Without Rubber Bands #Tuesday Tidbit #Writing Prompt #Poetry

Because of the coronavirus pandemic, my local writing groups meet via phone conference. So, instead of sitting in a room together and writing for twenty minutes, then each sharing what we wrote, a prompt is sent via email, and we each work on it at home, then have the finished product handy when we call into the conference, so we can read it aloud.

For one such group, Range Writers, I publish a short newsletter in which I’ve been including these prompts. We take turns facilitating our meetings. Donna, who volunteered to facilitate this month’s meeting, sent me the prompt, which I copied and pasted into the document containing the newsletter. Since I copied it exactly the way she wrote it, there shouldn’t have been any mistakes, right? Wong!

In a nutshell, the prompt was to write about what would happen once coronavirus-related bans were lifted. Somehow, a letter D found its way into the word “bans.” So, the prompt read as follows. “Bands lifted.” I didn’t realize this until after I sent out the newsletter, and someone else in the group pointed it out and asked me if that was correct.

Normally, I would have caught the error. But I’ve been without my braille display for the past couple of weeks because I’d sent it to the manufacturer to be cleaned. So, I’ve had to go by what the synthetic voice on my computer was telling me. I could have sworn she said “bans.” So, I didn’t check it. The spell checker saw nothing wrong with it. So, naturally, I didn’t think anything was amiss.

Of course, I immediately sent a correction to the group. Then, instead of berating myself for not being more careful, I decided that since life had just handed me lemons, I was gonna make lemonade. So, I ran with the idea of bands being lifted, and created the following poem.

 

WITHOUT RUBBER BANDS

Newspapers would fall apart,
sections scattering whichever way the wind blew.
Pigtails wouldn’t exist.
Girls’ hair would hang all over their heads.
Braces on teeth wouldn’t function properly.
During the holiday season,
when the mail carrier retrieved bundles of cards,
without rubber bands to hold them together,
they’d scatter to the four winds,
arrive in places where they weren’t expected.
In offices, important papers would be lost
without rubber bands to keep them together.
So, rubber bands are important.
Please don’t lift them.

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Now, it’s your turn. The prompt is to write about bands being lifted. Besides rubber bands, there are bands of musicians, and there’s the song, “Band on the Run,” about a band of criminals who escape from a county jail. So, have fun with this, and please share what you write, either on your own blog or in the comment field below. If you share on your blog, be sure to include a link to this post, so I know you’ve shared your product of this prompt.

By the way, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are now available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated by the coronavirus. This sale will run until the end of May. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Prayer #Poetry #Tuesday Tidbit

The following poem was published in Mingled Voices 4: ProversePoetry Prize Anthology 2019. This is an acrostic poem, which means the first letter of each line spells a word. I wrote it in response to a prompt from one of my groups to write a prayer poem. You can click on the Play button below the poem to hear me read it. Enjoy!

 

PRAYER (an acrostic)

 

Please, if you can hear me,
Reach out to my loved ones in your realm.
Assure them I still love them.
Young at heart, I still think about them,
Every day, every night, every season,
Remember that we’ll someday be together.

 

 

By the way, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are now available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated by the coronavirus. This sale will run until the end of May. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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When You’re Not Here #Poetry

The following poem appears in My Ideal Partner: How I Met, Married, and Cared for the Man I Loved Despite Debilitating Odds. This is a memoir about how I met and married my late husband Bill, then cared for him at home for six years after he suffered two strokes that paralyzed his left side. My Ideal Partner is available free from Smashwords until the end of May. See below for details.

This poem describes what life was like for me at home alone while Bill was in the nursing home, recuperating from his first stroke. It also appears in my poetry collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. You can click on the title to hear me read it.

WHEN YOU’RE NOT HERE

I listen to your music,
hear longing in the words,
sit in your chair
surrounded by the warmth,
eat your favorite food,
know your pleasure in the taste,
drink your beverage of choice.
My thirst isn’t quenched.
I imagine your body next to mine.
You’re not here.
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By the way, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are now available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated by the coronavirus. This sale will run until the end of May. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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Poems Celebrate Seasons and People #Thursday Book Feature

Celebrations

by Bill Batcher

 

What Amazon Says

 

The seasons, the people, the moments of our lives,—a day at the beach, a walk in the woods, a realization that life is passing by, a memory of those already gone. From thinking about cleaning the garage to deciding not to empty the dish rack. From a meteor shower to a missing dish at a family meal. From Biblical lessons to our bewilderment reading today’s newspaper. All these are there to be celebrated, for they make up the fabric of living.

 

My Thoughts

 

After reading one of the author’s works on Your Daily Poem, I decided to purchase this book, and I’m glad I did. I like the way it celebrates seasons and people with a variety of rhyming and non-traditional poems on a wide range of subjects from nature, to family, to religion. There’s something for everyone here. My favorite is the last poem in the collection, in which the author reflects on his decision not to empty the dish rack.

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If you’re on Facebook, you’re invited to a promotional event called Mayday Magnificence, in which I’ll be participating May 1-3. Authors, myself included, and businesses will promote their work and maybe share a few laughs. Please click here to join the event. I hope to see you there.

By the way, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are now available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated by the coronavirus. This sale will run until the end of May. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.

 

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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An Italian Meal Without Wine #Poetry

The following poem comes from my collection, How to Build a Better Mousetrap: Recollections and Reflections of a Family Caregiver. If you click on the title, you’ll hear me recite it, then sing a Dean Martin classic about how Italians perceive love as it relates to food. I performed this combination last week during a virtual poetry event sponsored by Behind Our Eyes, and since that was such a success, I thought I’d post it here. Enjoy!

 

An Italian Meal Without Wine

I love to eat seafood fettuccini Alfredo,
taste the shrimp, crab, scallops
in a rich, creamy sauce
on a bed of fettuccini noodles,
slurp the noodles into my mouth,
savor the flavor,
garnish it with garlic bread,
chase it down with water.

 

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By the way, for the next month, My Ideal Partner and The Red Dress are available on Smashwords as part of its sale to support those isolated by the coronavirus. This sale will run until the end of May. Please click here to visit my Smashwords author page and download these books. As always, thank you for reading.

 

New! The Red Dress

Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books

Front cover contains: young, dark-haired woman in red dress holding flowers

When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.

Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.

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