FOUND:: Five Favorite Friday: April 4, 2014

FOUND in the Drafts folder…. I don’t really know how I failed to post it- I must have been lost in A-to-Z oh well, here is a bonus bit of happiness!

At 5.30pm on Friday our local Country Music DJ plays a Friday Happy Dance mash up… my goal is to make it in my car before those three minutes are up.  I’m always sad if I don’t get to hear a drunken country crowd chanting “Friday, Friday, Friday” just as a start my car.

  1. Tale of Two Tomatoes A-to-Z Challenge story.  I am fascinated by the way she is detailing the 26 hours up to her arranged marriage.  It is an ingenious an act of serialization, and a rare perspective on the modern experience of an ancient custom.
  2. 19 Kids and Counting’s 13th season, which premiered this week on TLC and focuses on the mating rituals of the ultra-conservative Christian culture in the US.  The immensely complicated act of toeing the line between falling in love (and letting the young fall in love) and being compliant with strict cultural norms makes me glad to be a dater, rather than a courtier.
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  3. Naps.  Really why don’t we get to take them in the Northern-Western hemisphere at work?  And who says that there is an age that is too old for them?  Naps for all, I say!
  4. I F**king Love Science website and Facebook page.  Reporting all of the awesome and fun and important science news, without any of the awkward confused silences of the major media outlets.  Also- how cool is it that this whole social media outlet was born out of a geeky girls desire to entertain her geeky friends?
  5. The Portland jury that convicted a mother of murder.  A four year old may or may not exhibit signs of sexuality or homosexuality- but they certainly should not be hurt by a parent over anything.

What do you loves this week?

Happy Friday! Love, Mae

Closing The A to Z Challenge

What I did with my April was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done- writing is a fluid organic process, and having a structure, no matter how small, can be one heck of a struggle.

So I survived.  25 poems- because really I’m not an A student… and I’m okay with that.  Q was a failure- I just couldn’t get anything that I was proud enough to post, which is saying something, given some of the not exactly Wordsworth quality pieces I shared with you were, well not exactly Wordsworth quality, if you know what I mean.  I wont say they sucked…. but they weren’t always stellar.  But we were traveling, and I had a bad week at work, and Q just didn’t happen.  Maybe next year.

So here I present to you, my nearly completed 2014 A to Z Challenge:

A was for Alphabet Soup
B was for Boundary Road
C was for Cabin In The Woods
D was for Defined
E was for Echoes
F was for American Futbol
G was for The Word Go
H was for Haunted Dreams
I was for I Would Be
J was for Jumbled
K was for Keep Sweet
L was for Los Angeles Life
M was for The Martyrs Mothers
N was for The Night
O was for Ode to the Oregonian
P was for Pain
Q was a failure.
R was for Rescuers
S was for Signs
T was for Terminal B
U was for Unfinished Prayer
V is for Rising Valley Mornings
W was for Watching You
X was for X Marks the Spot
Y was for The Old Days, When We Were Young
Z was for The Letter Z

In the end, more than 2000 people signed up for this immense challenge, which speaks volumes about the kind of people that really are on the internet- trolls don’t dedicate 26 days of a month creating content, and they certainly don’t share the wealth and love with others while doing it.

The response I’ve received, in likes, comments, and new followers is crazy to me.  It’s nice to be appreciated, and I hope that regular life (aka life after A-to-Z) will not disappoint my readers now.

In March I said

So I guess if I had to put it in one word this whole month will be about BRAVERY.  Being brave enough to write poem after poem, and being brave enough to share them with you, my regular readers, and with the world, and with the trolls too.

And it did take some bravery to get it done, but what I’m realizing now, looking back- what it really took was fortitude.  The perseverance to keep writing, knowing that if I wrote enough inspiration or a conclusion would hit, and I’d have something to publish.  The fortitude to keep up with it after an illness, and a horrible month at work, and a new dating life (more about that later ;} ).

Loves, Mae

¹Updated to include A-to-Z Reflection Image & correct formatting error 05.01.2014

Z is for The Letter Z

The Letter Z

When I think of Z
I think of the end
which is different from
where I began
after the alphabet
comes a little song
that holds the experience
a little bit long
but gone are the days
that nursery rhymes
hide the truth
of working the mind
and here are the days
where life is changed
by beginnings and ends
and everything between
if A and Z are the end caps now
I hope to be less than G
but I accept the possibility
of L M N O P
for where we land in the middle
is inconsequential
so long as we remember
that we were once A
and we will one day be
Z

For the month of April I’ve committed to writing 26 poems, falling into the Alphabet.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.  To learn more about the A-to-Z Challenge visit www.a-to-zchallenge.com.

Y is for The Old Days, When We Were Young

The Old Days, When We Were Young

or, Youth is Wasted on the Young

When we were young
what did we do
with the time that we
could have used?
We drank and swore
and some smoked
as we explored the world
in dirty pick up trucks.
We laughed and loved
and talked big game
about the things that we
couldn’t begin to see
at the tender age of
We played and saw
more world than school
entertained wild ideas
about futures
never thought about our tombs.
How much more adult could you be
than eighteen?
We thought these friends
were to the end
the war’d be quick
the sick would heal
our futures were utterly
And now we sit
as grown folks do
around coffee tables
and legal brew
thinking back
to the times we had
saying youth is wasted
on the young
with a smile
and a laugh.

For the month of April I’ve committed to writing 26 poems, falling into the Alphabet.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.  To learn more about the A-to-Z Challenge visit www.a-to-zchallenge.com.

X Marks the Spot

X Marks the Spot

for Sgt. J.J. Sr., our friend

X marks the spot where you’re laid to rest
Not under the headstone where your uniform sits
Your mother goes there still
Puts flowers you hate on the government grave
But friends are friends until the very end
And even then, we’d break the rules for you
Body snatchers you could say
We promised her we’d take you to the grave
Where you were meant to be laid, and so we did
A can of ashes and army tape
Hiked past the peaks, down the river beds
Hiked so deep that my feet still bleed
when I follow the map we drew
to the x that is you.

For the month of April I’ve committed to writing 26 poems, falling into the Alphabet.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.  To learn more about the A-to-Z Challenge visit www.a-to-zchallenge.com.

W is for Watching You

Watching You

Watching you watch me
I begin to see myself differently
the way you might
the stranger on a first date
noticing clean finger nails
cut short for safety
and the way my smile
lilts just a little to the right
the way I bit the inside of my lip
how I say ‘um’ and ‘uh’ too much
then swing my hands out wide while talking
too close to the second glass of wine
for the comfort of a stranger
unaccustomed to my level of klutz
I rake my fingers through long hair
the colour of roasted filberts
and smile when you know what those are
while we talk about my favorite spots that you just found
and my eyes go soft for the thought
it makes me understand
the girl I am today
not broken by the past
at least that you can see
smart, intelligent, a little pretty maybe
funny if you get the quick wit of literary reference
and the truth of a girl
I didnt know.

For the month of April I’ve committed to writing 26 poems, falling into the Alphabet.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.  To learn more about the A-to-Z Challenge visit www.a-to-zchallenge.com.

V is for Rising Valley Mornings

Rising Valley Mornings

Tall stacks billowing smoke
as the tap houses fill with
people and syrup.

The vines are trimmed one last time
the left over bits
burned in the back fourty-nine.

Soon we’ll see buds bloom
birds in trees
and summer come.

But this cold morn
let us enjoy
all that spring has sprung.

The last of old winter’s nip
bites beneath
the crunch of grass.

We tell our children
to listen for
the daffodils laugh.

As the sun
pushes past
the rocky ridge.

Sun rises in foggy valleys
that fill with life
as spring ignites.

For the month of April I’ve committed to writing 26 poems, falling into the Alphabet.  To learn more about my project, check out my introduction.  To learn more about the A-to-Z Challenge visit www.a-to-zchallenge.com.