Archive for the ‘poetry/writing’ Category


September 16, 2009

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is a site

that produces

study guides.

Dive into their

poetry section

for some


reads: #mce_temp_url#


Children’s Poem: Sandman Dan

September 13, 2009

Sandman Dan --


image & poem

© Diane Beaty



Daniel Frog I am often called,

though you can call me Dan. I live

within a lily pond; I’m working

for ‘the man’. I jump and sweep

the waters deep for a special

type of sand which helps a sleepy

little one travel to Dreamland.


I’m not well-known by anyone –

my secret’s meant to keep – even

you will forget me soon when you

drift off to sleep. So off you go

to Wonderland, and before your nap

is through, I shall slip back to my

lily pad, collect more sand for you.


                    © Diane Beaty

Children’s Poem: Unicorn Rainbows

September 13, 2009

unicorn rainbow --


image source: #mce_temp_url#



Unicorn rainbows are the prettiest 
sights, the glowing fire-colors 
that show off their lights, throwing
out hope for the weak, and 
the weary, in a palace of splendor, 
in a place once thought dreary. Prisms 
of dreams that dance in the night 
are locked up, enclosed in the rainbow’s 
green light. Laughter and gaiety 
glow in the yellow, and burst forth,
like marshmallows bouncing 
on Jello. Castles and dragons blend
with the blue, the source of our strengths,
and weaknesses too. Renewal is found 
in the color of pink, whenever our lives
creep over the brink. Yes, unicorn 
 rainbows are magical stuff, and, of them, 
 we never can get quite enough!!!


                                         © Diane Beaty

NPR: Three Minute Fiction

September 11, 2009

NPR -- Three Minute Fiction





This contest has a simple premise: Listeners send in original short stories that can be read in three minutes or less. NPR is posting favorite entries every week until The New Yorker’s James Wood picks the winning story and reads it on the air. 

Writing contestants must start this round of entries with the following sentence:

“The nurse left work at five o’clock.”

Click on the link for full contest details: #mce_temp_url#

Poetry Out Loud

September 11, 2009

Poetry Out Loud





Poetry Out Loud is a national program through National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry as they memorize and perform notable poems in a series of competitions that begin in the classroom and will culminate with national championships in Washington, D.C. in April 2010.

For full details, click on the following link:


To Friends & Guests

September 5, 2009

This time of year is busy for me, so there may be times when

I no longer post on a daily basis. I will try my best to add

new poetry, photography, submission info and art, but, on

those days when I don’t have time to post, feel free to chat 

among yourselves or dive into the already voluminous

archives of links and posts. Thanks.

Quote of the Day

September 1, 2009



For more than a century,

certain extraordinary

men and women have

worked in photography

with the unmistakable

authority of genius.

Each of them has

produced unforgettable

images, and not once

or twice, but again and

again, and often

throughout the change

and evolution of a lifetime. Each is like an eye which, once opened

on the universe, cannot be closed again. One after another, they

tell us of the curious, intense and vital experience of working in

photography, of its challenges, of the stages of growth it demands,

the sudden revelations it presents. From their testimony there

emerges a concept of photography as a medium that is very

different from the casual and rather stereotyped impressions

most of us have held till now.


Nancy Newhall

(1908 – 1974)

American Photography Critic


The following is a link to Nancy Newhall’s wiki page:


Dead Whatever

August 22, 2009

clipart for Dead Whatever


                           We sift the streambed’s squishy


                           acres, absorbing what is

                           sometimes known, what’s guessed


                           at; what lingers in a long refrain;

                           what sings our story:


                           the sum of our remembered past;

                           notes of our futility; talk


                           in rich, reductive measures. What’s

                           not resisted pushes down. We


                           live as ably as we can, too many

                           cures are badly counted.


                           Worlds dismissed are restless tomes,

                           fumes we dance a lung across.    


                                                                           © Diane Beaty



Please note: Again, the poem is mine, and the photo used to accompany this post is a clipart photo. Unfortunately, I don’t have the photographer’s name.

Poem: Conveniences

August 22, 2009

clipart for conveniences


                            The future we may never have.

                            We save for it, and every detail


                            seems assured. Each day,

                            we borrow that, our dream, swirl


                            around its inner core; make

                            love to it; keep it in our


                            nightly bed. It lies across us

                            now like quilts of old –


                            beauty in its patchwork glory.


                                                     © Diane Beaty



Please note: The poem is mine, but the photo used to accompany this post is a clipart photo. Unfortunately, I don’t have the photographer’s name.



Poem: A Moment’s Clatter

August 22, 2009

clipart for A Moment's Clatter


                               Rainbow species’ spacious

                               life. Islands formed by


                               raucous nature. Tides below

                               the lifted land. Waters known


                               to captivate, revel in

                               all worldly color. Dolphins


                               of the brimming sea

                               direction is a reckoning.


                               Bent lines, straight lines,

                               longer flats are what


                               we wear to each year’s

                               prom. Who could match this


                               glistening, the way things

                               open down to nothing?


                                                        © Diane Beaty



Please note: The poem is mine, but the photo used to accompany this post is a clipart photo. Unfortunately, I don’t have the photographer’s name.