Poems. Three ways.

Poetry Friday’s party is with poet Linda at TEACHER DANCE



Hello and please know I’m giddy to share three recent magics.


The newest volume from anthologist Michelle Heidenrich Barnes’ series, TODAY’s LITTLE DITTY, shares the first and so far, only, Abcedarian poem form I have ever completed, titled, “Jaunty.” An Abcedarian is a poem with lines featuring a first letter in each line that follows the natural order of the English alphabet. If you like puzzles, this is it!

Also nested in TLD pages please find works from a forest of Poetry Friday bloom-givers, including children’s poets Amy Ludwig Vanderwater, and Matt Forrest Esenwine, as well as new picture book author Randi Soneshine.   

Each poem in TLD represents the mastering of a writing challenge issued by venerable poetry purveyors, including Carole Boston Weatherford, Naomi Shihab Nye and J. Patrick Lewis and the incomparable Jane Yolen.  If you aren’t already playing the Today’s Little Ditty monthly game, with challenges such as Golden Shovel and Ode poems, follow along at editor Barnes’ site. 


Let’s debate, for a second, if seeing your poem on clear sparkling glass constitutes publishing? Our town is in the midst of celebrating the newest Council on Culture and Art’s fun thing, Poem on Panes. Thank you for putting local poets poems on windowpanes, dear COCA.

My poem is “House of Rhymes.” Thanks! sponsor, Adams Street Advocates:


“House of Rhymes”

by J.G. Annino

In a jewel-box mansion not covered in vines

Dwelled Louella K., creator of rhymes


She rhymed her squat ice box, she rhymed her tall lamp

She rhymed the piano, she rhymed her fern plant


She rhymed down the sidewalk, she rhymed into church

She still rhymes today, in her other world perch


Yes, it’s true. In our town in the late 1920s to the 1960s, lived a most unusual person. Among unique characteristics she is remembered for, she wrote little ditties about the appliances and furnishings of her very decorated home. She tied her verses to each honored piece, with little silken ribbons. Today the house is a downtown community museum, which I have highlighted in a couple of my Florida travel guides.


I am more-often absent in contests or challenges, too wrapped up in two books-still-in-progress.  But, Hi ho!, Hi ho!  nearly at the top of the brick poster wall, find my answer to the new Buffy Silverman challenge. I added two photos to my poem, titled “Ice-giving tree,” over at the same, prolific, Michelle Barnes’ February padlet, here.  


To order go here: TODAY’S LITTLE DITTY

cover art c. Miranda Barnes, 2019

Bookseedstudio is part of Poetry Friday go-go juice, a super spot, if your reading or writing would like a boost.


17 responses to “Poems. Three ways.”

  1. What a fun poem your ” House of Rhymes” is Jan, congrats! And so happy to see the most recent addition of “The Best of Today’s Little Ditty” here for all eyes, I’m loving it too, thanks.


    • Hi Michelle with apologies for just finding this wonderful visit from you. I don’t know what I would do without Michelle’s posts & monthly prompts from guests. Happy Wednesday!


  2. By all means, add that poem on glass to your publication list, Jan! So cool! What a great character to write about and a great poem—I LOVE the ending. Also much appreciated is your “magical” review of The Best of Today’s Little Ditty and your sweet-tangy poem on the padlet. Thank you for lending your voice and your heart to my little-ditty world. xo


  3. Congratulations! Louella K. sounds fascinating, and her house well worth a visit. It reminded me of some of the activities in Susan Wooldridge’s fabulous “Poem Crazy.” I also love the ditty challenges! I’m looking forward to reading the responses to Buffy’s challenge once I’ve composed my own.


  4. Thanks for the reminder to check out the monthly challenge at TLD. I think I only posted once before and there’s no time like the present to join my poetry friends at this playground. Lovely magics shared today, especially your poem etched in glass.


    • So glad you might be able to find the time to play at TLD’s padlet dear Ramona. The glass poem will leave that space by & by, as it’s not etched – I should have been clear (ha! ha!) about that in this post. But I think it can be saved on mirror or glass, framed & perhaps displayed. For example, a women’s history project of our state museum or a bunch of other ideas.


  5. How amazing to stand in front of your poem and literally be able to see yourself and others reflected back. This just gives me shivers, this magic of yours. I’d love to see that house in Florida with little poems tied to all the items. I have visited the padlet and seen the ice making tree. It’s fun and lemony and squirty. Delightful magic to enjoy today, dear Jan.


    • Adding another item to my tour list, dear Linda, for when you & your Family mosey down to Tallahassee 🙂
      I’m tickled that people in our town placed poems on windowpanes, even temporarily, as this one is (didn’t make that clear in the post.)


  6. That is awesome to have your poem etched in glass, Jan. Not only do I love it, but love hearing about eccentric people in our world. Your poem immortalizes her with your rhyme, and I suspect she would love this special Valentine! Happy Valentine’s Day to you. I’ll check on your poem on Michelle’s ‘brick wall’. It’s always fun to read what everyone writes in the challenges.


    • Thank you – It’s a bit of a giggle!

      I have missed out on the Today’s Little Ditty padlet fun too often, so I’m fortunate to have conjured lines for the 1st 2020 challenge.

      Appreciations for your hosting today at Teacher Dance, which is a lovely valentine to the poetry world 🙂

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    • Appreciations, dear Linda.
      I goofed up in the post by not making it clear that the poem is placed in a temporary way.
      But perhaps it can be re-saved on a small mirror or framed glass for use in another fashion.
      Thank you again for your beautiful Valentine’s hosting this week!

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