Blog Challenge 2017

Blog Challenge 2017

Thursday, April 30, 2015

Z is for Zeal



Zealous, zappy and full of zest
As dancers go, Zoey’s the best,
With a wiggle of her hips, she shows such zeal
Zoe is a dancer who can really feel,

She dances across the stage with ease
Light and ethereal, just like a breeze,
Ballet, zumba, she does it all
And she doesn’t ever fall!


This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 











and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Y is for Young



I wish I was young once more,
with the wisdom of age,
I’d make sure to open every door
and write on every page,

I’d worry less and have more fun
I wouldn’t care what people thought,
If I failed at what I’d done
I wouldn’t get distraught,

I’d be in the moment and be more caring
I’d be less selfish and be more sharing,
I’d reach out instead of holding back
I’d get back on course when I got off track

But since I can’t be young again
At least I can be young at heart,
I will follow my own advice
And make a fresh new start.



This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 











and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

X is for ????



 If X is such an important letter
Why aren’t there more X words?
My other posts turned out better
This post is "for the birds",

The birds didn’t want it
And wanted food instead,
“Why would we want your X post?
Give us seeds,” they said.

I’m totally eXhausted writing about X
I wanted to and I really did try,
I’d like to put a hex on the letter X
Guess I’ll  give up and wait for letter Y! 

This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 











and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Monday, April 27, 2015

W is for Winter

Feeling badly for my poor parents in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia today having yet another snowstorm on April 27th! Yikes! Here is a photo of what it looks like there. I dedicate this poem to them as they have had a humdinger of a winter this year.

I used this photo my dad took of the snow for my poster today so photo credits go to him.


Canadians love to complain about winter
It gets under our skin like a great big splinter,
“Is it cold enough for ya?” Canadians say
As common a phrase, as “Have a Nice Day!”

Winters in Canada are long and cold
They wear us down and make us feel old,
Trudging through great big drifts of snow
We forget that there is green grass below,

We look forward to spring like a lovesick teen
So eager to see things budding and green,
To feel the warmth and enjoy the sun
To ditch the coats and have some fun,

We Canadians like to think we’re tough
But even we have had enough,
We’re so sick of never ending snow
Come on Winter, it’s time to go!

This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 










and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

V is for Village

I found it funny that I really struggled to write this short non-rhyming poem and yet the rhyming ones seem to just pour out of me. Any time is a time for rhyme!




Connected by the Internet,

The world has grown smaller.

We may live in different countries,

With different cultures, races,

languages and religions.

United in our shared humanity,

We are all part of the Global Village.



This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 









and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for Ukulele




Ursula got fired from the underwear store
She burst into tears and ran out the door,
Out in the rain she ran, with no umbrella
Along came an extremely handsome fella,

“I’m Ulysses,” the gorgeous hunk said
and he held an umbrella over her head,
“I’m Ursula and I just got fired
I’m very unhappy and awfully tired.”

“I know a way to brighten your day.”
He took out a ukulele and began to play
“Unbelievable,” Ursula cried, ”Can I try it too?”
“Sure, I just happen to have a uke for you.”

“Fantastic,” she said and began to play
Her sadness started to fade away,
They sang almost every song they knew
A small crowd gathered and grew and grew,

The group sang every verse and every refrain
And when they were done, they started again,
They played their ukes til dawn’s early glow
They may still be playing, for all I know!



This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 








and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

T is for Tree



Ode to the Tree

You give birds shelter and somewhere to rest
In spring you give them a place to nest,
Squirrels leap from limb to limb
You must feel like a workout gym,

You’re always patient and never complain
Not in snowstorms or heavy rain,
So strong and robust, you stand so steady
Always on guard and always ready,

You start to shake in the heavy gale
You rock and quiver as it starts to hail,
Fearless and tough, you brave the storm
While keeping the birds and squirrels warm

You shelter the house from the summer heat
You deaden the noise from the busy street,
Selfless tree so patient and true
Thanks so much for all you do!

This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 







and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

S is for Squirrel

























Scurrying,

   Scampering,

           Squabbling,

                 Sneaky,

                        Scrounging,

                         Bullying,

                       Bossing,

                Badgering,

                  Greedy,

              Grabbing,

             Gobbling,

               Jumping,

                    Jabbering,

                            Dashing,

                                    Dangling,
                                                     
                                                 Dining, 

                                                         Squirrel Style.




This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 







and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

R is for Rhyme



I can’t stop rhyming whatever I do
Rhyming words come out of the blue,
R is for Raisin, raspberry and Rick
So many R words for me to pick,

Reduce, reuse, recyle and reason
There is an R word for every season,
Rhododendron is a fun R word
The word ridiculous sounds absurd,

Some words with r that resonate
Relax, reprieve, and rejuvenate,
Rose, redemption and respect
Radiant, royal, and reflect,

Even if I fancy myself the next Dr. Seuss
Most people view me as a crazy recluse
So off I go to rhyme in my reverie
Reality isn’t all it’s cracked up to be!


This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 






and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Monday, April 20, 2015

Q is for Quotes


Many websites have quotes galore
To find what you are looking for,
Two sites are Quote Garden and Brainy Quote
Both of these sites get my vote,

Of course there are quotes on love and hope
Even quotes by the Queen or the Pope,
Search for odd words like oatmeal or boats
Even words like those have quotes

Quotes are special and resonate
They touch us and they captivate,
Quotes expressed in different ways
Inspire us on the darkest days.

This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 





and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

P is for Perfectionism



How many of us fall for the perfection trap?
It’s easy enough to do,
I’m here to say it’s a load of crap
It’s time to be kind to you,

Perfection is impossible to attain
So you might as well not try,
Perfectionism can drive you insane
And plague you til you die,

Instead you should try to improve and grow
While having fun on the way,
If you falter, just go with the flow
Tomorrow is another day!

Accept yourself and don’t compare
Spread your wings and fly,
Love yourself and be aware
Perfection is a lie!


This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 





and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.




Friday, April 17, 2015

O is for Oatmeal



Every morning Owen eats his oatmeal without fail
He gobbles up a gigantic bowl, but he’s skinny as a rail,
He pours on milk and whistles a tune
Stirring and stirring with a great big spoon,

Smack, smack, smack, and slurp, slurp, slurp
Drip, drip, drip, and burp, burp, burp,
He scrapes to the bottom to get the sugar beneath
And then when he’s done, he puts in his teeth,

How can he stand the texture, it’s like eating glue?
So slimy and bland, with a grayish hue,
Doesn’t he know how disgusting it seems?
I think I’ll stick with my Coco Puff Dreams!

This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 





and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.


Thursday, April 16, 2015

N is for Nothing


Today I played flute at a volunteer lunch
When I returned, I faced a time crunch,
The words weren’t flowing, my head was foggy
I was feeling tired and a wee bit groggy,

So this poem is about NOTHING, NADA, NIL
Feel free to stop reading if you’ve had your fill,
I wrote about NOSTALGIA and NATURE today
Those poems went NOWHERE, I’m afraid to say,

But perseverance is my middle name
I must keep up with this blogging game,
So I dive into the writing NOW and away I go
In India, it’s Friday and they’re on the letter O!

This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 





and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.


Wednesday, April 15, 2015

M is for Music


For this poem, I wrote it in a ballad form and tried to use lots of M words.

Max, the musician, played music in the square
People often passed on by, as if he wasn’t there,
No one gave him money or paid him any mind
Until Maura appeared, a girl both fair and kind,

She stopped for a moment and listened to his song
He looked up with surprise when she began to sing along
Her voice was smooth like mocha fudge, he could listen to her all day
He fell in love with her that instant, and asked if she would stay,

A massive crowd gathered round, to listen to her sing
Max proposed to her that night, even though he had no ring,
They married in the month of May in the market where they met
They were so swept away by love, they barely noticed their debt,

Crowds came to hear Maura sing and she became a star
People came from all around, some even came quite far,
Finally their music paid off and began to make them rich
And now they have three kids named Melanie, Mark and Mitch.

This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 




and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

L is for Letter Writing



Do you like email? I’ve got something better
What about writing a snailmail letter?
Letterwriting can be such fun
Let me tell you how it’s done,

Buy some stationery or a card
Making a decision can be hard,
Such cute designs and so pretty, too
Why not treat yourself, to a few?

Get a pen and start to write
Early in the morning or late at night,
Writing with a pen is better than typing
Get that pen and stop your griping,

Share some news about how you’re feeling
Letter writing can be so healing,
Ask some questions about them, too
Letter writing isn’t just about you,

Put it in an envelope, don’t delay
Address it, stamp it and send it away,
If you follow the steps and see it through
Your friend will send a letter to you!


This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 




and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.




Monday, April 13, 2015

K is for Kindness



A compassionate eye, a smiling face
Encouraging words expressed with grace,
Helping hands to do our part
Reaching out with a caring heart,

Kindness costs nothing, but means so much
Even a simple hug or a gentle touch,
So share some kindness and you’ll feel good, too
Go ahead and begin, it’s easy to do!


This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 




and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.


Saturday, April 11, 2015

J is for Juxtaposition

Today I am the featured blogger for the letter J over at Blog-A-Rhythm where 26 bloggers are each taking a turn with a letter for the month of April. I blog about "Journal or Journalism." Check it out and read some of the other wonderful posts on the blog at this link. Cat's J Post at Blog-A-Rhythm


And I just couldn't get enough of the letter J today so here is my J post on this blog. 






Joy and Pain
Happy and Sad,
Sun and Rain
Joyful and Mad,

Strong and Weak
Rich and Poor,
Hopeful and Bleak
Less and More,

Love and Hate
Young and Old,
Destined and Fate
Warm and Cold,

We see them all, side by side
Juxtaposed on our Lifetime Ride.


This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 



and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.

Friday, April 10, 2015

I is for Ideas



Today I had ideas for the letter I
But I couldn’t get any of them to fly,
Implementing them proved quite hard
Where was my elusive Bard?

Ideas just seem to fade away
Without Implementation to save the day,
So instead I write this sad little ditty
A tragic tale that isn’t pretty,

I apologize that this poem is flat
Guess I can’t do much about that!
I’ll do much better for the letter J
Tomorrow is another day!

This April I am participating in the A-Z Challenge 




and the NaPoWroMo Challenge NaPoWriMo where I will write a post and a poem for each letter of the alphabet each day in April except for Sundays.