Saturday, April 02, 2016

NaPoWriMo 2016 , Day Two ~~ a Horse Sense poem

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[I'm riding at "Blogstock '08"]

My Pony 

My pony and I 
We gallop and frolic 
Along the paths we ride 

City paths intimidate 
Cleanliness for folks 
Isn't cleanliness for her

I must abide by their rule 
My pony minds another
Mother Nature rules her 

I will cover for her 
Poopy bag just her size
She minds but doesn't care

Along the paths we ride 
Galloping and frolicking 
Mind the rules they mind you
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Photo and Poem Copyright © 2016 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved 

I'm linked with "K", aka 'Outlawyer'  in the Imaginary Garden with Real toads, 
to her post, Still Getting Out of the Starting Gate - April Poetry Month Day 2 

I'm writing a Poem a Day (PAD), trying for the whole month of April again. I did it last year, but ...  So I'm linked to  NaPoWriMo 2016 for that.
The horse I'm riding and I were at "Blogsock '08" up at Tekamah, Nebraska. Search my other blog for that.

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Friday, April 01, 2016

NaPoWriMo 2016 , Day One -- Wild Today, a poem for April Fools Day

The Joker

The Joker is wild today
Obnoxious in every way
There's no way to reign him in
This day lying's not a sin

Every year come April First
To trick you good he will burst
Society says be cool
Joker's prank it's April Fool
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Photo and Poem Copyright © 2016 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
I'm linked with Marian in the Imaginary Garden with Real toads,
 - Also Marian is kicking off NaPoWriMo 2016 where "We will be celebrating Poetry Month by offering prompts each and every day, supporting and encouraging all poets who want to attempt writing 30 poems in April or any fraction thereof.
 - Last year I participated by writing every day of the month.  We will see about this year.
 - 'Joker' card is of a souvenir card deck we bought at the Terracotta Warrior gift shop in China

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

A 'How Many' ditty for Tuesday Platform

How Many? 

How many sailors 
does it take to change a light bulb 

How many preachers 
does it take to change one's habits 

How many Twinkles 
does it take to make Sailor sick 

How many wait staff 
does it take to carry six coffee mugs 

How many opticians 
does it take to change a light bulb 
One or two 
Two or one 
Three or two 

                            Geniuses unite!  
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. Photo and Poem (ditty) Copyright © 2016 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved
. - Today I'm linked with

I've had this Earworm bugging me all week. I thought I might use Mark Twain's help, by adopting the tactic that his character, the conductor, used in his short story, "Punch, brothers, punch." (Link -- read Twain's story here, please click). The conductor could not help himself from singing this ditty until he finally passed it on to one of his passengers.
The little song went like this:
Conductor, when you receive a fare,
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!
A blue trip slip for an eight-cent fare,
A buff trip slip for a six-cent fare,
A pink trip slip for a three-cent fare,
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!
Punch, brothers! punch with care!
Punch in the presence of the passenjare!

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Sunday, March 27, 2016

Weekend Challenge -- Mr. Greco and Mr. Dumpty

          El Greco (1541--614) Oil/canvas "View of Toledo"

.Mr. Greco and Mr. Dumpty

Mr. Greco and Mr. Dumpty met 
Now figures on canvass and paper both
Was on a Sunday sunny afternoon
Way back then before Dumpty became famed

After the fall, King's men and horses failed
Dumpty had moved to Spain, there doctors could
But the Dump didn't want to fall again
Commissioned the Grec to paint his new home

Paint me a wall from which I cannot fall
That his request, was easy for the Grec
Then Grec embellished, dobbed in King's Palace
Made Toledo famous tourists would come

(The Dump lived happily ever after
The Grec became famous artist renown)

Poem Copyright, © 2016 Jimmiehov, All Rights Reserved

Today I used a former challenge that I had missed. It is Imagined By alled "Weekend Mini-challenge - Ekphrasis ".  
 - A part of his instructions follow:
"So today I will challenge you with just a single piece of art, and this time I would like you to (write) ... a poem that does not just describe the painting, but how it speaks to you, what stories do you find in it?. You might find a detail in the painting, or it might bring back some stories from your past, it might bring back dreams or hopes. But make sure you do not merely describe the picture, you have to find your story in it." Bjorn also wanted it to be short, 250 words maximum (mine is 105 with title).

 - So I chose this one pictured above, featured by Margaret in her Weekend Challenge "Play it Again".  I hope this will suite both the desires of both of the Toads mentioned, Björn and Margaret.
 - Margaret said in her post this about the Painting:
"In this, his greatest surviving landscape, El Greco portrays the city he lived and worked in for most of his life.  The painting belongs to the tradition of emblematic city views, rather than a faithful documentary description.  The view of the eastern section of Toledo from the north would have excluded the cathedral, which the artist therefore imaginatively moved to the left of the Alcazar (the royal palace).  Other building represented in the painting include the ancient Alcantara Bridge, and on the other side of the river Tagus, the Castle of San Servando."  The painting resides at the NYC Metropolitan Museum of Art." 

Author's Note:  
 - I was not aware of El Greco's "View of Toledo" and will make a point of finding it if and when I get back to NYC. It may have been on loan when I first visited as the museum had moved to Queens ?? for remodeling. Didn't see it other times either.
 - Anyway, I would have love to have seen Toledo back in his day. Been there three times, first in 2003. The 'hill' is full of buildings, commercial, church related, and homes now. Most were old, old. Been to the Royal Palace museum a few times also. Wonderful places.

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"Old Toledo" taken from across the river.  There is plenty of underground parking near where the cars are congregated at the left.  Most people in good shape walk up the hill.  Photo taken by Chensiyuan and obtained from Wikipedia (link).
Toledo at Sunrise.  Photo by Diliff and obtained from Wikipedia, (link).

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