Tag Archives: poem

Write a haiku about something that drives you nuts.

14 Mar

DailyPost’s idea for today: Write a haiku about something that drives you nuts. So here’s mine:

Haikus are poems
With really specific rules.
They drive me insane.

I majored in English at university (if you missed that about me). During one of my poetry classes, we were required to write a sonnet. I wrote an entire 14-line poem, in iambic pentameter, with an ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme, about how much I hated writing sonnets.

My professor loved it.

Holiday Storytelling: The Night Before Christmas

24 Dec

Well, the countdown calendar I’ve had for many years now looks like this:

Countdown to Christmas!

Yes, I'm a Disneyphile, what of it?

…so it must be time for the iconic Christmas poem! Not that it matters when you can’t see me (I did think of doing a video, but there were technical difficulties with the fireplace), but I’ll be reading from this edition, bought on a whim a few years ago when I realized I didn’t own a copy of Clement C. Moore’s poem. It’s gorgeous:

Night Before Christmas cover

So without further ado:

The Night Before Christmas
by Clement C. Moore

Or click here.

…just…have a fantastic season,
however you celebrate!

Holiday Storytelling: How the Grinch Stole Christmas

19 Dec

Because it’s just not Christmas without the old grouch, is it?

How the Grinch Stole Christmas
by Dr. Seuss

Part 1: Or click here.

Part 2: Or click here.

Holiday Storytelling: Christmas Dog

11 Dec

We are snowed in today. In Minnesota, this phrase is not used lightly. Just walking across the street to the supermarket was…interesting.

I’ve always loved Shel Silverstein’s poetry, so finding a Christmas-themed poem of his made my day. I hope you enjoy.

Christmas Dog
by Shel Silverstein

Or click here.

Holiday Storytelling: The Goblins’ Christmas

8 Dec

This is an odd one I found whilst browsing Project Gutenberg; it shows a rather vindictive side of ol’ Kris.

The Goblins’ Christmas
by Elizabeth Anderson

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Holiday Storytelling: Two Christmas Limericks

6 Dec

Just a short one today. Oi, I can hear you cheering; stop it before you hurt my feelings.

Two Christmas Limericks

If you cannot see the player above, click here.

Holiday Storytelling: The Cockney Amorist

3 Dec

Hey, look! It’s me in a silly hat!

Me in an Eeyore Santa Hat

*gloomy voice* "Thanks for noticin' me."

That’s my sole Santa hat, put up as a holiday-themed peace offering so I can sneak in a reading of a poem that has nothing to do with the holidays, just because I like it.

The Cockney Amorist
by  John Betjeman

If you cannot see the player above, click here.

Holiday Storytelling at the Refuge!

1 Dec

Blame @wombat37 for this one. He did this:

…which inspired me to embark upon a similar project. Since Wombat has the musical side covered (do follow his tweets or boos for more!), I thought I’d do a series of holiday-themed readings (English degree, remember?). There will be some poetry, some excerpts from classic stories, perhaps even a couple “multi-episode” readings for the really special stories. If you have any requests or suggestions, please share! Try to stick to public domain material, so I don’t have to worry about copyright (a couple of exceptions will be made, that I think will be covered under Fair Use).

Without further ado, we begin with a poem near and dear to my family, what with my brother-in-law being a U.S. Marine up until his retirement six months ago:

Merry Christmas, My Friend
by LCpl James M. Schmidt
(Original version, 1991)

If you cannot see the player above, click here.

1) The common Marine exclamation of “Semper fi” is short for “Semper fidelis”, the motto of the Corps. The Latin translates to “Always faithful”.
2) “Eagle, globe, and anchor”.

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