We are known for our football, bratwurst, and beer,
Iridescent blue lakes with fresh waters, crystal clear,
Summer's sun blazes hot enough to make skin burn,
Cheese producing dairy farms are around every turn,
Our bright autumn leaves change their colors with ease,
Near spring, the scent of lilac floats upon the breeze,
Snowy winters, with temperatures below zero degrees,
In our green forests, raccoons and deer have a home,
Near the roadside, wildflowers grow wherever you roam.
Harley-Davidson was born, where the eagles fly free,
Wisconsin is as close to heaven, as home can be.
Kim Merryman's contest - "Tell Me About Where You're From"
Copyright © Kelly Deschler
W eeping fills the hangar as his casket is brought out,
E mbraced by Old Glory's colors, a fitting soldier's shroud.
L oved one's hearts are shattered, future hopes, dreams are crushed;
C omrades in arms salute him, adding a bittersweet touch.
O verwhelming grief consumes those left behind,
M eaningless words, platitudes spoken to be kind.
E arnest tales of bravery told of him who died.
H eavy with emotion, a nation shares regrets,
O ffering condolences to those who won't forget.
M any a brave soldier has been welcomed home this way.
E nding future ventures, they've come home to stay.
Entered in Susan Burch's Little Viewed Jewels contest.
Copyright © Kim Merryman
Another day passes yet here I stand
Home is somewhere that my heart can land
Open your eyes and you shall see
Unleash your spirit and learn to be free.
Sometimes the world just beats me down
Everything vanishes and no one’s around
I don’t understand why this happens to me
Seeing then understanding seems to be key.
Now that my heart knows where to go
Only one thing I shall need to know
Today will pass regardless of what I do
Another step closer to understanding what’s true.
Home is a place where your heart feels safe
One step closer to reaching this place
Many words are spoken yet few are heard
Everyone knows home is more than a word.
Copyright © Mark Russell
P aranoia permeates, etching itself into your fractured face,
A cacophony of constant pressure; life remains a stressful race,
N othing to hope for, no positives like promotion in the workplace,
I nability to love, relationships lift anchor and set sail without chase,
C hildren crushing dreams under mortgages; age grows with disgrace
Copyright © Dan Keir
P - Philippines' archipelago: Pearl of the Orient Seas
H - Hospitable "Pinoys" will welcome you with smiling teeth!
I - Inhabited tranquil big or small mountainous to rocky islands
L - Luculent World class beaches: black, brown, pink to white sands
I - Inviting anyone for a wave ride: weight boarding or surfing
P - Party called fiestas on streets are colorful, spectacular and artful
P - Palette of it's cradle provides scenic man - made crafts for tourists
I - Its culture creates a rich gallery of four civilizations
N - Nature's diverse species of fauna, corals! sweetest tropical fruits!
E - Eating - a favorite "must do" for its native to modern delicacies
S - Sense of humor: a contagious alluring trait of Pinoys!
My home country: "a paradise of beauty and fun.."
Let's joyfully explore each islands one by one!
April 07, 2014
Note: Pinoy - local common name for Filipinos
CONTEST: Tell Me About Where You're From
SPONSOR: Kim Merryman
Copyright © Olive Eloisa Guillermo
~~~ Nanaimo, B.C. ~~~
Nestled in the center of this Pacific isle,
a gem of a city, your heart it will beguile.
Nicest climate in all of our Country fair.
Air fresh from the ocean surrounding us there.
Imagine a city filled with parks all around,
mountains behind us as nature abounds.
Oh, the beauty of this place simply astounds.
Be sure to stop by if you're ever this way.
Chances are you will love it and you'll want to stay.
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Copyright © Francine Roberts
Flamingos pink and perky love wading in the glades,
Lazing on white sand beaches you'll see tourists on display.
Oranges grow in groves off'ring juicy sweet splendor,
Rainy days combust into lightning flash and thunder.
Interesting marine life, such as Manatees, dwell here,
Days of blazing sunshine draw many Snowbirds near.
Alligators do abound - just want to make that clear!
To sum it up, Florida can be a tropical paradise.
A great place to live if you don't like snow and ice.
(For those of you unfamiliar with the term "Snowbirds": It's the nickname for the Northerners
who come spend their winters in Florida's warmer climate)
Copyright © Kim Merryman
Give me that controller, I command with a shout
After this game and don't be a lout
Modern Warfare my dad adores
I know what I like, it's Halo 4
New games and new tactics we must learn swiftly
Gaming's the best on Xbox 360
Copyright © Don McNeil
N atural beauty that dazzles the eyes
E nveloped by the Alantic ocean it lies
W inters are long with lots of storms
F og so thick it defies the norms
O ffbeat people who like to have fun
U nusal named towns, Dildo is one
N ewfinese slang, a translator you may require
D angerously high winds can sometimes transpire
L oads of tiny islands, over 7000 waiting for you to explore
A bundance of sea food, oil, ice burgs and moose to hunt for
N icknamed 'The Rock', breathtaking mountains and hiking trails to ascend
D are to be 'screeched in' and become an honorary Newf and forever friend
*Screeched in: An initiation ceremony where the person must drink screech rum, kiss a cod and speak some Newfoundland slang.
The participant then becomes on honorary Newfoundlander.
Copyright © Cecilia Macfarlane
Living in the city of lights
One among many Angels in flight
Souls that connect, artists we are
Always a place to converse with a star
Never boring or lonely because
Gravity pulls us together with buzz
Everything moving in fast pace
Life is simply a beautiful race
Engraved in my heart this city I love
Sunshine and diamonds and friends in my land.
A land of beauty art and aspirations
The most exciting place to take vacations.
Copyright © Kristen Bruni
Travel on our steam railway and step back in time
Historic village at Cregneash it really is divine
Enjoy traditional Manx seafood the ’Queenies’ are sublime
Irish Sea surrounds us with its beautiful coastal paths and craggy cliffs
Sandy beaches see sunbathers and swimmers in the sunshine
‘Lady Isabella’ Laxey’s waterwheel leaves you breathless by its size
Endless rolling green hills and wide-open spaces, it’s a walker’s paradise
Open roads to drive on with no speed limits in places
Fly here or sail and escape to our far-flung shores
Motorcycles whiz around the famous TT course
Amazing scenery delights with breathtaking views
Nowhere on earth I would rather live
Come and visit my homeland by the sea
Lets meet up soon and have a cup of tea
4th April 2014
~submitted to Tell Me About Where You’re From’
Contest sponsored by Kim Merryman ~
Achieved 2nd place in the contest
Copyright © JAN ALLISON
Indian peninsula is not unknown to you,
Not only land its sky is wonderful too.
Diverse in climate and culture and
Indians worship mother - nature.
‘Atithi devo bhav.’ is our code of conduct, this is what scriptures instruct.
My flag – The Tricolour.
Rich religious growth and spirituality.
Incredible beliefs and customs.
Devotion and meditation.
Exotic wildlife and what not.
India has all colors of the rainbow,
Festivals, fun, love and respect have easy flow.
*‘Atithi devo bhav.’ means guest is god.
Third place win in a contest sponsored by Kim Merryman
Topic - Tell Me About Where You're From
Copyright © Archana Garg
Crowning my state is a jewel in the bay
A prized Golden Gate, is my bridge to the sky
Life on the edge of a vast ocean wave
I'll love California, until the day that I die
For, this has been home since the day I was born
On her glorious coastline, my soul is restored
Redwoods so tall, where the eagles can soar
Not to mention Sequoia's and Yosemite's lore
I have it all, just a step out my door
A land rich with gold, Mickey Mouse, and the shore!
I love you California, land of plenty, land of many
Land of vast cities, tall mountains, small valleys
Over the years, I have seen other lands
Varied they are, but I do understand
Even though wonders are seen everywhere,
You have them all and cannot be compared
Only your sun makes me feel wild and free
Until your next earthquake, shakes things up, even me !!
4/7/14 For Contest Sponsored by Kim Merryman
Copyright © Carrie Richards
Heaven constructed in warmth
Only in it is freedom absolute
Most comforting and relaxing place
Earthed with total liberty and peace
Copyright © Funom Makama
T ake home a plump turkey and invite him for the night
H ave plenty of cornbread stuffing to do him up right
A sk grandpa, grandma, uncle, and aunts too
N eighbors can come if they don’t bring a crew
K itchen reeks with homemade pies in the oven
S ure smells sweet, lots of home cooked loven
G ather the clan at the table for a blessing
I gnoring everyday life that was depressing
V ent to God what life dealt you throughout the year
I nclude thanks for every armed force volunteer
G iving freedom of choice to every new pioneer
D ivide the tribes into a flag football game rouse
A fter quiet digestion of the entire house
Y ield to a fun sport in a gaming carouse
Copyright © 2010 By Caryl S. Muzzey
Copyright © Caryl Muzzey
"Honey, I'm home. I'd hear him call,
Opening wide the big front door.
Near or far, I'd run to him.
Eagerly greeting the one I adore.
"You're a bit early or a bit late."
I had faithfully watched the time.
My heart over-flowed when he called "I''m
Home from the daily grind."
Once more I'd welcome those words of his.
"My love, I'm home can I have a kiss?"
Each and every day those words I miss.
January 29, 2014
Copyright © Joyce Johnson
Haven for my weary soul,
On a beach beside the sea.
Mystical and magical as
Every home should be.
Safe, secure, serene,
Waiting at end of day.
Eagerly anticipated in
Each and every way.
This is the place I'll stay.
Home is where my heart is.
Ocean at my feet.
My life, content and happy.
Every dream complete.
Copyright © Francine Roberts
M aybe you've heard our history
I nterestingly we've had a few
C riminals and catastrophies
H istorical presidents too
I much prefer the scenery
G od gave character to our land
A shape of our state can be shown
N ow just by looking at your hand
In Michigan, there is an abundance of lifestyle
Each is their own mile after mile
So put on the cruise control and smile
Take in the changing scenery for a while.
For contest: Tell Me where your from Acrostic style
Sponsor Kim Merryman
Copyright © Casarah Nance
H ome is where we hang our hat
O thers come and sit and chat
M emories are made and families too
E nd up back home we often do.
Copyright © Kelly Zakerski
“The role of a father in a family is crucial for his offspring to flourish”
Foundations are built however flowers will wilt,
After a dad leaves his young and never nurtures what they become,
The first love of a young girl’s life and what she will allow when she becomes a wife,
Happens by the love invested in her,
Early years can taint her,
Responsibility was put on the man, to show Gods love and hold her hand,
So she will know her worth from the time of her birth.
Gang violence and drug abuse has become a growing noose,
Our generation of boys and girls are crying our children are dying.
Healing can come if the men in our society don’t run,
Open your EYES, stop believing those lies,
Mothers are in need; help raise the children that are from your seed,
Evaluate your heart and realize that BOTH parents need to play a part.
By: Sabina Nicole
Copyright © Sabina Nicole
Ocean’s mist creates fog at dawn
Ramble along the beach or take a
Morning hike on a nature trail
Observe the herons, cranes and pelicans
No species are unprotected here
Drop the rifle and pick up a camera
Boars will surprise you on woodland paths
Each river is filled with manatees and alligators
Awesome white-tailed deer prance through the forests
Children create sand fortresses on the beach
Hiding from nature’s beauty is impossible here
A canvas can only capture an image
But first-hand visits are truly a privilege
Copyright © Carolyn Devonshire
Hanging around here, nowhere to go
Ominous darkness, zero below
Many will pass by, turning their head
Enveloped by warmth, when kind words are said
Liquor, it fills me, takes me away
Escorting me back, to that happier day
Shallow are many who cast judgement on sight
Seeking out refuge, praying I'll be alright
Copyright © Kelly Radomski
Washington is the state that I have made mine,
Adopting it at the age of twenty-four.
Shaking off the snow and cold from other climes,
Home for me is Washington forevermore.
I'm enchanted by her many vales and hills,
Not to mention all her fields of lovely flowers.
Grasses, trees ,bushes and shrubs are evergreen
Treated as they often are with heavy showers.
Oh, she has such a raw beauty to be seen.
No rich bribe could make me want to live elsewhere.
Fresh foods from her lands, delicacies from the sea,
Washington, the most provident state there could be.
Copyright © Joyce Johnson
Family stays together
Only till forever
Remember the laughter
Else you forget what matters
View life like its your last
Everything always moves too fast
Rarely do we treasure the
Happiness that enters
Moment can be a precious thing
Copyright © Caleah Buil
Here is where I belong
Here is beside you I shall live
Here we shall make love
Here were our pact live
Here will be our home of joy
I was taken aback by your courage
I quiver as you look at me
Your eyes were blazing like gold
As I abase myself to your figure
Little boast did I have as your smile rack my nerves
Your presence opened many thoughts
The thought that were trapped in my belly button
Here I am
This is I who you once dreamt of in the days and night
This is l that you shared something stronger than stones
This is I who whispered to ear with a harmony voice
This is I that will forever be your guide
Here I am
The time has come for me to hold your hand
This is the time I give you my all
This is our time to show the skies that have seen us.
Copyright © Zakhe Michael Mcunu
Canada winters bitterly cold
Avalanches cascade down slopping hills
North side faces steep and icy
A tiny town sits beneath trees that are old
Down the mountain whose beauty kills
Although their beauty is enticing
Tough and strong
Bold but true
Brings something new
Copyright © Anne Hessler
(Dedication: For Clara and Michael)
Heart and mind know how feelings ease,
Opt poignant times where home abides;
Move with life's glow with calm and peace,
Etch your fine rhymes through time and tide.
Scent of fond smells that fill each room,
Wealth floods the soul with lovely worth;
Echoes now dwell with floral blooms,
Endows grand whole to frame re-birth;
Thoughts freely spell where love can groom.
Home is the place where heart owns peace,
Observe and see fond memories;
Mind knows sure grace where tensions cease,
Etch what sets free your own story.
Heap love and hope as joy sculpts form,
Expound the way in path you take;
Reach easy scope to bear life's storms,
Explore each day journeys you make.
09 July 2015
Copyright © Leon Enriquez
Tired is not the word for how I feel,
Homeward bound from another day of work,
Enjoying the ride that becomes a perk,
During pen sessions, not behind the wheel.
A nice hot shower, and a home cooked meal,
In the comfort of the home where I lurk,
Leaving behind the memories of jerks
Yelling at me for a consumer deal.
Relaxation becomes my short term goal,
Enveloped in a blanket on my bed,
Positioned as still as a lump of coal,
Organizing the thoughts left in my head,
Resting my un compromised, weary soul,
Trying to forget every word said.
Copyright © dakarai cobb
Copyright © Stephen Parker
Childhood memories of glorious times
Here in the city known for big shoulders
Incredible music, no longer crimes
City of wind from the cities molders
Art and theater a real rocking town
Go root for the Chicago Bears, Bear down
Off to the lakefront and dinner downtown
The days of Al Capone have long since past
It's reputation will forever last
for Kim Merryman's contest
Tell me about where you're from
Copyright © Tim Smith