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Monday

On New Year’s Resolutions


On New Year’s Resolutions

Do you make New Year’s resolutions?

Many people vow, as a new year begins, to stop destructive habits, beat addictions, begin healthy practices and start new personal disciplines. Health clubs and fitness centers enjoy increased membership enrollments, as folks sign up for exercise programs. Weight loss centers usually have a bump in admissions as well, as the old year closes and the new year opens.

Folks promise themselves (and others) all sorts of things on New Year’s Eve, or even New Year’s Day.

How long do New Year’s resolutions last?


Have you ever kept a New Year’s resolutions all year long? What was it? Did you quit smoking, lose a few pounds, exercise daily, finish a major project, beat a bad habit, get a new job, read some new books, keep in touch with friends or family members, finish an academic degree, stop swearing, get rid of clutter in your home, drive within the posted speed limit, or what?

Here’s my New Year’s resolution for the coming year. Perhaps these words will resound with you as well:

Foretaste
Limericked Spins As New Year Begins

My new resolution is tragically hip.
Don’t mean to sound sassy, nor prideful or flip.
Still, making a vow
Right here and right now
Seems somehow preemptive to taking a trip.

No wanderlust draws me to dangers without,
And tasty temptations delicious I doubt.
But catching up leaves
And writing on sleeves
May lead to dynamics or creative drought.

Today, as our calendars all are replaced,
A full resolution I make not in haste.
As new bells may chime
The passage of time,
I seek to make memories – to taste and not waste.

c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson


Posted for a variety of prompts:
Easy Street Prompts (“tragically hip”)
Meme Express (Invitation to Simply Snickers)
One Single Impression (“wanderlust”)
Simply Snickers (“bold,” “bounty” and “bright”)
Sunday Scribblings (“delicious”)
Weekend Wordsmith (“catch up”)

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Sunday

All A-flurry

All A-flurry


Photo copyrighted by Nickers and Ink


Playing It Cool


The fairest fillies on the farm

May with the frost take no alarm.

They find it fine –

Design divine -

To laugh at winter’s chilly charm.


Posted for a variety of prompts:

Meme Express (Invitation to Simply Snickers)

Monday Poetry Train (poem/s)

Simply Snickers (“fair,” “fine” and “frost”)

Weekend Wordsmith (“laugh”)


Photo prompts:

Camera Critters (photo/s)

Odd Shots (photo/s – odd shots)

Scenic Sunday (photo/s)

Sunday Stills (photo/s)

Thursday Challenge (photo/s)

Watery Wednesday (photo/s)

Wordless Wednesday (photo/s)


Poem - Unlimited energy, unbound promise and untapped potential, all wrapped up in a young Arabian horse.
By Linda Ann Nickerson

When Mary went to Bethlehem, She rode atop an ass, but then, The trail was arduous and coarse; Perhaps she traveled on a horse.
By Linda Ann Nickerson


Love poetry? Check out Simply Snickers, a brand-new weekly poetry prompt. Try your hand with weekly prompts! Or, look into The Meme Express for daily blogging prompts.


Click here to visit Linda Ann Nickerson’s poetry and humor blog, Nickers and Ink.


Click here to subscribe to an RSS feed for this writer's helpful Helium content. If you wish, click here for a free subscription to this author's online AC content, so you won't miss a single post! Do you love horses? Check out the content from the National Equestrian Examiner.


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Wednesday

Holiday Haiku Trio

Holiday Haikus

Do you like haiku poetry?
Do you write haikus?

A haiku contains 17 syllables in three lines (5-7-5). Technically, a lighthearted haiku is usually more correctly called a senryu. Of course, that may be mincing words or splitting hairs.

Holiday haiku poems are simple and fun. Why not write your own today?

Please leave a comment
, so we can all enjoy your holiday haiku!


Saturday

Dark Day

Dark Day - on the Winter Solstice(The Winter Solstice occurs in just over a week - a few days before Christmas.)



The solstice of winter may darken our mood.
Dear sun slips away, and the Yule nights intrude.
‘Mid holiday sport,
Our days become short.
We stand, most appalled, as our neighbors turn rude.

Brisk wind chills our souls as the season begins,
And icy barbs fall on us, needles and pins.
Still, weather may pale,
Regardless of gale,
Compared to the numbness deep under our skins.

However, as soon as the briefest day’s passed,
The hope of light grows in the midwinter blast.
Fair skies may appear
If we wait till next year.
‘Ere long may the promise bring joy unsurpassed.


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Thursday

Pillow Stealers

Pillow Stealers
“When we are unable
to find tranquility within ourselves,
it is useless to seek it elsewhere.”

Strange Bedfellows

Strange bedfellows though we may be,
These dears may snuggle up to me.
Let winter call
And snowflakes fall;
These creatures warm me by degree.

As storms may spin outside our doors,
The gales may spray their sternest roars.
I sleep straight through
With one or two
Pet pillow stealers on all fours.
c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson


Image:
Little Red Riding Hood
By Gustav Dore
19th Century

 
Posted for a variety of prompts:
Easy Street Prompts (“strange bedfellows”)
Friday Flash-55 (55 words)
Heads or Tails (“one” or “won”)
…In Other Words… (de La Rochefoucault quote)
Theme Thursday (“snow”)
Simply Snickers (“spin,” “spray” and “stern”)

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Monday

Honoring ... Pearl Harbor Day

Honoring ... Pearl Harbor Day

Today is December 7th, Pearl Harbor Day. May we never forget those who lost their lives in the Pacific on this date in 1941.

Here's my own tribute to those brave souls.



Pearl of Great Price

A Rhymed Encore on the Start of a War



A world at war,
From shore to shore,
Its fury to unfurl.
No turning back,
The first attack,
The Harbor known as Pearl.

A bay of beads,
Themselves the seeds,
The ships below the sea.
The sunken boats
Have cast their votes,
The cost dear to be free.

The combat flyers nailed the fleet,
As kamikazes threw their heat.
The desolation was complete,
The Harbor known as Pearl.

A bay of beads,
Themselves the seeds,
The ships below the sea.
The sunken boats
Have cast their votes,
The cost dear to be free.

The battleships, the bombs laid low;
Their masts waved to the deadly foe,
As battered bulks were sunk below
The Harbor known as Pearl.

A bay of beads,
Themselves the seeds,
The ships below the sea.
The sunken boats
Still cast their votes,
The cost dear to be free.
c2009 by Linda Ann Nickerson


Image:
Vintage newspaper
public domain

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