The exam for advanced second-graders

In Israel, there's a state exam for second-graders that aims to identify advanced students. There are two stages of this exam; the children who pass the first stage go on to the second, more challenging stage. I don't have all of the information about this exam, but, essentially, children who are identified as "advanced" are… Continue reading The exam for advanced second-graders

Squirt, or: Squirts

A limerick Her dad should have been more alert- Should have heeded the giggles and squirts; His little squirt smiled, His wild, rascally child; And smeared paint all over her white shirt. โ€˜What do you seeโ€™ Prompt #159 For Sadjeโ€™s weekly #WDYS prompt, she offered the photo below as inspiration for writers to produce art.… Continue reading Squirt, or: Squirts

Would you like a cone, or: A cup?

An American sentence: She recalled weekly Friday ice cream outings with her father fondly. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt that… Continue reading Would you like a cone, or: A cup?

Autumn skies, or: Familial warmth

A Cadralor In the form of 5 Kimos I. Mother visits the local party store; picks out some Styrofoam fruit, sparkling, tinsel garlands. II. Her teacher organizes art projects for the children to bring home their own decorations. III. Father has bought some twine and white zip ties from the local hardware store, needed for… Continue reading Autumn skies, or: Familial warmth

Soup smells, or: October skylight

A haibun soup smells circulate steamy October skylight clouds obscure crescent My seven-year-old daughter is not inherently opposed to healthy food, but there exists a very small subset of healthy foods that she is willing to eat without creating a fuss. One is a salmon vegetable soup that my wife makes, which leaves our daughter… Continue reading Soup smells, or: October skylight

Modern body image issues for young girls

A high school memory of mine I was in high school (eleventh grade, I think) when I first heard a female classmate of mine tell a friend of hers that she had recently shaved her forearms. I was shocked. "Why would you bother doing that?" I asked her. Previous to that incident I'd been aware… Continue reading Modern body image issues for young girls

Inspirit, or: In spirit

Poetry Partners #138 'Old Houses', a poem by Sherry Lens of 'Sherry'sLens Photography' Doors and windows, Gates and Gables Luring me in with their untold fables Shadows on stairwells, echoing walls Hinting of stories yet to be told Remnants of footprints, ghostly remains Distant reminders of those who have came Standing in mystery in need… Continue reading Inspirit, or: In spirit

Fallen apple, or: Tree

A Choka Punch-drunk love sours to white wine vinegar over years, as tensions spike at home... voices drip acid upon the floor tiles... brother and sister tripping over themselves in familiar apprehension... their little feet, hearts pounding the stairs to safety... "F**k!" He raises the bottle. Choka? The most intricate Japanese Poetry form is the… Continue reading Fallen apple, or: Tree