Thought I'd play around with a new form today. So here are a couple quinzaines.
Quinzaine : The name comes from the French word meaning 15, quinze, describing the total number of syllables. There are three lines with 7/5/3 syllables. The first line is a statement, followed by two questions.
The palm leaves move with the wind.
How many are there? How much wind?
Father has gone to the store.
When will he return?
What's for sale?
Grandma made yummy cookies.
How many for me?
Just one left!?
Early morning, not ready to stir.
Others, still in bed, breathe softly.
The fan moves air along the walls.
Birds make calls to one another.
LEaves rustle in a soft breeze.
Bugs vibrate in search of mates.
Even in the morning's stillness,
Life is sound.
So I wrote yesterday, but I forgot to post. Ah well, at least I'm still writing during my vacation if not quite keeping up with posts.
Walking on the street,
people go around
as we amble,
ice cream parlors,
pizza dens, and
open air grilles
call us inside.
Smells wafting out
convince us to
take a long look.
We leave with a
pound of pralines
We visited St. Augustine, FL today and walked along St. George. It's part historic district, part tourist trap, and part unique shops. It's a place I've visited a few times over the years, since it's close to my grandparents' place. If you're ever in northeast FL, I recommend it.
I know I've been super lax lately with my poetry writing. Well, April is fast approaching, and so it will be Poem-a-Day time again. April is National Poetry Month. I'm gearing up: writing down some prompts, ideas, and starts to poems. I've also joined the blog roll at BlogHer. There is more information about NaBloPoMo (National Blog Posting Month) as they organize it and a link to the prompts page. Oh goodness, this'll be exciting. Wish me luck!
Normally this blog only features poetry. However, I feel that this issue affects any artist who uses the internet.
Today, the US Congress is considering two bills the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and the Protect IP Act (PIPA). If either bill passes, it could fundamentally change the way the internet works. Corporations could shut down any website which they claim infringes on their profits. It would make it difficult to run any website with user-gernerated content (any blog, any forum, any social website) unless you have a lot of money to defend your website.
I'm asking every US citizen, please go to these websites and take action! Sign petitions, email your representatives, call their offices.
You can enter your ZIP code into Wikipedia, and it will tell you how to call your representatives: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page
Add the flour mix the dough, knead it til it's ready to go off to the side to proof for a while. I hope these make my boyfriend smile. Roll left and right,
roll up and down, flatten the dough, make it round. 4 minutes this side, 2 minutes that. The crackly bread is oh so flat. With some herring or a bit of cheese, the knackebrod is sure to please.
Knackebrod translates to "crackly bread" from Swedish. In English speaking countries, they are commonly known as rye crackers, and Wasa is (I believe) the best selling brand of crispbread. My boyfriend is Swedish and loves pickled herring and cheese with rye crackers. I'm not so into the herring, but cheese and crackers is great.
I know I've been gone for a while, but life got a bit busy. We moved on Yule this year. It made the whole holiday season quite odd. I didn't cook anything; traditionally I make rum cakes and divinity as well as helping out with a gingerbread house. My dad is quite talented at gingerbread house construction. Decorations were limited to a wreath on the front door and few holiday-themed rubber duckies. All presents were handmade by me, which I loved doing, but that meant no shopping in any of the decorated stores. We were busy preparing to move and then getting ourselves there. There are quite a few boxes left, but there is a sense of normalcy forming. In any case, I'm happy to be back writing and posting. Hope everyone had lovely holidays and best wishes for getting your new year started out well.