The Mixed Tape is such a special way to express oneself on any given day, for any special reason and as time and energy allow. Perhaps, you create special cds as gifts for the loved ones in your life. Maybe, you have created your own library of mixed tapes.
While I love the classic “I Am Dreaming of a White Christmas,” the older I get, the less I like winter. This is a collection on poetic anecdotes about the whiteness of my winter. Because I struggle with depression, wintertime can be especially challenging. This is my attempt to find the wonder.
Date night ideas for those who prefer to stay home.
“A minute to learn - A lifetime to master”
Having fun with pronouns
Most of the time, when I tell folks I grew up in a general store, I think they form images of a barn-like structure, something like on Little House on the Prairie or possibly “Sam Drucker’s” store.
My response to Genna East's challenge. Please see link below to access Genna's Challenge.
'Round These Parts is about an Appalachian man and his quest to save his Silver Queen from a wily polecat.
This is a poem about the journey home.
from http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tragedienne noun tra·ge·di·enne \trə-ˌjē-dē-ˈen\: an actress who plays tragic roles Middle French, from tragedie First Known Use: 1850
I have been told that there are some who say there is no such thing as original thought which got me to thinking if that ideology can also be applied to dreams. Come along and dream with me.
My mama passed away a week ago on May 14th at 7:15 P.M. She had turned 76 the day before on May 13th. And while I know, she is no longer suffering, I still miss her very much.
Can you solve the riddle? Smiles.
Walk with me as I wait and see if my mama will be called home.
Seems only appropriate for National Poetry Month to start on April Fool's Day! Smiles. My son got me first thing this morning. My little punster. Smiles.
One dog's account of what living with a person who deals with depression is like.
I can't compartmentalize. I have tunnel vision or I'm in a state of daydreaming and do not always see the big picture before it is too late. When I fall, I fall hard like when I broke several ribs.
Year of Wonders is a novel written by Geraldine Brooks. I selected a section from the synopsis of the novel that can be found on the book cover.
Every time I tried to come up with cool questions to ask myself, I thought about pageants which led me to get out an old photograph. Then, I hit search "pageants" on HubPages and WOW!
Opera glasses work on so many levels as a utility; they represent a tool designed so one can see something seemingly faraway -- up close. A front row seat in one's own private box. ~Kim Houck
Somebody knows somebody who knows what really happened.
The kind of love that you never forget.
If you or someone you know suffers from a mental health disorder, perhaps you can relate to this piece.
What it must be like to do all that you can do for someone you care about and it not be enough for the one you care about has fallen victim to substance abuse.
My response to Bill's challenge: -The-Door-to-Nowhere
Two of my favorite TV characters are Abby from NCIS and Penelope from CRIMINAL MINDS. These ladies epitomize individuality. I think that is pretty cool!
I am going to slip quietly under the sea.
Influences: BBC, the Addams Family, Bewitched, I Dream of Jeannie, Wish Upon a Star, Sweet Jane, Janis Joplin, Kris Kristofferson, Criminal Minds, Cowboy Junkies, HP Friends, & So many more...
This is my response to billybuc aka Bill Holland's challenge using the beautiful picture of his wife, Bev.
A whimsical poem regarding my inability to operate a blender. For some reason, I have the worst luck when it comes to having a blender that will work for more than a few times.
cool, leafless morning
This is my attempt to capture the Buddy Holly sound as a follow-up to my tribute to Don McLean's "American Pie." The main goal was to capture the rhythm of a Buddy Holly song.
I am not sure I even know who I am anymore.
While I do not claim to understand, I think it must be difficult to feel as if trapped in the wrong body. "Transparent" is a new film which explores the challenges of being a transgender.
This is my response to the music challenge. I chose "American Pie" by Don McLean as my inspiration.
If you have ever tried to resolve a service provider issue, perhaps you can relate to this piece.
Certain Restrictions Apply - Even on a good day, those three words pack way too much punch!
There is nothing worse than freezer burn...
In order to manage and distribute, you must have items to sell. The more years you collect,the more items you have to distribute during your 4th of July Weekend Yard Sale.
Domestic violence is a very serious manner.
"EARTHSTARS" by Julia Ebel, published in "Cricket," June 1999. Reprinted in "Pockets," July 2002.
"Dream a Little Dream of Me" is a song, from c.1931, with music by Fabian Andre and Wilbur Schwandt and lyrics by Gus Kahn... Wikipedia
In order to celebrate my 75th Hub, I have written a poem that celebrates memories of some of the boys in my life.
Common Core Practice An Exercise using Figurative Language
I think we have all heard of "second chances," but sometimes it takes more like seven, and even then, we must be willing to wait...
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I love you!
Not everyone who suffers from depression responds to medications. For some, ECT may help. I have had eight treatments and am scheduled to have one more. Below is a poem describing my experience.
After all of this time, I have discovered my calling. Who knew? A ukulele groupie!
If I must rewind one more time, then...
Dear Sir or Madam, will you read my book? It took me years to write, will you take a look? It's based on a novel by a man named Lear And I need a job, so I want to be a Paperback writer -Beatles
“No one worth possessing - Can be quite possessed”-Sara Teasdalehttp://thinkexist.com/quotation/no_one_worth_possessing-can_be_quite/183732.htmll
What I am about to describe really happened.
Recently, after reading at a writers' group, one of the members said the poem I read reminded him of Sara Teasdale. Having been years since I had read her poems, I got out some books and went to work
Response to "Goodbye Little Dream" from his point of view!
Blessings to them both...
In North Carolina, third graders must pass the End Of Grade tests in order to be promoted even if the student displays growth. This poem is about a little girl who has risen to the challenge.
The word, "doran" may have Gaelic origins.
Today my horoscope says it is a good day to indulge in some wishful thinking [my] ability to dream up great ideas is at an all-time high! [That] it's even more important for [me] to share these new ideas with friends…
After trying to get my heating system evaluated & working again, I became frustrated with the salesman who promised to send out a tech to provide a free evaluation, but sent another salesman instead.
This is the final installment of my Tangerine Dream series. Unless and Until...
The fifth in my Tangerine Dream series.
This is the fourth installment in my attempt to write a short story.
Tangerine Dream: Part III This is the third installment of a short story I am writing.
This is a continuation of "She takes her eyes not off of him."
"Wish You Were Here" by Tangerine Dream "So, so you think you can tell Heaven from Hell, Blue skies from pain. Can you tell a green field..." http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fCcXw0bqR18
Really, the actual number is closer to 100...
Steam builds up every mouth needs another drink of water
My Soul Mate, My Spiritual Partner, Our Spiritual Love
My Labor of Love
This is a poem about how one can be made to feel cheap and worthless and the potential consequences when people forget just how great an impact their actions can be on one who is vulnerable.
Matthew, Mark, Luke and John
My Jack is a Jill.
Since my username is ocfireflies You may have surmised I like fireflies
This poem was inspired by my new favorite television series: "Rectify" produced by the Sundance Channel.
If only I had the money, then I would buy...
When love is real
A price More than I can pay
Build a bridge. Cross that river. Follow the waves. Do not fear the crest.
My quest to bring yonder back.
Weaved from the waves of women washed upon the golden shores
Dead End and No Outlet roads convey sadness.
Just smart enough to be dangerous At least that’s why I hear them say When they do not think I am listening They say I am not a team player That I do not play well with others
This poem utilizes the simile in order to ponder what it must be like to be a preacher without a sermon
One day a field Next moment a meadow
My Spider Man Can’t shoot web out of his palms
The following are an assortment of poems using these forms: Haiku, Cinquain, Acrostic, Found Poetry, (5W), Diamonte and Definition.
This poem is about how there are those who seem to be able to manipulate others in a seamless manner.
The Song Remembers Even when we don’t Recall the moment Every hour of every day
My oldest son was born during Memorial Day Weekend; thus Memorial Day holds a special meaning for me. This poem is dedicated to my firstborn: Memorial Day Weekend Seems like yesterday When my firstborn Came into view High Noon On a Friday I first saw you
In this poem I pay homage to the Japanese Maple tree that grows in the front of my home using the rondeau form.
Man in the dark suit I dare to ask Bring news to me Define our final tasks For all the blue eyes to see
This poem was written using the villanelle structure. The poem describes the type of battle that can occur in the mind of one who suffers from ongoing depression.
Secrets kept For only the monsters’ ears to hear A grand scheme In the making for thousands of years
This burden Has challenged all that I am I must out monster the monsters Without becoming one of them
Those who suffer from depression may relate to this poem.
Pomp and Circumstance at American High School Graduation Ceremonies: Has the time come to put aside the nostalgic traditions of the past? Should graduation from high school spotlight a coming of age in this new technological era we live in rather than the pomp and circumstance of the past?
In this piece, I explore the similarities between the BAU from the television show, "Criminal Minds" and the real FBI BAU.
I had heard that divorce was worse than death. It was only after I went through a divorce did I know how incredibly painful an experience it can be, and I am not sure one ever really gets over it.
I was walking through a family cemetery. I could see fresh flowers placed in front of a headstone. Out of curiosity, I walked closer. Date on headstone = birthday of deceased -hence, the flowers.
Treya means "Spirit of New River."Summer Solstice She shakes the briars From her long crow-colored hair Now sprinkled with the frost of many winters:
This poem pays homage to a metaphor.
This poem is told from the point of view of a lightening bug caught and placed in a jar.
Corn had been shucked, beans had been canned. Summer had been busy. I had set and cleared the table washing away the remains of a bountiful meal.
This poem is about writer's block.
I love Sheldon!
If you are like me, the gridlock in Washington gets really old after awhile.
Most parents have had those moments when their little one just had more steam than them.
Anyone who has been in a relationship has had that moment when she or he has simply had enough. This poem is about that moment.
ABC poems are not just for babies!
After a miscarriage, medical professionals can make the experience more traumatic by how they act and by what they say. After I had a miscarriage, the doctor was less than sympathetic.