The Haiku of Children

haiku6501Christmas is fun.
It comes once a year.
I like Christmas.

by Tommy Plogger

Eat Christmas dinner
Can’t wait until I eat
My full stomach

by Devin Dean

Love to make snowmen
Love to eat Christmas dinner
Love to watch snowflakes

by Nicole McCallister

Winter night moonrise
Cold in the winter night snow
We have fun tonight

by Brianna Gossett

Hunting season near
I can’t wait to go hunting
I jumped with joy

By Josh Fannon

Hey Santa was here
Winter came early this year
Santa loves cookies

By Nic Hoggatt

Can’t wait ’till Christmas
For the weather and presents
It’s the best feeling

by Cody Hubbard

I like Christmas stars
They can be very pretty
And most are very shiny

by Dallas Coatney

Santa loves reindeer
He eats them all for dinner
He dislikes cookies

by Kate Richardson

A Big Thank you to Melanie Perkins for having her young LG students write haiku and enter them in the ROMP Holiday Haiku contest. These poems and others by adults will be on display at the VFW Saturday, Dec. 13, while we have an art show and sale and sell tickets for the Christmas Home Tour. Come by!

Stories around the Campfire

DSC04730Tonight is ROMP Tellabration! For those of you who don’t know, Tellabration is a celebration of storytelling that usually occurs the Saturday before Thanksgiving–it is an international event where people from all over the place plan local storytelling events.

The museum’s Tellabration will include a visit to the museum, of course, but also stories around a wonderful warm fire, thanks to Ken, the Fire Master (level 2). We will also have smores and hot chocolate. So, even though it’s going to be COLDDDDDDD, the fire will be hot and the stories will be even hotter. Also, the museum is heated by a cast-iron wood stove.

We will have a few rounds of poker poetry inside and play some other word/poetry games (don’t be scared–you don’t have to be a poet!).

There will be an inappropriate and hilarious funeral story, a psychic story, perhaps a frog or outlaw story, (or a frog outlaw), a story told with a drum, and much more, including the story you bring.

We are easy to find, 2 miles west of Locust Grove on Rd. 560, then 1/2 mile north on Rd. 438 to Perkins Rd. Follow Perkins Rd. until it curves to the right and over a little hill, and there we are.

It all starts at 5:00 at the museum, and storytelling around 6:00. It’s appropriate for all ages and free, though donations are accepted. ROMP is a 501(c)3 nonprofit.

If you need more information or directions, call Shaun, 918-864-9152.

ROMP Tellabration

museumnightTellabration is an international celebration of storytelling with events happening in November the weeks and weekends before Thanksgiving. The Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry will host a Tellabration which will include stories and poems and story-poems. Visit the museum and the ROMP Shop, have some cocoa, and then enjoy the stories around the campfire–while also making some delicious smores.

Saturday, November 15

5:00-8:00 p.m.

Click on VISIT US for directions if you have never been here.

Call 918-864-9152 for more details.

If you are coming from out of town and are interested in staying the night, the Poet’s Retreat is currently available. Book it now!

Bring a story to tell or simply sit back and listen to them.

This World is Open

worldisopenWe have these stories about the perfect place. That first Biblical story of the land of love and fruit created in the image of the fruit-maker, the lover of all things sensory, all things finite and mortal. Potential blossomed on the vines trailing across the garden paths.

Paradise in the stories where people go to find the lost world of hope and opportunity, where the streets glisten with welcome and the seasons adopt the human to nurture through change. Continue reading

Poem Town

national-poetry-month-520x271I just submitted a grant application for a project I’ve been thinking about . . . maybe all my life. Poem Town. There’s some inspiration there from Edgar Lee Masters who created Spoon River Anthology, a collection of poems from former residents of Spoon River talking from the grave. When I taught high school, we always created a town and emulated Spoon River by collaborating on a cast of characters and then writing poems to go with each one. Imagining a town and its inhabitants and the stories that intertwine and create the community is an exciting, inspiring act. Continue reading

Enjoy Art, Entertainment and High Tea at LGAA Fall Art Tour

Willard Stone: "Something to Believe In"

Willard Stone: “Something to Believe In”

The Locust Grove Arts Alliance is hosting a Fall Art Tour that includes the Willard Stone Museum, the Gourds, Etc. Art Studio of Verna Bates and the Rural Oklahoma Museum of Poetry (ROMP). The tour will be Saturday, Oct. 18, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., with a reception following at 3:15 p.m.

This is a fundraiser for the LGAA. You can buy your ticket in advance from any LGAA member or come to the VFW, starting at 10:00 a.m. to buy a ticket. Tickets are $5.00 per person. Continue reading