Just taking care of business:

If you haven’t already, go and read Marie Elena’s interview with Sharon (S.E.) Ingraham. Insightful is an understatement; these ladies have both shown why they are so good at what they do. Click HERE for the link.

We’ve had a tremendous response to the prompt for this week. WHERE THE RUBBER MEETS THE ROAD – PROMPT #44 has us writing about our travels. We’ll hold the bus for you until Sunday when we change our tune and the prompt! Click HERE for that link.

The POETIC RECOLLECTION PAGES are being established and poems are being posted by the poets.If you do not see your name in the menu and you wish to have a page, send and e-mail to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com – subject: Recollections page. Please only post poems submitted for POETIC BLOOMINGS prompts or IN-FORM POET segments on these pages and make a note as to which prompt/form it applies. Also, if you need to supply photo/bio, you can do so there as well. They are being updated almost daily. These pages are for regular contributors to POETIC BLOOMINGS. Newer poets will be added as we see fit.

DAISY CHAIN is the “bulletin board” to advertise and link to our poet’s personal blog pages. Again, if you do not see, or would like your links added to the chain, e-mail to poeticbloomings@yahoo.com – subject: Daisy Chain. Please check to make sure your link is correct, and if your URL changes please inform us.

The BOOK SHELF is the place for us to post your accomplishments in publishing. E-mail a link to your book and we’ll add it to the shelf. Subject: Book Shelf.


Ten lines rhymed; usually (though not by definition) iambic pentameter. This is originally a French form and initially would have been made up of eight syllable lines, but later ten syllable lines were also used. The few examples of this form in England did prefer Iambic Pentameter, but that’s purely up to the poet.

The rhyme scheme is: a-b-a-b-b-c-c-d-c-d.

Marie’s Dizain:


Our days are swift, and age affects our lives –
the essence of our character and traits.
Though thankful as another year arrives,
We haltingly approach the entry gates
Concerned about what destiny awaits.

Cast off this uninvited guest of fear!
Grab hands, and leap into the coming year!
Draw near the gate with courage – boldly delve –
Embrace the future, lift your glass in cheer,
And turn to Him who holds your Twenty Twelve.

Walt’s Dizain:


My cheeks are cold; ruddy and rather red,
and the muddy residue on my shoe
has me wishing I were home in my bed.
But, now that my world-wide journey is through,
I have to thaw my face, frozen and blue.

A leap of faith and we were on our way,
Me and my reindeer and my toy filled sleigh.
We travel around at the speed of sound,
This Santa Claus’ heart is warm today.
A trip that started with a single bound.


This week our IN-FORM POET explores a new form devised by our own Salvatore Buttaci. The form is called PUN-KU. Instead of giving an interpretation of the form, we’ll let its creator’s words speak for themselves. From Salvatore’s blog SAL’S PLACE:



Poetry today continues to entertain readers, inspiring poets to write a greater number of poems according to the requirements of established poetic forms. The sonnet, for example, did not die with Shakespeare, Milton, Petrarch and the other masters. It is still being written according to the required iambic pentameter and rhyme patterns set down centuries ago. In most instances all that has changed is that poets write sonnets without the antiquated language of the past.

Because poetry is dynamic, because we are not restricted to reading only the works of famous poets, most of who are gone from the literary scene, modern-day poets are creating new forms.

I would like to add still another new poetic form, which I call the PUN-KU. Here are the requirements for writing one.

(1) Unlike the haiku that allows for a less than strict adherence to the 17-syllable rule, the pun-ku must be exactly 17 syllables long.

(2) It contains only four (4) lines arranged syllabically as follows:

Line 1: 4 syllables Line 2: 5 syllables Line 3: 4 syllables Line 4: 4 syllables

(3) As for the end-rhyme pattern, Lines 1 and 2 do not rhyme. Lines 3 and 4 do.

(4) The pun-ku must contain a pun on one or more of the words used in the poem. The subject matter deals with human nature, is light, humorous, or witty.

(5) The title of the pun-ku can only be one- or two-words long (or short).

Here are two of my pun-ku for examples.


nothing is more


around these parts

than two cleaved hearts



strong lumberjacks

locate forest trees

then saw their bark

despite the dark


In the first example, the pun is on the word “cleaved,” which has two opposite meanings: “to cling together” and “to split apart.” In the second example, the pun is on the word “saw,” which can be defined as “a tool for cutting” and “the past tense of the verb ‘to see.’ ”

You might have fun writing a few pun-ku of your own!

Here are a few sites to visit if you’re looking to learn more about poetic forms. You can also do a search of “poetic forms” or type in a form and search for it.






Thanks Sal! Give Sal’s new form a try.


Marie’s PUN-KU:


Keith’s vacuuming.
He flashes a grin.
And I think, “Yup.
He’s sucking up.”

Walt’s PUN-KU:


She’s had her fill.
She’s sent him packing.
And now the house
has been de-loused.


I blame the heat.

Rants and raves abound on other “private” sites about poetry. Read private as “closed group” of poets who have become acquainted on certain sites to develop this craft we
propose. Where claimed as supportive and nurturing, there appears to be a bit less of that out there.

There is a certain process for which we all as poets strive. Developing and instructive, yes, supportive and sharing. We all want that I’m sure. And though finding success through recognition or possible publication is the end game, it should not over-ride the process.

The truth is, we are poetry sites. We are not truly a “garden”, or a “street” or bloody brothel, although it’s cute to think so simplistically. As our masthead says, “Poetic Bloomings is a blog to nurture the poetic spirit in a supportive and inspired way. All poets are welcome to add their “poetic blooms” … bring the beauty of the written word to the world, one expressive bouquet at a time.” And so we will remain.

We propose poetry. It was mentioned early on in the planning of this site for a POSSIBLE anthology if the support and commitment were there. There are no promises offered here. We are “Unconditional Poetry” in a pleasant setting without any one voice dominating the conversation. Every voice is important. HOWEVER, rancor and vitriol are not AND will not be tolerated here. There is an editorial policy in place here that has never needed to be used and I hope it remains so. As Marie Elena and I have stated, we are here to suport and promote you the poets who have chosen to post to the prompts at Poetic Bloomings or wish to follow their development.

All poets here know that as fact and I’m sure appreciate that. So if you need reminding, click the WELCOME and re-read our introduction. We’re all gifted poets. That is our badge of honor. Enjoy the process. The payoff is the exposure to your and other poets finery.

ON A SOMEWHAT PERSONAL NOTE: Marie Elena is the most caring, nurturing and supportive person I’ve never met. But the friendship that has evolved from our association with poetry is very strong. That’s all we’ve ever needed to say about it. You are all aware of her manner and temperament. So take any criticism of her here or at any other blogs with a BIG grain of salt. One of the finest human beings and poets I’ve ever had the honor to share not one, but two blogs with. And that loyalty extends to each poet here with the above idea in mind.

That being said, we welcome you to post to the Week #13 prompt for a Goal-oriented poem.

This Wednesday will offer In-Form Poet with a new poetry form highlighted.

Saturday, we present our “Beautiful Blooms” selections for the Goal Poems.

As always, a new “Seed” will be planted every Sunday. Poem to the People!



This is Poetic Bloomings — a place where poetry grows and flourishes in a supportive and encouraging environment. Please join us each Sunday for our prompts and examples. Then, get writing.


1. HAVE FUN. The guidelines aren’t meant to be restrictive. They are just to try to keep everyone on the same page.

2.  SEEDPROMPT SUNDAY.”  Every Sunday, we will post a new prompt, which may be found by clicking on “Poetic Bloomings” at the top of the page, or in the right-hand “Recent Posts” menu. You may post your poems at any time throughout the week(s) ahead.    We ask that you try to keep to the prompt. It makes it easier to categorize the subject matter.

3. HOW TO POST. Poems may be posted in the COMMENTS section for each prompt. You may also post to your personal blog and leave a link to your poem in the COMMENTS.

4. WHO MAY POST? Poetic Bloomings is open to all poets, regardless of skill level, point of view, or age. As such, we encourage members to “keep it clean.”  Our goal is to encourage and learn from one another. Hopefully we’ll all gain a fresh understanding of the poetic process.

5. WILD CARD.”  We will have the occasional “WILD CARD” prompt to allow you to let your muse loose.

6. BEAUTIFUL BLOOMS.”  Weekly, Walt and Marie Elena will each “pick” a “bloom” (poem) of the week to highlight. If enough interest is expressed, we would look into putting together a “POETIC BLOOMINGS POETRY JOURNAL” of these works. We’ll see what pans out.

7.  POET INTERVIEW.  On the second Thursday of every month, we feature one of our Poetic Bloomings members.  This includes an interview with the poet, and samples of their work.  Occasionally, we may feature special guests.

8.  IN-FORM POET WEDNESDAY.”  Every Wednesday, we present a poetic form for your consideration and information. (More of a tutorial for some of the lesser known or invented forms).  We encourage you to try your hand at these forms, and we may choose to highlight one of your in-form poems on occasion.

9. DAISY CHAIN.”  Please provide a link to your blog for our “DAISY CHAIN.”  We are about promoting your work. You retain the rights to all your poems — we just wish to help give you another venue for exposure.  Links may be e-mailed to Walt and Marie Elena at poeticbloomings@yahoo.com.

10. BOOK SHELF.”  Let us know if you have been published, and flaunt it here. We encourage success. If you have a collection or chapbook available, allow us to post it on our “BOOK SHELF” with your link for all who may be interested.

11. BLOG HOPPING. We encourage you to visit the blogs of other poets regularly. Leave constructive and supportive comments. We want to nurture the expression of these written words.

12. QUESTIONS may be directed to our e-mail:   poeticbloomings@yahoo.com.

13. HAVE FUN.  Did we already say that?  Must be important. 😉

Any updates will be highlighted under that banner. We would like to establish a community of poets working for a common goal: the propagation of all things poetic. Plant your poetic seeds here, and allow them to bloom in our garden. We look forward to reading you. Poem on!