Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Poets United Midweek Motif ~ MUSIC

“Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ” 

“If you cannot teach me to fly, teach me to sing.” 
― J.M. BarriePeter Pan

Midweek Motif ~ MUSIC

What are you listening to?
What do you hear?
And where?

For holiday celebrations?
For love, remembrance?
For the end of the year?
For the return of Light?
Resounding through atmos-spheres?

Your challenge:  Match the mood 
of your poem to the music in it.
I tied together
a few slender reeds, cut
notches to breathe across and made
such music you stood
shock still and then

followed as I wandered growing
moment by moment
slant-eyes and shaggy, my feet
slamming over the rocks, growing
hard as horn, and there

you were behind me, drowning
in the music, letting
the silver clasps out of your hair,
hurrying, taking off
your clothes. . . .    (Read the rest HERE at Famous Poets and

Langston Hughes' "The Weary Blues" begins at @ 1:44. 

From You Tube: African-American poet, Langston Hughes recites his poem, "The Weary Blues" (1925) to jazz accompaniment with the Doug Parker Band on the CBUT (CBC Vancouver) program "The 7 O'Clock Show" in 1958. Host, Bob Quintrell introduces the performance.

I can't wait to read your poems!
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!  
This is the last MidWeek Motif until January 2015.

"The International Year of Light"

For those who are new to Poets United:  
  1. Post your new music poem on your site, and then link it here.
  2. If you use a picture include its link.  
  3. Share only original and new work written for this challenge. 
  4. Leave a comment here.
  5. Visit and comment on our poems.

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Monday, December 15, 2014


Seeing the name of this week's poet, I know you will anticipate a visual treat, and you are so right! I don't know what we are more excited about - Totomai's poetry or his stunning, colorful, dramatic, exciting photography. His blog (I shoot, I blog, I distill thoughts) is alive with colorful images from his considerable travels. This poet/artist has been everywhere, as he travels extensively for his work, and we armchair travelers get to enjoy the sights vicariously through his talented lens. We will make a huge swooping circuit of the globe during this interview, so buckle up. Lift-off is imminent!

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Poetry Pantry #231

Photos of  Japan
By Totomai Martinez

Autumn Lake in Yamanashi, Japan

"This is my favorite autumn photo that I took. I can still remember the time I went around 
this lake and almost forgot to take photos because I was in awe."

Otaru Canal in Hokkaido, Japan

"One of the popular winter destinations in Japan is in Hokkaido. During winter, 
the town celebrates annual snow festival showcasing ice scultptures.
The Otaru canal is particularly famous during the blue hour."

Hanamigawa River in Chiba, Japan

"Funny but I really hate myself while taking this photo. I forgot to bring my DSLR and just settled with my phone 
camera.This was taken while biking. I need to go back here next spring. I found cherry blossoms relaxing."

Sakura at Meguro, Tokyo, Japan 

"Another cherry blossoms pic. I decided to include this, as night viewing 
of cherry blossoms are very popular in Tokyo area."

Poppies at Tachikawa, Tokyo, Japan

"Another spring photo but poppies are also popular in Japan during springtime.
Most tourists think that during spring, only cherry blossoms can be seen in Japan."

Hamaorisai at Chigasaki, Japan

"This is how Japanese welcome summer.
It was one of the unique activities I have seen here."

Mt. Fuji at Yamanashi, Japan

"I guess Japan series will not be complete if Mt. Fuji 
is not included. It’s one of my favorite photos." 

Greetings, Poets!

Glad to see each of you here this week for Poetry Pantry.  It is always enjoyable for me to get to know you through your poetry; and I hope you feel the same.  This is a very busy season of the year for many of us, so I appreciate very much that you took time to link to Poetry Pantry today and to visit others as well.  Hope each of you is enjoying holiday preparations and celebrations, as well as taking a bit of time to enjoy writing and reading poetry.

As I mentioned last week, Poets United will be taking a winter break.  All will go on as usual this next week, but next Sunday we will have the final Poetry Pantry for 2014. After that at Poets United you will see a holiday message which will remain in place until January 4's Poetry Pantry, when our usual schedule will resume once more!

This week's beautiful photos have been shared by Totomai.  Hope you all enjoy them.  Stop back at Poets United for Sherry's interview of Totomai on Monday.  I know that you will enjoy it!  And on Wednesday, you will find another writing opportunity at the Midweek Motif.  Here's a hint:  The subject this next week will involve music.  You will find out more on that day.  Smiles.  And on Friday, remember to see who Rosemary Nissen-Wade features on "I Wish I Had Written This" or  "The Living Dead."

Again:  I issue an invitation here to those of you who participate in Poetry Pantry.  If YOU have special photos that you would like me to feature some week (after the holidays), let me know what kind of photos you have.  Send inquiries first to  I am interested in city or country views - in your home area or places you have traveled.

Link your ONE poem.   Then leave a comment below. Then visit other poets.  And I will too.  We really like it if you link back to Poets United too, so we spread the Poetry Pantry word in the blogosphere.  Come back a few times on Sunday and Monday to see what's new.  Visit some strangers, and they will become new friends!  Making new friends and reading new poetry, what more could one want?

If you are on Facebook, look for us there as well. Join our site.  It is one more way to stay in touch!

FYI: The link will close Monday at 12:00 p.m. (CDT), but you can still visit the links of those who have posted.