Poem in Response to The Sunday Whirl

17 Jun

Hi! Another Sunday, another whirl at a wordle. Mine is pure whimsy. I tried to cover as many of you that I know roughly where you live in North America. This is my brain traveling.

The Weather Channel

Pull the latch-string
over San Francisco and the Bay Area:
watch the marine layer roll in
over the US Open.

Does anyone ever know what is happening in Nebraska?

Trace the current,
find the draft coming down from Canada
into Montana.

Nevada is just plain hot.

Zip down to Mexico,
open the chest,
find blue sky and sunshine.

San Antonio, Texas, is overcast with periodic sunshine.

Blend cumulus and nimbus –
look for squalls over the Midwest;
keep a spare bit of wind
to blow through the Great Lake States.

Pennsylvania could use some peace and quiet.

Listen to the crack of thunder,
the strike of tympani over Tennessee and Georgia,
the racket of the refrain
touching North Carolina.

Keep your temper, New York. It’s summer in the city.

If you haven’t visited Brenda at The Sunday Whirl, yet, head on over and see what others have done with the wordle words: blend, spare, latch, string, trace, current, draft, chest, crack, strike, temper, racket, refrain.

Happy writing, all.


Posted by on 17/06/2012 in exercises, poetry, writing


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53 responses to “Poem in Response to The Sunday Whirl

  1. Irene

    17/06/2012 at 8:34 am

    A delightful playful lingering weather report, and ended so well with New York. Forgot it’s a wordle. I’m also back to perpetual sunshine.

    • margo roby

      17/06/2012 at 8:39 am

      Irene! So lovely to see you. I hope your time away was good.

  2. Mary

    17/06/2012 at 8:41 am

    Whimsy is good! Enjoyed this. I found myself in both the “Great Lake States” and “the Midwest.” I will be expecting to see you soon on the Weather Channel!

    • margo roby

      17/06/2012 at 8:44 am

      Morning, Mary. You should have seen me trying to make sure I had people covered! My US geography is shaky. The poem was fun.

  3. Daydreamertoo

    17/06/2012 at 8:53 am

    LOL I think you got it covered Margo!
    Very clever and descriptive use of the wordle words.

  4. markwindham

    17/06/2012 at 9:24 am

    lots of fun. sounds like something my dad would do. He is a pilot and obsessed with the weather.

    • margo roby

      17/06/2012 at 9:34 am

      Mark, I understand the obsession. I find all things weather, fascinating.

  5. JulesPaige

    17/06/2012 at 9:28 am

    This was just delightful! A nice read to wake up to…while it isn’t hot now…it could be another scorcher. I’ll just have to check the weather now! Peace and quiet indeed πŸ™‚

    I’ve been able to make some connections and continue with my story verse…enjoy:

  6. Joanne Moceri-Taveira

    17/06/2012 at 10:11 am

    really enjoyed the weather report! a well-written ‘wordle’

  7. Hannah Gosselin

    17/06/2012 at 10:26 am

    Love these beautiful bits, Margo: “watch the marine layer roll in” and “open the chest,/find blue sky and sunshine.”

    I LOVE what you’ve wordled my friend. The topic you picked suits these words perfectly!! Big smiles!

    • margo roby

      17/06/2012 at 10:39 am

      I’m smiling, Hannah. You are good for my soul.

  8. brenda w

    17/06/2012 at 10:37 am

    This was a fun romp around wordler country, Margo.
    Does anyone ever know what is happening in Nebraska?
    made me laugh. Humor is a good thing. Thanks for the weather report.

    • margo roby

      17/06/2012 at 10:41 am

      Brenda, I spent a lot of time grinning as I placed people around North America, then tried to get them into the weather report. Yours [Montana] was the first that started the rest.

  9. 1sojournal

    17/06/2012 at 10:45 am

    Margo, great read and lots of fun in the process. Great way to tackle the wordle. We had very hot and humid yesterday. Time to stay inside and only venture out in the evenings,


    • margo roby

      17/06/2012 at 11:06 am

      Thank you, Elizabeth. The only thing saving us here is a constant cloud cover. I’m not holding my breath.


  10. whimsygizmo

    17/06/2012 at 11:17 am

    This is absolutely delightful, Margo. LOVE “open the chest, find blue sky and sunshine.” And yes, “Nevada is just plain hot.” At least my part of Nevada. Heading up north to Lake Tahoe (Nevada side) in July, and it’s heaven on earth. πŸ˜‰

    Thought of you and Paula making mischief together all day yesterday. πŸ˜‰ Someday we shall all wield cocktails and pens and sassy attitudes together, in the same state. And look out, world. πŸ˜‰

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:23 am

      I was thinking of you as I wrote the Nevada line, de!

      Looking forward to that someday πŸ™‚

  11. Cheryl's Excellent Adventure

    17/06/2012 at 11:43 am

    Oh, my! An entirely different direction to take these words and you did it so beautifully.

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:25 am

      Cheryl, that might be one of my favourite things about this group wordling together, is that sometimes we all write the same poem and sometimes we are polar!

  12. Marianne

    17/06/2012 at 12:00 pm

    A fun, clever write, Margo! I especially loved that last line: “Keep your temper, New York. It’s summer in the city.” Reminds me of the Lovin’ Spoonfuls song – Summer in the City. (Hot town, summer in the city. Back of my neck getting dirty and gritty. Been down, isn’t it a pity. Doesn’t seem to be a shadow in the city).

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:26 am

      Marianne, love that song. I’m so glad you gave the words, so I could bop my way through your comment.

  13. wordsandthoughtspjs

    17/06/2012 at 12:52 pm

    Margo, a delightful romp through the weather. Clever girl! I enjoyed this.


    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:27 am

      Thank you, Pamela πŸ™‚


  14. Annette Mickelson

    17/06/2012 at 1:27 pm

    Margo, this was great fun to read! I didn’t even realize it was a wordle — I had to look for the words. You took such a unique approach to these words — love the weather theme and how personified the States.

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:27 am

      I’m so glad, Annette. I had such fun writing it.

  15. Gerry Wilson

    17/06/2012 at 2:00 pm

    This is both lovely and clever, Margo! Love the “travelogue” as the unifying metaphor. So nice!

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:29 am

      Gerry, I love anyone who mentions unifying metaphors! I do miss talking about the how with people.

      • Gerry Wilson

        18/06/2012 at 9:17 am

        We can talk the how any time you like! I don’t call myself a poet–I’m more into fiction now–but I taught poetry writing for years, and the how fascinates me.

        • margo roby

          18/06/2012 at 9:26 am

          It’s all about the how [in fiction as well]. I taught both the analysis of and the writing, poetry and prose, so I come at the how from two directions. We used to have wonderful discussions in the common room.

          • Gerry Wilson

            18/06/2012 at 9:36 am

            I did, too (what I called “close reading” as well as writing), at the secondary level. I bet you did have great discussions!

            • margo roby

              18/06/2012 at 9:50 am

              Secondary level, check! We also called it ‘close reading’. Well, how lovely to know you are there.

  16. TheOthers1

    17/06/2012 at 2:31 pm

    I loved this. “Does anyone every know what is happening in Nebraska?” lol.

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:42 am

      Thanks, TheOthers1. I laughed as I wrote the line. I just got back from your site and enjoyed reading your last few posts.

  17. Laurie Kolp

    17/06/2012 at 8:52 pm

    So clever and witty, as always… enjoyed this immensely, Margo.

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:31 am

      Sending a grin your way, Laurie, and waving, now that we’re in the same state!

  18. Veronica Roth

    17/06/2012 at 9:01 pm

    Really fantastic Margo. I have very limited time right now but will post and link.

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:32 am

      Thank you, Veronica. You sound like you are racing!

  19. Benjamin Thomas

    17/06/2012 at 11:37 pm

    Hi Margo,
    I love the last line “Keep your temper, New York. It’s summer in the city.” That was just icing on the cake!

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:33 am

      Benjamin, thank you. That line was the last to come and I was so happy when it appeared.

  20. teri

    18/06/2012 at 12:45 am

    You can hear how much fun you had with this one. I think I feel the need to hop in my car and drive around the country. On second thought I will just turn on the weather channel.

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:34 am

      Teri, you would have laughed to watch me work North Carolina in. This was great fun to write. Love the weather channel!

  21. Misky

    18/06/2012 at 8:00 am

    I love this poem, but then I love weather. We’re rather preoccupied with it in this house, and have a fancy-all-dancing weather station that electronically records everything except my voice mail message.

    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 8:35 am

      Nice, Misky! Anything weather fascinates me. The topic is the closest I get to a theme with my poems.

  22. pmwanken

    18/06/2012 at 3:54 pm

    SUCH fun!! You really did zip cross-country for this one.

    And, for the periodic sunshine here, you will need sunscreen and: 😎


    • margo roby

      18/06/2012 at 4:18 pm

      Paula, I LOVE wordling!

      You secretly sell sunscreen, don’t you?

      more hugs — m

  23. purplepeninportland

    18/06/2012 at 11:29 pm

    I love this one, Margo. Found it unique.

    • margo roby

      19/06/2012 at 3:35 pm

      Thank you, Sara. The wordles bring a wild out in me.

  24. Mr. Walker

    20/06/2012 at 4:21 pm

    Pure joy. Margo, I like this so much! Fun to read, and it made me smile. I enjoyed the nods to all the poets out there.


    • margo roby

      20/06/2012 at 4:31 pm

      Thank you, Richard. I smiled all the way through the crafting.



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