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Memorial Day Weekend in Colorado at 9000 feet

Memorial Day Weekend in Colorado at 9000 feet

We were in Buena Vista over Memorial Day Weekend on the first warm day of the year as a party of six - - four senior adult people, two couples, and our friends’ two dogs. The older dog was a senior chocolatelab and the other a young black lab and pointer mix. We were...

Diamonds and Sutras – a Sestina Poem

Diamonds and Sutras – a Sestina Poem

DIAMONDS AND SUTRAS: A Sestina, written June 21, 2013. ‘Diamonds and Sutras’ is in Poems for the Journey. Read my tutorial on how to write a Sestina here. I hope you will enjoy it.Some people make their fortunes finding diamonds.Others practice knowledge of the...

How to Write a Villanelle Poem

How to Write a Villanelle Poem

‘The Way Things Are Is Large,’ is a villanelle in Poems for the Journey p.19. I like writing poems that have some form. It helps get me started with words on the page. Two strong lines about things the poet cares deeply about give energy for finding the other lines....

How To Write a Pantoum

How To Write a Pantoum

There are three pantoums in Poems ~ Poemas: ‘Wind Whispers,’ p.10, ‘El viento susurra,’ p.11‘Far Traveler,’ p.30, Un viajero lejano,’p.31‘East Says,’p.52,’ El este dice,’p.53 Here is the pantoum ‘East Says:’ East Says East says set the second half of life aside for...

How To Write a Sestina

How To Write a Sestina

It is fun and easy to write a sestina. There are two sestinas in Poems for the Journey: ‘Waves,’ p.11 and ‘Diamonds and Sutras, ’p.15. The sestina form allows the poet to get lines up on the screen and then play around with the words that come before the end word in...

The Way Things Are Is Large

The Way Things Are Is Large

The way things are is large, too wonderful to understand.Love teaches by story, portrays our needs.But what is it that makes us human? Story tells of a garden, suggests a plan.We learn which are flowers, are warned of weeds.The way things are is large, too wonderful...