Would one poem per month be a suitable blog?

David Harrison’s blog has been such an inspiration to me.


I encourage you to participate in next month’s contest!

Here is my poem for this month. The inspirational word is ‘Thanks’.



The leaves are still falling,
I guess there is time.
To try to give thanks
I will write a small rhyme.

Tonight my mind’s empty,
I’m tired and stressed.
I want to relax.
I’ll get fully undressed.

Step into the shower.
I’m under the spray.
Grateful for quiet,
I go over my day.

As I twist my shoulders
My back warm, then hot,
I start to give thanks
For the riches I’ve got.

I put my sweet son first,
The love of my life.
Then count my husband
I’m his saltwater wife.

I think of my parents,
I’m their close daughter.
I get my hair wet
With hot, steaming water.

Skin soaked now, I soap up.
I live a good life. . .
My tense body melts,
I let go of all strife.

The water is streaming
On my upturned face.
My prayer simply, “Thanks.”
For my home, for my place.

With old, cracked plaster walls,
Sloped, crooked wood floor,
Our view: the ocean!
Do we dare ask for more?

White boats in the harbor,
Wild waves in the bay,
New York the backdrop –
Then the music I play

Comes clear into my head.
I dissolve in steam.
Singing my thanks to
The Dreamer of this dream.


I reached out to writers doing NaNoWriMo and asked:

Hi I’m new at this – I’m a songwriter whose muse has been hijacked.
Things seem to be going well – lots of words and ideas but two things:
1. Do you guys read what you have written – I mean – are you going over your writing as you go, or do you just get it all out and then kind of pray that it’s holding together? Just kind of scared to even look back at this point and was wondering if I should wait until December or just take a peek and see if I am even close to the right track.
2. I have a particular problem with time and was wondering if anyone out there has the same one.
I sit down and write – I have about 45 minutes to an hour – just about enough time to get the number of words I need.
The thing is, right when I have to stop is usually when I feel like something is going to be revealed, or things are about to get juicy. But – I’m out of time. I stop. Then, in my next session, I usually just go where I get an idea, not necessarily back to the previous scene. I can’t decide if I am copping out and not following things through, or if that will eventually happen so – right – I should just go with the next/new idea that is leading me (hopefully in the right direction.)
In other words I feel like I am driving a very, very big car – but I haven’t even taken a driving lesson yet.
Ideas anyone?

I’d like to thank the writers who took the time to answer me – very, very helpful. I was really feeling in need of some support and I got it. I’m hoping they post their thoughts to me here as well as the forum so more people can see them. Bella, Bill, Ellfie, thank you so much.


I’d love to hear from anyone who is attempting this amazing extreme sport.

I am looking for ways to create time as well as a novel, so far flossing my teeth has gone by the wayside. Sorry, I know that’s gross. Okay I’m going to go floss right now. But seriously, what are you doing to get through this month? Did you prepare the week before or start cold? Did you just start writing or did you have a plan? Is  your story going along with that plan or have your characters developed special ideas of their own that have sabotaged yours, and is that a good thing? What are you snacking on? What time do you write? How long to you write for? Pen, pencil, keyboard or blood? Do you listen to music while you write? Is it your favorite or the music that your characters love? Tell me anything and everything about your NaNoWriMo experience.

DIRT BLUES won! The Question is – have you heard it?!

Hear it here!


Mimi Cross Winner of DLH Word Poem posted by kathytemean

Mimi Cross attended the Toms River Children’s Writing Retreat in the beginning of October and followed my suggestions on getting yourself noticed.  She was in the picture book group and had submitted a story in ryhme.  She probably likes to write poems, because of her musical talents.  Mimi is quite an accomplished singermimi and with a professioinal CD of her songs.
Anyway, I had told everyone to look for places to show off their talents and one of the places I had mentioned was David L Harrison’s Blog. He has given poets’ a place to post their poems.  This month was the First Monthly “Word of the Month” poem contest.  The word was“Dirt.”  Mimi entered and today, she was the first winner with her poemDIRT BLUES.
She says she will be putting up a mp3 of her Dirt Blue Song. I will add it to this post when I receive it.

Congratulations!  Mimi!

Here is –


When you talk about dirt,
You gotta talk about dig.
When you talk about mud,
You gotta talk about a pig.
Oh baby . . .
How do I make my way?
When I start with common dirt – I naturally head straight for a cliche.
My Grandma said, “You eat a peck
Of dirt before you die.”
But I say, “What the heck?!”
I can avoid that if I try!
Oh Grandma . . .
What can you tell me now?
I gotta write this dirty poem, but I cannot – figure out how.
I guess I’ll start from scratch.
With a wordy mud pie.
That way I’ll use a bit of dirt
And mix it with these tears
I cry . . .
Out of frustration and fear.
I’ve got a grimy little blues song – that no one else will ever hear.
– Mimi Cross

If you get a chance, stop by Mimi’s website and listen to her wonderful voice.  Thank you to David L Harrison for putting in the time on his blog to help show off other talented writers.  If you would like to read the winner of the Young Poets’ WORD OF THE MONTH poem, go toYAAgroup’s Blog.  The winner is a 5th grade and she did an excellent job.