Dedicated to the Writer in Each of us

My 14-yr-old just finished a poetry project for her 9th grade English class. She had to pick a variety of poems to analyze and she had to write ten of her own and write a summary of what she was trying to say or accomplish with the poem. A couple of her poems were not as good as the others because she said writing on demand, especially poetry, is so hard. This one was inspired by her writer's block. I think it's cute, so I'm posting it here for y'all to enjoy.

Paper

The crackle of a fresh start attracted my pen to my hand,

Just like the openness of an undiscovered land.

The paper was a world by itself.

It had corners and hills and valleys in which to lose oneself.

This world revolved just like ours does,

Screaming at us to fix what once was.

The seas here still crashed, and the vines still bloomed.

Yet something was wrong here, something stirred in the gloom.

It nagged at me until my mind was totally wrapped.

And then....I realized my pen was still capped.

© Katie Muse 2008 (I thought she'd like this little touch)

Comments

This has absolutely nothing to do with state politics

so it isn't going on the front page.

I'm heading out to my garden to put in my plants. I hope you all are out enjoying this absolutely gorgeous day.



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cool! :-D

And the sentiment is quite familiar.

Enjoy the dirt and green things. Best therapy in the world, I think, working in a garden -- even when there is nothing at all bothering you.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

I think of you every time I start something

that runs on gas. I have a large area of overgrown briars and I'm removing them by hand with my clippers and pulling them up when I can instead of running the gas trimmer. I dig the grass off my shrub and flower beds and turn the soil using a shovel and hoe. The only plot I used a gas tiller was the large garden plot.

I might not be able to hire Easy Green Earth, but you sure made an impact on me and I think about your efforts every time I'm out there.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Wow. Excellent.

:) That is just so great. You made my day!!! :)

I also found that it's really fun in the fall to take my leaf rake into the front yard and watch the looks I get from cars passing slowly on our small town neighborhood street ... me ... using a rake instead of a 5000db, smoke&stink-belching gas blower. It's like people forgot what a rake looks like. :) I have a lawn sweeper and the rake takes longer but my yard is small, my wallet won't let me go shopping, there is nothing on teevee, my waist widens more every year and I can't think of any reasons why I don't have the time or energy to rake my lawn, so ... I do.

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Glad I could brighten it.

Yes, I get odd looks as I dig the grass off my shrub beds with a shovel. I've been asked why I don't just till it in. Uh....I haven't had to weed my beds once and the grass/weed clods filled in where I didn't have any. I had a woman ask me why I didn't have my husband do that. I absolutely didn't know how to respond. She would never, ever understand the therapy of dirt.

Yeah...my husband just informed me that my wallet has been doing enough shopping at our little local nursery and Lowe's. I guess it's back to cutting down briars, hauling fallen limbs and pulling out tons of poison oak, ivy and honeysuckle for me for a while. :D



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Hours and hours of outdoor activity

is in the pulling of honeysuckle and the poison vines. :) You won't need to worry about vitamin D deficiency any time soon. heh.

It's mowing day for me. Reckon I better get to it. See y'all later!!

"It is amazing what you can accomplish if you do not care who gets the credit." - Harry Truman

"They took all the trees and put them in a tree museum Then they charged the people a dollar 'n a half just to see 'em. Don't it always seem to go that you don't know what you've got till it's gone? They paved paradise and put up a parking lot."

Poetry

What a great way to start the day. Thank you for posting this -- it's delightful .

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

Thanks! I"ll let Katie know

She loves to write. I hope she'll continue to love to write.



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Before you go outside . . .

take a radio out there with you and listen (and get Katie to listen) to today's rerun of last night's "Prairie Home Companion." It is laced with love sonnets sent in by listeners in response to a competition hosted by the show. They are really, really quite good, and I think both you and your young writer will enjoy it.

All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing
-Edmund Burke

thank you! I"ll do that.



Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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Wild imagination

Hope the little one I watch has thoughts like this. To see the potential. She too likes to write.

Just like the openness of an undiscovered land.

The paper was a world by itself.

nuff said!

I think they all have thoughts like that

I had the best advice I ever got from one of her teachers. Correct only spelling and grammar. Leave the creativity alone.

Robin Hayes lied. Nobody died, but thousands of folks lost their jobs.



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I love reading

my little one's stories. She is very proud of them. I read them for the story. For her imagination. I do not critique her spelling or grammar. I figure she will get that next year. I want her to get stuff on paper even if it is grammar and spellin wrong. I want her to enjoy and to be excited that she wrote her thoughts and someone appricated the story.

I have a few of her writings that I plan to present to her at her wedding or when she has her first child.

Aww, that's sweet Parm

I don't know how old your little one is, but I think that's what the teachers did in Kindergarten and first grade. In second is when they started paying attention to the spelling and grammar. It was Katie's 2nd grade teacher who gave me that advice.....and it was for things being turned in for a grade. Keep encouraging the creativity b/c they don't get as much of that in school as they used to. Standardized testing doesn't test for creativity, so they don't set aside as much time for it. Some individual teachers might, but as a whole my experience was they did not have the time for it.



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