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Monday, April 21, 2014


peeling an orange
many layers and sections
citrus in my nails.

    Do you like to eat oranges?  Or do you avoid them because they can be hard to peel?  Have you ever had the oil squirt into your eye, or gotten rind under your fingernails?  Some times the things we have to work the hardest to get to taste the sweetest.  For today's challenge can you take one of your old poems and try revising it one more time to make your poem even sweeter.  Have fun writing.


  1. I like the tactile detail of the citrus in your nails. For some reason, for me that evokes a smell!

    1. I think one of the reasons the tactile starts to evoke a smell is because the citrus orange smell is so distinctive and you can't have one without the other. If you get pulp under your nails from peeling an orange, you'll always have the smell.
      Thanks for leaving a comment Tabatha, and for making me think about this. I'm going to have to make myself a list of things that do this. I think they'd have to mostly, be food related. For instance if I wrote, stirring the vanilla into the cookie dough--you'd be flooded with the sugar, eggs and cookie dough smell. But pickles makes me instantly smell vinegar and pine is a smell all its own.
      I had an exercise for kids where we made a list poem of all the smelly things they wouldn't want to smell. It was especially fun for the boys for some reason.

  2. Joy,
    I agree with Tabatha. This citrus peel is a great example of showing too.

    1. Yup, Linda,
      it is all about those images.