Sunday, December 18, 2011

Poetry Picnic Week 18: Snow, December, Winter Vacations, and Wildness

Welcome everyone!  It's me, it's me, Kay Salady!  I am so proud and happy to be presenting this week's picnic at the Gooseberry Garden. 

It’s a glorious feeling to dream of drifts of winter snow, families together spending quality time, or the thrill of excitement when days spent indoors conjure up adventure!  What an exciting assortment of topics to write about!  I can’t wait to read what you’ve written!
Yours truly,

Her smile was nothing if not doomsday
curling around a crackling cigarette
the same way kids hold onto jars
full of fire ants versus army ants
She said she used to bury fairies alive
in shoe boxes with secrets and Christmas tinsel
Nobody needs to believe they ever existed
not scientists or parents, they were just for me
She hung dream catchers above her bed
collecting nightmares and butterflies
pulling off their wings, praying with mantises
watching them die under weeping willow trees
Her voice was a holy man deserted by God
burning itself in protest before reaching her mouth
her words deliberate and slow
like whispers prying lids attempting to flee
She is the pouring rain that comes after dark
a dictator’s grin that fades with changing maps
scarred by wars, famine, shrinking borders
and the unlucky souls she never set free


Twas the fifteenth of December,
the bank payment was overdue.
With elves and gifts to remember
and wrapping paper all askew,

Santa forgot to mail the bill,
though he knew he would pay a fee.
For the good he tried to instill,
he thought the creditors would see

that gifts for kids had to come first,
a task that was Santa’s alone.
His worries went from bad to cursed
on the night he was to have flown.

Santa’s sleigh was repo’d that night,
and taxi fares reached a new height.


Smack in the middle
My life’s a riddle
Little girl among boys
With baby doll toys
As the song plays
I continue to fiddle
With the lyrics trying
To adjust them a little
For these blessed are
The progeny of me
I want to dance
As the fiddlers three
So when to thoughts
Of me they turn
They remember this tune
From me they learn
And I pray they will
With a smile pass along
The new words of lyrics
They’ve added my song
As through generations
This one to the next
There will come another
To add their own text
And so my life’s song
Will be without end
As long as another
Comes ‘round the next bend!

Methods of Submission:

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Weekly poetry collection starts on Sunday, at 2pm (CDT), and will stay open till Wednesday, 8pm (CDT), 78 hours for you to share your poetry with us..

What About Next Week??

For Week 19, we will have theme "Forgiveness, GiftHoliday Songs, and Traditions", Hope that you spend time dig deep, discover treasury writing or posts from your blog, and share...Happy Holidays.


Jingle Poetry At Olive Garden said...


got lots of stuff to do at home, with kids and more.

will be back reading you.

Maggie said...

Ooh, the blog looks so pretty and great poems!

Happy garden walking. : )

Anonymous said...

I'm still catching up on all the great poems from last week!
Looking forward to reading more!

Anonymous said...

Happy Holiday Week!

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...


Happy Holidays.

Anonymous said...

my modern take on "Over the Meadow and to the Woods"

Marbles in My Pocket said...

I'm posting a Christmas poem. I figure it qualifies as "winter". Right??

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

Christmas poetry is workable,

Charles, welcome, and have fun!

Rinkly Rimes said...

We're having such a chilly, wet summer here in Australia that writing about the cold seems quite normal!

Susie Clevenger said...

Happy snow here in Texas

Anjum Wasim Dar said...

Dear Friends All, Jingle Poetry Palace Gooseberry Gardens Morning
Thank You A Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Short Poems said...

Happy Holidays.


Anonymous said...

long time no join the picnic... but that would be lovely if you visit my newest poem (Journey to Eternity) hope all be great! merry christmas and Happy new year :)

Teresa Marie said...

Happy picnic everyone and the Merriest of Christmas to all! thank you so much for featuring my poem too!! I am honored :) Blessings to you, Terri

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...



have fun today.

Mark Butkus said...

While I am enjoying the bustle of a New York Christmas there is a part of my heart in a small Mexican fishing village - Barra de Navidad - which translates to Christmas Bar. I am including "Salud Barra" for those who want to take a quick trip south.
Happy Holidays
Feliz Navidad
Mark Butkus

Jingle Poetry At Olive Garden said...

Bar None Publishing Group, welcome.

Thanks for coming you all.

Wander said...

Thank you for the invite! I had no time for a fresh poem so I nuked one from the past...

Mariya Koleva said...

Great to be back here! Nice prompt!

Melissa Ridley Elmes said...

I've got a guest poem writer on my blog this week, so I linked him up to give him a shot at some feedback. Enjoy! I think he is really talented!!!

Scarlet said...

Thanks for the prompt...My mind went to another kind of vacation ~

Bradley A. Peraino said...

Hi all. I was invited to share a poem on this site. I left an entry entitled, "Ivory Wretch" I hope you enjoy it. You can read more of my poetry at:

Mark Butkus said...

Enjoyed reading a great selection of poems and new Christmas classics!
Mark Butkus

Unknown said...

Late to the party, guys... but finally found something to write for this prompt :) Enjoy!

Anonymous said...

great poems above and i LOVE the new look for the site!

happy holidays!

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

Have fun, poets,

got to leave town, my son has an appointment with a dental doctor.

will be back and visit you after 5 or so hours.


Happy Wednesday.

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Nelson said...

Merry Christmas and may God’s grace be with you. Make merry not just on this wonderful day but all throughout the year!! God Bless, my dear friend Kay! Greetings from Rio de Janeiro/Brasil!
Literatura & Linguagens

Bradley A. Peraino said...

The last poem I posted is not very "Merry" but, it was the first one I ever wrote. I thought I'd share it. I wrote it on my 8th birthday.

Maxwell Mead Williams Robinson Barry said...

welcome sharing your first poem, Bradley A. Peraino.

Thanks for the contribution.

Belva Rae Staples said...

Thanks for your kind invitation to post something here!

Jingle Poetry At Olive Garden said...

Thanks for coming, fellow poets.

you rock.

Jeannette, said... pretty busy with holiday activities. i just posted my piece but the link is closed now...anyway, have a blessed christmas to all!

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