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Here’s the place to share your poetry, whether it’s free verse, haiku, a search engine poem or anything else.

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21 Responses to “Wax Poetic”

  1. 1 stranglingmymuse August 31, 2009 at 10:55 am


    Write a haiku about writing, your creative process, your characters, plots or anything else having to do with creativity.

    My example:

    writer’s block

    characters arrived
    fingers dance on my keyboard
    now my mind is blank

    Read more about this challenge here.

    • 2 stranglingmymuse September 30, 2009 at 11:08 pm


      What I did yesterday instead of writing:

      Bought a blogging book
      because books let me postpone
      the actual work.

      I love the ellipsis…

      Now I’m catching up
      with my lovely bloggy friends,
      but still not posting…

      Because We had to Write an Original Poem or Composition for Mrs. Razar:

      I used to write haiku
      in the fourth grade every week.
      To get my check plus.

      Abusing, not amusing

      Sandy, make me stop
      Or I’ll do this all night long
      Abusing my muse


      I can’t seem to stop
      but I have so much to do…
      then again, this counts

      • 3 Jenine July 2, 2010 at 7:05 pm

        I absolutely LOVED this. Great job. Especially this line ABUSING, not AMUSING. Perfect.

        • 4 stranglingmymuse July 5, 2010 at 3:44 pm

          I agree–Kablooey did a great job with the individual haikus and also in tying them together into a narrative with a theme!


  2. 5 K a b l o o e y July 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Thanks for reminding me about this, Sandy, and esp. for telling me that someone liked it. My, that’s always exciting to hear.

    • 6 Jenine July 6, 2010 at 7:34 pm

      I don’t know how to write Haiku but I do remember learning it in school years ago. Wouldn’t mind giving it a go again….

      • 7 stranglingmymuse July 9, 2010 at 7:18 pm

        Always happy to pass on compliments, Kablooey!

        And Jenine, you should go for it. Five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line, and five syllables in the third line. Easy peasy, as we used to say in school years ago…


        • 8 Jenine July 10, 2010 at 7:07 am

          Thank you! I love this site, am so glad I found it. It’s personal, and helpful and perfect for me right now. I appreciate your quick and positive responses all the time. Okay, here I go…am going to give it a go with the Haiku. Will post it later…hopefully!

          God bless!

  3. 10 Jenine July 10, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Hi, it’s me again. Well, I suffered through my Haiku. I wanted to write about my son, Johnathon who just graduated high school this past June 26th. But it proved too difficult and emotional to write a Haiku about. Normally I am a big fiction writer and poetry does NOT come easy to me. As a matter of fact, the last time I wrote any was about four years ago. So I am definitely out of my comfort zone. I just wrote about my first born and the stages of his life and how I know he is off for college soon. My heart just aches to see him leave. He was accepted at Emerson College in Boston. We live on Long Island, New York. So I won’t see him that much anymore. Anyway, enough rambling. As nervous as I am, I feel I should share this poem. I have to start writing again. Maybe by the time my other son, the 16 year old graduates high school, I’ll have written a few more poems and not be so rusty.
    So here it is:

    My Beautiful First Born

    Frayed blue blanket
    Winnie the pooh
    Brotherly fights
    Mom’s kisses goodnight

    Internet surfing
    Techno dance music
    Growing pains
    Computer games

    Comedy and drama
    Clips with your camera
    College and successes
    You’re a talented blessing

    Upward and onward
    I know you must go
    Goodbye for now,
    My beautiful first born

    Jenine Boisits
    July 2010

  4. 11 stranglingmymuse July 12, 2010 at 12:55 pm


    Thanks for your comments about this blog. It puts a smile on my face and keeps me inspired to continue attempting to inspire others when I hear that kind of feedback!

    Thanks also for sharing your work. I think it’s great that you tried the haiku (how else would you know if it worked for you or not?). And I love your poem! I like how each stanza reflects a period in your son’s life (and yours), and how you’ve shown the progression from the beginning of his life to today. Well done!


  5. 12 Jenine July 12, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Thanks for the comments! I like that you pointed out what you liked about it, it doesn’t help much when people just say, “it was good” So thank you for that!
    I haven’t had a chance to really look through the site as much as I’d like. Are there places where one can post their fiction? Or how does that work here?
    I used to publish a literary print journal called Beginnings (1999-2007) that also sold in stores for about four years. I really missed editing that magazine. It had a unique mission statement in that we only published novice or minimally published writers. I had to stop publishing due to personal and financial struggles back then. In a way it might have been a blessing because now I can focus on my own writing again.
    Thanks again for such a great site. I really need the feedback and the inspiration to write again. There are so many wonderful challenges and prompts here. I’ve already sent your link to a few of my friends.

    • 13 stranglingmymuse July 13, 2010 at 6:57 pm

      Beginnings sounds like a great journal. But I’m glad you have more time to focus on your own writing now!

      As for posting your work here, you can post anything you want in any of the categories in the Reader’s Sandbox. Just put it wherever you thinks it fits — I’m not really uptight about where things go.

      I generally comment on things people post, but I don’t give workshop-type feedback or critique. Any other reader can also comment on your work if they like, though that’s not typical here.

      If you’re looking for serious feedback from multiple people, you won’t find that here. On the other hand, I love it when people share their work, and encourage you to post anything you would like others to read.


      • 14 stranglingmymuse July 13, 2010 at 6:58 pm

        One more note — I make this clear in the copyright notice on this site, but just to reiterate it, you retain the rights to anything you post here.

    • 15 Jenine July 21, 2012 at 7:40 am

      My other son just left home right after he graduated high school to live with his dad. We are on good terms but he left to move forward with what he wants to do with his life. He is a musician. I miss him and can’t believe both my sons are off on their own now. Here’s the poem for him….
      Empty Room

      Haunting chords
      insistent, clear
      they float down stairs…
      I keep gazing up
      expecting to see you there

      Determination, strong will
      so unfazed by tears
      the music keeps playing
      comforting, challenging
      through the toughest of years

      and so now,
      I remain
      in the shadows of your life
      unheard but still here
      I miss you
      but know
      it’s time for you to go

      in reverence I remain
      your biggest fan
      in reverence of you,
      has become a man.

      • 16 stranglingmymuse July 21, 2012 at 6:05 pm

        This is beautiful, Jenine! So haunting, and I can feel your emotions about your son’s leaving — the intertwining strands of being both sad and proud of him. I love that you wrote a poem for each of your sons as they left home. How lovely. Thanks for sharing it here.


  6. 17 stranglingmymuse July 14, 2010 at 10:01 am


    Rip out a page from a magazine or newspaper and block out the words you don’t need to create a new poem.

    To see my example and read more about this challenge, click here.

    If you’d like to share, post your creations below!

  7. 18 pangeaibelieve October 28, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    I like this sandbox section! Your tips on creativity are wonderful:

    Marveling the day
    open eyes meeting sunrise
    very first haiku

    • 19 stranglingmymuse October 28, 2010 at 5:24 pm

      Thanks — I’m glad you came to play in the sandbox!

      This is a lovely haiku. Thanks so much for sharing it here!


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