Apr

5

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NaPoWriMo #4 Since Spring

National Poetry Writing Month

Since spring arrived despite the snow flakes
Since I’ve returned to the seasonal zoo job
Since I’m working outside in the fresh air
Since the activity is physical and rewarding
Since I’m surrounded by friends and animals
I am
happily
exhaustedly
content

Prompted by
2014 APRIL PAD CHALLENGE: DAY 4

For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Since (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Since the Last Time I Smoked,” “Since You Said Please,” and “Since When.”

Apr

4

By Blossom Vydrina

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NaPoWriMo #3 Messages

National Poetry Writing Month

a gift each morning
feline messages of love
dead mice on the step

Prompted by:
2014 APRIL PAD CHALLENGE: DAY 3

For today’s prompt, write a message poem. Messages can be delivered in a variety of ways: postcard, e-mail, text message, letter in a bottle, smoke signals, secret codes, jumbotron proposals, etc. Also, messages themselves can be simple, complicated, nice, mean, happy, sad, and so on. Get at it!

Apr

2

By Blossom Vydrina

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NaPoWriMo #2 Pilgrimage

National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo)

Day Two: … today I challenge you to write a poem based on a non-Greco-Roman myth. You could write a poem inspired by Norse mythology, or perhaps by one of these creatures from Japanese legend. Every time and place and culture has its myths and legends, so there’s plenty to choose from. Happy writing!

pilgrim
seeking, searching
twisting path leads astray
faltering, steps through the shadows
discovering forgotten torii
kitsune’s laughter resounds
Kami’s presence brings peace
healing the weary
pilgrim

2014 APRIL PAD CHALLENGE: DAY 2

For today’s prompt, write a voyage poem. … a voyage can happen in a variety of ways-even on foot, or psychologically. Heck, the process of writing a poem is a sort of voyage all its own. Happy poeming!

Apr

1

By Blossom Vydrina

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NaPoWriMo #1 Beginning

National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo)

empty pages stand
a barricade to my muse
beginning again
battling against the demons
every post a new skirmish

Prompted by:
2014 APRIL PAD CHALLENGE: DAY 1
Write a beginning poem. Today is the beginning of this challenge. It’s also the beginning of April. But there are so many other beginnings: Beginning of a relationship, beginning of school, beginning of the rest of your life, and so on. Pick a beginning to write about.

Mar

31

By Blossom Vydrina

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Baby Daffodils

After writing the haiku for “First” yesterday, I went searching flickr for a photo to illustrate the post. Then I decided, I’ll just take one myself. I felt the snow made the “trusting in the light” line even more poignant.

Daffodil Sprouts DSC_0115

Mar

30

By Blossom Vydrina

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Haiku Horizons “First”

first tender green shoots
reaching up for the sun’s warmth
trusting in the light

Prompted by a previous Haiku Horizons

Mar

29

By Blossom Vydrina

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Haiku Horizons “Scrap”

just before waking
dancing amid the shadows
scraps of poetry

Prompted by a previous Haiku Horizons

Mar

28

By Blossom Vydrina

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Haiku Horizons “Level”

level horizons
intimidating vastness
beneath the blue dome

Hay Plain

photo by Johnno, found on flickr

Prompted by a previous Haiku Horizons

Mar

27

By Blossom Vydrina

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Haiku Horizons “Return”

strengthening sun warms
longer days still dawn frosty
green returns slowly

Frosty Dawn

photo by Alex Brown, found on flickr

Prompted by a previous Haiku Horizons

Mar

26

By Blossom Vydrina

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Haiku Horizons “Sand”

fleeting sand canvas
geometric artistry
erased by the tides

Photo by Jim Denevan

Prompted by Haiku Horizons

Mar

20

By Blossom Vydrina

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Taos, the muse for the previous poem

Taos
Taos, Black Labrador Retriever, taken March 7, 2014
the inspiration for Dogs

Mar

6

By Blossom Vydrina

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Dogs

canine companion
mischievous mutt
gentle guardian
slobbery sidekick
furry family

Feb

26

By Blossom Vydrina

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Almost Stuffed Peppers

stuffed pepper skillet dish

Tonight’s dinner experiment succeeded! I added garlic, and the can of diced tomatoes I had included green chiles. I cut the salt down to a teaspoon. With cooked ground beef and a bag of (Recipe Ready) diced onions and peppers in the freezer, this made for a very quick, easy, and delicious meal.

Almost Stuffed Peppers Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 25 min. MAKES: 6 servings

Ingredients
1 pound ground beef
2 cups water
1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 large green pepper, cut into 1/4-inch slices
1 medium onion, thinly sliced
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1-1/2 cups uncooked Minute® White Rice

Directions
In a large skillet, cook beef over medium heat until no longer pink; drain. Remove; set aside and keep warm.
In the same skillet, combine the water, tomatoes, green pepper, onion and seasonings; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until vegetables are tender. Stir in rice; cover and remove from the heat. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in beef; return to the heat and cook until heated through. Yield: 4-6 servings.
Originally published as Almost Stuffed Peppers in Quick Cooking July/August 1998, p63