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2019 New Apple Summer eBook Awards Solo “Medalist Winner” – Songs of Heartstrings

It is with great honor and humility to announce that my book ‘Songs of Heartstrings – Poems of Gratitude and Beatitude‘ was chosen as the solo “Medalist Winner” in the Poetry category of the 2019 New Apple Summer eBook Awards!

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WELCOME TO THE #RRBC 2019 OCTOBER-WEEN BLOCK PARTY

 

Hello and Welcome to the #RRBC 2019 October-ween Block Party. At each stop on the tour, there will be Daily Giveaway Prizes. At the end of the entire tour, there will be Grand Prize Winners!

Here are the prizes at this stop:

1) A $10 Amazon gift card and a copy of my eBook Songs of Heartstrings

Winner: Beem Week  https://beemweeks.wordpress.com

2) A $10 Amazon gift card and a copy of my eBook Songs of Heartstrings

Winner: James J. Cudney IV https://thisismytruthnow.com

3) A $10 Amazon gift card and a copy of my eBook Songs of Heartstrings

Winner: John W. Howell https://johnwhowell.com

There are 3 gifts for 3 Winners!

All you have to do to enter is leaving a comment below.

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Here is the topic of the post today

Why do people write poetry?

The earliest poetry is believed to have been recited or sung, used as a way of remembering oral history, genealogy, and law. Aristotle’s Poetics identified three major genres:

1) The epic poetry is the oldest poetry which is a lengthy narrative poem involving a time beyond living memory of the extraordinary doings of the extraordinary men and women. It described their dealings with the gods or other superhuman forces and gave shape to the moral universe for their descendants.

2) Lyric poetry is a formal poetry which expresses personal emotions or feelings, typically spoken in the first person. The term derives from Ancient Greek literature; the lyric was a musical accompaniment, usually on a stringed instrument known as a lyre.

3) Dramatic poetry or Verse drama is any drama written as verse to be spoken; another possible general term is the poetic drama. For a very long period, the verse drama was the dominant form of drama in Europe. Greek tragedy and Racine’s plays are written in verse, as is almost all of Shakespeare’s drama.

During the 20th-century and 21st-century there are disputes among the traditional forms and structures for poetry and the distinction between poetry and prose. The elements of traditional poetry include prosody, rhythm, meter, metrical patterns and rhyme. The forms of poetry comprise lines, patterns and rhyme. Prose is a natural flow of speech. However, as T. S. Eliot noted, whereas “the distinction between verse and prose is clear, the distinction between poetry and prose is obscure.” Free verse is an open form of poetry. It does not use consistent patterns, rhyme, or any musical pattern. It follows the rhythm of natural speech. Most free verse maintains the poetic convention of the poetic lines. T. S. Eliot wrote, “No verse is free for the man who wants to do a good job.”

My favorite lyrics are from hymns and songs. This is one of the songs with the lyrics based on Psalm 8.

 

 

Most of the poems in my poetry collection are in free verse. I also write in various poem forms. Here are some examples of poem forms included in the book.

 

Light and Dark

 

The end of the tunnel was in sight

Travel on a long journey found not in vain

Energizing my weary body moved toward the light

 

The road taken was not one I had chosen

Unexpected trails and body half frozen

The end of the tunnel was in sight

 

Trotting in darkness with heavy feet

Hope, my only strength to pick up the beat

Energizing my weary body moved toward the light

 

Long hall of darkness with pain in veins

Comforting in the heart stopped me from fainting

The end of the tunnel was in sight

 

Throbbing pain head to toes subsided

Medication and nutrition worked two-sided

Energizing my weary body moved toward the light

 

Six months of cancer treatment had completed

Only follow-up appointments needed repetition

The end of the tunnel was in sight

Energizing my weary body moved toward the light

 

The highly structured Villanelle is a 19-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines.  

 

WONDER

 

Whispering into my ear

Of passionate words to hear

Needing me in your life

Day after day, night after night

Embracing me against your chest

Reassuring me for worst or best

 

An acrostic poem is a type of poetry where the first, last or other letters in a line spell out a word or phrase. The most common and simple form of an acrostic poem is where the first letters of each line spell out the word or phrase.

 

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Collen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge: Praise & Excite

This week at Collen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 88, the prompt is PRAISE & EXCITE – SynonymsOnly

In this Reverse Cinquain, I use Approval and Joy for Praise and Excite.

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Sheer joy

Overcoming obstacles of

Rely on approvals

Evidence is

Within

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Life is likea cup of tea

 

Collen’s Weekly Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 88, PRAISE & EXCITE – #SynonymsOnly

 

Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge: ENCHANT & SHAPE

The prompt words for Colleen’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge No. 81 are ENCHANT & SHAPE, Synonyms Only. In this Tanka, I use Charming for Enchant and Physique for Shape.

Life is likea cup of tea

Physique charming

Words flattering, smile so sweet

Like bees to honey

Appearance masks his deceit

His winning is others grief

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Colleen’s Weekly #Tanka Tuesday #Poetry Challenge No. 81, ENCHANT & SHAPE, #SynonymsOnly

100 Word Wednesday: Week 25 – In the Same Boat

 

I love to go rowing boat

Weather is not the matter

May the day be sunny or cloudy

Windy or even stormy

Having you in the same boat

I can go anywhere, everywhere

We had a rough day at the sea

Almost dangerous to manage

Our hearts were in touch

Our hands were in synch

Same spirit and same strength

Your encouraging words to me

Mine to you, all the way through

We strived until the storm passed

A day I will forever remember

The storm brought us closer

I love to go rowing boat

When you are with me

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You’re invited to visit other posts at Bikurgurl:  100WW – Week 25

Mourning Dove’s Nest

In the year past, Mourning Doves built their nest in the pepper tree

Thinking it was hidden in the branches and leaves

Unseen and protected from animal predators and human

She laid her eggs then hopefully and patiently waited

The cunning squirrel didn’t have to climb tree from below

He found a way to sneak down from the wires above

Heartlessly stole the eggs to satisfy for one meal

“Don’t you know? It is lives and happiness you stole!”

Mama Dove was shocked and mourning her loss for days

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They came back to my backyard after winter passed

It’s a whole year’s wait, again to play and mate

They grew wiser in choosing a place for the nest made

Between the eaves and window frame was the perfect place

Nest made and eggs paid at a cool corner where it’s safe

She was relaxed with precious eggs under the belly to incubate

I did my gardening right by the window where she stayed

She didn’t move a wing when some photos I had taken

I too hopefully and patiently wait to see her babies hatching

Villanelle Poem – I Sat in My Garden

Villanelle Poem – my second attempt of writing this poem form, please see my first attempt.

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I sat in my garden sipping freshly brewed coffee

Gazing at the wall of tall cypress trees

Such peaceful feeling surrounded by greenery and fragrances

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Purple lavender swaying in spring morning breeze

Burgundy roses answered by bouncing their smiley faces

I sat in my garden sipping freshly brewed coffee

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The birds perched on the neighbor’s pepper trees

Chirping and echoing each other’s songs of love

Such peaceful feeling surrounded by greenery and fragrances

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Bundles of green grapes waited patiently to be ripened

The weight of the growing plums bended the branches

I sat in my garden sipping freshly brewed coffee

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A hummingbird flapped his wings sixty times a second

Sustained himself dipping the long beak into the nectar

Such peaceful feeling surrounded by greenery and fragrances

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A family of lizards roamed on the ground and the walls

Colorful butterflies danced The Blue Danube of Johann Strauss

I sat in my garden sipping freshly brewed coffee

Such peaceful feeling surrounded by greenery and fragrances

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The highly structured villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines.
For more description and examples from other poets who wrote Villanelle, please refer to this link: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/villanelle-poetic-form

Villanelle Poem – I Walked Barefoot on the Smooth Sand

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This is my first attempt to write a Villanelle Poem

I walked barefoot on the smooth sand

A sweet girl showed me a tiny crab she found

I was amazed by the lovely creatures on the beach

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The waves gently filed in from the ocean

Then receded back to the water leaving no trace

I walked barefoot on the smooth sand

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The sunbathers had dark glasses on their faces

Their pets were leashed pacing back and forth

I was amazed by the lovely creatures on the beach

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The salty air caressed my face and warmed my nose

Took a deep breath and filled my lungs with salt

I walked barefoot on the smooth sand

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The seagulls flapped their wings with squawking voice

Gliding in the air in search of appetizing gulp

I was amazed by the lovely creatures on the beach

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Seaweeds were carried ashore by rise of tide

They preferred to stay and made a new home

I walked barefoot on the smooth sand

And was amazed by the lovely creatures on the beach

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Teresa Barker inspired me to write a Pantoum Poem. A few days ago, she  challenged me to write another Poetry Form – Villanelle.  Thank you, Teresa!!

The highly structured villanelle is a nineteen-line poem with two repeating rhymes and two refrains. The form is made up of five tercets followed by a quatrain. The first and third lines of the opening tercet are repeated alternately in the last lines of the succeeding stanzas; then in the final stanza, the refrain serves as the poem’s two concluding lines.

Strange as it may seem for a poem with such a rigid rhyme scheme, the villanelle did not start off as a fixed form. During the Renaissance, the villanella and villancico (from the Italian villano, or peasant) were Italian and Spanish dance-songs. French poets who called their poems “villanelle” did not follow any specific schemes, rhymes, or refrains. Rather, the title implied that, like the Italian and Spanish dance-songs, their poems spoke of simple, often pastoral or rustic themes.
While some scholars believe that the form as we know it today has been in existence since the sixteenth century, others argue that only one Renaissance poem was ever written in that manner—Jean Passerat’s “Villanelle,” or “J’ay perdu ma tourterelle”—and that it wasn’t until the late nineteenth century that the villanelle was defined as a fixed form by French poet Théodore de Banville.

For more description and examples from other poets who wrote Villanelle, please refer to this link: https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/villanelle-poetic-form

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Daily Prompt: Trace