What’s on your plate today?

Hi everyone,

20160209_061315_resized Looks like a nice day coming up although the high might not reach 50. Coffee’s good. Fireplace is lit. I’m imagining the faces of many of you whom I know, bent over your phones and keyboards, cranking up your own days. How will you spend today?

This morning I’ll finish judging a group of essays and work on my “ditty” poem for Michelle Barnes. Have you tried one yet? I have a couple of other projects in the schedule so I’ll do my best to get to at least one.

A happy coincidence

Hi everyone,

Just discovered that a good friend is taking the same Caribbean cruise we are. Larry and Maryann Wakefield and we are scheduled on a Holland America ship five days from now and it turns out that Susan Hutchens from Colorado is taking the same cruise with her family. onb_ms_westerdam_305
There are thousands of people on those gigantic boats but I’m sure we’ll meet a lot and I look forward to our visits. Susan is an elementary teacher and active in the Colorado Reading Association. Two years ago she was chair of CCIRA and invited me to present at the conference, which is an old favorite of mine.

I’ll remind you later but during the week onboard and the week after I’ll have little or no Internet so I’ll not be posting. Time for some serious goo foffing!


It’s not Goose Lake but . . .

Hi everyone,

Don’t forget to write a ditty poem to post on Michelle Barnes’s blog. I haven’t posted mine yet but am working on it in my head.
After a rainy first day we’ve had several sunny, cool days. I start my mornings at the dining room table and set in to work as the dark fades to early light. 20160204_150037_resized
My work schedule here is short but I get in six hours or so. We break mid-morning for a visit to the gym but the phone doesn’t ring and there aren’t any meetings.

Thanks to Michelle Barnes for interview and poetry challenge

Hi everyone,

Yesterday Michelle Barnes posted an interview and I invited you to visit her on her blog: http://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com/2016/02/spotlight-on-david-l-harrison-dmc.html
Michelle Barnes
What I didn’t mention is that Michelle asks her guests to suggest a poetry prompt and I chose Word of the Month Poetry Challenge for my model. Michelle calls her series “Today’s Little Ditty” so I chose DITTY for my prompt word.

SO! Throughout this month poets who accept the challenge can post poems inspired by DITTY and I expect an interesting assortment of interpretations. I hope you are among them. There will also be a drawing for a copy of NOW YOU SEE THEM, NOW YOU DON’T. See Michelle’s post for instructions.

Thanks to all,


My Word of the Month poem

BULLETIN: Michelle Barnes was kind enough to feature me on her blog today. If you’re interested, here’s the link. Thanks Michelle! http://michellehbarnes.blogspot.com

Hi everyone,

Yesterday I was without Internet all day. I hope that Mediacom finally fixed whatever was wrong in the area. I used my unplanned downtime to write a poem inspired by this month’s word, LEAVES.
A Cautionary Tale
by David L. Harrison

Eats, shoots, and leaves
Reminds how punctuation
Misapplied deceives.

Imagine the panda’s trauma,
Branded a scurvy bandit,
Besmirched by a misplaced comma!

Deranged by the comma’s curse,
Distraught he ran amok
From petty crime to worse.

Brandishing an eraser,
He corrected every sign
As the infamous defacer.

Hardly a comma was left
When the posse put him down,
Leaving his widow bereft.

But even as she grieves
She edits his epitaph:
Eats Shoots and Leaves.