BOOK MATERIALS NEEDED – DEADLINE AUGUST 31

THE FOLLOWING RECEIVED BLOOMS DURING THE PERIOD OF MAY 1, 2012 – APRIL 30, 2013, BUT WE HAVE NOT YET RECEIVED YOUR BIO OR REVISED POEM(S).  PLEASE SUBMIT THESE MATERIALS BY AUGUST 31 (TODAY!).  WE WANT TO INCLUDE YOU!

“LAUREN”
BARLOW-LIBERATORE, AMY
CERNEK KASHK, ELLENELIZABETH
GOSSELIN, HANNAH
GROVE, MIKE
JOHNSON, ELIZABETH
MANSFIELD, MARY
MARTIN, JANET RUTH
NEGROIU, ANDRA-TEODORA
PAICOPULOS, DANIEL
WALRAVEN, JERRY
WINDHAM, MARK
YOUNG, BARBARA
YOUNG, CLAUDETTE

Please e-mail your materials to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com.  Thank you!

In addition, if you are on our 10% list (submitted at least 5 poems during our second “growing season” [May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013]), and wish to be included in our second publication, please be sure to see the guidelines below.  We want to include you as well!

INFORMATION AND INSTRUCTIONS FOR INCLUSION IN POETIC BLOOMINGS  – the second year

Poetic Bloomings is readying for our second publication, “POETIC BLOOMINGS – the second year.”   This is, in part, a collection of the BEAUTIFUL BLOOM poems from the second year of the Sunday prompts, along with your host’s efforts. We ask all who have been selected for a BLOOM during our second “growing season”  (May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013) to revisit the awarded poem(s), and revise as you see fit. We are relying on you to self-edit your work. Please email the corrected pieces with your bio (see below) to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com by  AUGUST 31. If we do not receive an updated version of your poetry, we will assume it is to your liking as posted on our site. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

As stated above, we intend to include all poems that received a “Beautiful Bloom.”

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  ;)   Here at POETIC BLOOMINGS, we have always taken pride in opening the gates of this “garden” to poets of all ages and skill levels. In the spirit of inclusiveness, we invite poets who replied to at least 10% of the Sunday prompts to contribute to this publication with poems written for the POETIC BLOOMINGS prompts. The math is easy.  You must have contributed poems to at least five of the Sunday prompts between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013 to be in the Ten Percent category.  If you believe you fall into this category,  please send us an e-mail right away to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com. This will help us tremendously in the process of planning our book.

We ask that you update your contact information for correspondence, and request that poets who post under a blog screen name supply your full name with your info.

PERMISSIONS

Receipt of your bio will be accepted as permission to include your “Beautiful Bloom(s)” or “ten-percenter” poem that you submit to us for inclusion.  If you submitted a photo to us that was used as a photo prompt, your bio will be accepted as permission to include that as well.

BIO (required)

A brief biography (third person, no more than 6 lines, including your url) will be required for all featured poets in this book.  Again, this should be sent to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com.

RIGHTS

Nonexclusive rights: Your poem(s) will be used only for “POETIC BLOOMINGS – the second year” (not for promotion or other publications), for as long as the collection is in print. As the author, you will have immediate rights to use your included poems in any way you wish.  The same applies to your photo(s).

For those interested, POETIC BLOOMINGS – the first year is available for purchase on Amazon:

PBTFY
Click on book to see more.

ANNOUNCEMENT! POETIC BLOOMINGS – the second year

ATTENTION!  SEE NEW (EXTENDED) DEADLINE! 

POETIC BLOOMINGS  – the second year

Poetic Bloomings is readying for our second publication, “POETIC BLOOMINGS – the second year.”   This is, in part, a collection of the BEAUTIFUL BLOOM poems from the second year of the Sunday prompts, along with your host’s efforts. We ask all who have been selected for a BLOOM during our second “growing season”  (May 1, 2012 – April 30, 2013) to revisit the awarded poem(s), and revise as you see fit. We are relying on you to self-edit your work. Please email the corrected pieces with your bio (see below) to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com by  AUGUST 31. If we do not receive an updated version of your poetry, we will assume it is to your liking as posted on our site. 

WHO IS ELIGIBLE?

As stated above, we intend to include all poems that received a “Beautiful Bloom.”

BUT WAIT! THERE’S MORE!  😉  Here at POETIC BLOOMINGS, we have always taken pride in opening the gates of this “garden” to poets of all ages and skill levels. In the spirit of inclusiveness, we invite poets who replied to at least 10% of the Sunday prompts to contribute to this publication with poems written for the POETIC BLOOMINGS prompts. The math is easy.  You must have contributed poems to at least five of the Sunday prompts between May 1, 2012 and April 30, 2013 to be in the Ten Percent category.  If you believe you fall into this category,  please send us an e-mail right away to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com. This will help us tremendously in the process of planning our book.

We ask that you update your contact information for correspondence, and request that poets who post under a blog screen name supply your full name with your info.

PERMISSIONS

Receipt of your bio will be accepted as permission to include your “Beautiful Bloom(s)” or “ten-percenter” poem that you submit to us for inclusion.  If you submitted a photo to us that was used as a photo prompt, your bio will be accepted as permission to include that as well.

BIO (required)

A brief biography (no more than 6 lines, including your url) will be required for all featured poets in this book.  Again, this should be sent to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com.

RIGHTS

Nonexclusive rights: Your poem(s) will be used only for “POETIC BLOOMINGS – the second year” (not for promotion or other publications), for as long as the collection is in print. As the author, you will have immediate rights to use your included poems in any way you wish.  The same applies to your photo(s).

For those interested, POETIC BLOOMINGS – the first year is available for purchase on Amazon:

PBTFY

Click on book to see more.

IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – APPRECIATE

In highlighting the creative minds of our poets, there is one aspect on which we have only brushed the surface, that being in the matter of newly created form. We’ve used many forms in this segment of POETIC BLOOMINGS that have been developed by people outside of our realm of influence. But….

This week we tap Earl Parsons in a form the he’s been working the kinks out of, and I’ve decided to help Earl present it here in his “own” words:

We’ve all heard the cheer, “2, 4, 6, 8, Who do we appreciate!!” Well, here’s a poetic form based on that cheer. It’s simple:

A poem of one 5 line stanza with syllable counts of, hold it now, just a minute, I think you guessed it….. 2, 4, 6 and 8 with the fifth line being 7 syllables, just as the line “Who do we appreciate.” There is no rhyming pattern to follow, however, the subject of the poem must be something that is appreciated (I guess that will eliminate politics, war, or socially polarizing issues). Simple, no?

Let’s give it a go with two examples from Earl:

Love

True love
So pure of heart
Can never be taken
Even though one may pass away
True love will always live on

Or this:

Cat Licked

Cold nose
Sniffing my face
Whiskers tickling my cheek
Is it love or is it hunger
Quick before I get cat licked

~ Earl Parsons

 

AND NOW OUR EXAMPLES:

 

MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT:

SPAMMER

 Sincere
Indebtedness
And appreciation
For how pertinent my viewpoint
Is to you in this moment.

© Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013

 (I hope sarcasm is acceptable, Earl.  But I mean, seriously … how gullible do these spammers think we are?  HA!)

WALT’S APPRECIATE:

IN HER THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS

She prays.
Keeping those near
amongst her intentions.
No mention of her own distress.
It is best we pray for her.

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013
 
(Hope you had a nice walk, Marie!)
 
Walt, you are so very kind.  Thank you!  And yes,  I love my morning walks.  ~Marie

IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – HEXSONNETTA

The HexSonnetta, created by Andrea Dietrich, consists of two six-line stanzas and a finishing rhyming couplet with the following set of rules:

Meter: Iambic Trimeter
Rhyme Scheme: a/bb/aa/b c/dd/cc/d ee

Iambic Trimeter means the usual iambic (alternating unstressed/stressed) meter for every line of the poem, but instead of the ten syllables that comprise a typical sonnet’s iambic pentameter, this particular form uses six syllables of iambic trimeter per line. Thus, the name HexSonnetta. The first part of the form’s name refers to the syllable count per line. The second part of the name, Sonnetta, is to show this to be a form similar to the sonnet, yet with its shorter lines and different rhyme scheme, it is not the typical sonnet. Not only does this poem have six syllables per line, it also has a set of two six-line stanzas, giving an extra “hex” to the meaning of HexSonnetta. The rhyme scheme is a bit of a mixture of the two traditional sonnet types, with the two 6-line stanzas having more the rhyme scheme of an Italian sonnet, but with the ending rhyming couplet being the featured rhyme scheme of the English sonnet. The first stanza presents the theme of the poem, with the second stanza serving to change the tone of the poem, to introduce a new aspect of the theme or to give added details. The final couplet, as in an English sonnet, can be either a summary (if the theme is simple) or it could be the resolution to a problem presented in the theme. In any event, it should nicely tie together the whole piece and could even appear as a nice “twist” presented at the end.

MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT

WAGING WAR

 Her strength is weakly veiled
To those who know her well
And see the utter hell
With which she is assailed
In every breath inhaled;
Concealed in every cell.
 
Decisions made with grit,
That wells from depths unknown
To shake her to the bone,
And yet she doesn’t quit.
To this, I must admit:
I place her on a throne.
 
Her angels battle on;
Triumphant swords are drawn.
 
© Copyright Marie Elena Good  – 2013

WALT’S HEXSONNETTA:

HEART SHADOWS FALL

Beneath the moonlit sky
two lovers seek repose,
for lovers in the throes
of passion by-and- by,
would bring a fool to cry,
for that’s the way love goes.

These shadows cast at night,
are of the hearts that fall,
they live to hear love’s call
before they drop from sight,
for when the time is right,
two hearts will share it all.

The moon’s bright lights caress
the hearts within their chests.

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013

IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – TABLEAU

The Tableau, a poetry form created by Emily Romano in October of 2008, consists of one or more verses, each having six lines. Each line should have five beats. There is no set rhyme scheme, although rhyme may be present. The title should contain the word tableau.

Since the dictionary states the word tableau means picture or representation, the poem should reflect this. A picture should come to mind as the poem is read.

MARIE ELENA’S TABLEAU

“Selfless” Tableau

Three sets of blue eyes
Three smiling babies
Fed, bathed, and PJ’d
Three cuddled angels
 
Two arrived today
Temporarily
Taken in by you
And the spacious heart
You wear on your sleeve.

© Copyright – Marie Elena Good – 2013

WALT’S TABLEAU

COMPOSER’S TABLEAU

In his head, it plays,
a melody strong.
The root of his song
ebbs and flows in waves,
he saves the best part
written from his heart.

In his song are words.
Thoughts that he has heard
over and over.
They say he loves her.
They say that he cares.
It is there he sings.

Songs start in his heart,
each beat is measured,
in a loop of love.
Visions fill his muse
and he refuses
to let his song die.

She knows as he plays
that the song is hers
only a short while,
and she smiles knowing
that she has inspired
what the world will hear.

In her heart it plays.
His melody, strong,
his love in her song.
And he brings the things
in each word he sings;
fingers poised to play.

© Copyright – Walter J. Wojtanik 2013

IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – TROIS-PAR-HUIT

DON’T MISS OUR BIG ANNOUNCEMENT! It is May 1, and we have officially completed our second “blooming season” here at Poetic Bloomings. Do you know what that means?  Time to compile our second book of poetry by our fabulous Poetic Bloomings poets!  We have just begun the long and arduous (but fun) process of readying for this second publication.  Information (including what we need from you) may be found here:  http://poeticbloomings.com/2013/05/01/announcement-poetic-bloomings-the-second-year/.

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Now, on to our new form of the week:

The Trois-par-Huit was created by Lorraine M. Kanter.

Trois-par-Huit (Three-by-Eight or Octa-Tri for short), is a short form containing three stanzas of 3, 3 and 2 lines OR 3, 2 and 3 lines for a total of 8 lines.  The syllable count is 3, 6, 9, 12, 12, 9, 6, 3. The rhyming pattern is AAB BBC CC,  where the last line is the title of the poem and summarizes the meaning of the poem.

FOR MORE INFO : Trois-par-Huit

MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT

COME WITH ME (3,3,2 pattern)

Though I fought,
In the end, I was caught.
Ensnared by your captivating line,
 
Infatuated, and wanting you to be mine.
Yet, this I know: Although this land for you is fine,
I prefer my breath beneath the sea.
 
A mermaid must be free.
Come with me.

Copyright © Marie Elena Good, 2013

WALT’S EXAMPLE:

I BELIEVE (3,3,2 Pattern)

In the end,
we have become good friends,
counting on the other for support.

Communication was far from a last resort;
finding a common ground; a person of import
to our lives and what we can achieve.

And to them, we will cleave…
I believe.

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013

IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – CONSTANZA

The Constanza, created by Connie Marcum Wong, consists of five or more 3-line stanzas. Each line has a set meter of eight syllables. The first lines of all the stanzas can be read successively as an independent poem, with the rest of the poem weaved in to express a deeper meaning. The first lines convey a theme written in monorhyme, while the second and third lines of each stanza rhyme together.

Rhyme scheme: a/b/b, a/c/c, a/d/d, a/e/e, a/f/f………etc.

(Thanks to Shadow Poetry:  http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/constanza.html)

MARIE ELENA’S CONSTANZA:

There, but for the grace of God …

 I’m told I should pray for this one.
And yet, I don’t know if I can.
For how does one pray for a man
 
Who’s done what this evil one’s done?
His victims?  Will they pray for him,
Through losses of life, and of limb?
 
My God, did You send Your own Son
To die for this wicked man’s soul?
To kill, maim and mar was his goal.
 
I’m drawn not to pray, but to shun.
Forgive me, I’m lacking in grace –
My prayers are dishonest and base.
 
My God, yes, You gave up Your Son
Who willingly donned human skin,
Then died for my own dreadful sin.
 
Please give me Your heart for this one,
And all who, like him, are misled.
Without You we’re (all of us) dead.
 
© Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013
 

WALT’S CONSTANZA:

POETRY: BACK IN TIME

I’ve lived without my words – a mime
keeping each one all to myself
like lost thoughts sitting on the shelf.

In the ways of my prose and rhyme
I have arrived to hit my stride
expressing all these thoughts inside.

For I found that in all that time
my words were squandered and wasted,
their sweetness was never tasted.

It was a felonious crime.
Punishment? Echoing silence,
for a man of words it’s violence.

Since early man stepped out of slime,
he wanted to communicate
but sounds that rhymed still had to wait.

He was fascinated with rhyme,
and now he writes them twice as fast,
evoking emotions at last,

a poet ahead of his time!
A trendsetter in thoughts and words;
writing the sweetest rhymes you’ve heard!

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013

**The secret of this CONSTANZA: I went to the Monorhyme link in our IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY directory and used my example I posted there, editing it to seven lines. I used this to complete the CONSTANZA (mindful of the eight-syllable restriction).

IN-FORM POETS WEDNESDAY – QUINZAINE

The English word quinzaine comes from the French word qunize, meaning fifteen. A quinzaine is an unrhymed verse of fifteen syllables.

These syllables are usually distributed among three lines:  seven syllables in the first line, five in the second line, and three in the third line (7/5/3). The first line makes a statement. The next two lines ask a question relating to that statement.

With thanks to Shadow Poetryhttp://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/quinzaine.html

MARIE ELENA’S QUINZAINE

All’s all and that’s all all is.
Are y’all still with me?
Anyone?
😀

© Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013

 

WALT’S QUINZAINE:

Love speaks in hushed tones.
Hear its whisper?
Will it seduce your heart?

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013

IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – DUO-RHYME

The Duo-rhyme, a poetic form created by Mary L. Ports, is a 10 or 12-line poem, with the first two and last two lines having the same rhyme scheme, and the center of the poem (lines #3 through #8 or #10) having their own separate monorhyme scheme.

Meter: 8 beats per line, written in iambic tetrameter (4 linear feet of iambic)

Rhyme Scheme: 10-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a and 12-line: a,a,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,b,a,a

To view Mary L. Ports examples and for information on DUO-RHYME follow this link:  http://www.shadowpoetry.com/resources/wip/duorhyme.html

MARIE ELENA’S TARDY DUO-RHYME:

GIVE ME EYES TO SEE

To look into another’s eyes
And truly see the soul that cries –
The fear and angst on which it feeds
The love that lost, the heart that bleeds
The expectation that misleads
The loveliness beneath the needs
The strength behind the smallest deeds
The blooms among the choking weeds.
This trampled soul with courage tries
Beyond what meets the eye implies.

© Copyright Marie Elena Good – 2013

WALT’S DUO-RHYME:

POEMIC MARATHON

We write our poems every day
in every form, in every way.
The kinds of words the people read,
each day in April, we succeed.
Not out of any dire need,
but rhyming words would plant the seed.
These worded pearls, this string of beads;
fantastic blooms amongst the weeds
All writers with poetic ways,
within this garden, their words play!

© Copyright Walter J. Wojtanik – 2013

IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY – LINE MESSAGING

In LINE MESSAGING poetry, the final line of each stanza may be compiled to create an entirely new poem with its own independent message (a poem within a poem).  It appears there are no rules for number of stanzas, or rhyme scheme.   This form was created by Angel Favazza.

See Shadow Poetry for more on LINE MESSAGING

MARIE ELENA’S ATTEMPT

David

He considers profoundly
The beauty before him,
Knowing she belongs to another. 
He uses his authority to order her
     Husband
                 to the front lines.
He feels no remorse
For death in war is honorable. 
     Yes? 
Besides,
What does it profit a man
 
     If the perks of royalty elude him?
He is convinced his king-heart is selfless;
That his royal power is used
For the wellbeing of his people,
     And not as a means
            To gain the world
 
                  And all therein. 
He seeks only what is best for this
      worthy creature.
Surely he could give her what Uriah could not. 
Surely for this precious gem,
Uriah would be willing to give
     his life
                And forfeit his soul.
 
 © Copyright Marie Elena – 2013
 
 Independent Message:
     What does it profit a man
     To gain the world,
     And forfeit his soul?
                        (Mark 8:36)
 
 I have to admit that this was one of the hardest forms I’ve ever attempted.  Walt, yours is nothing short of amazing. ~ Marie Elena
 

WALT’S MESSAGE:

A HEART IN THE SILENCE OF LOVE

Silence is a comforting companion,
a reminder that peace soothes
and love is the cure for
a heart left to languish.

 Even when it seems to be hopeless,
you find a way to embrace
life as the gift it is,
you are not far from
living to the fullest
in the throes of a lifetime love,

 Fondness of heart strengthens
in the absence of it, But above it all
you know that life is in the living,
and love is found in the giving.
For it is the truest of hearts that
never feels abandoned for lack of it

 © Copyright Walter J Wojtanik 2013

The independent (poem) message:

 
LOVE LIVES ON

 A heart left to languish
in the throes of a lifetime love,
never feels abandoned for lack of it
 

 © Copyright Walter J Wojtanik 2013