Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Day 28

Today's Prompt from NaPoWriMo.net

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem about bridges. A bridge is a powerful metaphor, and when you start looking for bridges in poems, you find them everywhere. Your poem could be about a real bridge or an imaginary or ideal bridge. It could be one you cross every day, or one that simply seems to stand for something larger – for the idea of connection or distance, for the idea of movement and travel and new horizons.


of a nose
or in the mouth
a circuit board
the cue rest at Saturday's pool night
the card game - Clubs Trump
the musical passage
the rail gantry.

We yearn to build
hope to not burn
cross when we must grow
and toss pebbles as wishes into the water below.

Monday, April 27, 2015

Day 27

The Hay(na)ku is the prompt for today by NaPoWriMo.net.

write about
politics or religion.

two words
three words spoken

their best
to find meaning

a number
or sound bite.

I will
ask for favors:

and time
from my devotees.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Day 21

The prompt for today was creating an erasure.
The original selection is from Tony Dunbar - Shelter from the Storm.
It is available for free on Kindle, I have not read it yet - but considering the words offered became this piece - I must say, I have to read it.

Thank you, Mr. Dunbar, for the page - and thank you, NaPoWriMo.net for the prompt!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Day 20

Day 20 - And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I challenge to write a poem that states the things you know. For example, “The sky is blue” or “Pizza is my favorite food” or “The world’s smallest squid is Parateuthis tunicata. Each line can be a separate statement, or you can run them together. The things you “know” of course, might be facts, or they might be a little bit more like beliefs. Hopefully, this prompt will let your poem be grounded in specific facts, while also providing room for more abstract themes and ideas.  (from http://www.napowrimo.net/)

It is snowing
on a Monday in late April.

I have to pay daycare next week
and I don't know where to find the funds.
The phone rings only when
I take a bite of a cracker
and after I take a swig of
Diet Coke.

My mouth is full and
I pick up the phone to say
Lommm, dish ish Mmmly...

The car gets fixed in a week
a new door, new rear-view mirror
so I'll be able to see the pole
next to the lane.

Ah well, EastEnders is on.
Time for a distraction.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Day 15

Day Fifteen of NaPoWriMo

Whole Poem

my pen

my keyboard

are at odds

with my wrong-brain.

i don't do 'pray'.


To sit and to write and to read and to work and to learn and to read and to teach

relief would be a death

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Day Twelve

Describe in great detail your favorite room, place, meal, day, or person. You can do this in paragraph form.
Now cut unnecessary words like articles and determiners (a, the, that) and anything that isn’t really necessary for content; leave mainly nouns, verbs, a few adjectives.
Cut the lines where you see fit and, VOILA! A poem!
Dorm Room

Small enough to be a jail,
large enough to house two men
and their equipment. She
turned her head to see

television displaying pictures
of sitcom actors arguing.
No sound, except for
country music twanging

in the background, the bed
shaking like a sick child.
All she heard
was Taps being played ... gently

keeping her cool,
wincing at every thrust
every push
shaking the bed more and more.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Day Ten - Abecedarian

via NaPoWriMo


All Brian Could Do...

do was bring
flowers for her birthday.
Genius was not
his middle name, and
intellect wasn't his
judge, but genuine concern
kept him
mentionable and a
'nice guy'
Perhaps the
quest for friends
resulted in
too high.
Under the circumstances,
would be
x-actly what
you'd expect from a

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Day Nine

Okay, I'm starting this a little late - but hey!  I'm working on my thesis so I'd better grab some extra inspiration, right?
Time for a visual poem - here's the prompt from the NaPoWriMo site:
Our prompt for the day (optional, as always) plays of our resources. Today, I challenge you to write a visual poem. If that’s not specific enough, perhaps you can try your hand at a calligram? That’s a poem or other text in which the words are arranged into a specific shape or image. You might find inspiration in the famous calligrams written by Guillaume Apollinaire. And a word to the wise — the best way to cope with today’s exercise may well be to abandon your keyboard, and sit down with paper and pen (and maybe crayons or colored pencils or markers!)

I've written a couple of these for classes - one has been sent off for possible publication, so I won't share it here yet...  Later, after it's published, maybe (some lit mags are very specific about what is considered previously published, sometimes on my blog or facebook is considered previously published - so I'm careful with the work I want to see in print!)