Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Poetry Friday and Slice of Life: Six Hundred Posts!

Today I join my fellow bloggers in "serving up a slice" 
to the Tuesday Slice of Life (SOL) community.
Thanks to Stacey, Betsy, Dana, Beth, Kathleen, Deb, Lisa, and Melanie
                    for hosting this meeting place each Tuesday and nurturing our writing lives.
for this week's round-up of poetic goodness.  
Check out Michelle's response to Jane Yolen's 
DMC challenge in "No Words of My Own."
Thanks, Michelle, for hosting!

I responded to this month's ditty challenge from Jane Yolen for Tuesday's Slice of Life and for Poetry Friday with Michelle Heinrich Barnes.

"Write a poem in which reading and or writing is featured in the form of a septercet, a form I invented:

Each verse (as many verses as you want) needs to have three lines, each with seven syllables. It can be rhymed or not."

I quickly scanned my past six years of posts to find a post to write about from each year.  I won't tell you how long it took me to winnow the words and capture a post in 21 syllables, but it was a fun challenge.  You can click on the year if you'd prefer to read the wordier version.

Milestone reached - six hundred posts!
A writer born by blogging
This is where I found my tribe.

Journey launches five years ago
Enticed by Mother Reader's
48 Hour Book Challenge.

Sandra (former resident)
Touches red brick floor of porch
Where 4th grade self read and read.

It skipped a generation
but the sewing gene lives on
in daughter Sara who quilts.

I meander through raindrops
Stacey chooses to share my 
Windshield wiper ponderings

Visit home from east coast kids
A poem stretches to capture
Each hug and happy moment.

As tomatoes flourish I
Inhale essence of summer
and Daddy walks beside me.

A celebration of slices!

My journey continues with
Encouraging writer friends.


  1. This is wonderful, Ramona. Congratulations on accepting the challenge. Bring on the Confetti is right. Celebrate success.

  2. If you pair a photo with this one, I can post it in Summerscapes: As tomatoes flourish I
    Inhale essence of summer
    and Daddy walks beside me.

    Let me know.

  3. Wow what a challenge you have met! And I learned a new word - winnow! I can't wait to share this with my students. 600 posts - that is quite a an accomplishment too! I am so glad that I have read so many of them.

  4. Six Hundred! Wow! I'm so happy to be a part of your writing tribe! Congratulations, and keep writing! I'll be reading! (Jennifer Sniadecki)

  5. 600! Big congratulations with lots of confetti! So glad for the times I've read your posts. Glad you keep writing!

  6. Ramona, congratulations on 600 posts and I bet this took some research to do. What a fun way to capture your writing history.

  7. Congrats on 600! I love the format. Way cool. Isn't it great to have a writing tribe.

  8. 600 wow! What a wonderful retrospective. I love the "Windshield wiper ponderings" and so much more. Thank you for meeting and sharing this challenge so beautifully!

  9. I'm so glad you included your link on the roundup, Ramona– I was hoping you would! I love the challenge you set for yourself, to condense a meaningful post from each year into a stanza— what a wonderful way to use the septercet form. Thanks also for linking back so I could read your posts in their entirety. I especially enjoyed 2014 and 2016. Congrats on the big 6-0-0! That's a lot of pleasures. :)

  10. Oh, this idea of re-capturing moments from past posts is brilliant. I love it. I'll bet it did take you a long time! What a neat added challenge to the original. I love it and am wondering if I could rise to your challenge. The poem itself is incredible. It really does feel like memories related like cousins. Good work!