Writing 201: Poetry – Hero

Writing 201: Poetry – Hero

Assignment #6 has a word prompt of a Hero(ine) to be written in the form of a ballad using the device of anaphora/epistrophe.

Superman was extremely popular when I was growing up in the 1950’s. Here’s the introduction to the Adventures of Superman TV show which I watched all the time (58 sec).

 

This was the famous shield that he wore on his chest, along with the opening words to the TV show.

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Faster than a speeding bullet!
More powerful than a locomotive!
Able to leap tall buildings at a single bound!

Look! Up in the sky!
It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s Superman!

Mild-mannered reporter for the Daily Planet is really the greatest superhero of them all who “fights a never-ending battle for truth, justice, and the American way!”

As a kid, I loved Superman on TV. He could do anything, which really impressed me. So I made a cape from a white towel and colored in a big red “S” on it to make it official. Then I tried to fly off the front steps of our house. But I just landed in the middle of the shrubs, and got yelled at by my mother. Oh well, so much for special powers!

Here is my poem:

Amazing, powerful, back then,
I loved the heroes, oh yes!
I was but just a kid back then,
I loved to watch, oh yes!

I made a cape and wondered why,
with dreams inside my head.
I made a jump, and tried to fly, 
but broke a bush instead.

This one was quite challenging. First, it was hard just composing a ballad, which usually has four lines with the second and fourth rhyming (“why” and “fly”, as well as “head” and “instead”). But then you had to use anaphora with word repetiton at front of lines (“I loved” and “I made”), as well as epistrophe for word repetition at ends of lines (“back then” and “oh yes!”) too. It was necessary to use two stanzas so I could get all that incorporated into the poem. But I think it finally came together fairly well.

It thought it would be interesting to learn more about poetry, so I am taking the Writing 201: Poetry course over the last two weeks of February. Let me know what you think, and comments are appreciated.

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Writing 201: Poetry – Fog

Assignment #5 has a word prompt of Fog to be written in the form of a Elegy using the device of metaphor. Here is my poem:

Watching the fog lift from the lake takes me back to when my dad died.
First, heavy and thick. Then it becomes clear again.
Brain got clogged after fall. Losing memory with strange behavior.
Love lasts… Long life… Gone. Great father. I will miss him.

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It thought it would be interesting to learn more about poetry, so I am taking the Writing 201: Poetry course over the last two weeks of February.

This was a tough one to do.  It was really hard to try to match the elegiac couplet rhythm, and also weave in a metaphor with an elegy. But I think I got pretty close. And it was nice to think about my father again after losing him at age 93 almost two years ago.

Let me know what you think, and comments are appreciated.

Writing 201: Poetry – Animal

Writing 201: Poetry – Animal

Assignment #4 has a word prompt of Animal to be written in the form of a Concrete Poem using the device of Enjambment.

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Here’s my poem about our cat Pepper and my youngest son.

         Our     cat 
     was named Pepper. It  
   lost     its     mother, 
     so     we     thought 
     it would be a good 
      pet for our kids. 

        Our    youngest 
        son    was    
     always    good   
       with    music 
        and    art.
   It was black and white, 
    and one day we found 
   he carefully colored in
       the white area 
       along Pepper's 
              n
              o
              s
              e 
   between    the    eyes 
    with purple marker 
    while it was asleep.
         Another time 
        we discovered 
       he had drawn a 
      life size picture 
        of an indian 
      in full headress 
     (with arms crossed) 
        using crayons 
     on his bedroom wall - 
 we had been in Indian Guides. 

Sometimes we would 
     find the cat 
          hanging 

by its claws 
     from weave curtains 
          in the living room.


And somehow it survived 18 years.

It thought it would be interesting to learn more about poetry, so I am taking the Writing 201: Poetry course over the last two weeks of February. Let me know what you think, and comments are appreciated.

Writing 201: Poetry – Trust

Assignment #3 has a word prompt of Trust to be written in the form of an Acrostic using the device of Internal rhyme. I had trouble getting in the internal rhyme, but here is my poem:

Elinor is my trusted mother all my life.
Love is all she talks about when
I visit her in the memory care center.
Now she doesn’t even remember I was there,
Or have any idea when I will visit again.
Really all she knows now is a moment and then it’s gone.

I’m fairly new at writing poetry. I just decided to give it a try with the Writing 201: Poetry course over the last two weeks of February. Let me know what you think, and comments are appreciated.

Writing 201: Poetry – Journey

Writing 201: Poetry – Journey

Assignment #2 has a word prompt of Journey to be written in the form of a Limerick using the device of Alliteration. So here is mine:

Germany is a journey to enjoy that I would choose.
Flying overnight to Europe offers time for a snooze.
Oh, I am so excited …
so much fun …
now that we’re both booked aboard a Viking River Cruise!

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Here are some brief highlights of the 8-day cruise along the Rhine in Germany, which includes Basel (Switzerland),  Breisach (Black Forest), Strasbourg (France), Koblenz, Heidelberg & Rüdesheim, Cologne, Kinderdijk and Amsterdam (The Netherlands).

“Rhine Getaway” on Viking River Cruises – 45 sec

 

We will also be spending several days each visiting Amsterdam, Munich, Salzburg (Austria), Leipzig (wife’s grandmother birthplace), Berlin (nephew and family), as well as several other places. It will be a wonderful 3 weeks, with lots of opportunities for travel and photo blog posts. I welcome any recommendations and suggestions since we’re still finalizing our itinerary and activities.

I’m new at writing poetry. I decided to give it a try with the Writing 201: Poetry course over the last two weeks of February. Let me know what you think, and comments are appreciated.

Writing 201: Poetry – Water

This is my first attempt at writing poetry. I decided to give it a try with the Writing 201: Poetry course over the last two weeks of February. Assignment #1 was based on a prompt (Water), form (Haiku), and device (simile). So here is my Haiku on Water, but I wasn’t able to include a simile.

I live on a lake,
which is over half empty –
Flood needed to fill!

I was thinking of Lake Travis which is currently only 38% full in our extended severe drought here in central Texas. Actually, this prompted me to go out and take some photos that illustrate how low it is which I will include in another post. I would normally have been under water where I took this photo.
Lake Travis at Cody Park