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Into the Land of the Dead

into the land of the dead, cemetery

into the land of the dead, cemetery

A chill gush of wind breathes through my open coat as I step out of the big black truck. I spent the past ten minutes sucking down an incredibly hot almond milk latte from the nearby Starbucks only a few hundred yards away. However, as I shut the squeaky metal door of the truck parked alongside an untouched path of concrete and entered the solemn silence of the eerie land of the dead, the Starbucks we were at a few minutes ago could have been lightyears away. (more…)


Sitting Down To Write: My Thoughts On My Second Year Of #OctPoWriMo

close up letters and writing on paper in typewriter

close up letters and writing on paper in typewriter

Last year I walked into the October Poetry Writing Month (OctPoWriMo) challenge of writing 31 poems in 31 days blind. I tried to formulate a strategy that I could carry on to the next month with National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) as I was beginning the challenge, but by the end, I had thrown everything out the window. I just needed to write. I had to finish.

I ended up completing the poetry writing challenge again this year. I went in with a flexible plan. Write a few poems at a time, have a theme or several that can give you ideas for poem content, and just write whenever you can. It ultimately worked. I finished on time with a few smaller hiccups along the way, but I wasn’t as frantic as I was the year before about rushing to get a certain amount of poems done on time. Yes, the task was still a big one, but things seemed to go a little smoother. (more…)


#OctPoWriMo: Oct 29-31

cold delicious iced tea drink

cold delicious iced tea drink

OctPoWriMo #29: Laugh Lines 

Hills and valleys converge  
and take shape along  
the soft silky brown texture  
of your landscape. 
It is with these features  
that you reveal your wisdom  
like the natural and carefully  
designed rings of a tree. 

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#OctPoWriMo: Oct 27 & 28

antique black classic phone

OctPoWriMo #27: Drive 

The young ones would ride in the back seat fearing for their lives. 
The old kids would learn how to drive in the front seat with you. 
I would panic at the thought of my cousins out on the road, 
but you would calmly teach the drivers who were brand new. 
 
We would sit in the back seat of your large van completely carefree, 
listening to music, playing with cousins, and the foster kids that you raised. 
My first memories of you were on the back roads in your car. 
You were always out helping your town which always left me amazed. (more…)


#OctPoWrMo: Oct 25th & 26th

countryside in Mississippi

countryside in Mississippi

OctPoWriMo #25: Mississippi

You will never forget how to spell
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I
After the teacher put you through hell
You tried desperately not to cry
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I
You had to know about the place you lived by
A nearby Southern state
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I
Another word that you probably even hate
M-I-S-S-I-S-S-I-P-P-I (more…)