Life, in Seven Words

life in seven words
The Daily Create prompt yesterday was a “tell your life in seven words” kind of activity. It reminded me of Six Word memoirs, which reminded me of the Mozilla Thimble template created by the National Writing Project, so I dug it up and worked on it for my seven-word-life-story. I was trying to get at the idea that even when I am nowhere near a pen or keyboard, my brain is always working on writing something. I just need to remember later what it was that I was writing.


Peace (Word!),

PS — you can create your own seven word or six word memoir with Thimble, too. Either remix mine or remix the original.

Wonder Poem: Walls Won’t Hold Us

Today’s inspiration for poetry of Wonders of the World (thanks to Mary Lee) is the Great Wall of China.


Walls won’t hold us:Even from this faraway view
with me, on this side;
on the other side, you;
These walls won’t hold us.

Walls won’t hold us:
My paper airplane floats
a-flutter of ideas
scribbled in handwritten notes;
No, walls won’t hold us.

Walls won’t hold us:For through this barricade
I’m remembering your whispers
of the love we made;
These walls? Won’t hold us.

Peace (in love),

Into the Catacombs of Time: A MultiMedia Poem

This is part of poetry inspired by the Wonders of the World. Today, Mary Lee has us thinking about the Catacombs of Kom el Shoqafa in Egypt. I wrote a poem, and then decided to use Popcorn Maker to add the visual and audio elements to the poetry.

I descend into the past
down stone steps
past ancient corners
through the rough artistry
of slaves bent on freedom
one floor
two floor
three floors deep
running my fingernails across the wall
as I walk slowly into history flanked by falcons
and the power of the sun into the hearts of men
until I reach the three coffins of rock
in this mound of shards,
wondering all the while whose bones
sleep amid all of this silent chaos.

Peace (in the deep),

Colosseum: A Fibonacci Poem

As part of Mary Lee Hahn’s poetry prompts around Wonders of the World, I dove into a poem about the Colosseum in Rome, and decided to try out a poem format that was unfamiliar to me: the Fibonacci poem. Using the math elements of the Fibonacci number sequence, the poem unfolds in syllables of 1-1-3-5-8 (sort of like a mathified Haiku).

Nature tries its best
but these old walls refuse to fall.

Speaking of Haiku, I used Haiku Deck to bring a visual element to the poem.

Created with Haiku Deck, the free presentation app

Peace (in the sequence),

Daily Create: Writing It All Wrong

Does spelling count? For today’s Daily Create at DS106, the prompt is to write a story riddled with spelling errors.  (That’s harder than it seems, particular for a teacher).

Here’s what I came up with:

Peace (in the storie),

Silent, the Lost Word: a Found Poem

Found Word Visual Poem
I used an app that generates lists of random words which, sort of like magnetic poetry, you pull together. There’s a certain disconnected nature to this kind of poetic construction that gives it an interesting disjointed flow around the connections between words and ideas. The app does not have clip art, so you have to pull in your own. I used this image from my collection of screen saver files.

Peace (in the poem),


Poems for April: Wonder

My friend, Mary Lee Hahn, over at A Year of Reading, is hoping to inspire us to write poems this month by focusing our attention on the Wonders of the World, and I am curious. I know it is cliche to write poems in April, but what the heck … writing poems at any time is always worth it.

I know her first prompt this morning is about the Pyramid of Giza, but I was writing about the idea of wonder, and realized that if you turned this poem on its side, it was a building.


the world unfolding;

overlapping architects

weave ideas from strands of silk,

composed of words, image, sound

while designers of this flowing media fabric

add unexpected edges and rich unknown colors

which we work to wrap around ourselves

sheltered in the experience of the past;

overlapping dreamers in

the world unfolding;


wonders poem
Peace (in the poems),

Slice of Life: A Reader’s Book of Days


(This is part of the Slice of Life with Two Writing Teachers. We write about small moments on Tuesdays. You come, too. Write with us.)

Since January, I’ve been reading the same book, page by page, with the aim of finishing it up at the end of January. That’s right. One page a day, for the entire year. It’s so unlike me — the one who cranks through reading and writing — but The Reader’s Book of Days by Tom Nissley is designed this way, as each page is a calendar day filled with news and information about the literary world that has taken place on that single day.

I love how each page is like a message in a bottle, and I can’t help but imagine the painstaking research that went into this book by Nissley. There’s very little in terms of boring events, and his own writing style in crafting the vignettes on the page (typically, about five or six small stories) is engaging, light-hearted and enlightening on a variety of levels.

How A Reader’s Book of Days Was Made from WW Norton on Vimeo.

I’m sharing this book out because reading it is like a cousin to Slice of Life, where small portraits of writers and books and characters and intrigue from the literary world inhabit each day. It’s a wonderful book, and one that I use as a sort of nightly appetizer before digging into a novel or non-fiction book that is the main read. A Reader’s Book of Days settles me in, bringing me into the spirit of the book.

What more can you ask for?

Peace (in the book of books),