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Friday, April 18, 2014

Day 18 of April Poem A Day!

Today's prompt is about weather. So I wrote about our experiences with Hurricane Sandy. 

April 18, 2014
Prompt: Write about weather

Hurricane Sandy

We live on the shore
and were forced from
our home by the 
insistent announcement
by a retired baseball manager
who said our area was being

The storm loomed on TV 
a whirling swirling mass of
clouds twirling its way towards
us in a line too definite to ignore
and we fled like displaced persons
from a war to a safer place
We headed north to where 
we were told the storm 
would miss

While we traveled she 
kissed the Jersey shore
and like a two timed lover
moved structures into 
pieces of wood and 
twisted steel was tossed
into the ocean like a 
scorned piece of jewelry

But she had followed us
and we heard her terror
in the wailing winds and
her result in the loss of
electricity so far from her

And we saw on TV 
her mammoth footprint
as images appeared
over and over again
of homes and businesses
unlucky to be in her path

We thought of how it 
would be if we were 
there and worried over
our few possessions
being overrun with flood
waters though we were
two stories up

As finally we arrived
home it was dark
the halls lit by emergency
lights and the only
destruction for us
was the spoiled food
in our refrigerator

When I saw the faces
of the people whose 
homes had been taken
down like matchsticks
my thoughts were with
them yet I felt the guilt
of surviving unscathed
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Until the next time I would love if you would share your writing here. Please leave a comment if you wish.

Day 17 of April Poem A Day!!

Today's prompt inspired me to write two poems. Here they are:

April 17, 2014
Prompt: Write a poem about anything in pop culture

I’ve lived through it all
The Beatniks with their
black on black and triangle
The Hippies with their long
skirts and flowing shirts
their long hair festooned with
flowers and arms trailing in
the air proclaiming peace and
The war protests and the
sit ins visited but never involved
The self awareness of the 80′s
with its big hair and big shoulders
The disillusionment of the 90′s
and the rise of Goths wearing
black nail polish and black
The despair of the turn of the
century when our world blew
up in front of our eyes and
a piece of our country dissolved
in the rubble
I’ve been to see The Rolling Stones,
the Kinks, the Who and the Beach Boys
and their music has been the
soundtrack of my life
and I have experienced both
Bob Dylan and Bruce Springsteen
in person and Leonard Cohen with
his soulful laments
I listen to country and rock music
and get carried away by the strains
of Mozart
Musical theater is my favorite as
I hear familiar tunes
I am dual centuried with one half
in the twentieth and the other
striding along in the twenty-first
anticipating all it will bring
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Ode to Betty Boop
She came out of an inkwell
Probably no one under the
age of sixty remembers
and as he the cartoonist
drew her features and this
big eyed fat cheeked and
impossibly thin woman
came onto the movie screen
I fell in love with her.
Her boop oop a doop
and her red rosebud mouth
makes me smile and I have
surrounded myself with
statues of her in every possible
She is the ultimate American girl
with her satin gowns and feather boa
She can be a soldier or a nurse
a stewardess or pop out of a
champagne glass with her legs
kicking in the air
Her eyes are big and round
and she always looks surprised
Frozen in ceramic beauty she
brings me joy in all sizes
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Until the next time, again thank you all for reading these and I hope you are enjoying them. I am a day late, but yesterday was very busy. My husband finally got out of the hospital and he is back in Burke Rehabilitation Center to get back his strength. We are hoping this time he will stay well and get stronger. 

I will be posting today's poems later. Again, thanks for the tweets and retweets. I really appreciate that. You can also leave a comment here. I moderate them so you won't see it right away. Keep writing and reading poetry.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Day 16 of April Poem A Day!

We're more than halfway through the month and I'm still writing. Today's prompt made me think a lot and I wound up writing two poems for it.

April 16, 2014
Prompt: Write an elegy - a poem for the dead

An Elegy for My Mother
When you left me I crumpled
and days followed without any
reason while I forgot the mail
and remembered only the sorrow
hanging in my heart like a new
I grieved for you and your presence
and found times during each day to
share a moment with you, but
of course you were not there to
chat on the phone and listen to
my complaints
Not there to see your grandchildren
grow to the women they are now
Not there to exclaim with joy
when my novel turned from
dream to reality
Not here for me now to
put my arms around you
and snuggle deep into
your embrace
Not here to hold me
and tell me it’s all okay
when the world closes in
When all I want
is my mommy
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

I wrote one elegy, by I decided to write another in a different vein.
Elegy for My Mother 2
You were beautiful
but you never thought so
thinking beauty meant thin
and you were never that
I remember you agonizing
over your clothes and
me squeezing you into
yet another too small dress
you needed to tailor for you
were excellent with needle
and thread, creating and
making my clothes until
embarrassment sent me
to buy them in a real store
A working woman before
it became the norm you
always made us dinner
I learned to cook watching
you throw this and that
together each night
Not always perfect you
used your voice as a
weapon and many times
it attacked me and left
me broken
But you would swoop me
in your arms and all would
be okay until the day when
your voice became a whisper
and I leaned down to hear
you say my favorite words
“I love you” from your
disease ridden body and then
you closed your eyes forever
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Until the next time, hope you are enjoying these poems and again thanks to the people who are tweeting the blog link.:) You are the best!!!

A friend of mine posted this and I thought you might enjoy it:

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

April 15 of April Poem A Day!!

Today is tax day, but I got an extension to pay our tax. Tonight was also the second night of Passover and for all my Jewish friends Happy Passover.  A Passover Seder has a structure like a piece of writing. You start with the Kiddush, which is a blessing over the wine. You use a Haggadah to make sure you get the story right. The youngest asks the Four Questions, which are questions about the Seder and about why we eat certain foods. Then there is the story of the exodus of the Jews from Egypt. God is the central character and it's all about the interpretation of his deeds. Finally the big climax when Moses leads his people out of Egypt by parting The Red Sea. The ending winds down with the Jews staying alive by eating manna in the desert.

Today's prompt is about Love!

April 15, 2014
Prompt: Write about Love

Love Fills My Heart

I thought you had squeezed

all the love from me
If you looked inside you
would find only a
shell of a heart
like the cheap hollow
chocolate hearts you see in 

Then I lay prostrate at your feet

as the last drops of love
found deep inside me
emerge and when I pour
this little bit on top of you
suddenly you will be strong
again and I will continue
to find more filling my heart
until it is no longer empty
Only then will my sadness
be replaced with the joy
of your smile
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Whoops, I had to add one more poem to this post. The prompt was for a Love and an Anti Love poem. So here is my Anti Love poem:

Chocolate You Destroy Me
(Anti Love Poem)
Chocolate you destroy me
You force me to eat you
and I gorge on your sweetness
only to pay the price of despair
as I survey the results of my
stuffing your goodness into my
mouth and letting the delectable
smooth substance of you melt
But no I must not love you for
this is the destruction of my
body and though I do love
you I must say no and ignore
your charms
But just one more bite, please
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Until the next time, I want to thank all the people who have tweeted about this blog. It's nice to know someone is reading your work. Usually I go by the comments where people will react to my blog, but I was surprised and very happy to see all the tweets.:) I've been in a kind of a daze since my husband has been in the hospital these past weeks, so I just found them yesterday. I am also posting my poems on Poetic Asides under lionmother.

Happy writing and I hope you are writing poetry too.:) It's all that has kept me sane.

Monday, April 14, 2014

It's April 14 of April Poem A Day!!

It's Passover and somehow this is how I felt when I saw the prompt.  We have to spend it without my husband, because he is still in the hospital. We are transferring him to the hospital where he can see all his doctors. Where he is now they just don't know him well enough to successfully treat him. As they said in the Cheers song: "Sometimes you want to go where everybody knows your name."

Here is my offering for today's prompt:

April 14, 2014
Prompt: Write a title starting with If I Were... and then write a poem about the title

If I Were Able to Fly
I’d soar with no thought of fear
for my wings would be unfurled
free and strong in the air
supporting me as I hovered
over the Earth.
I’d peer down at the beauty
on the ground and be on
the lookout for goodness
which would waft up
towards me in a delightful
aroma as I passed over the
houses of the good people
Unlike the other passover when
the goal was to smite all the
firstborn children of what He
considered evil ones
and therefore eradicate the
whole evil population in one night
My flying over would be a fun affair
with balloons going down to the
ones who thought about others
and had no cares for themselves
along with lots of chocolate, because
who doesn’t want that?
I’d swoop over cities and towns and
villages in my search dropping the
goodies and landing on the ground
to distribute them all to the deserving
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Until the next time, thank you to all who continue to read this blog and hope you are enjoying these all poetry all the time posts.:) 

Also I have brought some of my characters to the weeklong celebration at We Love Tween/YA Books on Facebook. Come over and meet some of the authors and the characters in their books here. Also there might be some goodies too!!

Days 11, 12, 13 April Poem A Day!!

Friends, thank you to all who have tweeted for this blog. I am still not really thinking about much with my husband still in the hospital!! However, I did write poems for the last three days and due to my schedule I didn't post them. So here they are now. 

April 11, 2014
Prompt: Write a statement for your title and then write a poem about the statement.

I tell myself this as I prepare
to spend my day in the company
of a morose man
who knows illness like a lover
and longs to break it’s spell on him
He moves gingerly from bed to
chair and back seeking comfort
for his hospital weary body
while I try to bring the day to him
Trying with patience and diligence
to move him closer to the man he was
and finding his actions like a movie
exist separate from me.
Trying, so trying to build a wall of
happiness around me to insulate
my susceptible psyche against the
misfortune emanating from his
weak body
Trying with a poem to squeeze happiness
from this experience
Concentrating on the new growing
daffodils as they decorate winter weary
spaces and remembering past springs
and the daffodils in our front yard so
many years ago.
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

April 12, 2014
Prompt: Write a city poem

Thoughts on My Birth City
You birthed me
and I landed on your
concrete streets
thinking this was my
playground as in my
youth I roamed the
neighborhood bordered
by the smells of Schenectady Avenue
pickles and chicken entrails
and the traffic on Utica Avenue
My world decorated with chalk
where we played potsy and bounce
the ball our Spaulding’s rubber ball
moving toward the shiny penny
sitting on the crack
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

April 13, 2014
Prompt: Write about your favorite animal

My Lion Obsession
Whenever I see a lion in repose
I feel peaceful
and I know that this majestic animal
lives inside of me
It surfaced years ago and now I wear
a gold medallion around my neck
reminding me of the power inside myself
and the beauty of the lion
I know if I met a lion in the wild
I, not being so brave, might not
want to spend any time with it
but still I admire it from afar
in photos and statues
Being near these photos
and statues brings out the lion
in me causing my dormant roar
to emerge and then my quiet exterior
transforms into the power of a lion
and those times you want to stay
far from me, for I am as a lion
Fierce and dominant and fighting
for the ones I love.
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Until the next time, I will continue to write as long as I can. It helps to channel the feelings I have into my poetry and though I am still not one hundred per cent happy, at least there is poetry. Thank goodness for April!!!

Friday, April 11, 2014

Day 10 of April Poem A Day!

It's Day 10 and still going strong!! I will make it to the end of the month.
Here is today's poem:

April 10, 2014
Prompt: Write about the future

The Future
I don’t think about the future
The present is where I live
What’s happening now is
my focus
The joy in the moment
even as simple as the
feel of a laugh
or the taste of chocolate
as it melts slipping down
my throat
The thrill of a smile
from a stranger
Or the familiar electric charge
from my hand in my husband’s
reminding me my present
is the future
copyright 2014 by Barbara Ehrentreu

Until tomorrow, keep writing and enjoying poetry this month!!!



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