Monday, October 25, 2010

Poems by: Robert “Bob” Trabold © Copyright 2010

Poems by: Robert “Bob” Trabold © Copyright 2010


It was so many years ago – student

in Paris – visited Le Louvre Museum –

entered the door – climbed marble

staircase – lightening – beauty strike me-

a statue!

Vibrant – moving – thrust

into action – winged victory –

its age? – thousand of years

have not fatigued its force.

I stood in wonder – I stand in

wonder still today – captivated

by its stunning energy – poster on the

wall repeats original dazzle in my eyes.

Same feelings vibrate within me -

wonder – awe as in the 1950’s –

repeating the lightening I felt as I climbed

marble staircase.

I have lived with the poster

for so many years –

they say – things of beauty are everlasting –

could be true! Statue may

disappear – poster too –

but I can still feel

its lightening – beauty touching – captivating me.



Soft touch – gentle head

bows – touches baby’s face.

Mother’s eyes – deeply mysterious –

looking into eternity.

Baby looking up – holding on to mom –

mother’s head – covered with black shawl –

dropping down – golden background –

light from heaven – shot through with divinity!

I am touched – feel quiet beauty

wrapping around me –

washing me in mystery –

touches of the divine –

the Beloved!

Mother’s eyes reach me –

include me in her meditation.

She wants me to stay quiet –

not run away.

Mother loves me too – taking me

by the hand - leads me to her son.

I feel delirious – ecstasy in my eyes.

Mystery overwhelms me – radiance

of Russian icon tells me –

“You are loved!” – “do not worry!”

Mystery of the mother is beyond

me – but her eyes watch me –

holding me – taking me by the hand –

until my journey ends.

Poems by: Robert “Bob” Trabold © Copyright 2010


Tilman Riemenschneider, Sculptor

Finely chiseled face – mouth – curly hair –

dreaming – gazing – questioning –

Adam – dazzled look – asking –

I am here – but where am I going?

standing next to Eve – his companion –

another mystery.

Adam began his journey – on earth –

in life – mountains tops.

He walked – tripped – picked

himself up. He never lost that

dazzled look – life amazed him –

kept dazzled look he had

at creation.

He asked questions – not many answers

were forth coming – some helpful – others

not. Such is life!

Life is dazzling – so many

events – boat on rough seas.

My life is the same –

have to remember – someone put me

here – just like Adam.

He looked dazzled – trip

of life is beyond us – we are not

in control . But we know the Lord loves

us – will not let our hand go.

So we look dazzled like Adam –

walking into mystery – holding on to

a hand – hand of God.



My Little Kids

I laugh – box of wild firecrackers

red –pink –yellow-

purple – orange – white –

portulacas – show offs.


Pink Daisies

I wake up – sleepy – bright sunshine -

surprise – laughing

pink daisies – tall –

sparkling – swaying – dancing – happy.


Last Black Eyed Suzies

I feel cool breeze – autumn knocks –

pink phlox fading -

garden slows – but

black eyed suzies – yellow – bright!

Poems by: Robert “Bob” Trabold © Copyright 2010

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Universal By: Roslyn Katz ©Copyright 2010


Music, the sound of peace, sadness, joy or laughter
It is a pleasure that lives forever after
What is truly amazing is that it needs no words
That it is the same for the in crowd and the nerds
Melodies, harmonies and rhythm, universal in appeal
Wherever you live, it’s the language you feel
By: Roslyn Katz ©Copyright 2010

(Roz wrote this poem in response to our September 2010 Lesson about writing with a code, if you read the bold words in the poem, it says: "Music is truly the universal language") Thank you for sharing Roz!

October 19th 2010: Simplifying Poetry and Using Literary Devices

Barnes & Noble Poetry Workshop
{Tuesday October19th}~Please join us again on Tuesday November 15th~
Imagine yourself somewhere:______________________________
What do you see there? (Write 2 lines)
I see:____________________________________________________________________
I see: ____________________________________________________________________
What do you hear? (Write 2 lines)
I hear: ____________________________________________________________________
I hear: ____________________________________________________________________
What do you smell? (Write 2 lines)
I smell: ____________________________________________________________________
I smell: ____________________________________________________________________
How do you feel? (This is the last line)
I feel:______________________________________________________________________

-Now that you’ve described this place that you imagined, remove the “I see, I hear, I smell, I feel”
-Start to add in literary devices one line at a time
-Try to use adjectives, similes, metaphors, personification, assonance
-If you’d like to, add a rhyme. (Remember the A-B-A-B format from last time)
Things to know:
Adjectives are words that express an attribute of something or words that describe or modify another person or thing in the sentence. Words that describe appearance, condition, feeling, shape, size, sound, time, quantity.
Simile a figure of speech that expresses a resemblance between things of different kinds (usually formed with `like' or `as') “Her eyes are as sparkly as the stars” “He was fast and agile like a cat”
Metaphor a figure of speech in which an expression is used to refer to something that it does not literally denote in order to suggest a similarity “Her eyes are the sparkling stars” “He is a fast, agile cat”
Personification is a figure of speech in which an inanimate object or abstraction is endowed with human qualities or abilities. “The sunflower smiled at me with its bright, cheery face”
Assonance the repetition of similar vowels in the stressed syllables of successive words
With the sound, with the sound, with the sound of the ground. -, ""
on a proud round cloud in a white high night -, if a Cheer Rules Elephant Angel Child Should Sit

Tips and Notes
• Pick one literary device to start with, for example, take the simile and go to each line and try to fit one in. Then pick another and try it on each line.
• You are NOT going to use every single literary device on every single line, just try a few and see what works best.
• There is no right or wrong, have fun, and write what you feel 

~~~Lesson written by Amanda Konstantine Perlmutter~~~