He’d been a friend of a friend,
till she wasn’t friends with that friend anymore.
She’d liked what he’d collectively share
with 142 other friends,
When she finally met him,
keeping her identity secret,
she shared all that he couldn’t touch
through a screen.
“You remind me of someone,” he’d said,
& she knew then
what he would’ve never told her
for with the 1 sense he knew & liked,
she had put a face with the other 4 he loved.
There are many markets for the personal essay (http://thesunmagazine.org/about/submission_guidelines/readers_write), for no one can tell the story you have lived & from your unique perspective. They are the easiest to write because they require little research. https://sarahleastories.com/2016/10/01/waves-in-a-timeline-personal-essay/
Greeting cards are a fun way for poets to make real money. The Blue Mountain Arts greeting card company is one of them. http://www.sps.com/poetry/index.html. Note: Having a worksheet of all the different greetings helps me generate more content. http://www.studiomiragegreetings.com/greeting-card-occasions-list/
If you need help getting started, try submitting to a publication with a prompt. http://www.thefirstline.com
You don’t have to agree with a publication’s vision to submit to them. You just need to be interested in the topic or theme. http://www.writersofthefuture.com/enter-writer-contest/
If you find yourself channeling your inner Dave Barry or Erma Bombeck, submit to “The Lighter Side” section of The Saturday Evening Post. http://www.saturdayeveningpost.com/about/submission-guidelines#humor
Writer’s Digest offers several free ways to get published in their magazine. The 5-Minute Memoirs is one of them. https://sarahleastories.com/2014/07/10/5-minute-memoir-to-writers-digest-former-submission/
“Chicken Soup for the Soul” is all about writing what one knows, with calls for submissions that relate to most people. That said, don’t get discouraged: You will receive no notification upon reception, only upon acceptance. http://www.chickensoup.com/story-submissions/possible-book-topics
Mother wanted her stripling warriors,
like in the Book of Mormon—
sons, I feared, who would be David’s Only Begotten,
&, therefore, favored above me.
Catholicism & Mormonism were 2
of a Christian kind.
The first had their cathedrals,
the latter, their temples;
both had their godly quiverfuls.
The Church was constructed on feelings of faith,
that those good feelings were the Spirit,
testifying—to the deceitful heart—the truthfulness of all things.
Mine eyes saw the glory of the Mormon Lord,
manifested in their wonderful works.
Mine ears heard their heavenly hymns,
glorifying Joseph Smith—
their personal Prophet.
They spoke of Jesus marrying & having children,
& I thought how ungodly this seemed,
even as The Man had died without dignity.
I Get it Well Done
I get all my meat well done
because I like my protein
like I like my lovemaking–
because anything less
isn’t medium rare,
only half done.
The bubbles turned the backyard into a summer wonderland,
sidewalk chalk, the fence into a graffiti canvas,
into games of Hangman & Tic-Tac-Toe.
There were balloon water bombs,
& whipped cream & silly string out of a can.
A kite was for paper doll rides,
a bucket, for suds built on the air conditioner,
only to be blown away like snow flurries.
Plastic eggs were for found poems & clues,
beans & pasta shapes for making mosaics.
The world on the screen became smaller—
almost as insignificant as a distant star,
while the world outside became as big as the sun.
If you’re stuck, write about writing. A book may be static, but our perceptions are dynamic. https://sarahleastories.com/2016/03/06/writers-digest-wednesday-poetry-prompt-343-theme-poem-about-a-book/
A piece of literature can have many incarnations. When writing such a work, always cite exact quotes, & what work it is based on. I did this with a very interesting short story. https://sarahleastories.com/2016/11/01/poem-a-day-writers-digest-challenge-1-theme-stay-go/
Just as there are numerous genres in which to categorize a story, there are many formats in which to write them. Experiment with some of these lesser-utilized ones. https://sarahleastories.com/2016/09/24/writing-prompt-experimenting-with-hybrid-fiction/
Write a response to another poem, & watch it take on a life of its own. https://sarahleastories.com/2016/04/22/poem-a-day-2016-writers-digest-challenge-21-theme-poem-that-responds-or-somehow-communicates-with-another-poem/
Have fun with the absurd. Have you heard of fractured fairy tales? How about a compound fractured fairy tale? https://sarahleastories.com/2016/02/12/writers-digest-wednesday-poetry-prompt-340-theme-finally-or-at-last/
You can go for a “multiple ekphrastic”—using 3 (or more) paintings as inspiration for a narrative poem/prose. I married that idea with Rudyard Kipling’s “Just-so” type stories. https://sarahleastories.com/2015/11/05/poem-a-day-writers-digest-challenge-4-theme-once-upon-a-blank/
One could have worth
without being worthy,
for worthiness was measured
done & undone—
& how many days till one’s
Mother had spent her life atoning for her adulterous sin,
but it was David who ultimately paid for it—
a sort of accidental Christ.
Caitlin was a candy-colored musical,
Mother, a film noir,
but I, I would become the Greek drama
that would unfold with each retelling.
According to Mormon doctrine,
King David had been barred from the celestial kingdom forever,
but my David had sent no man to his death
for coveting another man’s wife.
Mother spoke of the beach—
that place we seldom went to.
She spoke of a memory there,
of her wishing not to die,
but for another man to die,
so that she could live with another.