Monday, March 20, 2017

WHISPERS' MARCH ACTIVITY--ALLITERATION AND ASSONANCE

Dear Whispers’ Family,

The March writing activity has been, Working Alliteration and Assonance into Our Poetry. Thank you to all who sent in submissions. What a delight it is to read all of your skillfully crafted creations. Let poetry be fun!

Michael Escoubas, Whispers’ Features Editor
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Dublin on the Liffey

The Liffey – no longer sniffy,
ambles through our capital city.
It once inspired Jack B. Yeats
to paint The Liffey Swim*.
Nowadays, it’s a genial host
to cruise liners and tall ships.

*1923, Nat. Gallery of Ireland.

Mary Gunn, Ireland.
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Memory lane

As I walk down the memory lane
plateaus of emotions whine and wane,
Grace on face stays
while smile deepens,
and wrinkles sprinkle
the essence of pretence in time.

Dr. Upma Sharma, India.
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The Treasure

Furry feet in hasty haste
Eating eggs tasty taste.

Diana Dalton, United States
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"Haiku" (Double Triodyne)

Good writers writing in haiku
Strange title to set subject to
All subjects one title, "Haiku"
Time after time, line on line
Reason for a title in a Triodyne
Line on line, time after time

Yancy Lee Dalton, United States 
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Pregnancy Cravings

I buy myself, red roses wrapped in ribbons
As I feel so depressed and restless
I walk here and there and everywhere
To curb my pregnancy cravings
I can only think of turkey tacos
Or the delicious donut dipped in dairy creamer.

Archana Kapoor, India
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Two, to go 

A simple chicken biscuit 
in Chapel Hill 
conjures college-day memories
of road trips and restlessness, 
flaky and buttery. 

Douglas S. Malan, United States 
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Golden Persimmons

coffee cake and persimmon wine
let us dine

too late
raccoons rampaged through the gate
and ate and ate and ate

Elizabeth Howard, United States
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She Winks

astutter aflutter
my blinks
subtle and supple...
i turn nary a spurn
her kiss feels like bliss

Pat Geyer, United States
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Smiling in My Sleep

Milky Way moonlight
spillpools upon my pillow,
protection and peace.

Candace Armstrong, United States
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The tap

Transparent I transcend
A spit, splatter or splash
All rains down to ripple and rise
Confined and contained
Constantly until I reach the rim
Where I run, rushing over freely

Anna-Marie Docherty, Wales
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Precious Peace

In times of stress, sweets bring momentary solace.
Aspiring higher actuates a heavenly alliance
bringing a blessed and more enduring substance.
With His help I give heed to "Let go and let God"

Charlene McCutcheon, United States
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Beneath the Coyote Moon

Twirling, twisting, whirling,
the west wind wanders and winds down
lonely canyons kicking up sand
and dancing with tumbleweeds
to escape its earthly heaven.

Barbara Tate, United States
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Confusion

Restless roaming through my raging thoughts
An unceasing search for truth is scourging
my weary, dreary molested mind
The pleasant purring of my content cat
wakes me out of my dubious dazed state

Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend) the Netherlands
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Money Makers

Making money may make me rich
Saving some with little spent
I’ll be wealthy when I die
Prosperous people live longer lives
If you save a lot like me
Someday you can be debt free

Glenda B. Frazier, United States
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honeybee

a honeybee and her happy life
swing and swirl in nature’s ride
lick and lift the nectar of flowers
feel and fight with toxic powers
drain and drop a sweet viscous
present a precious heaven liquor.

Hifsa Ashraf, Pakistan
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The Theater Calendar

Fitful flurries sift onto the orange primrose.
Morning warms and we two gardeners
wait for a daytime high that will keep
pea seeds from freezing. We want
to remember to watch for the stage
of this night’s moon, sliver seekers.  

Tricia Knoll, United States 
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"Unkind, Undaunted ... and Unpublished"

There once was a pompous poet
Her poetry did definitely show it
"If you don't absolutely love it
You can take it and shove it"
With every poem she'd send, she'd blow it

David Fox, United States
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Great Grades

when our college students
study seriously and systemically
exam fear fades away fast for some
every paying guardian or parent expects
cool scores, not crappy, creepy grades
or curt remarks from careless educators

Ndaba Sibanda, Kuwait
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Misty Dreams

In stealthful shadows,
the pensive pilgrim
pauses for a moment…
nature whispers
to his searching soul…
a twilight adieu

Karen O’Leary, United States
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Dream

This enchanted evening seems
full of grace and goodness.
Your gown of silk and lace
draped in velvet folds cascades
down and around your silver slippers.
We dance in this my dream romance.

Michael Escoubas, United States
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41 comments:

  1. Beautiful collection Michael. I loved all of them.

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    1. Dear Archana,
      Thank you for taking time to read these creative poems. Your comment is appreciated.
      Michael

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    2. I enjoyed your comment Archane
      Yancy

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    3. Thank you, Archana, Michael, and Yancy. Your words graces Whispers pages. I appreciate your ongoing support.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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    4. All I can say Karen is, participation brings
      me Joy. Thanks for Whispers!
      Yancy

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  2. Michael Escoubas from USA inside self did "Dream" of romance. Karen
    Karen O’Leary also of USA also had "Misty Dreams" Both were good
    but they were not in competition While Ndaba Sibanda, from Kuwait was
    teaching some how to get "Great Grades" dispute careless educators.
    David Fox from USA scribed a pompous poet who every poem she'd send,
    she'd blow it in work titled "Unkind, Undaunted ... and Unpublished" Some
    where between sadness and humor. Next Tricia Knoll, of USA Looks at "The
    Theater Calendar" to set stage of this night’s moon, sliver seekers. Followed
    by Hifsa Ashraf, from Pakistan writing "honeybee" with toxic powers. Glenda
    B. Frazier, of USA, discuses how to be one of those "Money Makers" to
    become debt free. Giving Inge Wesdijk (Daginne Aignend) the Netherlands,
    "confusion". emerging out of his dubious dazed state. Barbara Tate, From
    USA gives us Twirling, twisting, whirling, "Beneath the Coyote Moon"
    Amazingly Charlene McCutcheon, USA sneaks Precious Peace, finds
    "Precious Peace" learning one must "Let go and let God" As Anna-Marie
    Docherty of Wales taps into "The tap" so she can run freely. As Candace
    Armstrong, of USA finds herself "Smiling in My Sleep" as Milky Way moon
    light flows to her pillows protection. Then Pat Geyer, of USA says she "She
    Winks" at her blinks when her kiss feels like bliss. Next Elizabeth Howard of
    the good old USA wrote "Golden Persimmons" to eat to late as raccoons
    rampaged through the gate. Douglas S. Malan, of the USA, conjures college
    day memories of A simple chicken biscuit in Chapel Hill flaky and buttery.
    Yummy!" Two to go" Archana Kapoor, India, said I walk here and there and
    everywhere to curb my "pregnancy cravings" in good food imagining While
    Yancy Lee Dalton of USA try's to sell his triodyne over Haiku.Diana Dalton Of
    USA finds "The Treasure" in Furry feet in hasty haste eating eggs tasty taste.
    Then Dr. Upma Sharma of India. Took a trip down "Memory lane" while smile
    deepens, and wrinkles sprinkle the essence of pretence in time. Last but not
    least Mary Gunn, of Ireland, gave us "Dublin on the Liffey" It once inspired Jack
    B. Yeats to paint The Liffey Swim*. Nowadays, it’s a genial host to cruise liners
    and tall ships. Very great writing each and all. Yancy's Knight Writer notes as
    viewed from his horseless mount writing through a forest of fabulous writers.
    Yancy

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    1. Wow Yancy!!
      Your creative energy blesses our writing community.
      Thank you,
      Michael

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    2. Yancy now I would have to say you are one who is definitely talented to come up with such a creative piece that blessed every one of us. Thank you.Charlene

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    3. Thanks very much Charlene and Michael
      Yancy

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    4. Wow Yancy!

      Thank you for taking time to encourage and support others. We are a community of many which you acknowledge. It is so good to have you a part of Whispers!

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  3. What a delight to be able to just sit for a while this morning to enjoy this wealth of talent in the poetry and techniques used above. Such a treat, thank you all for sharing your abilities...

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    1. Dear Anaisnais,
      I agree, nothing better than a respite with poetry and maybe coffee or tea in a sunny chair??
      Blessings,
      Michael

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    2. Amen to your thoughts Anaisnais,
      Yancy

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    3. Dear Anna-Marie,

      Thank you for sharing your poem for this well-crafted and artistic view. Michael is doing a great job as Features Editor. I look forward to more of your poetry in the months ahead.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  4. Quite a collection in this March Activity. Always a joy to read and write

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    1. Good Morning, Inge,
      So pleased you enjoyed the collection and took the time to make a comment.
      Blessings,
      Michael

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    2. I agree Inge! Thank you for sharing your poem and comments. It's encouraging voices like you that make Whispers possible.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  5. Yancy,
    Thanks for mentioning my poem and so many others.
    Yours truly,
    David Fox

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    1. You are quite welcome, David!
      Keep shining your bright creative light.
      Michael

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    2. You are very welcome David. I believe every writer in
      this activity deserves more credit for their poetry,
      than I could give them. good writing all.
      Yancy

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    3. Hi David,

      Thank you for being such an uplifting voice at Whispers. Thank you for all you do to support others. Wishing you the best always.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  6. Thank you Michel for the selection of poems my friend,I enjoyed reading them even if I missed mine.

    Love,

    Gert


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    1. So pleased to know you enjoyed them, Gert!
      Blessings,
      Michael

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    2. Dear Gert,

      As always, it is a pleasure to publish your poetry. Thank you for all you do for our poetry community.

      Blessings always,
      Karen

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  7. I enjoyed reading all of them so much! Congrats on such a great collection Michael!
    Warmest, Claudia

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    1. Dear Claudia,
      This activity was no end of fun for the Features Editor!
      Great hearing from you,
      Michael

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    2. Dear Claudia,

      Thank your for your kind words. Hopefully, you will be a part of the next activity Michael will present for us to try.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  8. Thank you so much for this wonderful infusion of poems into my day!

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    1. Greetings Joan,
      I'm gratified with your enthusiasm that mirrors many in the Whispers' family of fine poets.
      Blessings and so glad you enjoyed the activity.
      Michael

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    2. Dear Joan,

      Michael does such a fantastic job finding creative opportunities for our Whispers' family to enjoy. I hope you consider sharing in next month's challenge.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  9. It was a delight to read them all, memorable lines, catchy tales and stories all beautifully wrapped in this wonderous package. Thank you everyone - it is a joy to read them all.

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    1. Dear Annie,
      I, too, was arrested by both the range and quality of submissions to this activity.

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    2. I agree with what you both say
      Annie and Michael.
      Yancy

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    3. Dear Annie,

      Like Yancy, you and Michael have enjoyed this wonderful column with its variety of verse. What a blessing to share the gift of words.

      Best wishes,
      Karen

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  10. Thank you so much for getting these poems together. It is indeed a pleasure to be included with this talented group of writers.

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    1. Dear Barbara,
      Thank you for taking part in what has come to be one of our more popular and productive activities.
      Blessings,
      Michael

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    2. Dear Barbara,

      Thank you for taking part in this month's challenge. Michael has done a great job putting this column together. Thank you for sharing your creative verse.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  11. Michael, indeed it is a pleasure to be included among the array of such well written poetry. I surely did enjoy all of the poems. Thank you for providing the opportunities you have afforded us in honing up on our skills and also learning some new ones. You are a blessing to all of us. Karen chose just the right person for the Activity Leader.
    Sincerely, Charlene

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    1. Dear Charlene,
      Comment such as yours make this journey most enjoyable.
      Blessings,
      Michael

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    2. Dear Charlene,

      Thank you for sharing your inspirational poem for this wonderful column that Michael has put together for us to enjoy. I did choose the right Features Editor! Michael is doing a wonderful job in his new position.

      Blessings,
      Karen

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  12. Great Comment Charlene. I enjoyed every thing
    You said here.
    Yancy

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