Pen and Moon

musings, life lessons & poetry from Theresa Jarosz Alberti

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The Mississippi, the Moon, and the Curiosity of Loving Things

I am lucky enough to live two blocks from the Mississippi River here in Minneapolis. I’m not quite sure why, but I have a love affair with this river. I feel some kind of energetic connection to this artery that flows from the top to bottom of our country. I feel pulled to look at it, see how blue or gray, smooth or choppy the waters are, especially when I drive over the Marshall-Lake Street Bridge and can see a long view of it on both sides. It somehow gives something back to me too. It sparks my creativity; I’ve written a few poems about it too, like this one here. Continue reading

Poetry Challenge – Day 12

Welcome to Day 12 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!

Well DRAT, no comments yesterday, so no winner!  Dear Reader, I hope you are not feeling shy about commenting… the stakes are very low, no-pressure to be anything in particular, you can just say “hi” from wherever you are, honest. I’d love-love-love to hear from you, and I hope to give away another poetry book tomorrow! (It’s so fun!)

Now onto today’s poem. Don’t forget to comment, and check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!

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Today’s prompt is to write a haibun that takes in the natural landscape of the place you live.

I’d never heard of form before! A Writer’s Digest article says, “The haibun is the combination of two poems: a prose poem and haiku. The form was popularized by the 17th century Japanese poet Matsuo Basho. Both the prose poem and haiku typically communicate with each other, though poets employ different strategies for this…” 

Okay then… here’s mine:

Minneapolis Haibun Continue reading

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