Hi Again! My name is Ingrid Exner. This will be my 4th or 5th poetry half marathon and I am as excited as I was the first time. Today, I am preparing by stocking up on some goodies and reviewing how to Create A Post and Comment! My best advice for those first timers is to do some preparations before the day (such as reviewing the functions of the site/ WordPress), purchase a few convenient groceries and do the housework or chores before the event! See you all tomorrow! Good luck and have fun everyone!
Hi Everyone! My name is Ingrid. This might be my fourth or fifth half marathon…I can’t remember for sure. All I can remember is that I love this opportunity to come together and write for either 12 hours or 24. I have never done the full poetry marathon myself and, I admire those who take on this task! I have not decided on a full plan for the half and I will leave stocking up on the snacks until closer to the date. I am excited to be participating this year as I have had a few eye surgeries and just feel likeI haven’t been able to put too much on paper (or screen) this year! I will be on the screen and also taking my time to give my eyes breaks away from the screen. I have read Caitlin’s plan and always look forward to learning more styles of poetry…I may just borrow a few form examples from her. For those new this year…welcome! Pace yourself, have fun and enjoy this amazing opportunity! xo i.e.
Love is a lesson in caring, compassion selflessness and also self-care.
Optimism is a buoyant force that we must all share.
Valuing one emotion over another is not healthy for you
Every emotion has value, it’s true!
Recognizing all feelings is
Optimal self care
Owning all sensations
Truth and Despair
Seeing Light even in Darkness.
Growing and learning day by day
Realizing that relationships take work not just play!
Our relationships give life meaning and hope
Without them we be would not be able to cope
Tough times draw us together in love
Heavenly relationships sent from above
Over time, we would love each other, and I would learn to love her like a mother loves a daughter imperfectly and without roots.
Acrostic poem by Ingrid Exner, Half Marathon, 2020 and above line from book reading.
Once Upon a Time…
As all the stories go,
You are taken
into make believe
before you even know!
My imaginary homeland
and land of
all my dreams
would still have all
tho unlikely as
The changing of the Seasons and,
Dawning of the Day
have far more beauty than
even I can say!
Seeing changing colours is-
pleasure for my eyes!
Summer morphing into Autumn
Adopting new disguise!
Perhaps, I’d add more Kindness
and Compassion in this
World! Take away the evil and help
I’d cure all Childhood illness and,
Let all children play!
Allowing them to become
adults who are grateful
each and every day!
In a world of lesser pain,
We would all have chance to gain!
By Ingrid Exner, 2020
When I was young,
I sang of dancing with
moon shadows and,
I danced and sang to the Lyrics
of Optimism, Resiliency and,
As I grew older, I began to forget
the Meaning behind the Lyrics-
the Message behind the Song.
When greater shadows returned.
The song was sung to me-
And, I remembered who I was and,
Who I AM-
Poem 10 by Ingrid Exner. Half Marathon, 2020
Canoeing is magical in the
twilight of night and,
if you stay even later, a firefly may
come into sight!
Fireflies hug tree lines and,
weave in and out
as they dance!
So catching sight of a firefly
is a combination of
luck and great chance.
If you stay in your cottage and don’t venture outdoors,
you may never see a firefly
and experience the beauty and its strange lore.
Fireflies are drawn to the heat of the night
and, when it gets cold,
they disappear from sight.
So, get out of the cottage and into the night,
To see the fireflies dance!
Oh, what a beautiful sight!
Poem #9 by Ingrid Exner, Half Marathon 2020
The prompt is an emoji version of Tyger Tyger by William Blake. But, I think it is missing emoji stanzas.
Here’s the shortened version translated.
My Translated Version
Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright
In the forest that burns bright.
What immortal ghost do you see?
Put your hands up in horror, scream
and run far from thee.
Translation by Ingrid Exner, 2020
“Something is a-foul
at the downtown waterfront!
I tell you, no word of a lie!
The geese are lined up in families!”
she says. with a sorrowful sigh!
“Geese are lying from shore to shore
Swans from pier to pier!
I wonder if I will ever see
the beach again this year?”
With a warning “Honk!” and
an offensive “Hiss” from its beak,
Let me tell you, foul communication is NOT
for the very meek!”
I love the regal beauty of bird
and their calls from distances away-
But, can I now ask you…What is making them stay?
A little less bird and a bit more beach
would satisfy me lots,
As opposed to this, The Season of Birds tying my stomach in knots!
Poem By Ingrid Exner, Poetry Half Marathon 2020
I rise in
Humidity and heat
hang heavy in thick air.
Clothes stick and
I rush out and gulp
fresh morning air.
Light summer breezes
carry me to
Tern calls overhead-
White Light marks horizon
separating dark water
Smell of Dew!
Horizon line shakes as
Water- Sky lighten.
Fiery reds and yellows
blaze onto horizon-moving up Sky
as Morning moves in and speaks through the Sun.
Shimmering glory sparkles on water.
Sky radiates Gold!
Ingrid Exner, Poem #6, Poetry Half Marathon 2020
Looking out across the
forest of green
I feel bathed in
A peaceful mist
through this valley
Tree tops glow
in this majesty
I stand amazed
in this Golden Hour.
Poem 5 by Ingrid Exner, Poetry Half Marathon 2020