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Thursday, December 31, 2009


Day 31

breakfast in a barrel and colored paper cranes
share the last day with a ginger
happy old year into happy new


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Snow Kisses

Day 30

this year's last days in winter's fist
as icy lips blow them into the next
a kiss for every passing hour


Tuesday, December 29, 2009

False Thaw

Day 29

The final three drip, drip away
outside my window pane,
as with next year's new day
comes lonely snow again.


Monday, December 28, 2009

Believe Me

Day 28

if i could carry you if i had wings
if i had strength or could fly
but you are strong and in you
i do believe


Sunday, December 27, 2009

After Dinner

Day 27

A cup of black tea
to warm my frozen fingers
and a waiter who talks of chinese poetry
to warm a wintry night


Saturday, December 26, 2009


Day 26

Holidays with family
are like a mid-winter trip
to the isle of misfit toys.
Good thing you like my quirks.


Friday, December 25, 2009


Day 25

Today I discover with joy
on the face of an adult
the wonder that lives in the eyes
of every child who believes


Thursday, December 24, 2009

I'll Be Home...

Day 24

Christmas snow flurries
and laughter fill the air,
while I'm sitting at Mama's table
in my favorite chair.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009

White Hope

Day 23

In uffish thought I stare past
a breath-fogged windowpane
wishing for the magic
of an icy crystalline world.


Tuesday, December 22, 2009

December Eve

Day 22

gifts wrapped out of sight
lights low, tree shines bright
curled up with baby tight
ready for a silent night


Monday, December 21, 2009


Day 21

Knife and Fork went to war today
over slowly toasted bread
while pacifist Spoon hid
in brown sugared oatmeal


Sunday, December 20, 2009

Silent Song

Day 20

On the stereo eighty-year-old
Sinatra sings with me.
Both of us wish for a silent night
of harmony and peace.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Seeing Red

Day 19

A spool of crimson ribbon
unfurling in the wind
against winter grey skies
mister cardinal takes his flight


Friday, December 18, 2009

Cup of Words

Day 18

chocolate steam wafts from
ceramic cup as marshmallows
dance on my tongue.
I shuffle lines and juggle rhymes


Thursday, December 17, 2009

The Chase

Day 17

icy leaf scuttles across the sidewalk
hurried along by frigid breath
from the storm's wet mouth


Wednesday, December 16, 2009

By a Thread


Knit one purl two hurry fast
the winter wind is tangling yarn
my fingers ache for mittens
and my needles fly


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Freeze and Thaw

Day 15

twenty degree barefoot trip
to a mailbox makes cold toes
warm with a mug of chocolate
and two holiday cards


Monday, December 14, 2009

Baubles and Trinkets

Day 14

a bouquet of doorknobs
bits of ribbon, a teabag or two
I smile when I want to cry at
this ephemera and you


Sunday, December 13, 2009

Toy Run

Day 13

Leather, knits and icy wind,
roar of ten thousand engines,
Marines and toys for kids,
It's love of the ride.


Saturday, December 12, 2009


Day 12

I love you like raven loves night.
Feel my fingers like wings
flutter across your skin
as I take flight.


Friday, December 11, 2009


Day 11

Icy winds erase traces of me
from the street while the night glitters.
Every light can be a star to wish upon.


Thursday, December 10, 2009

Holiday Jam

Day 10

rows of head and tail lights blink
in candy cane flashes
holiday spirit turns traffic
to a winter wonderland


Wednesday, December 9, 2009

A No Good Very Bad Day

Day 9

Chased by the Jabberwock
Friended by the Hatter
Smiling like a Cheshire because
Tomorrow’s all that matters.


Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Thank the Bunny

Day 8

Wonder if I speak your language
Hello is this thing on?
But today your epiphany
new battery in the translator


Monday, December 7, 2009


Day 7

Rain coating sidewalk in mist
Aspire to greatness?
Pull your atoms together!
With effort you could be snow.


Sunday, December 6, 2009

Napkin Poetry

Day 6

mis-matched plates and silverware
stories and laughter in
coffee cups and tea glasses
on my table of contents


Saturday, December 5, 2009


Day 5

tree shadows climb walls
as Maggie sleeps on the radio
I’m a Lilliputian believer
in miracles and Gulliver


Friday, December 4, 2009

Reading Red

Day 4

Words written red on a floury table
long awaited news
of memory and affection
a flower from a distant friend


Thursday, December 3, 2009

Spinal Accord

Day 3

The neck bone’s connected
to the long backbone
Slip! Twist! Crack! No.
Don’t think I can dance.


Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Winter Tea Cozy

Day 2

Like a dormouse I climb inside
my teapot for a nap
close the lid while snow flies
outside the window-spout


Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Juices Flowing

Day 1

Oh Santa here’s my Christmas list
Please won’t you bring to me
an industrial sized juicer
for my creativity!


Poetry Prompts

Grab a word or phrase from this ever- changing list, and write a poem of your own. Be sure to let me know where I can read it in the comments section! I'll feature poems I love right here on the site, and link back to your site, too!

1. Meteor Shower due tonight, Tuesday, August 11, 2009. Write a poem about shooting stars.

2. Choose a cliche' and switch it up. For example: Instead of "just a drop in the bucket" try "just a grain of rice in the jambalaya". Now use this new phrase in your poem.

3. Pick three key items from your childhood memories of summer. Use them in a poem.

4. Start with a line from your favorite poem. (You could cheat a little and choose a line from a novel.) Recycle that line into a first line for your poem, and start writing.

5. Begin with the words, "He said". Then switch to "She said." Use this as a launch for a poem about opposing views.

6. Looking Through the Glass -- write about what you see through a window, a drinking glass, a pair of eyeglasses, a fishbowl or in a mirror... any sort of glass will do.

7. Write a poem where the sounds of the words are as important as what they mean. There's no wrong way to do this, just listen to your words and have fun with it.

8. Grab a book of poetry and choose a favorite, or look up a poem online. Select five words from that poem and incorporate them into your own.

9. Check out Poetic Asides Wednesday Poetry Prompts.

10. Check out Totally Optional Prompts!


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Awards and Publications

Won third place in the Facebook poetry contest hosted by Facebooker's Guide to the Poetry Universe, with the poem "Winter Sleep".



by Lisa Beaudoin @DancingWithPens

Autumn leaves fly
in the wind, blow
across the land, crumble
under foot, and color
soil in shades alive.

Pages flutter,
as books are read,
folio all, tapestry
of words, sprinkle
silently across sight.

People wisp away
from our life, littering
memory with faint
remnants, crumbling heart,
and stalling soul.

© 2009 Lisa G. Beaudoin

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