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  • February 8th, 2011 | 4:43 AM
Poetry Push - List Poems 02/08/11

Here's today Poetry Push for List Poems. It's a great way to warm-up your poetic muscles for the day. This is just a warm-up, so don't spend a lot of time on it, five to ten minutes to create a list poem inspired by the Poetry Push card below. If you want to read more about list poems, check out the original post.


Please leave your list poem in the comments and make sure to leave your name.

Have fun!
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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February 8th, 2011 09:03 am (UTC)
"Don't sweat it" easy to say
Not so easy to do.

I try to tell myself don't sweat it when there is never enough money to pay the bills.

When I hear people planning holidays that I may never be able to do don't sweat it. It might be my turn one day.

Don't sweat it when I put yet another dint in the car. After all it is only a car it can be fixed.

Don't sweat it when there is absolutely nothing you can do about a situation. Just accept it.

I have spent so much of my life living in sorrow and misery. Worrying about every single little thing. When all the time I should be just telling myself


- Anne McKenna

February 8th, 2011 05:15 pm (UTC)
So true! Esp. about accepting things when you can't change them.
Re: DON'T SWEAT IT - susanwrites - February 9th, 2011 02:35 am (UTC) - Expand
February 8th, 2011 03:56 pm (UTC)
Susan, I'm signing on to your poetry push challenge. I love it! Here's what I came up with this morning...


Sweat trickles down
my brow
the wings of my shoulders
knobs of my spine
caked with dust
piece by piece
I work
I stitch
I sweat
my feathery fingers
faster than the wing of a sparrow
February 8th, 2011 05:16 pm (UTC)
Re: Sweat
HI Mary!

The bird/flight imagery is gorgeous here. My favorite line is "knobs of my spine".
Re: Sweat - maryecronin - February 9th, 2011 02:18 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Sweat - susanwrites - February 9th, 2011 02:36 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Sweat - maryecronin - February 9th, 2011 02:19 pm (UTC) - Expand
February 8th, 2011 04:01 pm (UTC)
Oh boy! My reward/treat for after all my errands today will be to check back here and read the comments/poems! Thanks for doing this Susan! xo
February 8th, 2011 05:17 pm (UTC)
Debbi! You are welcome to join us, but only if you wish. ;)
(no subject) - susanwrites - February 9th, 2011 02:37 am (UTC) - Expand
February 8th, 2011 05:12 pm (UTC)
don't sweat it!

fuzzy wristbands
sports bra
visor headband
rubbed raw

your racquet
bounce on
your toes
wait for
the serve
the ball goes

arm up
racquet back
track the ball



--Emily Jiang
February 8th, 2011 05:14 pm (UTC)
I'm still new to LJ, so I didn't realize my indentation formatting would be lost in the comments. Now I know!
(no subject) - susanwrites - February 9th, 2011 02:38 am (UTC) - Expand
(no subject) - maryecronin - February 9th, 2011 02:20 pm (UTC) - Expand
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February 9th, 2011 02:39 am (UTC)
Jenn this creates such a beautiful image of a friend visiting a friend in my mind.

I wasn't sure where it was going and then, the last lines

& I plan to put my feet
On your coffee table.

brought it all home to me. Thank you for playing.
(no subject) - maryecronin - February 9th, 2011 02:21 pm (UTC) - Expand
February 9th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)


Don't sweat the temperature
too hot
too cold

Don't sweat the
Stomach rumbles
stomach tumbles

Don't sweat the
bathroom race

Don't sweat
not eating
not sleeping
not being able to focus

Don't sweat the steady diet of
dry toast

It won't last forever
even if it feels like it
so don't sweat it.

Edited at 2011-02-09 02:54 am (UTC)
February 9th, 2011 02:22 pm (UTC)
I love the stomach rumbles/stomach tumbles, Susan. Really captures that awful feeling!
February 9th, 2011 05:09 pm (UTC)
Don't Sweat It
Don't sweat it
I get it
Mama will return.
Large dots
newborn spots
make me disappear
in weeds and dappled sunlight
fool the eye
of man or beast
where she leaves me
to rest
It's best
while she's gone.
I don't sweat it.
I get it.
I'm safe.

Becky Loescher
February 9th, 2011 07:43 pm (UTC)
Re: Don't Sweat It
Becky, I like this... the large dots/newborn spots and dappled sunlight. I'm picturing a baby giraffe. Am I right?
Re: Don't Sweat It - (Anonymous) - February 10th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC) - Expand
Re: Don't Sweat It - susanwrites - February 10th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Don't Sweat It - (Anonymous) - February 10th, 2011 02:53 pm (UTC) - Expand
Re: Don't Sweat It - (Anonymous) - February 11th, 2011 02:32 am (UTC) - Expand
February 10th, 2011 06:12 am (UTC)
You can't teach everyone,
You can't reach everyone,
They won't all get it,
So don't sweat it.

You can't remember everything,
You don't have to do everything,
So if you haven't read it,
Don't sweat it.

You don't have to repeat the last word of the first line in the next one.
That sort of thing could become difficult, even stifling to keep up with here...
I mean, seriously. What's that all about anyway?
It'll just get old and fetid,
So don't sweat it.

Ah, ok, I see what we did there,
We stuck with something safe.
Rhyming, yes.
We broke one rule, but stuck with a mores,
So that we could just skate along.
Oh, a pun!
You didn't get it?

Don't sweat it.
February 10th, 2011 05:31 pm (UTC)
hahaha, Sue. This is great! A play on a play on a play on words.

And the frustration that many a writer feels and usually "sweats." :)
(no subject) - suerankin - February 10th, 2011 05:57 pm (UTC) - Expand
February 10th, 2011 09:43 am (UTC)
Sorry Susan this one did not evoke any literary gems...
February 10th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
Ya can't win them all. Maybe next week. :)
February 10th, 2011 02:50 pm (UTC)
Don't Sweat It list poem
Hi Everyone,
Just found this site.This looks like fun, so here is my attempt at a list poem.

Don't Sweat It

They tell me don't sweat it -

don't sweat ...

70.2 inches of snow
4 foot snow drifts
frozen water buckets
-9 degree temperatures
40 mph wind gusts
ice dams
cold horses
cold dogs
cold kids

they tell me ...
Spring is around the corner

I'd love to be sweating it right about now

Happy List poem Day!

Take care,
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Who am I?I was born on the Cancer/Leo cusp and share a birthday with Ernest Hemingway and Robin Williams. The similarities don't stop there as I can go from depressed to ecstatic without ever passing go. I feel scared most of the time though my friends call me brave and I find it easier to believe in my friends than to believe in my own abilities to make what I want out of my life.

Who am I? A wife, a mother, a daughter, and even, gulp, a grandmother.

Who am I? A writer who never gets tired of playing with words, even when the words are hard to find. A writer of books for children and articles for grown-ups and many things in-between.

Who am I? A motivational speaker, writing instructor, workshop leader and full-time follower of dreams.

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