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  • March 8th, 2011 | 10:51 AM
Poetry Push - List Poems 3/8/11

Running late on the Poetry Push today. Sorry!

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.


What does this prompt make you think of? Brainstorm a list first. What's puzzling to you right now? What are the pieces you need to complete something? Or maybe go off in a completely different way. 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 above. For some examples from previous weeks, click on the poetry push tag at the bottom of this post.

Make sure to add your name to the poem when you post it.
There are so many stories only you can tell.Tell them, please.


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March 9th, 2011 06:22 am (UTC)
The expectations I have for myself
I am sure are much too high.
Expectations of perfection
That I could not possibly live up to

I still do it though day after day
Building those expectations
Until I finally shatter
For no one can sustain such a pace.

My aim is that one day I can,
Lower my expectations
Maybe then I can find peace of mind
For a much simpler life

Without impossible expectations
I can still be the person I want to be
Minus the added pressure
That life already bestows on me

Replace expectations with love and peace
Creativity and enjoyment,
A recipe for fewer complications
In which there is no room for


- Anne McKenna

March 11th, 2011 06:09 pm (UTC)
What a terrific journey you take us on with this one, Anne. I especially like the last two stanzas. If only we could all drop the impossible expectations and be the person we want to be.
March 14th, 2011 08:40 pm (UTC)
We say in our crazy
twelve-step way
premeditated resentments.
If I live in the moment
and don't expect
then I have
nothing to resent
not even me.
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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.

Who am I? Read and find out.

Susan Taylor Brown

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