Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt didn’t work for me (nothing personal, y’all). And what is it about prompts, that they always seem to lead us writers to…what? An idea? A voice? A cohering of disparate pieces that until then had just tumbled around in a jumbled mess? Anyway, I looked back at the prompts I’ve missed, and … Continue reading NaPoWriMo day 8 ~ for my old ladies
NaPoWriMo’s prompt today is a form I’d never heard of before, the shadorma: “The shadorma is a six-line, 26-syllable poem (or a stanza – you can write a poem that is made of multiple shadorma stanzas). The syllable count by line is 3/5/3/3/7/5.” So here we go ~ birds return a towhee a finch three robins … Continue reading a shadorma for spring ~
Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is fascinating! In order to complete it, I had to make a ‘personal deck‘: a list of 100 words (preferably written on index cards, although I wrote them in my journal instead). The directions are very specific: so many sensory words; a few of this kind, a few of that… Mine included … Continue reading NaPoWriMo day 3 ~
It’s National Poetry Month, as well as National Poetry Writing Month. So here’s a tea poem, for my much-missed mother ~ Sweetness on the tongue ~ I drink iced tea the way my mother did but not as sweet, and with a little mint. A wedge (or two) of lemon, Mother said, would take the … Continue reading A tea poem for my mother ~
Folks have asked me about the ‘breath’ part of ‘Tea & Breath’. A great question to discuss in April, because April is National Poetry Month! It’s also National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo). It would help you, gentle reader, to remember that it’s ‘breath’ that animates that lovely art — the pause of breath at the … Continue reading Tea & poetry ~
If you know anything about the Chinese zodiac (although it’s not exclusively Chinese), you know that being a dragon is wonderful luck. And if you already love dragons — even before you knew you were year of the dragon! — you’re entranced when you find that out, as well! Add to that a love of … Continue reading Dragons, pearls, & family ~
This week I did something rare for me: I made my own tea blend. It’s the result of a confluence of vectors ~ some ancient (but still perfectly usable, & very tasty) Teavana Winterberry, found at the back of shelves, when I reorganised the tea shelves; an abundance of one of my favourite fruit teas … Continue reading Fruit ‘tea’, or, my first real foray into blending tea ~
When life is less than rosy-tinted, I go outside. Often w/a mug of tea. Funny: usually I prefer cups & saucers to mugs, but outside? Mugs seem … more appropriate? Maybe they’re just easier to maneuver! 😏 I make a large mug of whatever tea feels right (usually a China black of some sort, although lately … Continue reading Wings, prairie flowers, and chai ~
This has been a difficult year. For me, for my friends & family, for the world, really. Not as simple as the pandemic, it’s also the stripping of blindfolds from cultural eyes, if that makes sense: we are seeing clearly the bloody wounds in the body politic. We are finding ourselves unable to converse politely … Continue reading our year of discontent, diluted in a cup of tea ~
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