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ꖢꔷ ꔷ i can build a house ꔷ ꔷꖢ

ꔷ ꖢ ꔷ

i can build a house

with the East wall looking to the future

the South made up of  the present

the West nothing but the past

the North facing infinite possibilities

and above a sky full of  stars

but it’s not a home

without you

ꔷ ꖢ ꔷ

ꕐ ꔷꖢꔷ ꖪ

ꔷ ꕐ ꔷꖢꔷ ꖪ ꔷ


“A House Is Not A Home”    Ella Fitzgerald

originally posted  21 February 2013

artwork ~   “Houses at Falaise in the Fog”   Claude Monet
{ public domain }

*in certain divinatory practices the directions represent time phases:

North = Infinite Possibility (no-time)
South = Present – Now
West = Past
East = Future

this was prompted by ~

Words Count With Mama Zen    at   imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:   build a house in 48 words or less


thank you,  Mama Zen!

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encore presentation: useful websites for poets & writers & bloggers ~ (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

useful sites
for poets & writers & bloggers

do you ever find yourself  needing a definition or a synonym?  or you want the lyrics to a song?  how about searching for images which you can use in a post?  sometimes i  want to research a certain type of  flower or a fairy tale.  maybe you have a question about how to do something on your blog.  the sites i  go to for these things & more are the types of sites i  have listed in this post.  i would love for  you  to leave a comment to let us know what other sites you use.

below are some of  the sites i have found to be the most useful:
{  in  alphabetical  order }

{ either click on the site name
or copy & paste the URL into your browser }

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BLOGGING HELP & TIPS ~

BLOGGER.com ~  this is the  “help”  site for blogspot.com blogs
http://support.google.com/blogger/?hl=en }

HOW TO MAKE MY BLOG. COM ~  tips & tools for bloggers
{  http://www.howtomakemyblog.com/  }

PROBLOGGER  ~  tips & tools for bloggers
http://www.problogger.net/  }

WORDPRESS.COM  ~  this is the  “help”  site for  wordpress.com blogs
{  http://en.support.wordpress.com/  }

WORDPRESS.ORG   ~  extra help for wordpress.com blogs
{  http://wordpress.org/  }

WORDPRESS.ORG  ~  FREE PLUGINS DIRECTORY  for wordpress.com blogs
http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/  }

DICTIONARIES  ~

Dictionary.com ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
{  http://dictionary.reference.com/  }

Merriam-Webster  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://www.merriam-webster.com/  }

The Free Dictionary  ~  dictionary,  thesaurus  &  encyclopedia
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/  }

Webster’s  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://www.webster-dictionary.org/  }

Wiktionary  ~  dictionary  &  thesaurus
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Wiktionary:Main_Page  }

FONT  &  PHOTOGRAPH  SPECIAL  EFFECTS  ~

glitter effects for fonts and photos
{ http://glitterboo.com/  }

glowing text with animation options
{  
http://glowtxt.com/  }

gothic fonts
http://pookatoo.com/  }

Shape  collages
{  http://www.shapecollage.com/  }

special  characters  &  fonts  available  in  Windows ~
click on  START,  either go into  ALL PROGRAMS  or  enter into the  SEARCH box ~
CHARACTER MAP

tilt-shift photograph effects
http://tiltshiftmaker.com/  }

IMAGES  ~

clip art  free use of  a wide selection of  clip art  for  non-commercial use
http://etc.usf.edu/clipart/index.htm  }

deviantArt  {look for “some rights reserved” }
http://www.deviantart.com/ }

flickr.com/creative commons { look for  “some rights reserved” ~ click on that and it will show you which type of  creative commons license }
http://www.flickr.com/cr  eativecommons/

flickr.com LIBRARY OF CONGRESS IMAGES
http://www.flickr.com/photos/library_of_congress/  }

google.com  IMAGES   { look for  “some rights reserved” }
{  http://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi  }

ImageChef  Word Mosaic   { make them yourself }
{ http://www.imagechef.com/ic/word_mosaic/ }

publicdomainpictures.net
http://publicdomainpictures.net }

twitpic.com photographs { look for  “some rights reserved” }
http://twitpic.com/  }

we heart it.com   { look for  “some rights reserved” }
http://weheartit.com/  }

Wikimedia Commons  IMAGES ~  especially artwork
http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Category:Images  }

Wikipedia.org   ARTS
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portal:Arts  }

WikiPaintings.org
{ http://www.wikipaintings.org/ }

Yahoo.com  IMAGES
http://images.search.yahoo.com/images  }

ARTWORK  (ie:  PAINTINGS)  in the United States are considered to be in the  PUBLIC  DOMAIN  SEVENTY YEARS AFTER THE ARTIST’S DEATH

MISCELLANEOUS  ~

About.com ~  classic literature,  including poetry
{ http://classiclit.about.com/ }

Glossary of  Poetic Terms
{ http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0072405228/student_view0/poetic_glossary.html }

goodreads.com ~  poetry
http://www.goodreads.com/genres/poetry }

Martha Stewart  ~   recipes,  crafts  and “good things”
http://www.marthastewart.com/  }

mental_floss  ~  trivia,  facts,  miscellaneous information
{  http://www.mentalfloss.com/  }

PoemHunter.com  ~   find poets,  poems,  song lyrics,  quotations  and more
http://www.poemhunter.com/  }

Poetry Glossary at Poets.org
{ http://www.poets.org/viewmedia.php/prmMID/17105 }

Wikimedia Commons  ~   free to use media -  images,  sounds,  video
{  http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Main_Page  }

Wikipedia.org  ~  online  “encyclopedia”
this is where i go to research artists or fairy tales or poets or poetry forms etc.
{  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Main_Page  }

Wikisource  ~   Library
http://en.wikisource.org/wiki/Main_Page   }

POETRY  FORM   Resources  ~

dVerse ~ Poets Pub
{  http://dversepoets.com/category/formforall/  }

imaginary garden with real toads
{  http://withrealtoads.blogspot.com/search/label/format%20challenge  }

my heart’s love songs  ~  poetry forms
{  http://myheartslovesongs.com/2014/04/04/encore-presentation-poetry-forms-international-poetry-month-april-2014/  }

POETS.org
http://www.poets.org/page.php/prmID/197  }

The Teacher’s Guide
http://www.theteachersguide.com/poetrymonth.htm  }

Wikipedia
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poetry_form#Forms  }

QUOTES  ~

looking for a quote or  wanting to know who said  it?    search options by quote or author

brainyquote.com ~
{ http://www.brainyquote.com/ }

goodreads.com  ~  popular quotes
{ http://www.goodreads.com/quotes }

Wikiquote.org ~
{ http://en.wikiquote.org/wiki/Main_Page }

SEARCH  ENGINES ~

Bing
{  http://www.bing.com/#  }

Bing  Images
{  http://www.bing.com/images?FORM=Z9LH  }

Google 
{  https://www.google.com/   }

Google  Images
{  https://www.google.com/imghp?hl=en&tab=wi   }

Google ~  tips for narrowing your search
http://thewritesisters.blogspot.com/2009/06/sunday-sharing-narrowing-your-search.html  }

Yahoo
{  http://www.yahoo.com/  }

Yahoo  Images
http://images.search.yahoo.com/images  }

Search  the  deep  web ~  tips and tools for  more extensive searches
{  http://www.online-college-blog.com/features/100-useful-tips-and-tools-to-research-the-deep-web/   }

SOCIAL MEDIA  ~

Facebook    this is the  “help”  site for  Facebook
{  http://www.facebook.com/help/?ref=pf  }

Pinterest ~   this is the  “help”  site for  Pinterest
{  http://pinterest.com/about/help/  }

Twitter  ~   this is the  “help”  site for  Twitter
{  https://support.twitter.com/  }

i have only mentioned the most popular sites  ~  go  HERE    for  a  comprehensive list
{  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_social_networking_websites  }

SONG  LYRICS  &  MUSIC  VIDEOS  ~

search by  artist  or  song title  { there are often discrepancies in the lyrics }

A – Z  Lyrics Universe
{  http://www.azlyrics.com/  }

AllTheLyrics.com
http://www.allthelyrics.com/ }

Lyrics.com
http://www.lyrics.com/  }

Songlyrics.com
{  http://www.songlyrics.com/  }

YouTube.com  ~   music  videos
http://www.youtube.com/  }

WRITING  TIPS,  INFO  & FREE SOFTWARE

Fear of  Writing  ~  writing tips
http://fearofwriting.com/blog/  }

How to write a memo  ~  writing tips
{  http://jennifaye.wordpress.com/  }

RHYMEZONE.COM  ~  find  rhymes,  definitions,  synonyms,  antonyms,  homophones  &  more
http://rhymezone.com/  }

VersePerfect FREE  software program from  Softonic.com  ~
the program gives you phrases,  proper nouns and common rhymes for the words you need;  famous quotes that help you finish your poem with speed.  it has the Hyperbolic Thesaurus,  which is a kind of semantic chart;  online dictionaries,  thesaurus suggestions and Wikipedia files are just a click away.  (not all the rhymes suggested are phonetically okay)
{ i have downloaded the program but have not yet used it. }
{  http://verseperfect.en.softonic.com/  }

write to done
{  http://writetodone.com/  }

writing prompt sites  ~  a list of  sites i put together in one post  (sorry ~ links have not been updated yet for 2014)
http://myheartslovesongs.com/2013/04/22/international-poetry-month-april-2013-encore-presentation-places-to-play/  }

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have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

 

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encore presentation: come with me to Xanadu ~ (inter)national poetry month April 2014

(inter)national poetry month
April 2014

encore  presentation

come with me to Xanadu

please come with me to Xanadu in the poem  “Kubla Khan”  by  Samuel Taylor Coleridge.  it is said that he dreamed of  Xanadu,  that he dreamt the entire poem which is featured below.  click  HERE  if  you wish to learn more about the poet and the poem.  {having been written in 1816, it is now in the public domain.}

shall we go to Xanadu? ……..

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Kubla Khan

Samuel Taylor Coleridge
1816

In Xanadu did Kubla Khan
A stately pleasure-dome decree :
Where Alph, the sacred river, ran
Through caverns measureless to man
Down to a sunless sea.

So twice five miles of fertile ground
With walls and towers were girdled round:
And here were gardens bright with sinuous rills,
Where blossomed many an incense-bearing tree;
and here were forests ancient as the hills,
Enfolding sunny spots of greenery.

 But oh! that deep romantic chasm which slanted
Down the green hill athwart a cedarn cover!
A savage place! as holy and enchanted
As e’er beneath a waning moon was haunted
By woman wailing for her demon-lover!

And from this chasm, with ceaseless turmoil seething,
As if this earth in fast thick pants were breathing,
A mighty fountain momently was forced:
Amid whose swift half-intermitted burst
Huge fragments vaulted like rebounding hail,
Or chaffy grain beneath the thresher’s flail:
And ‘mid these dancing rocks at once and ever
It flung up momently the sacred river.
Five miles meandering with a mazy motion
Through wood and dale the sacred river ran,
Then reached the caverns measureless to man,
And sank in tumult to a lifeless ocean:

And ‘mid this tumult Kubla heard from far
Ancestral voices prophesying war!

The shadow of the dome of pleasure
Floated midway on the waves;
Where was heard the mingled measure
From the fountain and the caves.
It was a miracle of rare device,
A sunny pleasure-dome with caves of ice!

A damsel with a dulcimer
In a vision once I saw:
It was an Abyssinian maid,
And on her dulcimer she played,
Singing of Mount Abora.
Could I revive within me
Her symphony and song,
To such a deep delight ‘twould win me,
That with music loud and long,
I would build that dome in air,
That sunny dome! those caves of ice!

And all who heard should see them there,
And all should cry, Beware! Beware!
His flashing eyes, his floating hair!
Weave a circle round him thrice,
And close your eyes with holy dread,
For he on honey-dew hath fed,
And drunk the milk of Paradise.

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you knew i had to do it…..


“Xanadu”   Olivia Newton John

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have you entered the

BIG  POETRY  GIVEAWAY?

just click   HERE    to go to the giveaway post ~ you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks for joining in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

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°Ꮬ •Ꮼ• Ꮬ° oh, doubt not my love!

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oh,  doubt not my love!

no breath can i  take
without the scent of  you
intoxicating me

no sight can i  see
that i  do not wish
to share with you

no food can i  taste
near so sweet
as your kisses

no touch can i  feel
that makes me tremble
the way your fingertips do

no words can i  hear
more precious
than your pledge of  love

my love for you grows
with each beat of  my heart
my heart
which now belongs to you,  my Love

°Ꮬ •Ꮼ• Ꮬ°

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“I Swear”   All 4 One

dedicated to the one i  love  ~  i swear by the moon and stars,  baby

artwork ~   “Flower”   Alphonse Mucha
{ public domain }

NaPoWriMo,  or National Poetry Writing Month,  is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May1,  2014.

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·᧤ • ᧮ • · i deliver the mail · • ᧮ • ᧴·

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i  deliver the mail

i  suppose it’s simpler now than in the days of  the Pony Express
though i  do love horses (but, unfortunately,  i’m allergic)

it’s definitely faster to have a large bank of  boxes all in one location
so that i  don’t have to go to each and every apartment
especially when they’re spread out to hell and back
(at least they’ve always had a row of  boxes on the ground floor
in buildings with walk-up apartments)
(but have you ever considered how many keys i have to keep straight?)

i  love the streets where the homeowners are legally required
to have mailboxes on posts at the edge of  the curb
so that i don’t even have to turn off  my truck
(unless there’s a package that’s too large for the box)
(boxes get delivered by BigBrown & FedEx more often than not these days)

i  do have to get out of  my truck and walk a few feet at the McMansions,
press a button and wait till a guard shows up to take the mail through the bars
(for they certainly don’t want to open their  heavy,  electrified gates to let me in)
(the rich won’t stand for boxes on posts and they don’t have curbs or sidewalks)

high-rise office buildings are a pain in the butt
because i need a dolly to take the crates overflowing with mail
to each and every fucking suite where the receptionists want to chat
(businesses don’t tip as well at Christmas nowadays as they did pre-George W)

(i’m lucky not to have any old buildings without elevators on my route)

there is one,  and only one,  exception to all the rules
at the verging-on-decrepit house near the top of  Thorn Hill
i  walk through the archway in  the iron fence and up the steps to the veranda
where i  slip the mail through the old brass slot in the door
…..usually addressed to “resident”  or  “occupant”
(because i simply can’t bear the thought of  the loneliness and disappointment
that would surely befall the beautiful woman,
watching for me out the window from behind the antique lace curtain,
if  no mail arrived at all)

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“The Letter”    Joe Cocker

image ~ via suicideblonde  { fair use }

this is my submission to  ~

Fireblossom Friday.  Postmark:  Poetry!      at    imaginary garden with real toads
prompt:    Write a poem that includes a letter, or stamps, or a mailbox, or a mail person.

thank you for the FABulous prompt, Fireblossom!

NaPoWriMo,  or National Poetry Writing Month,  is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.  { i’ve managed at least one post a day,  but missed a couple of  days poems,  darn it! }

have you entered the

BIG POETRY GIVEAWAY?

just click  HERE  to go to the giveaway post ~  you’ll get all of  the information about what books are being given away and how to enter.
{ two books were written by Fireblossom herself! }

thanks  for  joining  in!

dani

*the giveaway closes at midnight  (12:00am)  Pacific Standard Time USA on the night of  April 30/May 1,  2014.

“The Letter”    Joe Cocker

lyrics ~

Give me a ticket for an airplane
I ain’t got time to take no fast train
Oh, the lonely days are gone..I’m coming home
Well, my baby she wrote me a letter

I don’t care how much I’ve got to spend
I will find my way back home again
Oh the lonely days are gone…I’m coming home
Well, my baby she wrote me a letter

She wrote me a letter
Said she couldn’t live without me no more
Listen to me Mister don’t you here me ravin’
For my baby once more…Anyway

I don’t care how much I’ve got to spend
I will find my way back home again
Oh the lonely days are gone…I’m coming home
My baby wrote me a letter

Well, she wrote me a letter
Said she couldn’t live without me no more
Listen to me Mister don’t you here me ravin’
For my baby once more…Anyway

Give me a ticket for an airplane
I ain’t got time to take no fast train
The lonely days are gone..I’m coming home
Well, my baby wrote me a letter

My baby wrote me a letter
My baby wrote me a letter
My baby wrote me a letter
My baby wrote me a letter

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