Grandmothers Dream of John Wayne

Being a musician and a writer/poet, I was naturally inspired to try my hand at writing song lyrics. I don’t usually work with rhyme, but it’s fun to get back to it every now and then. Back when I was creating children’s programs for the libraries, one of my favorites was to invite smaller children to read rhyming poems out loud with me. We would clap our hands, dance, do whatever the rhythm inspired us to do. It was a great experience, as the children were not inhibited, and they had a blast (so did I)!

This is a set of lyrics that was sparked by listening to Tom Waits : ) Any Tom Waits fans out there?


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Published by Carol

Carol became addicted to the cathartic and highly personal nature of poetry as a child. She has taught poetry writing and appreciation to children and adults, and has had the good fortune to serve as a poet-in-residence for Clark Elementary School in Franklin, Indiana. She has also presented poetry workshops for librarians at the Children & Young People’s Division library conferences, and was awarded “Outstanding Teaching in the Field of Poetry” by the Barbara Juster Esbensen teaching award committee. Carol’s poems have been published in anthologies, journals, and magazines such as Frogpond, Branches, The Journal of Modern Haiku, The Vision, and Cricket. Holding a B.A. in Music, Carol has performed in the U.S., Canada, and the UK. Ensembles to her credit include Shilombish, White Elk, Zionsville Flute Choir, American Crow. As well as being a vocalist, Carol also performs on silver flute, Native American style flute, bass guitar, and bass lute. Also an avid equestrian, Carol is a certified Equine Sports Massage Therapist, and loves to spend time with her mule, Andromeda.

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