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Memories

Like water cascading from the heights,
Thoughts and images flow through my mind.

Memories of happy times become
A garden bursting into bloom;
The smiling face of a child ,
Eyes filled with wonder and excitement;
The crimson glow of a sunrise;
A flock of birds arrowing across the sky;
The beauty of a moon-drenched night,
Stars twinkling into view, one by one.

The sad times become vivid visions
Of dark clouds racing across a windswept sky;
Tears streaking down a time-worn cheek;
The withered petals of a forgotten rose;
The strong steel bars of a cage;
The fledgling flight of a young eagle,
Soaring into the sky on uncertain wings;

Life provides a miasma of images,
Each one a glimpse inside the soul of the poet
Who pours her heart, her love,
her pain, her joys
Onto the page for all to see.

©2002 Eileen Register  All Rights Reserved

Poetry is to literature what melody is to song.

Writing Poetry Just for Fun

Here's a fun little experiment in writing that can be shared with the children in your life...your kids, your grandkids, your students...Or it can be something different to do at a party or when getting together with a group of friends.  You can even do it alone, but it's much more fun when it's shared.
At first it may sound a bit corny, but once you get started, you'll be surprised at how talented and creative each participant is and how much really interesting, funny, serious, naughty, spooky or [fill in the blank] poetry you can create.
And by the way, save your creations
(that's what the notebook or folder is for!) because I'll be sponsoring  poetry contests solely for poetry created using this unique little poetry game.  Be sure to write the names of all participants on each poem so that all will receive credit for their magnificent poetic talent and creativity, especially if the poem ends up winning one of my contests!























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A few topic suggestions:

Kids:
favorites, such as pets, zoo, farm, aquatic, or jungle animals, bugs (Why do kids love those so much?) foods, sports, games, cartoons, super heroes, toys, etc.

Mixed/family Groups:
all of the above topics plus fashion styles, trends, gadgets, inventions,  movies, TV shows, actors and other famous people, countries, cultures, careers/occupations, or whatever your fertile imaginations can dream up.

Adult/Party:
all of the above, of course, plus adult topics and themes (depending on the group) like sex, body parts, articles of clothing, extreme sports, wild fashion trends, tattoos, taboos, body piercing, coctails, pick-up lines, bad habits, acts of rudeness, insults, or any other topic the group is comfortable talking about. (Politics and religion should be handled with caution as those topics have been known to start wars!)
How to Play the Poetry Game:

What you'll need:
    pens or pencils,  small slips of paper,  2  containers   (boxes, cups, etc.) paper,  folder or 
    notebook (optional),  your "thinking caps",  table or lapboards

Setting it up:
1) Each player gets a pen or pencil, some small slips of paper, and a few sheets of paper.
2) Place the two containers in the center of the table.  One is for word clues and the other is
   for phrases/sentences.
3) Assign a "Poet Laureate"/mediator (PL)    and  a "word grabber" (WG)
4) If more than four players, split into groups of 3-5.  (Each group chooses a PL and the WG.)

Choosing a topic:
This can be done for the entire group or each smaller group can choose its own.
1)  Each player writes down a topic word/phrase on a slip of paper and puts it in one of the
    containers. The players may decide to leave it wide open or to narrow the type of topic to
    "funny" or "sexy" or "scary"...you get the idea.  If the get-together has a theme, that
    might be the topic of choice, i.e.,  Halloween or Christmas, or perhaps baby shower or...the
    ideas are limitless.
2)  One slip of paper is drawn out of the container, and its contents becomes your topic.

Writing the poem:
1)   Each person writes at least three words or short phrases  (Team's choice) related to the
     topic on separate slips of paper .
2)  The "Word Grabber" collects the slips and puts them in the "cue cup", mixes them up and
    then draws one slip at a time until a predermined number is reached  (4-6 for short poem,
    8-10 for longer  poem.).
3)  As each word or phrase is drawn, the group "brainstorms" to create a complete thought
    about the topic (it doesn't have to be a complete sentence.) .
4)  As each complete thought is ready, the PL writes it down on a slip of paper.(one thought
    per slip.)
5) When all the thoughts are done, it's up to the team to decide in what order they fit best.
6) HERE'S the really fun part: to form the rhymes, the completed thoughts may need a little bit
   of "tweaking".
NOTE: Poems do not have to rhyme but in this game, it's much more challenging if they do. The group should decide what type of poem they are going to write. (See  format suggestions for ideas regarding rhyme patterns and types of poems.)
7) The poem is "done" when the group
   decides it's done, but a time limit and
   number of lines should be decided before
   starting.
If more than one poem is created during the game, the entire group votes to decide the winning poem.

THERE WILL BE CONTESTS FROM TIME TO TIME ON THIS WEBSITE...SO SAVE YOUR POEMS AND SEND ME THE BEST OF THEM!


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Poetry Format Suggestions:

Most adults are familiar with a few forms of poetry, as are kids nowadays.  You might choose to write a haiku or a limerick, or perhaps your group loves a challenge and opts for a sonnet.  Many times, poets write poems that end up with iambic pentameter, and quite often the poet doesn't preplan it - this form of rhythm and rhyme has been around for so long that it has become well-known  and happens unconsciously.  Any of these can be quite fun to write and entertaining to read, but to simplify the game, you might want to choose a certain rhyme pattern.  Below are a few suggestions:

Couplets: Each set of two lines ends in rhyme, i.e. :
    Let's go and play some pool,
    Our cue stick is our tool.
    If we eye each ball just right,
   We might win a game tonight.

( Now THAT poem won't win any prizes, but it does sound suspiciously like iambic pentameter!)

Alternate line rhyming:
     Let's go out and play some pool,
     And if we eye each ball just right,
     With the cue stick - our trusty tool
     We might win a game tonight.

Many other rhyming variations are possible, and there are no "wrong" ways to do it.  The overall structure can be anything from one long series of verses to several stanzas composed of verses divided into groups of four, six, eight, or...well you get my drift. Just let the ideas and chaotic creativity flow - toss caution and convention to the winds and see what you come up with!


IF YOU TRY THIS LITTLE POETRY GAME
WITH A GROUP OF STUDENTS
OR WITH YOUR FAMILY AND FRIENDS,
I'D LOVE TO KNOW ABOUT IT AND READ
YOUR POETIC CREATIONS!
WITH YOUR PERMISSION, I MAY EVEN FEATURE YOUR POETRY ON MY SITE.
E-MAIL ME!
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