Another’s Ignorance

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem about a time when you were hurt by another person’s ignorance. Was this hurt physically or emotionally? How did their ignorance lead to you getting hurt? Was this other person aware that they hurt you? Did you do anything in response to them? If so, how do you feel about the way you reacted? Could you have handled the situation in a different way?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

You’re Gorgeous! I Love You!

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that is meant to remind someone you care about of how beautiful they are. Is this person in need of the reminder? Do you just like to tell them because you think they should know? What kind of beauty do you appreciate about this person? What is your relationship to the person? What makes them worth while for this poem over any other person in your life?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: The Haibun

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The haibun is a Japanese form of poetry popularized by Matsuo Basho. It is prose (or a prose poem) combined with one or more haiku. Most commonly only one haiku is included, placed after the prose, and serving as a climax or epiphany to what came before. These two pieces should work together, playing off one another. One can be an explanation for the other if you like. I’m sure there are other ways you can find to link them together. Have fun with it.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Feeling Ripped Off

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

I had the urge to listen to a song by Garth Brooks last night and surprisingly YouTube failed to find me the original version. It was all covers. So I tried doing a google search for the song and found that Amazon Prime said it had the song. As someone that pays for Amazon Prime, I was excited. But when I clicked the link it turned out that this was one of those stupid up charges Amazon has been doing more and more of lately. The song was only available via Amazon Music Unlimited. To me, it feels like a rip off to make people pay and extra $10 a month for extra services when they are already “Prime” users. Take inspiration from my venting here and write a poem about a situation that feels you’re being ripped off.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

The Joys and Horrors of Flirting

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

When you’re flirting with someone, what kind of feelings do you get? Are you the type of person that flirts with confidence? Do you know when you’re on your game and really making a good impression? Or are you the type of person that feels anxious every time you attempt to flirt with someone? Are you unsure of everything that you say to the person you’re interested in? Write a poem that captures the feelings you experience while flirting and makes your reader see why you love or hate it?

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Poetic Forms: Gwawdodyn

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

There are two common versions of the gwawdodyn. Both are composed of quatrains that consist of a  9/9/10/9 syllable pattern. The 1st, 2nd, and 4th lines have matching end rhymes. The two versions vary in that third line. One version has an internal rhyme within the third line. So there’s a rhyming word or phrase somewhere within the third line that pairs with the end of the third line. In the other version, the internal rhyme of the third line works with an internal rhyme in the fourth line. Both feature the rhyming word in the middle of the third line though. Whichever version you decide on I’m sure you’ll have fun with this form.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: Weatherbeaten

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Weatherbeaten, a brand new literary magazine seeking words new works for submission. Now accepting poetry, fiction, creative nonfiction, hybrid works, and art for its inaugural issue. This no-fee, no-pay market is reading until June 1, 2017. Check their website and submit up to 2,500 words of prose or three to five poems by email to weatherbeatenlit@gmail.com.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Call for Submissions: MacGuffin’s Poet Hunt Contest

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

The MacGuffin is on the hunt for a poem to win our 22nd National Poet Hunt Contest. One first place winner will get $500 and their work published in a future issue. Please submit no more than three poems, an index card with your name, poem titles, and contact info, and a $15 check/cash entry fee (make checks payable to Schoolcraft College). For further guidelines check out their site. The deadline is June 3, 2017. Postal: The MacGuffin, Poet Hunt Contest, Schoolcraft College, 18600 Haggerty Road, Livonia, MI 48152

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Simple Pleasures

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

There’s that old cliché about “stopping to smell the roses” that is supposed to remind us of the simple pleasures in nature. Sometimes I think it is good to remember to indulge in simple pleasures in general, whether they are natural or not. Make a list of the simple pleasures that you wish you had more time to enjoy. Write a poem that praises the simplest pleasure you can think of. It could be something as small as eating a meal for joy rather than just survival. Or even simpler still, the joy of a calming deep breath.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades

Spellbinding Poems

Hello Beautiful Thinkers,

Write a poem that embraces magical thinking. Write about fairytale creatures, witchcraft, and wishes that come true. Write a poem that sounds like a spell to you. Write a poem that changes real life problems into dragons and monsters that you have to face. Summon the most whimsical lines of poetry you can.

Keep Dreaming Beautiful Thinkers,

The Boy In The Heart Shades