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An Ode to Moss Landing

I wrote this poem in the guest book at Moss Landing, Ocean Shores, Washington. I took a picture of it to keep a copy and decided to share it today for Open Link Night at dVerse Poets Pub.

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An Ode to Moss Landing, June 23–25, 2017

I wrote this poem for the royal “we”
Gail, Sharon, and Linda (me)
We enjoyed our stay at Moss Landing
Our schedule quite undemanding

The weekend began with long drives
I prepared dinner as the others arrived
Feasting occurred, shrimp, scallops, and more
Seven-layer bars that we adore

Lazing in the warm summer sun
Girls’ weekend is so much fun
The lovely weather such a treat
Time together can’t be beat

Cozy hot tub an added touch
We really don’t ask for much
Warm and soothing relaxation
Preamble to subsequent tasty libations

Hard cider, wine, and caramel liqueur
For morning coffee, strong we prefer
It’s not important what’s in the cup
We’re here to share stories and catch up

We’ve been friends for 33 years
We’ve laughed, loved, and shed many tears
Here’s to at least 33 more
Looking forward to adventures galore

Thanks for the memories added to the rest
In this cute cabin we were blessed
We don’t know what next year will bring
Friendship that lasts is our favorite thing

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My Poetry Dictionary

I’d love to write a sonnet
While wearing an Easter bonnet

Or perhaps a villanelle
That would do as well

The problem I have with meter
Which is meant to make a poem neater

Is that I struggle to understand iambs
Those metrical feet, not of lambs

The tercet, quintain, and quatrain
Give structure to my creative brain

terza rima might morph from tercets
But that’s not as crazy as it gets

If I am really courageous
I might try a sestina, it’s not contageous

But poetry is if you write it too much
And find that the hearts of others you touch

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Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is to find a specialized dictionary, select at least 10 words from it, and write a poem using them. I pulled my copy of the poetry dictionary by John Drury off the shelf and wrote this ode to poetry. Selected words are italicized.

 

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Ode to the Road

They say the road to hell
is paved with good intentions
Philanthropy lauded in the news
Love of the limelight for altruism

Millions spent by famous ones
who garner billions upon billions
start foundations seeking donations
from peasants in need of charity

But the road to heaven
is paved with an old woman’s
last two tiny copper coins

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Day 4 Lesson for Blogging U: Theme is map, form is ode, and poetic device is metaphor.

 

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