National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 30

For Day 30, I went off-prompt, as they say. Instead of the prompt to engage with a strange fact, I opted to go with the prompt posted on Chris Jarmick’s POETRYisEVERYTHING blog, which involves writing a poem of 8 to 12 lines, with the odd-numbered lines being borrowed from poems I have written over the last 30 days, and the even-numbered lines being new lines written for this poem, with at least one of these new lines including something blue. I made three attempts at this; I couldn’t figure out which one I wanted to post, so I made this a three-part poem and used all of them.

Three Blue Scenarios

The dream is looking for a place
of mystery, magic, mystique, and intrigue

The dream is stymied by the sleeper
who’d rather be off fighting Blue Meanies in Pepperland

Poetry is supposed to capture truths
not induce depression of deep-sea depths

It troubles me when I write about death
I’m unprepared to wear the mask
and letting the book lie open to the page
will reveal the thoughts I’ve taken such pains to hide

I’d find a photograph of the current view from my window
if I pointed my camera towards the sky

The blur of her face intrigues me
spied through the warm blue flame

I subject myself to such extravagant torture
under light of ultraviolet glow

Every little impulse
an impish spark

Flickering images turn to a smooth flare
a burst of cyan splashing across the retinae

Her eyes are open
such beautiful eyes

A gentle breeze, light from an outstretched palm
I could be seduced by the quiet life again

In my head I hear Breathe! Breathe! Breathe!
I imagine my face turning blue, even as it burns bright red

This is the hollow the paths have led to:
an old hiding place, a relic from the atomic age

When the afternoon breeze returns to the trees
decades will have passed—the sunlight may be gone

I don’t have time for any of that now
I must close my eyes and breathe
one breath at a time
here under once blue skies
malignant, pushing bitter
deep, deep down into the earth

(29 April 2018—posted April 30th)


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