Poetry + Faith = Rest (NaPoWriMo 2017, Day 23)

I suspect I’m running/writing on fumes at this point—my elevenies feel like grownup “onesies” (an article of clothing for babies, if you’re unfamiliar”) 🙂


“…our daily prompt (optional, as always). Our prompt for Day Twenty-Three comes to us from Gloria Gonsalves, who challenges us to write a double elevenie. What’s that? Well, an elevenie is an eleven-word poem of five lines, with each line performing a specific task in the poem. The first line is one word, a noun. The second line is two words that explain what the noun in the first line does, the third line explains where the noun is in three words, the fourth line provides further explanation in four words, and the fifth line concludes with one word that sums up the feeling or result of the first line’s noun being what it is and where it is. There are some good examples in the link above.

A double elevenie would have two stanzas of five lines each, and twenty-two words in all. It might be fun to try to write your double elevenie based on two nouns that are opposites, like sun and moon, or mountain and sea.”



Flows, soothes

Fever in thoughts

Carries peace to heart




Holds on

Keeps focus true

Provides buffer against craziness


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Diptychery (NaPoWriMo 2017-Day 18)


“…our (optional) prompt. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that incorporates neologisms. What’s that? Well, it’s a made-up word! Your neologisms could be portmanteaus (basically, a word made from combining two existing words, like “motel” coming from “motor” and “hotel”) or they could be words invented entirely for their sound. Probably the most famous example of a poem incorporating neologisms is Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky, but neologisms don’t have to be funny or used in the service of humor. You can use them to try to get at something that you don’t have an exact word for, or to create a sense of sound and rhythm, or simply to make the poem feel strange and unworldly.”


Neologism“Diptychery”, crafted definition:

diptych noun (Greek origin); A painting, especially an altarpiece, on two hinged wooden panels which may be closed like a book.  https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/diptych

-ery:  (Middle English, Old French) a suffix of nouns denoting occupation, business, calling or condition, place or establishment, goods or products, things collectively, qualities, actions, etc.(ex: archery; bakery; cutlery; fishery; trickery; witchery).  http://www.dictionary.com/browse/-ery


Diptychery of life, love

Not yin-yang, more like witchery

Potion, poison, talismans

Embossed embedded in symbol

Paintings of Grand Dysfunctional

Pulsing joy and pain, brass-hinged

Together, world gallery’s display…

Others hide, privacy preferred if

Deep-reveals make one too itchery

My brush-stroke words—shot-through

Occasionally graced, by silver threads—

Some days perhaps small claim to poetry

Or mere embarrassed shame-regrets

Two canvases facing forward, latched

Left, subtle-obscure—right, bare authenticity

Hard-raging agony framed, odd-matched

With faith’s beatific smiling verse

How wearying old tears, this journey

Restraining ‘vents’, so little bitchery

On mission of encouragement (rehearse)

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If James Lipton Might Interview R L Cadillac

This idea for a “fake interview” with BRAVO Channel’s James Lipton comes from a clever and talented blogger named Susan Shuman—click the link to read her “interview” and other posts:

IF James Lipton Had Interviewed Susan Shuman

James Lipton

Image Credit:  Bandit © 2017


James: Thank you so much for agreeing to the interview, as I’ve heard that you don’t give many.  Shall I call you “R L” or “Right Lane”—do you have a preference?

R L: You’re most welcome, James. I’m flattered by your interest, and you may call me “R L”.

James: So, it’s come to my attention that you’re a blog poet/author of some versatility who’s had upwards of 50—perhaps more—blogs, and used quite a number of creative pseudonyms.  Is there a particular reason for the changing identities?

R L: Well, the Internet world being both wonderful and strange, sometimes it’s beneficial to leave one neighborhood and join, or form, a new one.  It has much to do with my mercurial moods—if I’m depressed and restless, opening a fresh blog rejuvenates me.  It’s like getting a new home and decorating it, without spending a dime.  Much cheaper than actual shopping sprees…or therapy.  And there are a lot of characters renting space in my head, so… but to answer a frequent question of readers, no I’m not running from the Mob or the CIA.

James: Intriguing.  Well, let’s begin. “What is your least favorite word?”

R L: Oh my, it’s hard to choose—would you allow me a phrase?

James: Certainly.

R L: “It is what it is”.

James: What turns you on?

R L: Good literature, good films; funded programs which encourage youth, especially—but all ages—to find their creative niche.  Sharing about my experiences with the living God of the Bible…and penning more poems that recall my one-true-love.

James: What turns you off?

R L: Gratuitous vulgarity and violence, impotent bureaucracy, and the widespread injustice and virulent disparity practiced and accepted in our legal system.

James: What sound or noise do you love?

R L: The ocean very much, wind chimes and rain, and genuine joy-filled laughter.

James: What sound or noise do you hate?

R L: Anger, particularly expressed in loud cursing and vulgarity, threats and humiliations.

James: What is your favorite curse word?

R L: I’m a “church lady”, right?  So I might admit to cursing, but I can hardly offer up specifics, doncha know.

James: What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?

R L: There was a time when I wanted to teach… I might possibly like to be a Christian speaker, sharing encouragement through my testimony.  And I always dreamed of writing greeting card messages.  And cooking for the homeless or needy, a volunteer position—I’d truly enjoy that.

James: What profession would you not like to do?

R L: I couldn’t do any job where I’d be required to drive a vehicle; not factory work, or sales; nothing competitive, or stressful, like production work…or cleaning.  Absolutely nothing to do with animals or plants…and I’m not really good with people either, you know, more than the time it takes to serve up soup and casseroles, etc.

James:  So I gather that, other than your non-paying blog job, you are retired?

R L: Yes, I’m a retired recluse—well, I’m a recluse—I don’t imagine I’ll retire from that tenured position.

James:  You come across as extremely passionate, and with a lovely sense of humor—have you considered politics or comedy?

R L: Either would require resigning my recluse status, so I think not.

James: Alright, finally, “If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?”

R L: James, Heaven most surely does exist, and I know with absolute certainty that I’m headed there.  I think God will say, “Ohhh, there she is!  Just look at My darling girl, an Over-comer—such a delight!!”


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FAITH (#AtoZChallenge)


Faith holds me fast, firm-forever secured ~ the

Arm of my Lord, Jesus, strong anchor

In rough-weathered seas, and arid seasons

Thankful I am, boldly joyful declare

His faithful mercies rescue daily

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DISCLAIMER: My faith is in Christ Jesus/Holy Bible. I write with no intent to judge other faiths/belief systems.

Valley of Achor

Valley of Achor*

Where stalwart stiff-lipped faith turns

White-knuckled weeping

Blurred words begging for mercy

Strength to stand straight, not buckle


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