Word of the month for June is . . .

Hi everyone,

Time to change gears. Here we are in June so we need a new word. Going back to the list of suggestions, I chose this one: WATER. Let’s see what you can do with it. For anyone who hasn’t jumped in with a poem before but has always intended to, here’s your chance.

Remember, this monthly exercise is meant to stimulate imagination. You can write directly about water or look for a different way to connect to the word so that water isn’t necessarily the main theme of your poem. The fun of W.O.M. challenge is to see how many ways you can think of to work the word into a poem.

My Word of the Month poem for May

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Strange how the mind reacts to a word. I have no idea why MAY landed me in prison.

Visiting an Old Dungeon
by David L. Harrison

You could miss them.
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Bare scratchings on the wall.

Slate or grave marker,
mystery scribe?
My mind seeks yours.

Were these your initials,
the skeleton of your name?
All that was left
of your earthly estate,
bequeathed to a future world?

Or perhaps you wept
at your lover’s name.
Did you hold her once?
Give her a child?

Was May the month
they cast you in,
entombed forever
in this lightless hole?
Clanged shut
the iron gate of hell?

Villain or victim
you authored three letters,
a profound message.

Word of the Month word for the merry month of May

Hi everyone,

I heard someone say that April’s word, “making,” was a challenging word. I thought so too but it inspired a lot of excellent writing. I enjoyed all your poems and thank you for participating. As you know, I delete everything at the end of each month so there is no permanent record of your work unless you keep one. Word of the Month is strictly an exercise but it’s a good one and has endured now for seven years. If I thought there was a book in it, I would save your work or ask you to select your favorites to resend, but there’s really no theme and I’m afraid that such a project would never get off the pad.
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Be that as it may, this is May, so let’s not fight it. The word for May is MAY!

A number of librarians have joined us over the past month and I am convinced that librarians are poets at heart. Let’s hear from you!

Word of the Month word for March is . . .

Hi everyone,

I’m still drawing words from the list of those suggested by you. For March, let’s go with SLUSH. Seems fitting to me.

To Libby Payne and all the teachers and their young poets at Sanibel School who contributed poems in February, thank you. I hope you’ll be back and will spread the word among other teachers and students about the fun of playing Word of the Month.