The Trouble is in the Rime

I couldn’t resist writing a triolet today for the Poetic Asides Poem-a-Day Challenge. The prompt was to make the title: “The Trouble is [blank]”, and then write the poem.

The Trouble is in the Rime

Sometimes when you write a triolet
you end up with imperfect rhymes
and your best intentions go astray.
Sometimes when you write a triolet
you realize you have more to say
but you’ve just run out of lines.
Sometimes when you write a triolet
you end up with imperfect rhymes.

Poet Showcase: Hannah Gosselin

Name: Hannah Gosselin
Maine, USA

Blog: Metaphors and Smiles

How do you know Cara? Cara and I have crossed paths in the poem-ing magic of Poetic Asides @ The Writer’s Digest blog and more recently we’ve met up in the NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month), on a facebook page.

How long have you been writing poetry? I’ve been writing poetry almost perpetually since April 2009 and I dabbled in it as a child writing cards and in high school, too.

What kind of poetry do you write? I enjoy writing of nature and I like to bring in elements of spirituality. 🙂

Please share a poem:

Recently offered @ the PAD challenge:


Slow-stolen morning moments,

swindled before the creeping sun,

some early time spent climbing,

scaling the paleness of my skin.

Dredging with a bottom-net

I set about to word gather,

rather I should find creepers;

green verbs mixed amid growth.

Drawing my attention instead

a spider moves along smoothly

lilting, long-legged on length of wall,

stalling, stringing out fine silk

it finds gumption and plunges

easily to vacant, wide-open spaces.

In a free fall, faith binding

riding it out, hoping for a bottom,

trusting that thread won’t wear

or come to an end before its destination.

My heart is hesitant and needy,

hungry for this kind of strength.

When I feel the farthest from myself

from my source that I should be ready,

willing to bungee jump into the abyss

permit the search to go deeper,

descend on His design

looking for the “something inside.”

© Hannah Gosselin and Metaphors and Smiles, 2012.

Thank you, Cara, for this gracious sharing in your poetic life!! Smiles to everyone!

Poem in Your Pocket Day Celebration

April 26 has been designated national Poem in your Pocket Day.

And what clever poet friends I have. In this post you will find haiku, haiga, a limerick, a triolet, a Fibonacci, an ovillejo, and other short and long form poetry. Click on the name of each poem to read it. And enjoy!

Cara Holman: summer butterfly

Christine L. Villa: crawling

Madeleine Begun Kane: Limerick Quest

Merrill Gonzales: nor’easter predicted

Ellen Grace Olinger: Saturday Poem

Symanntha Renn: grass that used to be green

Alegria Imperial: Light as Magic

Ina Roy-Faderman: Mockingbird

Bruce W. Niedt: Big Picture

Kirsten Cliff: At the Graveyard

De Jackson: O, Let’s Not

Gillena Cox: End of April

And be sure to check out these two other Poem in Your Pocket blog posts, that I contributed to:

“A Poem in Your Pocket 2012” on Gillena Cox’s Lunch Break blog.

“Poem in Your Pocket Day…” on Margaret Dornaus’ Haiku-doodle blog.

And two more poems:

Merrill Gonzales: “I forget my lips are roughed, at the clear water.”  by Chiyojo (1703-1775)

Jacqueline Hallenbeck:

“Three Little Pigs in a Blanket”

Three Little Pigs in a Blanket
crashed a pajama party.
One started playing the trumpet.
Three Little Pigs in a Blanket
pulled out a rope and tried to jump it.
Their names were Zeik, Bo and Marty.
Three Little Pigs in a Blanket
crashed a pajama party.

(c) jh 4/20/12

Poet Showcase: Robert Lee Brewer

Name: Robert Lee Brewer
Duluth, Georgia

Blogs: My Name is Not Bob and Poetic Asides

How do you know Cara?  I know Cara mainly through her participation with the Poetic Asides group on We’re also Facebook friends, so I keep up with her that way as well.

How long have you been writing poetry? Around 20 years now, I guess, though I still feel like a beginner.

What kind of poetry do you write? I’m not affiliated with any one school or style. For me, the beauty of poetry is its diversity, and I love poking around in all of poetry’s nooks and crannies. Some of my poems try to describe a moment or a scene; other poems are just obvious attempts at playing with words and sounds.

Please share a poem:

Here’s a poem I wrote last year for a poetry reading that was received well, so I’ll probably use it again in the future.


This poem is mostly flawed.
For one, I didn’t count the syllables,
but also, it’s not particularly inspired.
At least, that’s what I’ve been told.
If I were a better speaker, I might
be able to hide its flaws in my delivery,
but I’m probably more flawed than this poem.
For instance, I’m a liar.
I snuck into this poem after hours
and measured the lines.
Words were cut.
I transplanted a perfectly healthy metaphor
into the rib cage of a younger poem,
one with a little more promise.
Believe me, I did what I could for this poem,
because I brought it into this world,
but at the end of the day, it’s not much–
just another part of me exposed to the world
that didn’t live up to its full potential.

Poet Showcase: Julie Warther

Name: Julie Warther
Dover, Ohio

How do you know Cara? I met Cara at HNA in Seattle last August.  We both attended Garry Gay’s rengay workshop and have been rengaying ever since.

How long have you been writing poetry? I’ve been writing poetry for about four years.

What kind of poetry do you write?   Originally children’s poetry but now almost exclusively haiku.

Please share a poem:

trapped beneath a paw
frees the fly

– Haiku on the Cat, Violet Press, 2012

fly ball
a sparrow catches
the outfielder’s eye

– Berry Blue Haiku, March 2011

at first not seeing
the finch
the forsythia

– Mu, Issue II

Poet Showcase: Meena Rose

Name: Meena Rose
Portland, Oregon

Blog: Through the Eyes of Meena Rose

How do you know Cara? I met Cara through the Writer’s Mill; a local writing group that meets at the Cedar Mill Community Library

How long have you been writing poetry?  I started writing poetry in 2009 as result of the encouragement of two poets I knew from the Writer’s Retreat hosted by the Institute of Children’s Literature.

What kind of poetry do you write? While I have experimented with various poetic forms, I find myself enjoying the freedom that comes with free form poetry. They do say “write what you know”, so you will see certain themes with my writing such as reflective and spiritual writing relating to events in my life and my continued personal journey, creative writing relating to Ancients and a bygone time, and various responses to the many poetic prompts and challenges out there.

Please share a poem:

Hidden Treasures

By: Meena Rose

A glimmer at the edge
Of my vision,
A shimmer of the real

A scent of Jasmine tickles
My nose,
A hint of a far off

A lone harp plays within range of
My ears,
A tone of the heavenly

A welcome sweetness erupts within
My mouth,
A wholesome taste of

A gentle breath upon
My neck,
A subtle touch of

Where am I, I wonder
The glare of the sun
Blinding me.

Dumuzi, my consort,
It is me, Innana.
Your Goddess,
Your lover.

I am trapped
Within this mortal.
It is still me;
I need you, Love, to strengthen me.

Release me; free me;

I blink and look around
Startled that I am in
Rush hour traffic.

Covered in sweat,
Heart pounding
Chest heaving.

What just happened

To me?