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Beans and Rice – Dead Poets Live -Gwendolyn Brooks

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Gwendolyn Brooks, Consultant in Poetry, 1985-86 Image ID: LC-USZ62-107993
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1917-2000

When I took a poetry class last year, we studied one of Gwendolyn Brooks poems: We Real Cool. This was followed by a Meetup when she was the featured Pulitzer Prize winning poet. She was also the first black woman to be named Poet Laureate of the United States. Brooks wrote over 20 books of poetry as well as other works, including  a novel.

For Dead Poets Live I would like to devote the prompt focus on the works of Brooks.

Here is a link to tell you more about Brooks. Gwendolyn Brooks Biography

Following are some of my favorite Brooks poems:

The Bean Eaters

We Real Cool

The Lovers of the Poor

To see what Gwendolyn Brooks wrote in The Bean Eaters, I would suggest going to the link, due to respect of the copyright. Following is my poem with respect to this poem:

Beans and Rice

Dressing the table simply with each day’s dishes.
No need for pompous ways or grandiose wishes.
They rather like the mix of flora and fauna,
cracking adding to the character of their plates.

Living the life of goodness, much of the time.
Each day lived to the best it can be,
No fuss or gussy ways,
Simple appreciating what they have,
Regarding it as such.

As they recall,
Remembering the efforts and gloss of the sweat beaded days.
As they taste the goodness in their humble givings of beans and rice,
They look about their rental home.
doilies, fringes, rick racks and braided toys
a crank engine, hair saver, and celluloid doll
and this is the life of the tin roofed rich.

 

Poetry Forms

Lavender Dreams

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lavender rich dreams
sleeping in solemn peace
flowering deep thoughts
embracing the night as life
takes a pause for true comfort

casting shadows once
in the field of textured blooms
now to rouse senses
knowing not from thoughts but feels
for the ease of mindlessness

lavender flowers
such an ooze of nature’s scent
giving solace here
ever more and for the night
and making days own respite

 

TTOT

Ten Things of Thankful – January 3, 2020

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It’s January! And 2020! WOW! We are ending a decade and holding hope and promise to this year. Before moving forward, let’s go back and review the week and find all the thankfuls. Would you like to join us? There’s a link at the bottom of this post and we would love more people to join us.

1. Weather! Oh My Goodness! Is it supposed to be Winter? You could have fooled me! Anytime I expect to see birds building nests. It’s hard to believe it is January. Last year, it was snowing in December and now I barely need a coat. I am going to enjoy it while it lasts.

2. Completed Projects – I finished a project, but I can’t share it just yet because it would spoil a surprise. I promise I will share it as soon as it’s done the proper surprising.

3. New Year’s Eve was lovely and my New Year looks promising. I also worked on projects and got a lot accomplished.

4. Art Studio – I was one of a group of one in the art studio at the older adult’s center, but that’s okay. I didn’t have a lack for workspace. I do hope others come because I enjoy the interactions. I did work on two pieces and drew out a third one for my book cover.

5.6.7. Neck Procedure went well. My good friend provided me with company and a ride and the opportunity to catch up over coffee before heading home. It’s a cauterization of the nerves in my neck. They did one side this time and will do the other side the next time. It was painful, but they did give me some calming down meds.

8. We had our last interpretation challenge this past week. I am sad to see it go away, but I understand. Here it the one I did: Eye of the Storm

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9. Six Sentence Story – it’s still going strong and I always look forward to the challenge. Here’s this weeks When Crystals Melt

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10. Curation – It has been awhile since I have been curated on Medium and this one was curated today in Poetry: Cactus Blossoms Show the Truth

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Short Fiction

When Crystals Melt

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Looking out the crystal covered window, Maizie moved to the fireplace and added what was left of the split logs, wondering where the next would come from. As the house began to warm, she placed the pot over the fire and warmed yesterdays leftover oatmeal, adding a little more water to make it stretch. Chopping up the apples from this year’s harvest, she placed them in the bowls for her family. As each child started waking, stirring slowly, wrapped in tattered quilts, threaded by many mends over many years, Maizie held her arms open and welcome each one to warm them with her love. After each child took their places at the table, they looked to their mother and bowed together. “Dear Lord, it is with whole hearts and welcoming souls that we are most grateful for our many blessings,” And then the door opened, he had returned from his hunt and they would soon know no hunger.

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This is in response to the Six Sentence Story prompt: Crystal

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TTOT

Ten Things of Thankful – December 27

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Santa has put down his/her hat and now is the time to pick it up and think about all the ways we are grateful and ways we can bring gratitude to the lives of others. Isn’t that what Santa does? Here are the Top 10 Hits of 2019!

1. Trips – we were able to travel to New Bern in the spring, Charlotte in the Summer, to Winston Salem, and to Mount Airy. Also we were able to visit local places such as the art museum and arboretum.
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2. Handiwork – I discovered I have not lost my skills with crochet and watercolor. Sometimes I get caught up with other things and think I have lost talents. I also discovered some new skills, which I am working on improving.

3. Writing – I have been working on a lot of projects and my book is being reviewed by a publisher.

4. Gratitude – I am grateful for this weekly practice of thinking about the things for which I am grateful. It helps me to turn challenges around.

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5. Daughter visits – these are always fun and I look forward to the weekends she comes and going on vacation too.

6. People who reach out and help. We have had several times in this past year when others have helped get daughter to events and helped me with rides, as well.

7. Poetry – this is my first love, my first language, and it has been a very productive year.

8. Friends who are like family and family who are like friends.

9. Prayers answered – I have seen a lot of situations where prayer brought answers.

10. YOU! What about you? What are your thankfuls? Please consider adding a post this week.

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