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Hi and welcome to my Friday series titled The Hairbag Poet. You can read about the history of this series here. In the blogging world Fridays are know as Poetry Friday. You can read about Poetry Friday here. The other day I was reading this beautiful book of poetry Winter Bees & Other Poems of the […]

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Hi and welcome to my Friday series The Hairbag Poet. You can read about the history of this series here. In the blogging world Fridays are known as Poetry Friday. You can read about Poetry Friday here. I’ve been spending quite a bit of time reading about different types of poetry terms and forms. Since I […]

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I started this series on my other site, but I think it really fits in with The Nightingale Tales too. I will repost this series each Friday. Hope you enjoy.

Hi and welcome to my Friday series titled The Hairbag Poet. A few weeks ago, around Thanksgiving, I was talking with my very talented sister-in-law (Cherise) about collaborating on an idea I was working on. Cherise is a very artistic, and intelligent woman, and has many talents, but her photography is stunning. Her pictures are […]

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Madness Poetry

I’m so excited to announce that I will be competing in the 2018 March Madness Poetry competition beginning TODAY!  64 Authletes (Writer athletes) will be competing against each other for the title, and the grand prize: The Thinkier trophy pictured above.  Head over today and sign up to read, vote, and have fun!

The match up brackets mimic basketball’s March Madness brackets. The Authletes are provided a single vocabulary word (think SAT/GRE Vocab.) and must create a poem suitable for children, within a defined character limit (Not Easy!). This is my first year entering and I am so excited, and nervous. There is so much great talent participating. I will be writing under my proper name: Jean O’Connor

Wish me luck!

 

 

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#50 Precious Word Contest 2018

March 2nd, is Dr. Seuss’ birthday, and to celebrate, the #50preciouswords contest is now open.  Don’t know what the #50preciouswords contest is, then head on over to Vivian Kirkfield’s website here, for the all the rules, and fabulous prizes.

Dr. Seuss was not immune to writing challenges either, and was dared by Bennett Cerf, his editor at Random House, to write a story using no more than 50 unique words (not the word count). The result: Green Eggs and Ham.

Thank you Vivian for all of your hard work and dedication to children’s literature, and the kid lit community.  My entry comes in at exactly 50 words.

 

Snow day

School is cancelled!

Hip, hooray!

Called my friends

“Come out, let’s play.”

Slick bottom sleds,

conquer the hill.

Pigtails ascending,

Oh what a thrill!

Race up and down

till sun starts to set,

stomach growling,

clothes soaking wet.

Gather our sleds;

head on our way.

Hoping tomorrow’s another snow day!

 

 

 

 

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Valentiny Winners!

The Valentiny winners have been chosen and I’m so happy for the winner Mary Warth with her amazingly well written, piece titled “Red” (my personal favorite).  If you haven’t had a chance to read it, I’ll post it below since I don’t think Mary has a website.  I’m proud to say my story The Princess Frog won honorable mention.  Thank you to Susanna and her judges for all their hard work and dedication. If you want to see the list of the all the winners go here. Until next year…

Red

She read my face,

with just one look.

My bright red face-

an open book!

Red cheeks

Red chin

Red neck

Red nose.

She read my face

And now she knows.

I sent the card,

without my name.

but now my face

takes all the blame.

Red hearts

Red paint

Red “X”

Red “O”s

She read them all

And now she knows.

I hope that what my good friend read,

will please, please stay inside her head!

She gave a nod, a smile, a wink.

My bright red face cooled down to pink.