The Month in Review

I did it

I wrote a poem or poems


I did it

I wrote a clerihew

actually three that day

I did it

I wrote a hay(na)ku

such a simple way

I did it

I wrote a satire of

This is Just to Say

I did it

I wrote a new card game

do you want to play?

I did it

I wrote an erasure of Dante

that one is here to stay

I did it

I wrote about Paul’s urgent stop

of which we all can pray

I did it

I rewrote Emily Dickinson

must do more without delay

I did it

I wrote lots of others with no prompt

and now it is May!

I had to end with some rhymes.

The Month in Review


Edmund Clerihew Bentley

Rebelled in school most gently

Wrote four line rhymes in class

This poem to a friend would he pass.

Hillary Rodham Clinton

Says in politics she is not done

Whether personal or private

Hill says two phones she should get.

Young Harry “Handcuff” Houdini

Would tie himself up rather keenly

He said with a shout

Help, I can’t get out!

NaPoWriMo prompt to write a clerihew 4/25/15

Here is one by Edmund Clerihew Bentley himself –

Lewis Carrolll

Bought sumptuous apparel

And built an enormous palace

Out of the profits of Alice.



This is Just to Say

William Carlos Williams

I have eaten
the plums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold

All I Have To Say

Jane Swanson

I am so mad
that you
ate my secret
stash of chocolate

it was
only for me
not sharing
with you

If I had wanted you
to have some
I would have
offered it to you

NaPoWriMo prompt


Old Authors and a New Game

Forty four cards in the deck. There are eleven portraits of authors and each has four titles per author. The game is to try to collect all four titles for each author to make a book. Player with the most books wins. I always wanted to draw the card of Louisa May Alcott the only woman in the deck.

Here’s a new game. Match the quote with the author and the title of the book that the quote came from.

Does a boy get a chance to whitewash a fence every day?

Words, words, words.

There are books of which the backs and covers are by far the best parts.

How that personage haunted my dreams, I need scarcely tell you.

A man without conscience is but a poor creature………

Others may write from the head, but he writes from the heart, and the heart will always understand him.

What other dungeon is so dark as one’s own heart! What jailer so inexorable as one’s self!

For his heart was in his work, and the heart giveth grace unto every art.

God of Jacob! It is the meeting of two fierce tides – the conflict of two oceans moved by adverse winds!

For men may come and men may go,
But I go on for ever.

I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.

Henry Longfellow Washington Irving Alfred Tennyson

Nathaniel Hawthorne James Fenimore Cooper Mark Twain

William Shakespeare Sir Walter Scott Louisa May Alcott

Charles Dickens Robert Louis Stevenson

Pathfinder The Legend of Sleepy Hollow The Brook

The House of the Seven Gables Song of Hiawatha Ivanhoe

Treasure Island Little Women Oliver Twist

Tom Sawyer Hamlet

Play the game without googling or binging or anything else. Just use your literary skills. If you match a quote to the correct author you get one point. If you match the quote to the title you get one point. If you get the title to the author you get a point. If you are correct with the quote, the title and the author you get all three points.

33 points You are the champion of the game and not only do you know the authors and the titles but also the literary style, famous line or theme of each writer.

22 to 32 points You really know your old authors even some that seem obscure to most people today.

11 to 21 points You no doubt have knowledge of these authors and can put two and two together on some occasions.

0 to 10 points Time to study up on your dead poets and authors.

Old Authors and a New Game

A Thousand Hills


Jesus sat in a boat

looking out over the landscape

water and the hill

became an amphitheatre

so all could hear Him

“Consider the sower who went out to sow”

dotted along the hillsides

were fields of wheat

“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field”

off in the distance was

the yellow of the mustard plants

tall as some trees

“The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed”

planted in rows on a hill

was a vineyard

“There was a landowner who planted a vineyard”

and there were olive and fig trees

“Now learn this parable from the fig tree:  As soon as its branch becomes tender and sprouts leaves, you know that summer is near.  In the same way, when you see all these things, recognize that He is near – at the door!”

Jesus quotes from Holman Christian Standard Bible and New International Version

A Thousand Hills

Dante’s Erasure

Original Dante

“THROUGH me you pass into the city of woe:

Through me you pass into eternal pain:

Through me among the people lost for aye.

Justice the founder of my fabric moved:

To rear me was the task of Power divine,

Supremest Wisdom, and primeval Love.

Before me things create were none, save things

Eternal, and eternal I endure.

All hope abandon, ye who enter here.”

Such characters, in color dim, I mark’d

Over a portal’s lofty arch inscribed.

Dante’s Erasure



Through me




Before me


All hope


Dante’s Erasure