What is a Levi Poem?

A Levi Poem is a short work written by my six year old son on our way to his Monday morning tennis lesson.

 

Here you go:

 

When it’s a day that’s really hot

And you run a lot

You need water

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Another Sijo Poem

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See previous post for Sijo Poem guidelines.  Today’s Sijo is political in nature, in honor of this month’s Presidential nominating conventions.

Example:

Republicans take the stage now; the network cameras stare.

Democrats go next week; a quiet confidence will build.

But all is sound bite and fury…unless none of us takes the bait.

What is a Sijo Poem?

A Sijo Poem is a short Korean work with a relatively complicated setup.  There should be three lines.  The total number of syllables in the poem will be 44-46.  Additionally, each line should have a natural pause in the middle, with approximately 6-9 syllables in the first half and second half of that line.  Confused yet?  There’s more.  The first line should set up a problem.  The second line should further develop that problem.  The final line should resolve that issue in some way.  For such a little poem, there sure is a lot to keep track of.

 

Example: 

 

As Pokeballs run low, a church walk Pokestop is needed.

A Ratatat is near, a Magikarp flops in the rain.

Pass them both and power up; head riverside for the Squirtle.

What is a Didactic Poem?

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What is a Didactic Poem?

A Didactic Poem is one that specifically instructs the reader to do something.

 

Example:

 

Put pen to paper

And write

Of dreams and worries

Of gratefulness and gossip

Of memories

Of times gone by

 

Put pen to paper

And write

Those things you’ve accomplished

And those left undone

And all points in between

 

Put pen to paper

And write

Something silly or serious

Or something that only makes sense to you

Or a letter to someone from your past

 

Put pen to paper

And write

Keep that hand moving

For there is no writer’s block

Not today

 

 

 

 

A Little Something I’m Working On

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Below is a five page preview of a new full length play I’m working on titled Debbie Sue’s Little Girl Went And Got Drunk Again.  Look for it in 2017/18.

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Debbie

Head hurt?

 

Carla

Yes, my head hurts.

 

Debbie

Lesson learned?

 

Carla

Yes…no…probably not.

 

Debbie

Probably not. Here, I brought you some aspirin.

 

(Pause.)

 

Carla

Thank you. Can I just sleep in?

 

Debbie

No.

 

Carla

Mom.

 

Debbie

Be nice if you could sleep it off, huh?

 

Carla

I’m sorry. It won’t happen again. I don’t want to talk about it right now. Just let me…

 

Debbie

I’d love to let you sleep in, honey, but maybe you should have thought about what day today is before you went out and…

 

Carla

Oh, shit.

 

Debbie

That’s right. Your grandmother is coming to visit. Grandpa, too.

 

(Pause.)

 

Carla

I just can’t…I literally just can’t do this today.

 

Debbie

Oh, I can’t either, but it’s happening. Now if you want I can let you grandmother wake you when she gets here, but I think you know she won’t take to the situation as kindly as your mother.

 

Carla

Why does it have to be today? And Grandpa, too?

 

Debbie

Your grandpa is not the one you need to worry about.

 

Carla

But it’s so awkward.

 

Debbie

I know it is. How do you think I feel?

 

Carla

Why do they both have to come at the same time? Why can’t they visit separately like they did at Thanksgiving?

 

Debbie

Your grandparents feel it is important to bury their resentful feelings toward each other deep, deep down and pretend to get along for the benefit of their only daughter and only granddaughter.

 

Carla

Well, that makes sense.

 

Debbie

I got breakfast ready.

 

Carla

I don’t want anything to eat.

 

Debbie

Come get some food on your belly. That will help.

 

Carla

How did I get home?

 

(Pause.)

 

Debbie

You don’t remember?

 

Carla

You came to get me? How did you know? Maybe I don’t want to know.

 

Debbie

Oh, no. It’s an awesome story.

 

Carla

Forget it.

 

Debbie

No, please. Indulge me. Let me tell it.

 

Carla

Mom, stop.

 

Debbie

I’ll even tell it quietly, ‘cause I know your head must be pounding. But I just got to tell it. It’s a good one. It was a Saturday night and I had the house to myself, which does not happen very often. I thought I might do something productive like finally clean out the attic or something fun like meeting some old friends for a movie or maybe I’d finally call back that cute boy at work that has been texting me.

 

Carla

Who? How young?

 

Debbie

Very young. Anyway, instead I stayed in and curled up in a ball and watched Netflix for I don’t know how many hours and fell asleep on the couch.

 

Carla

Sounds fun.

 

Debbie

Until sometime just after midnight I was awakened by a phone call from my old friend Patty Davenport, which seemed strange. One, because it was so late and, two, because she knows good and well that I can’t stand her.

 

Carla

And you slept with her ex-husband.

 

Debbie

No, I did not! And how did you know about that?

 

Carla

Everybody knows about that.

 

(Pause.)

 

Sorry.

 

Debbie

So I answer the phone to Patty Davenport’s screeching, bat like voice: “Debbie Sue, your daughter has gone and got drunk again and this time she has gone too far.”

 

Carla

Oh, I remember.

 

Debbie

You do?

 

Carla

Kind of.

 

Debbie

What exactly do you remember?

 

(Pause.)

 

Do you remember punching Patty Davenport square in the nose?

 

(Pause.)

 

Carla

Yeah.

 

(Pause. They both start to laugh.)

 

Debbie

It’s not funny!

 

Carla

You’re laughing.

 

Debbie

I am not…it is because the situation is very tense and some people react to stressful situations differently.

 

Carla

Oh, god, I do remember.

 

Debbie

Tell me. Tell me about it.

Little Donkeys and Elephants at the Chappaqua Library

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My play “Little Donkeys and Elephants” is one of 15 Semi-Finalists (out of 130 entries) for an upcoming political comedy play festival at the Chappaqua Library in New York. The plays will be read as a part of the group’s summer Readers Circle performances in July and August. Then, finalists will be chosen for additional October performances. This will be at least the seventh production of this short play, making it one of my most performed. It is also one of seven works featured in my first short plays and monologues collection:

https://www.amazon.com/Short-Plays-Monologues-Jonathan-Joy-ebook/dp/B008R2UN4G?ie=UTF8&ref_=asap_bc