May on A Whispered Wind

Like April, May will be a bit quiet, but hopefully not nearly as slow here. I will still be posting “small stones” daily and reblogs. I may even dig up more poems and fiction from my archives.

However, over at Promptly Written, I will be writing 31 new stories via StoryADay. It should be exciting and if you aren’t already following me there, you may want to consider doing so now so you won’t miss any of these new stories. Julie always has exciting story prompts and I am sure this year will not be an exception.

See you tomorrow!

small stones – April 28, 2016

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a strange, unusual, rambling early morning small stone…

a friend asked me why I rarely write fiction in first person
the simplest explanation is I generally write about other characters and the *I* seems far too personal
but I don’t think the explanation is so simple anymore
my poetry is almost always personal
I bleed on the page, shed skin and veins and become mere bones
maybe I am scared of putting too much of me into my works of fiction
I distance myself from the characters I write so that they can live their own lives and not the strange, dark life I exist in
otherwise, all of my characters would be the same – melancholy, withdrawn, sad, slightly demented, perhaps
or maybe all of this is merely bullshit
and I am sure to change opinions tomorrow

 

small stones – April 27, 2016

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art credit: Drama Free Zone by Jo Claire Hall – Drama Free Zone Digital Art

as painful as it is to admit
the more I gave in to drama
the less of me survived
I became a shriveled mass
a dull, lifeless nothingness
ruled by anger and defeat
the longer I fed the drama monkeys
the less time I had to create
to write, to inspire, to reflect
on the kind of life I deserve
and so, as hard as it may sound
it was easy enough to do –
I just stopped feeding them

Hump Day Poetry – Week 12

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Hump Day Poetry is a weekly poetry blog-share every *Wednesday*

Here’s how you can join in

The rules:

1. Write a poem (any type of poetry, even for other challenges) You have from Wednesday to the following Tuesday to link up!
2. Grab the badge and display it on your blog to show your support.
3. Link it to my poem of the week with a pingback or by leaving the link to your poem in comments.
4. Visit other bloggers’ poetry for that week. Like, leave a comment, and share! (Please try to visit as many other poets as possible. Keep the community love flowing!)

Note: to create a pingback, simply include the url of this post somewhere in your post. Please check my page to ensure your pingback has posted. If not, it is either awaiting moderation, or the pingback failed (happens sometimes!). To ensure your post is seen, you may want to just add the link to my page. I would rather have duplicates than not get to read your poetry!

Click HERE for further information.

And now for my poem of the week….


Morning Breezes
~for Lisa D.

a sinister breeze blows
awakens me from deep sleep
a scream down the street
of one in pain and despair

a flashback occurs
my own pain and fear
his hands curled
around my neck, tightening

my own screams for help
gone unheard
I faced my attacker alone
clawed at his chest

the screams in my head
and the screams down the street
are one in the same
someone’s life is in danger

and I rise from my bed
frightened, confused
’til reality sets in
and I am safe once more

yes, a melancholic breeze blows
ushers in dark memories
when you were gone
and my life was so uncertain

©2016 Lori Carlson. All Rights Reserved.


Happenings in the World of Poetry

Each week I will list 5 poetry (and fiction!) bloggers who I follow and enjoy their work. I hope you will take a few moments to check out their blogs. Here is this week’s offerings:

  1. Bastet and Sekhmet’s Library
  2. Mark R. Redfearn
  3. Americana Injustica
  4. Paul @ Poesy plus Polemics
  5. ladyleemanila
  • Paper Plane Pilots is an amazing group of poets and fiction writers. They also host a free literary magazine and are currently accepting submissions for issue eight of In-flight Literary Magazine. The deadline to submit is June 1st.
  • At the NPM Daily blog, you’ll find a new interview with a poet each day during April.
  • The WaterSedge Poetry Chapbook contest is hosted by Writer’s Relief, Inc. The chapbook contest runs to May 25, 2016. The winning poet will receive a $500 cash prize; publication of the poetry chapbook in both print and e-book formats; Amazon distribution for Kindle and print; and 25 free print copies. The contest is limited to poetry chapbooks 24 – 48 pages in length, and the entry fee is $20. Click the link above for complete contest submission guidelines.
  • The Fictional Cafe is accepting submissions for poetry (and fiction!). You must join to submit, but you can join for free.
  • Poets & Writers has updated their database for contests, grants and awards. There are tons of upcoming deadlines for poetry. Check it out!

And here are a few articles that I found particularly interesting:

  • An interview with Emily Skillings
  • A tribute to poet Maurice Kenny who recently died
  • A review of Paul Mariani’s book on Wallace Stevens

Are you looking for weekly poetry (and sometimes fiction) challenges? Never fear! Check out the following:

If you know of other happenings in the world of poetry or  blogs that host poetry challenges, let me know in comments and I will include them in next week’s Happenings!

small stones – April 26, 2016

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if I didn’t know better
(and I do!)
I’d swear dark forces conspired
to keep me from sleep
a car horn blaring
neighbors yelling
dogs barking
blue jays screeching
(all before 7 am)
screen door banging
diesel engines grinding
brother stirring upstairs
(all by 8 am)
tummy turning
pee-fairies attacking
the smell of coffee brewing
(all around 9 am)
a final sigh
and out of bed I rise

small stones – April 24, 2016

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and I am reminded
so long as we speak
your precious name
you are not dead
you will live on
in our hearts
and imaginations

My Name is Prince Song Lyrics
Prince & The New Power Generation

My name is Prince and I am funky
My name is Prince the one and only
I did not come 2 funk around
‘Tll I get your daughter I won’t leave this town
In the beginning God made the sea
But on the 7th day he made me
He was tryin’ to rest y’all when He heard the sound
Sound like a guitar cold gettin’ down
I tried to bust a high note, but I bust a string
My God was worried ’til he heard me sing

My name is Prince and I am funky
My name is Prince the one and only – hurt me

Hurt me (Do that, do that, somebody)
(Do that, do that, somebody)
(Do that, do that, somebody)
(Do that, do that, somebody)
(Do that, do that, somebody)
(Do that, do that, somebody)

My name is Prince and I am funky
When it come to funk I am a junky
I know from righteous I know from sin
I got 2 sides and they both friends
Don’t try 2 clock ’em, they’re much too fast
If u try to stop ’em they kick that ass
Without a pistol, without a gun
When u hear my music you’ll be havin’ fun
That’s when I gottcha that’s when u mine
To tell the truth, tell me what’s my line?

My name is Prince and I am funky (You can’t stop Prince)
My name is Prince the one and only – hurt me (You can’t stop Prince)

Funky fresh 4 the 90’s (Do that, do that, somebody) (Prince)

My name is Prince, I don’t wanna be king
Cuz I’ve seen the top and it’s just a dream
Big cars and women and fancy clothes
Will save your face but it won’t save your soul
I’m here to tell you that there’s a better way
Would our Lord be happy if He came 2 day?
I ain’t sayin’ I’m better, no better than u
But if u want 2 play with me, u better learn the rules

My name is Prince and I am funky (You can’t stop Prince)
My name is Prince the one and only (You can’t stop Prince)
I did not come 2 funk around (You can’t stop Prince)
‘Till I get your daughter I won’t leave this town
I won’t leave this town
I won’t leave this town
I won’t leave this – leave this – leave this

My name is Prince and I am funky (You can’t stop Prince)
My name is Prince the one and only (You can’t stop Prince)
Funky fresh 4 the 90’s (Do that, do that, somebody)
(Do that, do that, somebody)
(Do that, do that, somebody)
Hurt me (Do that, do that, some….)

The funkier I be
The funkier I get, oh shit
Lickety split on the lyric
A new jack in the pulpit
Watch it deacon, your track is leakin’
What is this u’re seekin’?
The syncopated rhymes are at their peak
When you jumped on my D.I.C.K.
That’s the one thing that I don’t play
The jock strap was 2 big 4 u anyway
U’re just a simpleton
I’ll bust u like a pimple, son
My star is 2 bright
Boy, I’ll sink u like the ship Poseidon Adventure
U’re bumpin’ dentures 2 be cocksure
There must be more coming from
Your mouth than manure.
So with a flow and a spray, I say hey
U must become a prince before u’re king anyway

It’s time I get ig-nig-nig-nig-nig-nig-n-ignorant
Def be the beat that I’m rockin’
Yo so, come get a hit
And put your thinking cap on
U’ve been forewarned
I call upon the inner forces that I’ve got brewin’
In my cauldron. That means my nugget…
Sometimes I’m rugged
The style I posses be havin’
The other brothers buggin’ and this is 4 those who oppose
And propose 2 overexpose disclose
Pose a threat 2 my brother
Like any other man makin’ a stand
I’ll be damned if I let u play this hand
I’m the blackjack dealer and the cards are stacked
What do u expect 2 win when u’re used to playing craps?

Hell yeah, let’s get this under the hmm…
(Do that, do that somebody)

“Damn.” It’s gettin’ tricky
I mean it’s a sticky situation
2 resurrect a groove with feeling
And give it this much affection
Passion flows and who knows
What lurks in the gallows of my mind
I put my foot in the ass of Jim Crow
12 inches of non-stop sole
I’m on a roll with P, and it’s time for the show
So do that, do that somebody
Wave your hands in the air
This is a motherfucking party
While u’re laying back I’m on the attack paddywhack
Give yourself a bone
This is my house and I’m prone
2 layin’ some chrome upside some motherfuckers dome
And I’m out…

My name is Prince and I am funky
My name is Prince the one and only

My name is Prince
My name is Prince
My name is Prince
My name is Prince
My name is Prince
My name is Prince
My name is Prince
My name is Prince
My name is Prince

My name is Prince