Poetry Challenge #107-Baby, You Can Name My Car!

According to a car nickname website, if you love your car, it’s normal to give it a name. Chitty-Chitty-Bang-Bang was named for the sound the car made. The Magic Schoolbus was magic and a schoolbus. Scooby-Doo’s Mystery Machine was just that.

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Herbie the Love Bug, Lightning McQueen from Cars, Kit from Knight Rider, and Bandit from Smokey and the Bandit. If you need more reason than that , there’s this: October 2nd is National Name Your Car Day!

Poetry Challenge #107

Baby, You Can Name Your Car!

Think about a car or other mode of transportation you use—EQUAL RIGHTS FOR BIKES!!!

Jot down some words that describe it. What’s its shape? color? size? Does it run well? Make any strange noises? Where does it like to go best? What might you name your car that makes you think of any/all of these things?

An ode is a poem of praise. Let’s write an ode to your car with these restrictions:

 First line: One word—maybe the brand of your car, the model, or just the word “car”.

Second line: Two words—two adjectives describing the car (color, size, # of doors, etc.)

Third line: Three words—What does your car do?

Fourth line: Two words—How does your car make you feel?

Fifth line: One word—Surprise! Your car’s name!

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Get writing! VROOOOOOOOM!

National Name Your Car Playlist:

*Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge 1260+ days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. (This one was Cindy’s.) If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #105-Happy Birthday to You-Hoo . . . ever!

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Happy Birthday! Every day is somebody’s birthday! Who do you know who has a birthday coming up soon?

Poetry Challenge #105

Happy Birthday to You-Know-Who!!!!

Can you write a poem to that person telling them why they’re special or what they mean to you?

Work on it until every word is exactly the one you want.

Do you want your poem to rhyme?

Do you want it to have a certain number of syllables on a line?

Is it a list poem or a story? You get to decide.

You can even give it to the person as a birthday gift!

Set the timer for 7 minutes.

Start writing!

Don’t think about it too much; just do it.

Wouldn’t be much of a birthday without a song. Here Goes: YOU SAY IT’S YOUR BIRTHDAY by the Beatles

 *Cindy Faughnan and I began this 7-Minute Poetry Challenge more than 1200 days ago. We now take turns creating our own prompts to share with you. If you join us in the 7-Minute Poetry Challenge let us know by posting the title, a note, or if you want, the whole poem in the comments.

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Poetry Challenge #27-Here Comes the Sun!

Yesterday, today or tomorrow—depending on where you live—is the March (vernal) equinox. So?

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So, the day will be divided into two equal parts: 12 hours night and, for the first time since last year at 12:15 pm EST, *12 hours of sunshine! (Equinox literally means “equal night.”)

So, It’s Springtime!

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What’s more, the amount of sunlight each way will incrementally increase until the first day of Summer!

Technically speaking, the vernal equinox marks the moment the Sun crosses the celestial equator.  This is the imaginary line in the sky above the Earth’s equator, from south to north. For more about the vernal equinox, including photos & diagrams, here’s a link to a great article on VOX.

Poetically Speaking, this takes us to:

Poetry Challenge #27

Here Comes the Sun!

Move to a brighter spot, somewhere you are either in the sun, or where you can witness the effects of sunshine. Don your sunglasses and shade hat to get you in a springy mood. There, now your ready!

First: Brainstorm a list of words that rhyme with either the word “Spring” or “Sun”--your choice.

Now: Using the words from your list, write a springy-sunny poem entitled "Here Comes the Sun!"

For more on the Vernal Equinox, click here.

For more on the Vernal Equinox, click here.

*12 hours of sunshine is not exactly correct. The time the sun crosses the equator marking the Vernal Equinox is different for each time zone.  For those in the Pacific, Mountain and Central time zones, this

Occurred yesterday, March 19th.  For those in the Eastern time zone, spring begins on March 20th at 12:30 a.m. What’s more, “Not every place will experience the exact same amount of daylight. For instance, on Tuesday, Fairbanks, Alaska, will see 12 hours, 17 minutes of daylight. Key West, Florida, will see 12 hours and seven minutes. The differences are due to how the sunlight gets refracted (bent) as it enters Earth’s atmosphere at different latitudes.”

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