All posts by Joy

Sunday Haiku

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Today’s prompt from Margaret S. asked us to write a poem from a picture.

Stand out in the crowd

Let your golden light pop through

Sweet hope for this day



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Today’s prompt came from my teacher/poet friend, Gayle S. We were to enjoy some random word play and see what comes of it. My word is sophrosyne: temperance, self-control, and prudence.


Pink Balloon

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The prompt for June 19th was to go on a Poetry Treasure Hunt. I came across this lone pink balloon and it inspired my poem.


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Today I borrowed “my soul is joyful” and “swallows my smallness to magnify my awe” to create my poem about the power of joy and the word hallelujah.

Your Presence

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Today’s prompt came from Gae Polisner and Lori Landau. Write a collaboration poem using a line or phrase from another poet’s poem posted today. I chose the phrases: shafts of sunlight/just before fading from my friend Fran’s poem.



Ancestral Cry

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The prompt for February 12th was related to how harm and trauma inflicted on one person impacts generations. I wrote a nonet poem to thank my ancestors for hearing my cries.

We Who Cry

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The prompt for February 9th was to use Enya’s song “Only Time” for inspiration. I wrote a double Golden Shovel poem using these two lines: Who can say where the road goes/Who can say why your heart sighs.

We Who Cry

Who understands black agony? Who

can heal generational oppression? Who can

say our lives matter, but also say

why teach truth in schools? Where

your histories and lies combust like the

heart of our ancestors bloodshed on the road.

Sighs and cries wherever our blackness goes.

Golden Shovel and Zappai

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Today’s prompt for February 6th came from Mary Oliver’s message that creative work requires solitude. I selected a sentence from her article to use as my opening lines for a Golden Shovel poem. Then I decided to write 3 Zappai poems to complete the piece.


Time to Pivot

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The prompt for February 5th was about Geologic Time and looking at how time shows up in the land. I thought about how time shows up in our bodies.