How shall we go, my sweet?

Hi everyone,

What costumes shall we don, my sweet,
To roam the dark, haunted street
And terrify the souls we meet?
Hmm, let me see . . .
perhaps a witch
To cast a spell that makes them itch,
Roll their eyes, scream and twitch!
Yes! I’ll go as me.


My favorite vampire

Hi everyone,

Here’s the link to the lovely Renee LaTulippe’s site at No Water River. She finally took off her makeup so we can see her in her natural state: a vampire. Or is that vampirette? Either way, she’s bloody delicious.

If you care to take a look, she explains all in her post and even includes a shot of her 5-year-old twins casting rather anxious looks our way. Playing with Renee is always a treat. What a talented lady!

A frightful thing coming your way soon

Hi everyone,

Some of you have already discovered Renee LaTulippe’s FB post on Friday about a bit of Halloween silliness we engaged in to celebrate this bootiful season. She plans to post the video on Monday so stay tuned.
Renee LaTulippe reading
We wrote the poem together and Renee scripted, directed, and produced it. I wrote some of mine during the day Thursday while talking to kids at the Children’s Literature Festival of the Ozarks. I stopped at one point to hold up my phone to show them that creative types are always at work, even when they’re at work.

Check it out on Monday. If you like it — and who doesn’t like Renee! — pass it around.

My September Word of the Month poem

Hi everyone,

This month I thought it would be fun to turn to Shakespeare himself for inspiration. He had such a bubbly disposition. Once begun I was soon remembering Renee LaTulippe’s incredible performance from Macbeth over at NO WATER RIVER. .
So, my talented dear, you can see at once where this is heading. To accept my challenge you need not douse yourself with icy water. You need only to respond, Macbeth-like, to my poem of the month. Let the bubbling begin!

From Macbeth, more or less,
With apologies, as you might guess.
David L. Harrison

A dark Kitchen. In the middle, a crock pot boiling. Thunder.
Enter three Witches.

Witch 1
Thrice the aged cabbage stewed.

Witch 2
Thrice and once, the children whin’d.

Witch 3
Mothers cackle, “’tis time! ‘tis time!”

Witch 1
Round about the crock pot go,
In the blackened mushrooms throw,
Radish slickening long alone,
Pork decaying off the bone,
Swelter’d squashes border rot,
Boil thou first i’ the charmed pot!

Double, double toil and trouble,
Children quake, and crock pot bubble.

Witch 2
Fling a maggoty bloody steak
Into the crock pot, boil and bake
Eye of potato, tongue of frog,
Stinking spinach, howl of dog,
Cauliflower old since spring,
Cold forsaken chicken wing
For a charm of powerful trouble,
Like devil-broth boil and bubble.

Double, double toil and trouble,
Children quake, and crock pot bubble.

Witch 3
Rancid fish which time has come,
Worm of apple, mush-gone plum,
Green mold bread hard as bark,
Gooseberries plucked i’ the dark,
Something brackish, something phew,
Dump them all in ghoulish stew.
Sliver’d in the moon’s eclipse –
If you have them, chicken lips –
Celery six months past its prime,
Lima beans gone chartreuse slime,
Of freezer burned, throw in the lot,
Adds mystery to the pot.
Screech and cackle, watch it thicken,
He who eats it shall be stricken.

Double, double toil and trouble,
Children quake, and crock pot bubble.

Witch 2
Fill their bowls with spoon of wood,
And now the charm is firm and good.

Good month for Word of the Month

Hi everyone,

For those of you who haven’t been following Word of the Month Poetry Challenge, I hope you’ll give it a try. At the top of the post, along the left side, click on this box, “Adult “W.O.M.” Poems,” and it takes you to the month’s offerings of poems and comments.

The word for November is AWNING, which was suggested by Renee La Tulippe. I thought it might be a challenge but at last count we have a total poem/comment count of over 90.

I’m sad that our young poets are not coming forward these days. They have their own box (upper right) and two divisions. Teachers are encouraged to post up to three of their students’ poems each month. Adults who frequent this blog are always glad to see the efforts of young poets and support them with their comments.

I hear from teachers that they don’t have time these days to take that extra step of posting their students’ work. I understand how jammed their days are but I worry that poetry is not being taught at all. Research shows that writing and reading poetry in schools is an effective way to improve reading fluency, vocabulary development, and understanding. Our presentation at NCTE was about vocabulary development, which was why I was there to talk about poetry.

So if you know teachers who might like to get their kiddos involved in Word of the Month Poetry Challenge, please pass the word and encourage them to review this blog for a while to see if it’s right for them and their students.