Submit Your Poems
Get Your Premium Membership

Margaret Foster's Blog

About Margaret Foster
(Show Details...)
Bloggers Photo

Scottish born

 The Linton Lassie is retired, but often short of time.

Mum of four. Grandma of five, Great Grandma of four.

Owns two dogs, a German Shepherd, and a Border Collie.

Resident in Australia for more years than she cares to remember.

Writes poetry for fun.

A little bit of Twain

Blog Posted:12/3/2011 5:38:00 PM

I found this in a book I enjoyed reading. 'Crow Stone' by Jenni Mills.

Thought it worth posting here.

To quote Mark Twain

"Getting the Right Word in the Right Place
To get the right word in the right place is a rare achievement. To condense the diffused light of a page of thought into the luminous flash of a single sentence, is worthy to rank as a prize composition just by itself. . . . Anybody can have ideas--the difficulty is to express them without squandering a quire of paper on an idea that ought to be reduced to one glittering paragraph."

(Letter to Emeline Beach, February 1868)

Please Login
  1. Date: 12/4/2011 2:56:00 PM
    Nice blog and pic of you , Marg! Hmmm, I wonder if Twain wrote many haiku!

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 12/4/2011 10:48:00 AM
    Hi Margaret! So cool to see your lovely photo here :D -- and thanks for sharing this tidbit from Mark Twain-- ah, how true he is! Putting the right word for me (and without being superfluous), is art. I need help with it though, I am sometimes just too wordy for my own good.... I suppose that's why I am so challenged with haiku? Since it pushes me to say so much with so few words....

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 12/4/2011 8:40:00 AM
    Sage advice! I think many of us could pare down (myself included)...a good lesson this is!

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 12/4/2011 8:33:00 AM
    This is why politicians don't read Twain. It takes them 12 pages to get a thought across.

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 12/3/2011 7:52:00 PM
    Yeah, I agree with Mark Twain's quote wholeheartedly, Margaret. I am an amateur who rambles too much. Thank goodness I enjoy writing some sort forms, or else I might be a lost cause!

    Login to Reply
  1. Date: 12/3/2011 7:21:00 PM
    yes them jolly ol poets, were bound to show it, if it took a quarter mile, Mark Twain put on a glow a bit, left his mark by word of guile, style hey .....Don

    Login to Reply

My Past Blog Posts

Dropping out
Date Posted: 1/3/2012 10:55:00 PM
Happy New Year
Date Posted: 1/2/2012 4:29:00 AM
problems and thanks
Date Posted: 12/12/2011 6:35:00 PM
A little bit of Twain
Date Posted: 12/3/2011 5:38:00 PM

My Recent Poems

Date PostedPoem TitleFormCategories
9/29/2014Spring haikuHaikunature,
9/26/2014West windTrioletautumn,
9/16/2014I am a 4Quatrainnature,
9/9/2014An Autumn NightRhymeautumn,
9/3/2014A Rare PlaceBlank versenature,
8/30/2014A River AlouetteRhymenature,
8/20/2014Reclaimed RecycledRhymeart,image,
4/21/2012Midnight PearlDizainlost love,
4/20/2012Haiku,flowers and hummingbirdsHaikunature,
12/5/2011Haiku-River SpriteHaikufantasy,
12/5/2011Silver StrandsSonnetmystery,places,silver,
12/3/2011How I Got StartedRhymeon writing and words,word
12/2/2011When the Rains ComeSedokanature,people,women,old,m
11/28/2011Despair, HopeDiamantehealth,
11/25/2011Seasons of LoveRhymelove,autumn,love,moon,
11/20/2011Robert Burns 1759-1796Coupleton writing and words,
11/19/2011Haiku-soundless in soft snowHaikunature,
11/15/2011Haiku SunriseHaikunature,
11/14/2011Glorious DawnQuaternnature,
11/13/2011Haiku doubleHaikunature,
11/12/2011Haiku SnowHaikunature,
11/11/2011A Dreamy DessertEpulaeryufood,
11/11/2011My Bonnie Wee BabeSonnetfor children,
11/8/2011The Fourth SeasonTetractysnature,
11/8/2011Wood Pigeon's NestLight Poetrynature,
11/3/2011InspirationLight Poetryon writing and words,
10/31/2011Recipe for LifeEthereelife,
10/30/2011six baby ducklingsHaikunature,
10/24/2011The SecretRhymechildhood,friendship,word
10/24/2011Bonfire NightLimerickanniversary,history,
10/23/2011Autumn DreamingVersenature,autumn,
10/15/2011Time to RetireRhymefriendship,life,time,
10/13/2011Monkey see Monkey doLimerickfunny,
10/12/2011Times PastRhymenostalgia,time,time,
10/11/2011Far DorochaBalladfantasy,dark,dark,
10/10/2011Guilty SecretLimerickfunny,
10/6/2011Wind ChimesAlliterationfunny,
9/30/2011Nature at WorkLight Poetrynature,
9/29/2011Ding Dong BellLight Poetryfriendship,people,
9/28/2011Peaceful MeadowVersehappiness,nature,
9/28/2011The Futility of WarRhymeloss,war,
9/28/2011Walk by the North SeaVersesea,
9/27/2011A Great WeddingRhymefood,funny,wedding,
9/26/2011The Kirk by the SeaCoupletnostalgia,religion,love,
9/25/2011Please Help the GuisersRhymechildhood,halloween,
9/22/2011Ice QueenVersenature,
9/20/2011Monet's Water LiliesCoupletart,
9/18/2011Land of ImaginationRhymefantasy,for children,
9/17/2011Skinny DippingRhymefunny,happiness,autumn,ri
9/17/2011Rhythm of the StarsDodoitsumusic,peace,
9/16/2011Feeding frenzyHaikunature,green,
9/15/2011Broken BrideRhymeimagination,girl,
9/12/2011Warm WoolRondeaupeople,
9/11/2011Unknown ThingsDodoitsutime,
9/9/2011Spring in SeptemberHaikunature,
9/4/2011Artless FlowCrystallinenature,
9/2/2011My EaseRhymepeace,
9/2/2011Stormy NightRhyme royalnature,night,night,
8/31/2011A Warm ByreHaikumother,
8/30/2011Our CanalQuintain (English)nostalgia,
8/28/2011Boys BewareRhymefantasy,horse,
8/28/2011A Night in the BushSonnetnature,peace,night,night,
8/24/2011A New GrandsonLight Poetryhappiness,life,,Grandson,
8/22/2011From a B M WRhymeparody,
6/26/2010Nature’s LawI do not know?naturesilver,
6/7/2010God's Cathedral Ethereefaith
6/2/2010Grandmother's BroochSenryufamily
6/1/2010The DaintreeHaikunature
5/23/2010A Small RespiteRhymelife
5/22/2010Quiet WoodsTerza Rimanature
5/22/2010New MeLimerickfunny
5/21/2010For PaulRhymebrother,death,loss,
5/20/2010The WordLanternehope,religion,
5/20/2010White PebblesTankanature
5/20/2010The Summer of Nineteen SixtyFree verselovesummer,summer,
5/19/2010A Piece of Cowboy FunRhymefunny
5/18/2010The Dark PoetRhymeangstdark,dark,
5/17/2010A Young Man's FancyRhymefunny,parody,romance,roma
5/16/2010Island Girl---senryuSenryupeople
5/14/2010Silver SceneHaikuseasons
5/11/2010The Maiden's AnswerQuatrainparodyme,me,
5/10/2010SpellboundFree verselove
5/8/2010A Queen's LoveI do not know?history
5/8/2010Sarah GraceCoupletdaughter
5/7/2010Unlucky SnakeLimerickanimals
5/7/2010A Wise FatherPantoumfather,son,weddingfather,
5/4/2010Breath of Angels-haikuHaikunature
5/3/2010The RoseRhymenature
5/2/2010My DadRhymefather
5/1/2010Singing a New SongSestinalost lovelonely,sad,

My Photos


Fav Poems

Poem TitleFormCategories
Word SageFree versedevotion,friendship,hope,
Sonnet On My Threadbare LoveSonnethusband,lovelove,
MY KNIGHTI do not know?love,sensual,
My heart speaksFree verseart,passion
First LoveQuatrainchildhood,love,
A seed of poetryFree verseart,hope,life,on writing
Words Like Wine & WaterIambic Pentameterintrospection,on writing
The Home MakerRhymededication,work
NOCTURNEI do not know?,i love you,
How Kind Dawn Is Sonnetnature
The SandmanFree versedepressionme,
Oh Dear MoonIambic Pentameterintrospection,life,passio
The GoddessEnclosed Rhymefantasy
Deepening MornHaikunature
The Sea Hag and the Funky MonkeyQuatrainfantasy,imaginationdark,d
He AroseAcrosticfaith,holiday
A Poet's Happy DreamSonnetfantasy,happinessgreen,
Not a Tooraloora Loora .Rhymefantasy
From the BalconyFree versedepressionlife,
DOUBLE DELIGHTVersenature,seasons
The Tea Party For EmilySonnetcaregiving
My Mother's EyesFree verselove,mother
ONE TIMES ONE EQUALS ONEVersefaith,music,peopleprayer,
A Marriage of SeasonsPantoumseasonsdance,farewell,dan
Consider ThemDidacticfaith,inspirational,
Winter TidesRhymesea,
Cobblestones of QuicksandRhymelife,loss,satire,

Fav Poets

Broken Wings Canada Flag Canada Read
Carolyn Devonshire United States Flag United States Read
Dane Ann Smith-Johnsen United States Flag United States Read
Andrea Dietrich United States Flag United States Read
jacqui topham United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Seeyam Brjmohun United Kingdom Flag United Kingdom Read
Travis Tapley United States Flag United States Read