We’ve had a rainy afternoon, not a heavy pouring rain but light and drizzly. As I looked out my window and noticed the trees with their varying hues of wet green leaves, my porch swing seemed to be calling me. I gathered up my pen, journal and a pillow for my back so I could sit sideways on the swing propping up my feet.

There was a light breeze, and raindrops made tapping sounds on the metal roof. It was quite pleasant outside. Some birds were noisily playing tag. Our rooster was walking around proudly crowing while the hens wandered around. The dogs finally realized I was on the porch and came running to greet me.


It was so relaxing on the swing. I began writing in the journal, but my mouth kept opening as I yawned several times. My eyes watered as eyelids drooped, wanting to close. With the constant hum of the rain, the droning of tires on the road below and the moderate temperature, I found it hard to stay awake. As a matter of fact I’m sure I dozed a little.

Maybe you’re feeling a little sleepy, too.

How would you like a fun poetry exercise to wake you up and get your creative juices flowing? Click To Tweet Last year I came across an exercise at The Write Practice that made it easy to write a poem using whatever comes to your mind. Basically you write down a word, then another and so on. When you’re ready, move down a line and do it all again until you decide you are done. The full instructions can be found HERE.

The great thing about this is that it doesn’t matter if it makes sense or not. Sometimes it may seem completely unconnected but other times you may surprise yourself. I’ve done it several times and enjoyed it each time. Here is one of the first ones I wrote with a couple of minor changes. (Originally the first stanza had two lines, the second had four and the the third had three. In the third stanza I moved the last line to be the first.)

Purple Trees and Golden Hills

Purple trees clamor amid high clouds
Golden hills run wildly in a row
A giant I am and slow

Head full of stories so loud
Tumbling like a hamster wheel
Round and round and real

Imagination reigns
Happy as a jumping frog
Not a plain old cog
                                                       ~ gayl wright

I hope you enjoyed it and I hope you will try your hand at writing your own. Click To Tweet

It can be as long or short as you want. If you do write, I’d love for you to share it in the comments.

 ***Be sure to check out Mary’s post as she has some resources for Memorial Day.***

Now on to our weekly Literacy Musing Monday’s linkup where we link up posts about reading, writing, blogging, and even share our written Bible devotions.

First, let’s

Meet Your Hosts (3)


Leslie@Forever Joyful
Gayl@Words, Photos, and Art
Mary @Maryandering Creatively
Blog/Facebook/Twitter/Pinterest/ Instagram/Google+
Tami @ThisMomsDelight
Blog/Facebook/Pinterest/Twitter/Instagram/Google Plus

Now let’s celebrate reading and learning by reviewing:

Last Week’s Top Clicked Post!


By Shelly at There’s No Place Like Home

id-10051081Shelley is one busy mom with 10 kids at home whom she homeschools. The steps she suggests are easy to put into practice. You will want to check this post out for your own ideas on unit planning.

My Favorite Post of the Week
Saving My Assassin
by Pam of A New Lens


In this post Pam shares her review of this riveting book sharing the true story of
author, Virginia Prodan, who lived during a time of persecution in Romania.
 Here is a paragraph in Pam’s words:

Her account is the heartbreaking and courageous true story of
her life and the lives of many Christians during the evil empire
of Nicolae Ceausescu in Romania that lasted nearly 20 years
until his execution in 1989. It unfolds in one suspenseful page
after another of her newly released book, Saving My Assassin.”

This sounds like a very interesting and convicting book. I hope you’ll check out Pam’s full review. She makes me want to find and read this true account.

Remember to check out other hosts’ blogs to see which posts from last week were their favorites.

Want to be the next to be featured? Just link up a post and if you are read the most, we will feature you. Also please make sure you link back to us so others will know about our link up and join in. We try to make it worth your while to linkup with us by promoting your posts across our social media networks. We also pin our most clicked and featured posts to our Pinterest Board each week!


Now, it is time to link up to the Literacy Musing Mondays hop! You will have until Saturdays at 12 p.m. now to link up! So come back often. :)Literacy-Musing-Mondays- where we celebrate reading!

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2 thoughts on “Rainy Day Creativity:#LMMLinkup

  1. That porch swing and view looks amazing. I would love to sit there with you sometime. I love that you are one of the hosts for this linkup. You are the perfect person to open up your blogging home to others. Loved visiting today.

    1. Mary, I would love it if you were here with me sometime! Thank you for your compliments and encouragement. I’m so glad you visited the blog today. 🙂 Blessings to you! xo

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