November 28, 2013

Hey! It's Thankgiving...

Gracie and Rhoda Oct. 2008
Happy Thanksgiving
from Our House to Yours...

Hugs from Rhoda
and Kitty Purrs from Gracie

November 25, 2013



Expression is heard from within
Words spoken tells where they have been
Buried inside a hidden grin
Isn’t a sin; isn’t a sin!
Come daylight I show a bright smile
Won’t hide anymore all the while
With words to express shows my style
Been a dark isle; been a dark isle!
Imagination mine to share
Read to others without a care
Memories come back shed a tear
Vision past errs; vision past errs!
Spirit alive soul is now born
Guilt and hiding is now not worn
Past is buried I shall not mourn
Old pages torn; old pages torn!

- Rhoda Galgiani

Monotetra Poetry Form - Created by Michael Walker - Each stanza contains four lines in Monorhyme - Each line is in tetrameter (four metrical feet) for eight syllables - What makes the Monotetraso powerful as a poetic form is that the last line contains two metrical feet, repeated - It can have as few as one or two stanzas, or as many as desired.
Stanza Structure: Line 1: 8 syllables; A1, Line 2: 8 syllables; A2, Line 3: 8 syllables; A3,
Line 4: 4 syllables, repeated; A4, A4...rg

November 23, 2013

Vers Beaucoup...

Mind’s Confusion
BLUE is created from the Dew on QUEUE
It is TRUE of a flower I LONG for is a SONG
WRONG is a cry of ONE who does RUN
For he has SHUN the BLUE that was in QUEUE

YELLOW is the suns HUE that touches YOU
Right on QUEUE with WARMTH and CHARM
Protects from HARM full of LOVE and JOY
From evil’s PLOY that comes to YOU for a VIEW

WHITE is the calm CLOUD that bowed so PROUD
Took LOUD anger that SCREAMED as you DREAMED
With tears that BEAMED into the NIGHT - turn BRIGHT
One’s PLIGHT will LIGHTEN as calm and hope HEIGHTEN

SIGHT has come into the NIGHT just RIGHT
For one is free - FRIGHT is GONE come this DAWN
Awakes with a YAWN life is WELL for a SPELL
HELL has DISAPPEARED takes dream that was FEARED

- Rhoda Galgiani 

Vers Beaucoup Poetry Form - Created by Curt Mongold - Name is French
for "many rhymes" - Each stanza consists of four lines with a rhyming word
scheme of a-a-a, a-b-b, b-c-c, c-d-d
Each rhyme can only use a MAXIMUM of three words - The fourth "a" rhyme
carried over to the second line causes enjambment and creates a strong internal
rhyming structure - Left justified - Rhyming words capitalized for clarity…rg

November 19, 2013


Autumn Left Us…

The crescent moon shows his twinkle
As the trees shiver in moonlight
Ground below dry hear the crinkle
Quiet valley endures her plight

Days ago, the foliage was bright
As golden leaves trimmed in deep red
Brings to one a beautiful site
Not thinking the leaves are now dead

Autumn left us alone and bare
With promise of new birth again
After springs flowers bloom with flair
Fields will flourish with their new grain

Each season has its own rebirth
Creatures wake to a brand new dawn
Bumblebee’s work colors the earth
Welcomes birth of a new born fawn

- Rhoda Galgiani

Rhyme Poetry Form - abab, cdcd, efef, ghgh
Each stanza is 4 lines - each line is 8 syllables…rg

November 16, 2013

Free Verse...

Ode to Sugar

Terrible temptations!
Oh, such tantalizing treats
so titillating to the taste buds,
they dance to the piper's tune of
suicide by the spoonful.
Cut the confections!
Stop continued carelessness,
that carries dire consequences,
even creates callousness,
and the law was given.

Buyer beware!
Bondage betrays beauty, best
purchased by precious blood spilt
and a body bruised and broken
on the hill of Calvary.

God's greatest gift,
His Son; pure love freely given.
Gratitude and charity are filling,
gluttony then gladly given up,
my victory already won!

Love Charlene

Poetry Created by Charlene McCutcheon, UT
Free Verse Poetry Form has no rhyme, no special line length or no special pattern. It sounds like natural speech. It tells a story or paints a picture. It uses carefully chosen words to describe experiences or feelings. It is written like a poem and not like a paragraph. It must make sense to the reader…rg

November 11, 2013

Nine, Eight, Nine Poetry Style...

Learning Tools

Words of wisdom come to those who wait
those who long to fill knowledge plate
broaden their mind in the starting gate

Patience learned with time - times a teacher
patient one is a good preacher
rewards far outweigh for this creature

Light gives to one for their brightest day
turns dark thought to a positive way
directs ones path from dark dreams of grey

Love brings her joy to an open heart
shows one the way to peace from start
giving those who wait - their wisdom chart

- Rhoda Galgiani

Nine, Eight, Nine Poetry Style - Created by Rhoda Galgiani
Four verses, 3 lines each with syllable count of 9, 8, 9!
Rhyme aaa, bbb, ccc, ddd - Subject - Something taught…rg

November 9, 2013


Dedicated to the People of the Philippines

Nature on Her Prowl

Whistling of the violence storm
Threatened the habitats ashore
Beats the earth is the Typhoons norm
Washing away every man’s floor

Warnings can’t help the native’s soul
Nature brutally makes her point
Destruction again takes its toll
Breaks human knees at their thin joint

Knees on the ground cry’in to Him
As the wild winds rips and tears
People pray forgiveness of sin
Floods raid broke houses and life’s wares

Typhoon’s power brings fear today
Hiding can’t save them from the howl
All they can do again - is pray
Nature destructs while on her prowl

- Rhoda Galgiani

Serventesio Poetry Form - syllabic, usually written in 8 syllable lines
Stanzaic written in any number of quatrains - Serventesio rhyme abab is used
Popular Castillian stanzas since the 16th century - Apparently experimentation
with the form by Ezra Pound brought about a resurgence in popularity in the
20th century - Spanish Poetry form...rg

November 2, 2013

Quatrain by Letter

'Linen Cloth'
Linens I Wear

  Lifting ones spirit to a new level
Lights the way to rejoicing path of love
Leads one to Him and not to the Devil
Listen gentle signs from a small white dove

Leading the way to freedom of the soul
Lends glorious hand as He lifts you high
Lets angels catch you if you don’t meet goal
Lies no longer exist eyes will not cry

Lord will show you the way from dreadful sin
Lifelong graces will now fill your lost soul
Live peaceful joy for you are now with Him
Love is there now lift up out of black coal

Long to ascend to His heavenly home
Lost no more for the path has been lighten
Life now eternal the soul shall not roam
Linens I wear are forever whiten 

- Rhoda Galgiani

Quatrain by Letter - Created by Erick J. Goller 7/29/2011
No syllable counting - Take any letter from the Alphabet
and begin each line with that letter - Three stanzas minimum
Any subject - These Quatrains are unmetered
Rhyming abab, cdcd, efef, ghgh, etc...rg