My December Word of the Month poem

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Here’s my December poem told in a Curtal sonnet.

Making it for Mom

Back in the 50s they called it junior high.
In 8th grade I took a class called shop.
I knew little about tools but I could draw.
I approached the coming experience with many a sigh,
Totally intimidated by the backdrop
Of machinery pounding, grinding, the shriek of saw.

First we had to imagine, visualize,
And draw what we hoped to make without a flaw.
Too bad I couldn’t draw it and then stop.
My glue-smeared ice bucket was no prize.
But mom said, “Awe.”

(c) David L. Harrison

Beginning my Word of the Month poem

BULLETIN: I finished the first draft at 9:50. I’ll be ready to post tomorrow.

Hi everyone,
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Here’s the format I’ll work with today for the Curtal sonnet.
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/////d
/////c
/////b
/////d
//c

The rules will require me to include five stressed syllables in each line so I’ve indicated them here. I’m allowed as many unstressed syllables as needed so I have not included them in this schematic. The a rhyme will appear two times. The b rhyme will appear three times, the c rhyme four times, and the d rhyme twice. Feel free to join me with one of your own if you like.

My November Word of the Month poem

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Shhh

“Don’t tell a soul,”
I say sincerely,
meaning you’re
the tenth I’ve told,
knowing with
my trusted friends
my secret will be
cheaply sold
to every friend
they know or will,
admonishing,
“Don’t tell a soul,”
until each friend
is out of friends
and only then,
if truth be told,
my secret will be
safe at last,
no need to say,
“Don’t tell a soul.”

by David L. Harrison

My Word of the Month poem

Hi everyone,

Ahem. The word is EXERCISE.
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I Need To

I need to get more exercise
I need to slim my thunder thighs
I need to make my belly flat
I need to lose a roll of fat
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I need to fix my saggy butt
I need to tighten up my gut
I need to smooth my wrinkled neck
I need to exercise but heck
I need to be a better man
I need to start my day with bran
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I need to learn to listen more
I need to sleep but never snore
I need to think before I speak
I need to turn the other cheek
I need to stop at fewer beers
I need to trim my hairy ears
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I need to need to stop the talk
I need to need to walk the walk

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~~ (c) David L. Harrison

The Word of the Month for October

Hi everyone,
David from 417 Magazine
I’m glad I showed up for work yesterday. Had a slow start but got in a groove before long and the writing flowed well. You never know.

And here we are at October’s door and time for a new Word of the Month Poetry Challenge word. This is our seventh anniversary without missing a month since 2009. Therefore, let the word be EXERCISE because writing W.O.M. poems is a good way to stretch and keep fit.

I like special dates like this one and hope we’ll see a lot of poets join the celebration during the month. Looking forward to seeing your brainchildren,

David