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Football

Which ball?

Your call

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The above Poem is known as a "Footle," a two-line poem that consists of 2 syllables In each line.   It is generally written to be light and witty.

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Turtle Hurdles

Baby sea turtles

Face huge hurdles

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The above poem is known as a Six-Word Couplet, consisting of 2 lines each, 3 words per line (any number of syllables) & the last word of each line must rhyme (aa).

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Hurricane Michael

I am a monster
I have to be obeyed
beware of my wrath

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The above poem is known as a haiku, a type of poem that paints a mental image with a short amount of words & a set number of syllables per line.

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infinity

my muse and I - riding on the coattails of infinity

The above poem is known as a "Monoku," a type of poem which is made up of a single horizontal line consisting of seventeen syllables or less. Traditionally considered as a haiku writing, Monoku appeared as an independent style of poetry in the 1970s. The first letter should not be capitalized.

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Quotable Quotes

"Poetry is an act of peace" ~Pablo Neruda

“The poet is the priest of the invisible.” ~Wallace Stevens

"Poetry is an echo, asking a shadow to dance" ~Carl Sandburg

"To be a poet is a condition, not a profession" ~ Robert Frost

“A poet can survive everything but a misprint.” ~Oscar Wilde

 “Poetry is ordinary language raised to the Nth power." ~Paul Engle

“I would define ... the Poetry of words as The Rhythmical Creation of Beauty.” ~Edgar Allan Poe

“It is a test [that] genuine poetry can communicate before it is understood.” ~T. S. Eliot

 

~Top 100 Famous Poets Ever~

 

Cycle of Seasons (a haiku series)
by Mark Toney

Cycle of Seasons

vernal equinox
pollen's proliferation
spring's rebirth affirmed

busy bees buzzing
beautiful birds building nests
winters gloom erased

seeds take root
blossoms bloom-birdsong elates
spring nears its end

summer solstice
verdant landscape-sandy beach
families frolic

summer showers
heat and humidity reign
sunlight lingers

temperatures lag
cheerful chirping of crickets
summer's last gasp

autumnal equinox
turning leaves-migrating birds
autumn morning chill

leaf peeping pastime
harvest cornucopia
nighttime lingers

fall's first killing frost
season of melancholy
cold of winter near

winter solstice
bare trees and hibernation
don't risk bleeding lips

gardens lie fallow
mice attempting entry
long, cold nights

snowfall melts
winter gives way to spring
first mosquito bite

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Poetry notes:
6/3/2018

Poetry form:  Haiku

Copyright © 2018 by Mark Toney. All rights reserved.

I decided to write a series of haiku (3 haiku per season) chronicling the "Cycle of Seasons." My intention was to simply include the 12 haiku in one poem. When it came time to post, I thought it might be too busy having all 12 in one poem, so I created 4 haiku to represent each season. Now I've included all 12 haiku in one poem, as I originally intended and now prefer. Now you know the method to my madness 🙂

 

Favorite Poems & Poets | August 2019

Eve Remembering | Toni Morrison
1931-2019

1

I tore from a limb fruit that had lost its green.
My hands were warmed by the heat of an apple
Fire red and humming.
I bit sweet power to the core.
How can I say what it was like?
The taste! The taste undid my eyes
And led me far from the gardens planted for a child
To wildernesses deeper than any master’s call.

2

Now these cool hands guide what they once caressed;
Lips forget what they have kissed.
My eyes now pool their light
Better the summit to see.

3

I would do it all over again:
Be the harbor and set the sail,
Loose the breeze and harness the gale,
Cherish the harvest of what I have been.
Better the summit to scale.
Better the summit to be.


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Toni Morrison was born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio. She received a BA from Howard University in 1953 and an MA from Cornell University in 1955. She was the author of one volume of poetry, Five Poems (Rainmaker Editions, 2002), which features poems alongside illustrations by Kara Walker. She is the recipient of a Pulitzer Prize in Fiction, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the 1993 Nobel Prize for Literature. She died on August 5, 2019 in New York.

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