Dedicated to Hannah B on her 21st!


Woven dreams

Woven streams

Woven cattails

Woven sails

Woven friendships and networks, and raindrops, and smoke signals

Fabric is woven—and fabrics can be made of anything

Anything this world of our imagination has to offer

Picture frames can be woven, housing our memories

Like a chain, a never-ending chain

People we hang with can be woven

In and out of our scheduled time here

Our goals can be woven in much the same fashion

Inside our timeline and autobiography

Happy birthday, Goddaughter!

#RiteWit #prompt

I so enjoy the #writingcommunity and #poetrycommunity on Twitter–specifically #vsspoem, #vss365, #poetryin13, #BraveWrite, #hangtenstories, #TheWritePrompt, #whistpr, #vssDreams, #TankaThursday, #haikuchallenge, #2WordPrompt, #OneWordWednesday…there is a nice list of contributors that lead us each day, inviting creativity- a win-win!

I am sure I missed many, but these are fun. My morning stretch to participate, by easily following their formats and rules, gets the brain pumping over coffee.

RiteWit would like to play! Starting with today’s #prompt #Inspire

We’d like a word, a phrase, a haiku…any form of poetry that suites you and uses the word (or a form of the word) “INSPIRE.”

No Rules–Just Write– (of course, no hate speech or inappropriate rants!)

Here’s one:

Open your eyes wide

Exasperated? Inspire!

Today is a gift



by Wendy

What Poetry Means To Me:

Poetry is a creative outlet. It allows words to tumble, even fumble to a timed sequence, or no sequence at all. Most of my poetry is about daily occurrences that I relish and want to share. It is a way to honor a person, place, or natural gift that is around me or in my imagination.

“Poetry is a distillation and emotive expression of the observations and experiences of life. It is how the poet survives the general and specific chaos of the world.”

Susan Robb, my poetry writing partner in Pennsylvania
  1. Sue niles on My Dad

    Oh Wendy happy birthday to your dad. What a wonderful poem. Dad’s are so special. I still miss mine.

Favorite poetry types:

Iambic Pentameter–a basic rhythm that is pleasing to the ear; an unstressed or short syllable followed by a stressed or long syllable. Syllables in a line=10, two beats per foot, or five (penta) iambic feet. (paraphrased from It can be rhymed or unrhymed (blank verse.)

Haiku–Japanese, short form, typically about nature, or an essence, written in three lines with syllables: 5-7-5

Tanka–Japanese 31-syllable poem, traditionally, an unbroken meaning of words written in lines of syllables: 5-7-5-7-7

Cinquain–unrhymed, five-line poem with syllables: 2-4-6-8-2

Tercet–three lines forming a stanza making a complete poem. A Haiku is a Tercet

Nonet– 9 lines starting with 9 syllables, line two has 8 syllables, line three has seven, and so on down to one syllable on the ninth and last line.

Reverse Nonet– 9 lines starting with one syllable, line two has 2 syllables, and so on down to line nine with 9 syllables.

Ballad Stanza—Emily Dickinson is famous for writing in the “Yellow Rose of Texas” rhythm. A meter of Protestant hymns has a cadence that can be sung to rhyme.

Sonnet—fourteen lines typically in 10 syllables per line, using any number of rhyme schemes (Paraphrased from

Limerick—a humorous and often randy verse of three long and two short lines-five total

Prose—written words as spoken without metrical structure

“I hope you find this simplified cheat sheet helpful.”

(Paraphrasing from,, and Wendy’s take on the design types)

Take off!

We have launched. This is an exciting new venture for myself and my friends. I hope you will browse around and comment. Coming soon, nine different poetry types or designs. I think it will be fun to look at our posted photography pieces that may, indeed, inspire some creative writing. Tell me what you think in the likes/comments sections. And thank you for indulging me as I design by trial and error as we go (ie: places to let yourself fly…)

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