October by Valeri Beers

October 

the trees
are
rusting & dying

the air
is
losing its
heat
&
freezing
to my
windshield.

scrapescrapescrapescrapescrapescrape
scrapescrapescrapescrapescrapescrape

ugh.

Flying
down the road
with
Gordon,
I wonder
if
he is going
further
than 
she
allows
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About this poem:  Gordon (Sumner) is also known as Sting. I was 
listening to his song "She's Too Good For Me" a lot when I wrote this.This poem is also in my book 
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Friday poetry prompt

Erica Jong and I talked about the imagination and how we writers live there rather than in the real world

Poetry prompt: Write about your imagination 🙂

here’s a  poem about my imagination:

Writers live
in the
world
of the
imagination.

Memories
thoughts
ideas
fantasies
daydreams.

Thinking
hoping
wishing.

My imagination
has an
eclectic soundtrack,
remember
rewrite

Friday poetry prompt

Poetry Prompt: Write a poem about a vacation you have taken, good or bad

Here’s a poem I wrote about going on vacation (the vacation was good)

No Fear of Flying (the Xanax poem)

by Valeri Beers
Clouds are floating cotton
cars look like twinkling colored bits of glass
as we glide by
(I know the Xanax is working)
and I stare at the earth below
a tiny looking plane is
below us going the other way
(tiny….it could be as big as
this MD80)
cloud cover so thick it’s like
a forever mattress
sometimes we fly thru it
white out —-  turbulence
boats look like tiny bath
toys
BANK
with my wings behind me
I fly
Buildings are blocks
stacked up
so neat
carpeting of trees to break our fall
(did I say that? the Xanax is working)
closer
Monopoly hotels
toy boats (a little bigger now) dot the
calm water
I even watched us land

Friday poetry prompt

This poetry prompt was posted on the Poetry Pasta Facebook page.  I will probably post more prompts on the Poetry Pasta Facebook page.  Stay tuned 🙂

POETRY PROMPT: 

I have been thinking about video games this week. I got my husband the print edition of one of his favorite books (Ready Player One by Ernest Cline), plus I am addicted to Agar.io (just type agario into your browser to play….a COMPUTER game I guess…)

I have the memory of pumping quarters into the Centipede machine at the old arcade downtown.

Tricky Game

by Valeri Beers

I want

to make

a

tricky game

with you.

One we

can

both play.

Do you

like

Thai food?

I want

to nestle

in

your bosom

while

the rain

pitter patters

on the

windowsill.

Friday Poetry Prompt

Poetry Prompt: Write a poem about the FIRST real concert you went to and enjoyed.  You don’t have to write about the little kid music you went to or the music concerts your parents dragged you to (unless you want to)

My first concert was Motley Crue back in the late 80’s, that I really liked 😀  I will be going to see Motley Crue on their final tour in October.  I had seen other bands, but they didn’t leave as much of an impression on me (and certainly didn’t inspire any poems)

Highway
by Valeri Beers

Poison
speeding along
on the road.
Black & shiny,
1 
million miles 
an
hour.
Destination forbidden.
2
tons of metal
in
your face.
Cops 
on
the tail,
orange triangles
followin’ us.
A
fast  road
to 
Nowhere.
Hot & crowded
being 
dragged under
in 
a wave
(now I know better!)

Explosions
on
a moon
as 
I sneak
in the
back door
& a
red & black
dream
makes you
smile.

Friday Poetry Prompt

My family and I rent a house that belonged to a 104 year old woman.  She was sharp right up until the very end.  I brought my 8 year old girl to her first funeral (she clearly DID NOT like looking at the body in the casket)

Poetry Prompt: Write a poem about death 

here’s the only poem I have right now, I have an idea to write about living in a dead woman’s house

For Mom

by Valeri Beers

I

miss you.

There’s

no forwarding address

to send

you

a Mother’s Day card.

No

phone number.

No

answering machine.

I

have many

presents

for you

but

I

can only

leave them

on the ground.

Flood got 2nd place in the 30 For 30 Poetry Project :)

Thank You to everyone who voted for Flood and commented 🙂

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May I have another Voted Favorite Poem

Steve Herring’s “May I have another” has been voted the favorite poem in this year’s 30 for 30 Poetry Celebration. Congratulations Steve! Steve will be receiving a signed copy of my new poetry collection Garden of Rain.

Thanks to Steve and to all who contributed poems during the month of April and to everyone who took the time to read and comment.

May I have another

by Steve Herring

This spring, I found a fault line in your poem,

but what I saw crumbling was me not you.

You said, enjambment’s good, keep going.

Kindly, you offered me synesthesia, but I end-stopped.

With great consonance, your persona winded up

and cold-cocked me like a batter bunting a ball.

I turned like Derek Jeter and rounded a constellation.

Knocked off my feet, I hit the ground like a quatrain.

Who else but me gets sucker punched in a poem?

© Steve Herring 2015

I would like to remind you of the Dennis Price show which some of us will be attending on May 12th   at 8 PM EST.  So far, it is me, MaryJo Balistreri  (via telephone) and Robert Giron.  The three Herndon Middle School winners will also be joining us.

poems from poetry prompts

(I want to be this good!)

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Roller skating poetry prompt #21

Ungraceful

by Valeri Beers

I want

the

music

speed.

To dance

on

wheels
Look at me

I want

to skate

with

my girl

I don’t want

to be

a
wallflower.

I

rolled rather

ungracefully
from

here to there.

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Earth poetry prompt #22 (rough draft)

I
don’t like
your cousin,
Mother Nature.

She made
it snow
too much.
It’s
STILL cold
out.

Can
Summer
come out
&
play?

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car race poetry prompt #18

It
was ugly
but
it
won.

Start to finish
it dominated.

It
was all
him.
Last minute
adjustments.

Judges
watching
talking
debating