Tuesday, May 14, 2019

DMC: A cherita terbalik by Diane Mayr





a directive to the tissue
box is in order

this pollen season

always stand at hand
ready to face nasal expulsions
with three-ply gentle strength

© 2019 Diane Mayr. All rights reserved.



Elizabeth Steinglass has challenged us to write a poem giving instructions to an inanimate object about how to do its job. Click HERE for more details and to read this month's Spotlight ON interview.

Post your poem on our May 2019 padlet. All contributions will be included in a wrap-up celebration on Friday, May 31st, and one lucky participant will win a personalized copy of her fantastic debut poetry collection from WordSong:





12 comments:

  1. A family member carries that tissue box with her in this season. I'll share, Diane. It is perfect in its intent! Love (hate?) those 'nasal expulsions'!

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  2. Thanks for sharing this today, Michelle!

    Normally I don't bother with 3-ply, but during pollen season it's a must.

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  3. Who would have guessed an instructional poem would fit the cherita form? I should know better than to underestimate what an expert "terse verser" can do. :) Well done, Diane!

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  4. Who knew poems about the necessity of tissues during pollen season could be fun? This one definitely is and clever in its use of this new-to-me form! I'm inspired to riff on it about training the tissue to follow me on a leash.

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  5. Ha--this one made me smile. Thanks for sharing your three-ply gentle strength.

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  6. Diane, I love your sense of humor! This one made me laugh and I learned the word "terbalik." Thanks!

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  7. Diane, This is delightful and I too learned about the cherita terbalik. Oh those nasal expulsions!

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  8. Very cute. I loved every word. Thanks.

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  9. Hilarious! The last three lines are perfect!

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  10. Ah, so relatable! And I learned a poetry form!

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  11. I am loving Diane's cherita as I think back on my allergy episodes.

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