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Welcome! A few years ago, I discovered an application that artists employ in their works to bring cultural awareness to their audiences. Having discerned this semiotic theory that applies to literature, music, art, film, and the media, I have devoted the blog, "Theory of Iconic Realism" to explore this theory. The link to the publisher of my book is below. If you or your university would like a copy of this book for your library or if you would like to review it for a scholarly journal, please contact the Edwin Mellen Press at the link listed below. Looking forward to hearing from you!

07 July, 2011

Poetry Jam: New Challenge for 11 July!

The GREAT Derek Jeter
Photo from Google Images

Poetry Jam for 11 July BE A SPORT!

Sorry, I'm a little late. See, I was watching the Yankee game, waiting for my favorite player, Derek Jeter, to make his 3,000th career hit. He didn't in this game, but he's at number 2,998... That was on Thursday. On Saturday, 09 June, he batted 5 for 5, which took his number to 3003! Not only did Mr. Jeter hit the 3,000th in Yankee Stadium, but it was a home run. Then, he went on to win the game with one of his amazing hits. Well done, Derek! Now, about our weekly poetry challenge. Hmmm....
Okay, here goes.... Let's think about our favorite summer sport and write a brilliant poem about it. It could be ANY sport, at any time of your life...whatever floats your boat. Let's bring this Jam to a full boil, ladies and gents! It's ♫summertime, and the livin' is easy.'♪♬

Now, I'll cross my fingers, make a wish and hope this challenge gets posted on the Poetry Jaam's page.

Meanwhile, here's my poem about tubin':

Tubin' down the Chattahoochee River
Photo from Google Images
Tubin' Down the River
The Chattahoochee cool as she can be
on this hot, Georgia summer day.
Oh my! I'm just dripping with sweat!
Now, he had it down to a science:
park the car up ahead with the beer hidden
under some rocks, cold river water chillin'
those cans of Bud. "This one's for you!"
(The inner tube, that is)
I ride with the love of my life to a good
spot north of the beer, then we settle our bums
in the center of those tubes
cold...Cold...COLD! but oh, so fun!
The current carries us passed the others,
but we're focused: he on me, I on him.
Grasping hands, we catch a few kisses.
His lips warm me through to my icy bottom.
We reach the end, only to discover
someone stole our beer! Sheeee-iiitt!
But it's all okay,
because that day, we stole, too,
each other's heart, that is.

Jeanne I. Lakatos  2011

Chattahoochee River, Atlanta, Georgia
Photo from Google Images


  1. What a great image! I love the idea of the two of you smooching down the river. Too bad about the beer though :)

  2. Thanks, Dana. Yes, some great memories of the ol' Chattahooch!
    And again, thank you so much for helping me post the prompt! :)

  3. Great Jam! My son lives lose to the Chattahoochee in Roswell ... I don't float it, but I do walk it!

  4. Fun times... reminds me of tubing down the Guadalupe. It's freezing cold water, too. I love your voice.

  5. Roswell, Georgia! Yes, I know it well. I lived in DeKalb County. I think it might have become a bit more commercial. When my friends and I would go tubing, there was no one else around except a few other tubers. So much fun... and yes, Laurie... that COLD water was always a relief for those HOTlanta summer days. Thank you, Ladies, for your kind words. I appreciate it!

  6. Sounds like great fun! (except for the stolen beer, that is!)

  7. It was, Lolamouse! If I recall, we ended up at a 'kegger' anyway.

  8. nice...this was a lot of fun...my fam used to camp along the James River every year and we would tube down it several times each summer...we are waiting for our boys to get a bit better at swimming before we try it...fun poem...

    and your boy did it with class on saturday

  9. Brian, good idea to wait until your boys can swim. Once the current kicked up in the afternoon, and I was nearly swept away. It is so much fun, though, that's for sure. I love the peaceful feeling of drifting along in the middle of a river. Great summer fun!

    Oh yes, Jeter is #1!!!! And the fan who caught the 3,000 ball was class, too. He gave it back to the team. The Yankees reciprocated with 4 season's tickets. Beautiful all around!

  10. Yes, indeed it is fun to go tubing.

    Thanks for sharing this fun post ~

  11. "His lips warm me through to my icy bottom"

    I love that line. Thanks for the poem and the prompt this week. I found it challenging...but there's always a way I didn't know.

    I don't live far from you--Western MA

  12. Thank you, Twinklysparkles! Yes...Western, MA is right up Route 7! :)


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