A Patchwork of Poetry

unnamedIt’s been a patchwork sort of week. I’ve been busy with pieces of this and that and trying to create an organized and pleasing whole. It hasn’t always worked, and writing has taken a back seat to the general chaos.

As I tried to gather my thoughts and consider what I might share today, I realized that my writing this week has been inspired entirely by the on-line community. Thanks to Mary Lee Hahn and her #haikuforhealing and Laura Purdie Salas’s 15 Words or Less weekly poetry challenge for nudging me to write something this week. Also, a big thank you to Carol Varsalona for introducing me to PicMonkey and for an e-mail chock-full of helpful tips. Finally, thanks to all of you. I’m so grateful to be a part of this community.

Here are a few bits and pieces from the week:

ice pirouette cemetery_1.jpg


brain storm

Photo by L. P. Salas

Electrical impulses
crackle in spectral colors
dendritic lightning
Birth of an idea

M.  Hogan (c) 2017

This week’s Poetry Friday Roundup is hosted by the amazing Diane Mayr at one of her blogs, Random Noodling. Be sure to stop by and enjoy some poetry!

26 thoughts on “A Patchwork of Poetry

  1. margaretsmn says:

    The online writing community has kept me writing this week, too. These quick writes with images are satisfying. I like how they push us to find unique word choices, like pirouette, sentinels, and dendritic lightning.

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  2. bjleepoet says:

    Nice images paired with poems! I especially like the first one. Now I need to find out what PicMonkey is!

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  3. Diane Mayr says:

    You’ve mastered the haiga! I love the photo with the ice–stalactite meeting stalagmite.

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  4. jama says:

    Wonderful haiga. I think the second one is my favorite. 🙂

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  5. Tabatha says:

    Glad you’ve had a little time (and inspiration) to play with words this week. I’m especially drawn to your second haiga, too.

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  6. Donna Smith says:

    Love that pirouetting ice!

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  7. Those are beautiful. I like the advice to savor the journey. It resonated well with me.

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  8. lindabaie says:

    I remember that ice picture, Molly. It is amazing. Love all your words with the images, but “silent sentinels advise” is striking to me. Glad you had the time to play.

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  9. murphpoet says:

    Amazing combination of words and images, Molly. I couldn’t pick a favourite, but am off to look at PicMonkey.

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  10. I lived the pirouetting ice when I saw it own Twitter, but I missed the other two. I’m glad you shared them here and found time to write amidst the busy-ness.

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  11. Great pairings of words and photos–and isn’t it terrific that we have this online community to inspire us?

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  12. I love your use of “dendritic” in the last poem, and how it ends, with
    “Birth of an idea.” the entire poem has an igniting, and electrical charge to it (no pun intended).
    Your water frozen images in the first pic remind me of genie lamps that are releasing something. Thanks Molly!

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  13. maryleehahn says:

    You know I loved your pirouetting ice on Twitter. Somehow I missed the sentinels. I love them just as much…maybe more: great message.

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  14. These images and poem pairings are stunning. I agree that the support and the inspiration of this community are tremendous. I do love those 15 words or less challenges. Fun but also a good mental work out. My favorite from above is the photo of the cemetery. It’s not creepy….it’s lovely but also waits for all. Not a lesson to be skipped!

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    • mbhmaine says:

      Thanks, Linda. I also love the 15 words or less challenges–obviously combining poems and images appeals to me 🙂 Laura’s pictures are so interesting, and it’s such fun to see where everyone takes them.


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