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National Poetry Month '24: Games Toddlers Play (11 of 30)

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Thanks for stopping by Merely Day by Day.  It's National Poetry Month. Craft Tip #11: Syntax: The Life Form of Poems  This chapter of The Practicing Poet was all about way we put sentences together grammatically. Our personal synax often shows through in our poems and use of line. For this poem, I tried to push again the first order that came to me a bit. It was a game...just like this poem.  Games Toddlers Play before the sun our games begin. rise and shine,  let's see who wins. no to eggs. "yogurt, please." outside we go. "no, let's play in." open pantry, open fridge, a snack is needed yet again. lunchtime yet?, is on repeat. no to meat. no to fruit. picking books before nap time, let's read three - five it is.  smiles so sweet, hugs goodnight. after naps,  we'll play again. © Cathy L. Mere, 2024 For April I will be taking a deep dive into  The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics ,  edited by Diane Lockward. This book is full of 30 craf

Natinal Poetry Month '24: Some Nights (10 of 30)

Thanks for stopping by Merely Day by Day.  It's National Poetry Month. For April I will be taking a deep dive into  The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics ,  edited by Diane Lockward. This book is full of 30 craft tips, so it is the perfect way to shape this month's challenge and dig into the craft of poetry. Stop by my Substack page,   Merely in Progress , to follow this month's writing journey, where you will also find reflections, links, and inspiration across the challenge.  Of course, this month is really about writing poetry so I will have a new poem posted here each day utilizing a craft tip from the book. Here we go. Craft Tip #10: The Music of Sentences Some nights it is enough to have written, to scribble words on blank pages, hoping that something  comes of them  tomorrow. © Cathy L. Mere, 2024

National Poetry Month '24: Excuses Don't Write Poems (9 of 30)

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Thanks for stopping by Merely Day by Day.  It's National Poetry Month. For April I will be taking a deep dive into  The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics ,  edited by Diane Lockward. This book is full of 30 craft tips, so it is the perfect way to shape this month's challenge and dig a little deeper into the craft of poetry. Stop by my Substack page,   Merely in Progress , each day to follow this month's writing journey. There you will also find reflections, links, and inspiration across the challenge.  Of course, this month is really about writing poetry so I will have a new poem posted here each day utilizing a craft tip from the book. I'm sure the ride will be bumpy, but there will be a lot learned along the way.   Craft Tip #9: Writing a Descriptive List Poem How about ten reasons I can't write ten poems a day? Ha! Excuses Don't Write Poems  I cannot write ten pages each and every day. It's just too many poems. I've not that much to say. I ne

National Poetry Month '24: Celestial Games (8 of 30)

Thanks for stopping by Merely Day by Day.  It's National Poetry Month. For April I will be taking a deep dive into  The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics ,  edited by Diane Lockward. This book is full of 30 craft tips, so it is the perfect way to shape this month's challenge and dig a little deeper into the craft of poetry. Stop by my Substack page,   Merely in Progress , each day to follow this month's writing journey. There you will also find reflections, links, and inspiration across the challenge.  Of course, this month is really about writing poetry so I will have a new poem posted here each day utilizing a craft tip from the book. I'm sure the ride will be bumpy, but there will be a lot learned along the way.   Craft Tip #8: The Music in the Ore Today seems the perfect day for a cherita. Celestial Games We see you moon. Isn’t enough to illuminate the night? Must you steal the day, bring darkness to light, show off yet again? Cathy L. Mere, 2024

National Poetry Month '24: To Live Like a River

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Thanks for stopping by Merely Day by Day.  It's National Poetry Month. For April I will be taking a deep dive into  The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics ,  edited by Diane Lockward. This book is full of 30 craft tips, so it is the perfect way to shape this month's challenge and dig a little deeper into the craft of poetry. Stop by my Substack page,   Merely in Progress , each day to follow this month's writing journey. There you will also find reflections, links, and inspiration across the challenge.  Of course, this month is really about writing poetry so I will have a new poem posted here each day utilizing a craft tip from the book. I'm sure the ride will be bumpy, but there will be a lot learned along the way.   Tip #7: The Music of Poetry In today's prompt, Piercy suggests using simile to write a poem. Why is something always harder when you try to do it? Yikes!  To Live Like a River To live like a river: to know my path day after day, to follow twist

National Poetry Month '24: If I've Learned Anything (6 of 30)

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Thanks for stopping by Merely Day by Day.  It's National Poetry Month. For April I will be taking a deep dive into  The Practicing Poet: Writing Beyond the Basics ,  edited by Diane Lockward. This book is full of 30 craft tips, so it is the perfect way to shape this month's challenge and dig a little deeper into the craft of poetry. Stop by my Substack page,   Merely in Progress , each day to follow this month's writing journey. There you will also find reflections, links, and inspiration across the challenge.  Of course, this month is really about writing poetry so I will have a new poem posted here each day utilizing a craft tip from the book. I'm sure the ride will be bumpy, but there will be a lot learned along the way.   Craft Tip #6: Using Etymology Today's craft tip from The Practicing Poet was to dig into word origins. In this section, Natasha Sajé asserts, "The etymology of a word can deepen the meaning of a poem by carrying an image. She reminds takin

National Poetry Month (2024): That's aLatte (5 of 30)

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It's Poetry Friday...and National Poetry Month. It's like a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, all the good things put together. Today's Poetry Friday community roundup is hosted by Irene Latham at Live Your Poem . I'm looking forward to walking around the Poetry Friday neighborhood this weekend to see what everyone is up to for April. If you're interested in the madness I've jumped into this month, scroll to the bottom of this post.   Craft Tip #5: Choosing Your Words In today's craft tip from The Practicing Poet (see below), Barbara Hamby discusses word origin and diction. I have A LOT to learn here so I know I will return to her chapter often. The part of her chapter that snagged my attention, however, was her emphasis on fun. Choosing words is fun. Playing with words is fun. Writing and rewriting lines is an enjoyable way to pass the time. For today's poem, I decided FUN would be the top priority. It's Friday after all, and some of my friends will s