Wednesday 30 April 2014

April rainfall

We had a goodly amount of rain this month. After the drought in 2012 this rainfall is wonderful.
I've been keeping track.
April 15th was one of those weird days when the temperature went up and down around the freezing point.
Our total rainfall form the big tornado/storms, April 29/30, was a mere 37mm, although it is still raining today, May 1st.

These storms drove their way up the coast, bashing into the Martime provinces.
April 30th it worked eastwards
The radar on April 30th shows the extent of the storm system.

This system killed something like 35 people in the USA. There was heavy rain across the south eastern parts of Canada on April 29th, and lasted until May 1st. The photos of the damage are horrific.
This is what the storm looked like in the US. Jackson, Mississippi is on the middle left.

meteoroligists warned Toronto about rain and wind

compare this screen capture from April 29th

NaPoWriMo Day 22 –word play

Prompt Day 22
Today, I challenge you to write a poem for children. This could be in the style of a nursery rhyme, or take a cue from Edward Lear or Shel Silverstein.

It could rhyme
it could not
either way
it hits the spot

kids all ages
love their pages
word play fun
has just begun

it's pouring rain
don't disdain
rhyming all
or rhyming none!

NaPoWriMo Day 30 –fare thee well

Today, as befits the final poem of NaPoWriMo, write a poem of farewell.  Find some examples in this selection of goodbye-and-good-luck poems from the Poetry Foundation website.

Old Man Winter, fare thee well! 

Old Man Winter, fare thee well
Glad to see you gone a spell
You were a wickedly horrible master
The more snow fell – I shoveled faster

 Knee-deep in snowfall I felt empowered
Our three seasons: construction, bugs, snow
Despite wishing to see things flowered
Rain it falls and wind it blows
Glad it seems: no more snows

 Down in the south tornadoes wreak havoc
No one there lies on a hammock
On the horizon grass will need mowing
Water will run, hurricanes blowing

Construction, snow and bugs; our seasons
Some will say they are our demons
Building character they teach us patience
Canadians cannot have complacence

 In the meantime, spring flowers bloom
Phoebe nest 
Colourful faces erasing the gloom
Birds they have begun their nesting
Bugs, like mad, they've been ingesting

Nature awakens, begins to smile
I'll enjoy it here for just awhile
Leaves and buds begin to swell
Old Man Winter, fare thee well!

NaPoWriMo 2014

Day 1 – oracle
Day 2 – haiku
Day 3 – a charm
Day 4 – a lune poem
Day 5 – ekphrastic poem
Day 6 – sensory poem
Day 7 –love
Day 8 –re-creation
Day 9 –podcast playlist
Day 10 –ad for Spring
Day 11 –We are becoming...
Day 12 –Songs of Spring
Day 13 –kennings
Day 14 –questions
Day 15 –terza rima
Day 16 –Now I lay Me
Day 17 –a sense poem
Day 18 –rubaiyat
Day 19 –sea shells
Day 20 –whose voices?
Day 22 –word play fun
Day 23 –♪♫
Day 24 – masonry
Day 25 –Anaphora
Day 26 –curtail sonnet
Day 28 –newspaper headlines
Day 30 – Fare thee well

Tuesday 29 April 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 25 – Anaphora

Anaphora is a literary term for the practice of repeating certain words or phrases at the beginning of multiple clauses or, in the case of a poem, multiple lines. The phrase “A time to,” as used in the third Chapter of Ecclesiastes, is a good example of anaphora.

 I take a deep breath, beginning anew...
Glorious time of year as garden wakes
I've spent hours using rakes
Creating sanctuary birds return
Twitterpated, I do discern

I take a deep breath, beginning anew...
Chickadees flutter, preen and cajole
Fluttering above the grassy knoll
Surprises daily in my inherited garden
My skills the plants they duly pardon

Painted Lady, flowers
I take a deep breath, beginning anew...
Successes better a list to keep
For past mistakes I've buried deep
Each trial and error and tribulation
Do not require cogitation

I take a deep breath, beginning anew...
As Phoebe begins their ritual yearly
Females taken cavalierly
Daffodils their heads they raise
Springtime's here, we all do praise


Monday 28 April 2014

NaPoWriMo Day 28 – news headlines

Day 28
Find a news article to write a poem using (mostly, if not only) words from the article! You can repeat them, splice them, and rearrange them however you like.
This is a good prompt. I remember giving students newspapers and they 'wrote' poems using headlines, physically cutting and pasting them. I thought using the 'life' section or the Ottawa Citizen might bear some fruit.

a fashion show
a night to remember
for the slim and the trendy
I'm no club member

dieters offered hope
a pill to turn off hunger

you'd have to diet to fit into fashion
afraid I'd eventually turn up ashen

is there a trend here?
Canada's obesity epidemic exaggerated
media makes us look saturated

drug resistance has spread worldwide
Superbugs cannot be denied
keeping clean is one great practice
also fights against malpractice

Fight affluenza by giving back
I'm feeling peckish– want a snack?

Maplefest 2014 Perth, Ontario

It was a cold, drizzly day, but it didn't dampen spirits. Maplefest, which celebrates all things maple syrup, as well as Lanark County, like the OPP, volunteer firefighters, CHEO bear, local fundraising, and local merchants. It was fun seeing our neighbours.