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Teacher Tales: Walking Home

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Teacher Tales: Walking Home

For Teacher Tales this week, I’m sharing two new poems. Enjoy! Walking Home Midnight strikes. a bell???s loneliest peals Resound with a call to worship on cold and empty streets. Bring Nyx your offerings As succor for Erebus. Lest he can???t be coaxed. & she, Emaciated by 4:30???s Glowing rosy cheeks Turns down her bed…

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Teacher Tales: On Being Grateful

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Teacher Tales: On Being Grateful

I am a blessed man??? or at the very least, very lucky. I feel as though I???ve used up more lives than that proverbial cat with nine at his disposal. The latest and perhaps, closest brush I???ve had with an untimely demise came around two months ago. I had a heart attack, and did not…

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Teacher Tales: Stop Your Self-Loathing!

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Teacher Tales: Stop Your Self-Loathing!

???Yes, Eleanor loathed herself yet required praise, which she then never believed.??? ????????????????????-Hanif Kureishi, ??The Buddha of Suburbia Our creative minds constantly help us ???give birth??? to ways of expressing our deepest thoughts and feelings. Certainly, we should at least be on friendly terms with our minds. Unfortunately, we often fight our hardest and longest…

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Teacher Tales: Ode Challenge

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Teacher Tales: Ode Challenge

In keeping with the fantastic challenges our World Poetry Month poets have given us, I have tried my hand at creating an “ode” ??following the methods shared by Philip Church on Saturday. Please enjoy! Mother and King Hail to the Ides of Spring! As tiny flowers bloom and grow, mad winter loses its icy king,…

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Teacher Tales: Free Verse Challenge

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Teacher Tales: Free Verse Challenge

Saturday, Eric “Crow” Draven gave us a lesson on Free Verse poetry form. Today, I offer you my attempt to answer the challenge. SpringTime Beneath the springtime rain, And still bare trees, We sip coffee, while snippets of breaths, float on ??lakeside air. We???re chilled, despite steamed air and steamed milk, steamy conversations, remembered in…

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Teacher Tales: Sestina Challenge

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Teacher Tales: Sestina Challenge

Last Saturday, my buddy Sam DeLoach started World Poetry Month here on Our Write Side off with a bang. He taught us what the sestina is and shared one of his own. Since it would be wrong of me not to rise to the challenges, I give you my take on the sestina. It’s not…

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Teacher Tales: Tell Them You Love Them

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Teacher Tales: Tell Them You Love Them

Regrets are terrible things. They color our memories in an off-shade, sickly color. They make us feel guilty for not taking a course of action when we clearly should have taken one. I think, though, the worst part of having regrets is the constant reminder that we failed in some aspect of our lives. We???ve…

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Teacher Tales: Bibliophile

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Teacher Tales: Bibliophile

The art of reading is not dead. Oh, I know we???ve all heard about how printed books are on their way out. But, I am happy to report that people are still reading – at least at the Barnes and Noble where we did some shopping yesterday. I had expected the store to be half…

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Teacher Tales: How to Write Great Content

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Teacher Tales: How to Write Great Content

Everyone has a story to tell. Some folks are natural storytellers, while others leave us scratching our heads in confusion. Some people have what seems an innate ability to drag us into the vortex of their finely crafted story, with almost a supernatural force to keep us riveted to their every word. But, no matter…

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Teacher Tales: On Poetry and Sleep

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Teacher Tales: On Poetry and Sleep

???A poet’s work is to name the unnameable, to point at frauds, to take sides, start arguments, shape the world, and stop it going to sleep.??? —Salman Rushdie Sleep, that elusive, fleet- footed rascal! We have all spent those sleepless nights staring at the screen with bloodshot eyes, our backs hurting from sitting slump-shouldered for…

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