Friday, March 4, 2016

Borrowing Words and Ideas: An Option for Writing

The Slice of Life writing challenge is a chance to join a community of writers as a writer and a supporter. Not only will you experience the joy of writing together with others all over the world, you will receive comments and love from other writers. Join us all of March with your contribution. Find out more here

Sally inspired me today. She is my birthday sister. Here is what she wrote about her mentors: 

"Thanks, Fran McVeigh for teaching me this poetry format who learned it from Erin Baker’s “Since Last March” found here."

Today I will borrow from the others who wrote before me. 

Since last May 

I turned 45 
A few blinks it seems
Another year
Numbers increasing 
Time decreasing
Oh how things change.
Didn't step foot on a plane
nor cross state lines.
My first born baby worked
all year long
turned 17 
lives at the gym
looks like a grown man
and will file taxes.
My baby turns 15
Hasn't grown an inch 
Feisty as ever
Still strong
Since last May, 

Mistakes were made 
Scarred but thankful, 
I say:
Goodbye blame
I'm still standing
Hello 46. 


Like Sally, I used the stems from Fran's poem:

I’ve taken a trip to…
My baby turned…
Good-bye to…
Hello to...


  1. Inspired ... I might give it a go! I have a goal of trying different formats this month. It is amazing how much you can learn about something from so few words and how much more I want to know. Thank you for sharing.

  2. Nice! I like how you used the stems to build your poem!

  3. Wow! I really enjoyed that way you shared your slice!