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American Sentence Sunday #3

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This week I am feeling like sharing more than one poem. I thought I would give you two American Sentence poems today. They are thematic, and I’m not going to tell you what the theme is. I’ll let you discern that for yourself. If you think you can name the theme and if it resonates with you… comment on the post and tell me about it.

Hoping you have a great week!

When good enough isn’t, the finish will remain elusive for you. 

Yelling at me will not make me move faster or work harder…really.

All poems are Copyright ©2018 Tim Geoghegan

Hmmm… When you accidentally hit PUBLISH, instead of SCHEDULE and it sends out an e-mail and posts to social media… Happy American Sentence THURSDAY… We will resume our regular schedule next week… SMH

American Sentence Sunday #2

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Well, shoot! I guess I forgot to tell everyone what an American Sentence poem even is. Daggum. I won’t assume you clicked through on December Dailies – Day 6.

Instead, I wrote an American Sentence poem to tell you what it is and how to write one yourself. Here it is:

An American sentence: One sentence, seventeen syllables long.

See, that’s not so hard, is it? So, give me your best responses to my American Sentences with American Sentences of your own in the comments.  Here is the actual poem for today:

“Do I exist when I’m out of sight and out of mind?”, I ponder this.

So, What do you have to say? Happy #AmSenSunday!

All poems are Copyright ©2017 Tim Geoghegan

American Sentence Sunday #1

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Happy Sunday! I was thinking about doing a new feature. Every Sunday becomes American Sentence Sunday (ASS?). I will post an American Sentence and you can respond with your own. Together we can have some fun, seventeen syllables at a time.

Here’s my American Sentence:

Most folks don’t like poetry, they just like to say they like poetry.
©2017 Tim Geoghegan 

Who wants to play?

Post Daily Reflection.

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In the days after publishing 31 poems, one each day of December, I find myself feeling… curious. This is a problem when you share your work on a blog using Social media. I think a lot of people read the abbreviated posts on the various sites and saw the poem images and never actually clicked through.  I have no idea how broad my actual audience is.

Ultimately, it’s not about the wider audience… it’s about the audience in my own head. The inner critic, the doubting TimGee, the perfectionist, the Jerk who lives way in the back corner of my skull shouting profanities at me during the quietest of moments of contemplation and creativity. Today, the private audience is pleased, except the jerk… He is never pleased, but he is calm. I think just meeting the challenge of writing every day is enough to keep me writing.

Thinking back on the poems, there are none that I really dislike. Some were probably not awesome with 100% passion poured into them, but none of them were utterly devoid of life. I think you can see my humor, my sarcasm, perhaps a shade of melancholy, loneliness, wonder, joy and maybe even inspiration. I think you can get an idea that I don’t take myself too seriously. Perhaps a poem resonated with you? Maybe you wrote one of your own? If you smiled or read with a spark of joy… I’m delighted Although even if no one read the poems… I am happy. I finished the challenge. I set my mind to a task and completed it. That is a win, and I needed a win.

Thanks for reading if you did, or are, or will… I appreciate your comments and likes. 😉

Going forward, this blog was never intended to be a ‘niche’ blog, but rather a rambling stroll through my busy and cluttered mind.  If you are following I hope you will be pleasantly surprised regularly, and if you are just joining me… welcome aboard matey!

Tim

December Dailies – Day 30 – The Paradelle

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The next to last “daily” is in the book (on the blog?) Today I chose to write a Paradelle (click here to learn more). I chose this particular form because it was invented by Billy Collins, former US Poet Laureate and is all about poking fun at strict poetic forms. I’ve been doing that for 30 days now; it’s just no one got the joke, I guess. I’m a fan of Billy Collins, not only because he is an outstanding poet who writes in a down-to-earth way, but also because he works tirelessly to make poetry accessible to everyone. One of his shining examples is a project called Poetry 180, which was designed to get high school students reading a poem every school day of the year.

The world could use a lot more poetry and a lot less of some of the other crap we consume in the media. That is the only rant you’ll get from me during this project. 😉

I also wanted to post a couple photos of the creative process… I think there may be some people out there who think I just sit down, type these and hit publish… That’s a big ol’ nope. I will admit most of everything gets typed initially, but I often print a hard copy and noodle with a pen if I get stuck.

Once I get the poem all finished in my word processing software I normally run it through Grammarly to find any glaring spelling and punctuation errors. For poems, this is not ideal as I sometimes ignore punctuation… Some famous poet somewhere told me that is ok.

I then turn the poem into an image. It keeps the formatting as I intend. This is important to me, probably only to me, which is fine.

Finally, I write the post for the poem in WordPress… The blog platform I have chosen to adopt for OneSureChord.com. It’s a robust platform and reasonably intuitive to get things done. It also works with Grammarly so that I don’t look quite as illiterate as I would without it.

It’s a fun little system and it works well.  I think it’s essential that you all know that each poem has taken at least an hour to create and post. The longest I spent on any poem was nearly 5 hours. I won’t tell you which one, but I think it reflects a higher level of craft than many of the others. This Paradelle took about 2 hours from start to finish. It was great fun and even turned out better than I expected. I hope you enjoy it. Thanks for reading. I appreciate you.

The paradelle: