Monday, April 10, 2017

DMC: "Twins" by George Heidenrich





For obvious reasons, Sylvia Vardell and Janet Wong's challenge to create a poem video was not well-suited for the pages of The Best of Today's Little Ditty: 2014-2015. Despite being such a unique and interesting challenge, the combination of summer vacations and technical difficulties meant that it also didn't get a huge response. My dad was one of the few folks who did respond, overcoming many technological obstacles in order to do so. Three years later, I'm still not sure if he succeeded because of relentless determination or because of his love for me, but I'm proud and grateful nonetheless. In honor of his (80th!) birthday today, I'd like to share "TWINS" as our first daily ditty in April. I wonder if anyone else might contribute a poem video to our potluck this month?


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TWINS

The sleeping dreamers and the dreaming sleepers
pass through the same portal into the gray twilight.
One is excited, the other, not.
Whether they find their destiny depends
not on their diligence, but upon their imagination.
Destiny is what you make of it: to one, a pleasure,
the other, a nightmare.
Attitudes matter.

© 2012 George Heidenrich. All rights reserved.


The DMC challenge for National Poetry Month is to contribute to our Ditty Potluck. Follow the guidelines for any one of the last 28 challenges, choosing from the following recipes:
Click HERE for an alphabetical list of all the DMC challenges.

Click HERE for an alphabetical list of all the Spotlight interviews.

Post your poem on our April 2017 padlet and be sure to indicate which challenge you are responding to.  All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, April 28th, and one lucky participant, chosen randomly, will select from the following:


Option 1: A set of 8 copies of The Best of Today's Little Ditty: 2014-2015 to use with a classroom or extracurricular group.

Option 2: One copy of The Best of Today's Little Ditty, plus a $20 gift card to purchase a poetry book(s) of your choice.

Option 3: A $25 gift card if you already have all the copies of The Best of TLD you need.






18 comments:

  1. Happy birthday to one cool dude!!!

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  2. Thanks to the best daughter anyone could have!!

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  3. A very happy birthday to your supportive and brilliant father! I'm only 52 and I can't figure out how to post a video poem. ;)

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    1. Thanks Teresa, just don't ask me to do it again, because I forgot :(

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  4. Happy birthday to your dad! What a great poem and a great video and a great dad! I like the way he thinks about destiny and imagination.

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    1. Thanks Liz, I guess it has always been of interest to me.

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  5. Attitudes matter indeed, whether your talking about destiny or age. Bravo on the poem and the video, Michelle's Dad! =)

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    1. Thanks Bridget, I believe we create our own happiness. Wishing the same to you!

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  6. Happy birthday, George! Ya done good! (With the poem, the video, and, the daughter!)

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  7. Happy Birthday a day late! This is one I guess I missed before, a good philosophy to remember!

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  8. This is wonderful and so true

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  9. I love your dad's poem and his video! A very happy birthday to Mr. Heidenrich!

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    1. Thanks Renee, the poem was easy, the video challenging, but the birthday was wonderful!

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