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)


Hello poets!

We’re re-opening the world today. Here we will not concern ourselves with that insidious viral infection this month. It has done enough harm and taken so much from us without giving us anything in return. A break would be nice.

But as I’ve said, we’re opening things up again. Today, we’re returning to the theater (the movies, in particular). What was the last movie you had seen in a theater setting? Use that title as your title and write your poem. Do not give a synopsis of the flick. Your poem shares titles and nothing more.

If it’s been a while since you’ve been in a movie house, choose one you’ve seen on video, DVD or on the television. (I suppose Lifetime movies could be considered, only I don’t know why you would! ūüėȬ† )

Let’s get started and go to the show!


Saturday is movie day, so we are bringing two films to your screen to inspire you.

The first is the classic coming of age story, The Summer of ’42.

Summer of '42

Summer of ’42


Summer of ’42 is a 1971 American comedy-drama film based on the memoirs of screenwriter Herman Raucher. It tells the story of how Raucher, in his early teens on his 1942 summer vacation on Nantucket Island (off the coast of Cape Cod), embarks on a one-sided romance with a young woman, Dorothy, whose husband had gone off to fight in World War II.



Our second feature is A Storm in Summer.

A Storm in Summer

A Storm in Summer

A Storm in Summer tells the story of an old Jewish shop owner Mr. Shaddick (‘Peter Falk’) who suddenly finds himself responsible for a little black boy named Herman Washington (‘Aaron Meek’) who is trying to escape the chaos of Harlem as part of a sponsorship program. At first, Mr. Shaddick wants nothing more than to get rid of the kid, but to spite the well to do lady who tries to take him over to her home, he decides to take Herman in. As time goes on, Mr. Shaddick finds himself caring about Herman and has the misfortune of being the bearer of bad news, which reminds him of when he received a telegram himself.


Choose either to inspire you. You can write of a summer where you experience a life changing event and how you coped with it. Or you can choose to write a summer storm poem. We’re talking weather, social upheaval, or controversy that can be considered a “storm” of sorts. No matter which one you choose, it will be expressed tenderly by your heart.


The best laid plans of mice and men…

Summer fast approaches and you can’t wait to grab your board, head for the beach and catch some waves. Only one problem. You flunked a grade and find yourself in Summer School. To the errant student, it’s a shame he didn’t work hard enough. But what was the teacher’s crime?¬†


That brings us to our feature presentation for this afternoon.


A high-school gym teacher has big plans for the summer, but is forced to cancel them to teach a “bonehead” English class for misfit goof-off students. Fortunately, his unconventional brand of teaching fun field trips begins to connect with them, and even inspires ardor in some.¬†


Even though we’re all responsible people (at least some of you are, ūüėČ ) Think of a time when work took you away from something or someplace you really wanted to be. Even if it’s just anywhere but work! Have some fun with it and write your “escape”.¬†


Sorry for the late start. Monitoring a family member who was in an accident last night and the evening got away from me!


The temperatures aren’t the only thing that can heat up in the summer! Romance can blossom. Walks in the summer rain, or along the shore… moonlight strolls could all be the beginning of a beautiful romance.

The film Summer Love provided the nudge for today.

Summer Love

Summer Love


Synopsis: John Saxon and his rock ‘n roll combo getting a month-long summer gig at a co-ed camp in Lake Tahoe; he has reluctant eyes for the wealthy lass whose family owns a house nearby, but a visit from his steady girlfriend–not to mention the burden of babysitting his younger brother and sister–may scuttle any hopes for a summer romance. Also featured in this is Poet Rod McKuen.


We’re looking for a love poem today. Love is for all seasons, so we won’t fault you for going there, but if you have a summer love in you, by all means, write it!



We’re off to the movies again! Today our selection¬†is¬†Summer Magic!

Summer Magic¬†is a 1963¬†Walt Disney Productions¬†film starring¬†Hayley Mills,¬†Burl Ives, and¬†Dorothy McGuire¬†in a story about a Boston widow and her children taking up residence in a small town in Maine. The film was based on the novel¬†Mother Carey’s Chickens¬†by¬†Kate Douglas Wiggin¬†and was directed by¬†James Neilson. This was the fourth of six film Mills did for Disney, and the young actress received a¬†Golden Globe¬†nomination for her work here.


There is a certain magic to summer. Well, at least when we were younger and we had more summer to enjoy. We’ll be taking a step back, when our responsibilities were more simple (but here’s hoping we acted responsibly) and find something magical about a summer moment! A first love, a day at the beach, playing baseball, a picnic… My thought is much like my idea of inspiration… it is everywhere you look! Maybe it was your first trip to a Disney park (it is the Magic Kingdom after all!) The magic is in your memory, heart and your words. Wow us with some poetic prestidigitation! Write the magic!



This Saturday’s feature film is “Summer Clouds” (Iwashigumo), a 1958 Japanese film directed by¬†MIKIO NARUSE. Naruse seems to be fascinated by clouds since his other titles include “Floating Clouds” and “Scattered Clouds”


Summer Clouds (1958)

Synopsis: The country makes an unusual setting for Naruse, known for his city films, and the lyrical, open-air feeling of this color, Cinescope film almost hides the defeat that permeates the story of a war widow with a young boy who manages a farm with her bossy mother-in-law, while trying to be independent of her traditional farming family. 


We often gaze at the sky and see cloud formations that reminds us of something. So too, we look at clouds and are inspired enough to write a cloud poem! Whatever the title “Summer Clouds” brings to mind, write it into your poem. Maybe something in a Japanese form to steer your words? Either way, do not float away until you write your summer themed cloud poem!


Great start, my poetic partners! “Summer Breeze” was an easy listening piece of music to set the mood for a relaxing summer!

Today being Saturday, it calls to mind heading to the theater to catch a movie or to those who remember them, the weekly Adventure series also known as Serials. A great day to spend the afternoon. We’re not concerned with Netflix or those online computer sites. We’re seeing a show! Every Saturday for the month of July will feature the title of a summer movie!

Today’s feature:

“Smiles of a Summer Night”

Smiles of a Summer Night (Swedish: Sommarnattens leende) is a 1955 Swedish comedy film directed by Ingmar Bergman. It was the first of Bergman’s films to bring the director international success, due to its exposure at the 1956 Cannes Film Festival.[1] In 2005 TIME magazine ranked it one of the 100 greatest films since 1923.[2]

The film’s plot‚ÄĒwhich involves the misadventures of some couples on a summer night‚ÄĒhas been adapted many times, most notably as the theatrical musical A Little Night Music by Stephen Sondheim, Hugh Wheeler and Harold Prince, which opened on Broadway in 1973, and as Woody Allen‘s film A Midsummer Night’s Sex Comedy (1982).

Starring Ulla Jacobsson
Eva Dahlbeck
Harriet Andersson
Margit Carlqvist
Gunnar Björnstrand
Bibi Andersson

Ahem! Yes, well so…

All we need is a poem about something summery that brings a smile to your face. Or it could incorporate a summer night as the theme. I know you’ll find something of which to write!