WHAT YOU THINK – poem by Jean Kay

Day 27 of NaPoWriMo “I challenge you to think of a common proverb or phrase — something like “All that glitters is not gold,” then plug the first three words of the phrase into a search engine. Skim through the first few pages of results, collecting (rather like a poetic magpie) words and phrases that interest you. Then use those words and phrases as the inspirations (and some of the source material) for a new poem. Happy writing!” Here is mine.

 WHAT YOU THINK

 “What you think of me is none of my business”

is Terry Cole-Whittaker’s book title,

one I have often shared with those

who believed what you (others) think is vital.

 

Forget what you think you know about them,

it’s what you think about you that matters.

You are what you think so mind what you think

don’t let what you think be mindless chatters.

 

“Happiness is when what you think,

what you say, and what you do

are in harmony.” Mahatma Gandhi said.

Let what you think create happiness in you.

 

I write to find out what I’m thinking about.

Do you write to find out what you think?

What you think may differ from my beliefs,

so I’m interested in what you think.

 

Sometimes I think a word that you use

doesn’t mean what you think you say.

Mind what you think is accurate

in all uttered words you portray.

 

I wonder what you think about me now, but

“What you think of me is none of my business”.

 

Jean Kay

April 27, 2013

 

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WELCOME – A poem by Jean Kay

For day 17 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “write poems of greeting. There’s lots of things you could greet. The subject’s up to you — now get out there and say “hello!”  Here is mine.

WELCOME

Welcome tiny, precious child.

Do you know how loved you are?

My loving bond will be with you

always, wherever you are.

 

I watched you come into our world.

I witnessed your first cry.

I heard words of joy from your parents,

like a comforting lullaby.

 

I recall the first time I held you

as my heart burst open with pride.

Your tight grip around my finger

confirmed love I felt inside.

 

Ten fingers, ten toes, beautiful eyes,

soft, fine, lovely dark hair,

I’d forgotten I could love that much.

What a privilege to be there.

 

Such an honour to be your Granny,

I’ll be able to watch you grow,

and give you hugs and kisses,

teach you some things I know.

 

This reads like a new arrival, but

my precious girl is almost ten.

I can relive those treasured moments

in my mind, time and again.

 

Jean Kay

April 17, 2013

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CINDERELLA HERE… – A persona poem by Jean Kay

For day 14 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “I challenge you to write a persona poem — that is, a poem in the voice of a particular person who isn’t you. But I’d like you to choose a very particular kind of person. How about a poem in the voice of a superhero (or a supervillain)?”  Here is mine.

CINDERELLA HERE…

 

I’ll do your chores as best I can,

but I believe God has a better plan.

He doesn’t want a good girl like me

to feel so trapped, I’m meant to be free.

Free to live a happier life

and maybe, one day, to become a wife.

My stepmother’s treatment is so unfair,

but I do a she asks and stay out of her hair.

My stepsisters are mean and condescending,

their hateful looks and words are never-ending.

I love time alone, when they’re all out,

I sit by the fire and dream about

how different my life will soon be

when somehow, someway I will break free.

I’ll keep wishing, hoping and praying,

for I know God can hear what I am saying.

He performs miracles and because I believe,

happiness, and a better life I will achieve.

I’ll be patient and work hard til the day

when my earned rewards will come my way.

 

Jean Kay

April 14, 2013

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TANKA CHALLENGE – A tanka poem by Jean Kay

For day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “I challenge you to write a tanka. This, like the “American” cinquain, is a poem based on syllables, with the pattern being 5-7-5-7-7.”  Here is mine.

TANKA CHALLENGE

 

My challenge today

is to create a tanka:

verses with five lines.

Who dreams up these sequences

interfering with my flow?

 

What words of wisdom

can I portray in this way

counting out each line?

A conflict grows within me –

both sides of my brain in gear.

 

One side at a time

is much easier on me –

being creative,

not facing the challenges

of counting in my left brain.

 

Jean Kay

April 11, 2013

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FOOD CHAIN BLUES – An un-love poem by Jean Kay

For day 10 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “Many of us have read and even written love poems. But have you written an un-love poem?”  Here is mine.

FOOD CHAIN BLUES

Lots of birds at our feeder

I enjoy watching them all,

except for a very noisy bird-

I wish crows didn’t come to call.

 

I know they need to feed their young

but not with birds I’m feeding.

I rescued a Pine Siskin from a crow,

thank goodness it wasn’t bleeding.

 

When I scare the crows away,

It scares all other birds too,

but the little ones soon come back

we’re part of the rounds they do.

 

I’m also a cat-loving person

except for a neighbor’s big grey

who stalks birds as they’re eating,

so I have to shoo him away.

 

I know there is a food chain

as I, myself, eat meat,

but I’m still protective of little birds

who choose to live on my street.

 

Jean Kay

April 10, 2013

 

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