The Year of Patience — Kimberlee K.

As my final wrap-up post for 2017, I want to talk about my word of the year. As mentioned in this post, each January my mom, sister and I seek a faith-based word to focus on for the upcoming year. In 2016, my word was “give” and this past year my word was “patience.” Ouch, […]

via The Year of Patience — Kimberlee K.



When I Consider How My Life Is Spent (Milton)

by John Milton (1608-1674)

When I consider how my light is spent
Ere half my days in this dark world and wide,
And that one talent which is death to hide
Lodg’d with me useless, though my soul more bent
To serve therewith my Maker, and present
My true account, lest he returning chide;
“Doth God exact day-labour, light denied?”
I fondly ask. But Patience to prevent
That murmur, soon replies: “God doth not need
Either man’s work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state
Is kingly. Thousands at his bidding speed
And post o’er land and ocean without rest:
They also serve who only stand and wait.”


Challenge Accepted (curated)

Hello Friends, Yesterday I took to Twitter and asked my followers to give me just one word and I will attempt to write a poem that includes said word. I have been given a lot of great words to work with so far. As of tomorrow, I shall be attempting to write one poem per […]

via Poetry Challenge — Sara in LaLaLand

After seeing this post of Sara’s, I decided to go over to Facebook and pose the same query to my friends, asking them for one-word writing prompts. After all, what better way is there to help our friends connect with our writing than to give them a role in the creative process? The poems I write from these prompts will be featured on Thursdays.

10-line Poem Challenge #14: Brady’s Touch

This past week two people have tried their own hand at writing a Trianglet. Do stop by their blogs and take a look….

When you have finished reading the poems linked above, be sure to come back here to learn about a new decastich, Brady’s Touch.

Brady’s Touch is a decastich (10-line poem) created by Maryann Merryweather-Travis on November 2006, in honor of Allen Brady.

  • It is made of 2 quintets (5-line stanzas) with a specific rhyme and syllabic count.
  • Line length: Each stanza follows the same pattern of 9-9-8-8-2 syllables.
  • Rhyme scheme: abxcd abxcd
  • Thus the second stanza is an exact replica of the first stanza in terms of line length and rhyme. The poem really has a nice sound, with the rhyming sounds being so far apart from each other.

Continue reading “10-line Poem Challenge #14: Brady’s Touch”

Of Knees and Hugs

“I’ll come, but I won’t give any hugs because I have a cold.”
“Then I won’t look for one.”
Your response struck me as funny
Since I wasn’t in the habit of hugging you
My hugs were for the seniors for whom we sang.

After the meeting we talked more about hugs
And you told me what your Nanny used to say:
“Every family needs knee-slapping, knee-bending, and knee-bowing.”
Laughter. Discipline. Prayer.
“Your Nanny was a wise lady.”
Who could have guessed the best of all friendships
Would be sparked by talk of knees and hugs?


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My tam
On the bar
I rest content
Happy anywhere
Because you are there
For I know that
Where you are
I am


Copyright © 2018 Abigail Gronway – All Rights Reserved

Trianglet = a decastich in 1 stanza with syllabic length: 1-2-3-4-5-5-4-3-2-1
Rhyme scheme: AbcxddxcbA
The first and last lines are identical.


Count Your Blessings

Why worry? Why ruminate

On what could have been,

When we can celebrate the beauty and the bounty of all that we behold.


With fragile threads we weave our stories

Try to fasten our futures on to what we hold dear

We take so much for granted, and we often fear


The void, the loss, the loneliness, the finite ending.

We should instead let our spirits soar and hold this beautiful moment

In our memory for eternity.


Read more via Count your blessings… by Alison Hankinson of aspoonfulofsugar337