictional New York Giants third baseman Charlie Banks and Jewish twelve-year-old Joey Margolis.

Joey Margolis, a Jewish boy growing up in a tough Italian neighbourhood, is burdened with beatings from neighborhood kids, his parents’ divorce, and an absent father who repeatedly lets him down. In addition, he is worried about Adolf Hitler‘s rise in power. Craving a surrogate dad, Joey strikes up a correspondence with Charlie Banks, the third baseman for the New York Giants. That he does so by persistently nagging Charlie sets the tone not just for their ongoing correspondence but for a relationship that will change both their lives forever.


Your poem could be written in the form of some communication: a letter, a post card, a telegram, a tweet (140 characters), or smoke signals if you can pull it off! Write of your feelings of the coming of the end of something or anticipation of something! The end is near… write about it!



The Summer I Learned To Fly by Dana Reinhardt

The Summer I Learned To Fly
by Dana Reinhardt

We’re hitting the books again today! This next book title we’ve chosen for inspiration is taken from the YA novel, The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt.



In the lazy days of summer in a California coastal town, Drew works at her mother’s struggling cheese shop and indulges her crush on an older co-worker, until she discovers Emmett and becomes involved in his very different world.

Drew and her mother have been a team for all the years since her father died, with pet rat Humboldt Fog as a companion. Thirteen-year-old Drew finally begins to separate and grow into her own person in this crucial summer.


We all had to learn lessons throughout our lives, and the ones that had come the hardest seem to be the ones that stay with us the longest. Whether learning to ride a bike or learning to drive, learning the hard lessons of love or of life (and death), we all grow in the knowledge we attain. Raising our children was an education in itself! Write a poem about some kind of lesson you may have learned that one summer (or any season really!) Maybe we’ll learn a little something  in the process!


One week has passed and we’re off on a productive July P.A.D. experience. We’ve worked with quotes of summer, poems of summer, Songs with Summer in the title and a book with Summer. Today we pull another tome off the shelves for inspiration. (And in doing so, pay homage to our own favorite Sicilian, Salvatore Buttaci) The volume we are choosing is entitled “That Summer in Sicily – A Love Story” by Marlena de Blasi.

That Summer in Sicily by Marlena de Blasi

That Summer in Sicily
by Marlena de Blasi

The story: “At villa Donnafugata, long ago is never very far away,” writes bestselling author Marlena de Blasi of the magnificent but crumbling castle in the mountains of Sicily that she  accidentally finds one summer while traveling with her husband, Fernando. de Blasi is befriended by Tosca, the matriarch of the villa, an elegant and beautiful woman-of-a-certain-age who conveys her life-spanning love story with the last prince of Sicily descended from French nobility.


Today’s prompt? Write a “That Summer in ________” poem about a place that brings a fond (or otherwise) memory from summers past. Maybe a coming of age poem, or an expose. A self-discovery perhaps. If you are at a loss for such a place and time, maybe an interesting person you may have met in your summer travels can spark your writing today! As always, Bon Voyage and Good Poems to you all!


A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Anyone up for a book? Even if it’s Shakespeare? Of the many classic works of the Bard, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” encapsulates everything Shakespeare had to offer. Wit, romance, story and whimsy; a delightful read.

You can see that the title offers us a few options on how to approach this day’s prompt. You can write about midsummer. Your poem can be about a dream. Or find something in these quotes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” to spark your muse:

But earthlier happy is the rose distilled
Than that which withering on the virgin thorn
Grows, lives, and dies in single blessedness.

—Theseus’ reminder to Hermia that here on earth married women are happier than unmarried ones.

The course of true love never did run smooth.

—Lysander tells Hermia that they are not the only true lovers who have had troubles.

a sweet-face man; a proper man, as one shall see in a summer’s day.

—Peter Quince’s description of Pyramus. (He is trying to persuade Bottom that only he can play the part of Pyramus.)


Lord, what fools these mortals be!

—Puck’s gleeful comment on the fallings in and out of love of Helena, Hermia, Lysander, and Demetrius.

Make much ado about “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” and render thee to some poetry! If you’re feeling “Puckish” , that is!