From the Iron Donkey I watch
a normal afternoon in Gulu
people, animals, motorcycles
*iron donkeys, cars and trucks
The Iron Donkey is a guest house where we stay in Gulu. The iron donkey is also what Westerners consider a bicycle.
As so many, I am writing a succinct reflection on the 2015 A to Z Challenge.
Each year I have a different focus: this year’s primary focus was to high- light several friends who (I think) are gifted writers. I also wanted to share about a poetry book (A Song for Liberia) that will be published this summer with all the proceeds going to children orphaned by Ebola.
Each year, I want to support Arlee Bird who had the vision for the A to Z Challenge and is a fantastic human being.
I like meeting fantastic writers and this year was no exception.
My final observation is that those who gained from the A to Z Challenge were those who took the time to make not only thoughtful posts but took the time to visit and COMMENT on fellow A to Zer’s blogs. Afterall the Blogging community of writers thrives because people support each other.
I have met many fantastic people over the years and this year I am grateful again for some friendships (or is that blogships) that will continue.
2015 A to Z Challenge is a wrap!
unscrew the light bulb
cram my feelings til they blaze
can’t tell until I’m limp
you are truly crazed
clamp down the wire cutters
frenzied barbed wire dance
wrap careless about my heart
are you looking for your chance?
turn the car’s ignition
let fumes suck away the air
I died so long ago
no one ever cared
Emotive language is a form of common poetry in which language is at its most condensed and significant form. This is a common way that writers use to convince readers by appealing to their emotions and using a language that shows sympathy in some way.
“Anxiety is the hand maiden of creativity”
“Any poet, if he is to survive beyond his 25th year, must alter; he must seek new literary influences; he will have different emotions to express.”
How have you altered your writing over the years??? Or is it time for a change?
a light a stir
little could we manage to muster
winds pink, breezy and blustered
being under spring’s spell
we flurried and fell
into a whirling white well
” Poetry’s task is to reconcile us to the world — not to accept it at face value or to assent to things that are wrong, but to reconcile one in a larger sense, to return us in love, the province of the imagination, to the scope of our mortal lives.” Meena Alexander
alliteration: th is a poetic device using repetition of an initial consonant sound, as in “a peck of pickled peppers.” (Poets.Org)
Do you agree that poetry has the power to reconcile, albeit restore us to life?????
Today starts day #1 with the April A to Z Challenge. It looks like this year promises to have opportunities like a twitter chat on Thursdays. Looking for inspiration, new followers??? Check out A to Z
My focus this year is pretty relaxed as I have been disabled in both wrists. I enjoyed looking to nature (primarily) and photography (secondary) for letters for each day accompanied by a simple poem, a famous quote and a tidbit about poetic form, device etc.
Some A to Zers that I am enjoying following:
I don’t know why it is that every time I plan to do a month-long “anything” something comes along to muck up the works.
Illness, family emergency, or maybe 2 wrists out of commission…
The ideas have not stopped swirling but my one working index finger has not been up to the challenge of writing much more than a poem and my drawing is on a hold altogether – ugghh.
Talk about Writer’s Block – how ’bout writer’s barricade!!
So how do you deal with barricades that try to hinder your creative pursuits?????
Are you joining the month long April A to Z Challenge??? There is still time to sign up.
It really is a great way to meet other bloggers in any genre you can imagine. If I can do this month-long (daily) challenge with one index finger, so can you!!!
Freaky Freeway Foto a la Dr. Who
adding this to my friend FrizzText’s collection of “F” photos
So many people
from different worlds
all in the same place
A to Z was a whirl
stories and history
and puzzles and string
pictures and fantasy
they all had a ring
so many choices
you just have to know
if it weren’t for Arlee
it wouldn’t have been a “go”
when you think of challenge
will you think A to Z???
most writers will surely
especially when stuck at Q or Z
Thank you to Arlee Bird who conceived this idea of a challenge that not only includes the letters A to Z but genres A to Z. There are so many talented writers out there with amazing ideas. Spin off challenges could be endless – could they not??
Hats off to the crew who kept things running smoothly.
Personally this year was more of a challenge than last. Though I had all my posts pre-posted (I started in late Jan), I didn’t achieve my goal which was to read and comment on each entrant. I guess for me it’s more realistic to visit/comment on a few and get to know those writers. I am grateful to each person who visited my site and hope to get to know some of you better between now and next April.
For more reflections on a to z
Photograph: “Empty Museum” L. Moon copyright 2012