- Take the phrase “Ode to a (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.
- Take the phrase “(blank) is for the Birds,” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.
They wear wishes like jewelry wound about the heart
Knowing ‘the best is yet to come’ youth tears moments apart
Like early Christmas presents wrapped in hope’s gossamer gleams
These pioneers on pathways leading to a land of dreams
They do not let the ‘what if’ or ‘impossible’ deter
Them from the road ahead that will free them from where they are
Stars fall from heaven; find their way into their cheeks and eyes
Where every day is a highway to Yonder Paradise
…and love is like a firecracker, all sparkle and fizz
Their prayers poured with purpose of getting beyond what is
While they think they are wiser than their ancient mom and dad
Bound to the yoke of Duty for a loaf of daily bread
© Janet Martin
"I was going to have all kinds of fun when I live in Toronto", lamented Melissa the last time she was home. "but I don't have any free time or money..."