National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #29 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 29 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: A countdown poem, using gradually decreasing numbers until the last line.

Sting’s not the only one who resolved to call her up a thousand times a day

Nick Lowe’s not the only one to ever call 999

I’m guessing my baby really wasn’t on the 910…

Who would actually walk 500 miles, and then 500 more—especially from an island? Crazy

The Beach Boys were too annoyingly clean—probably all that 409

I’ll bet most of those 99 red balloons have withered and sunk to the floor by now?

I’m still wondering what a 92 meat stew would taste like; I bet it’s all about the stock

I’ve always thought it was kind of rude to ignore questions 1 through 66

Sadly, the answer to Paul’s questions about what she’d do when he was 64 turned out to be “no”

As of this writing, Elton John has eleven years to live

I’ve felt many things while crossing a bridge; groovy isn’t one of them

Did Sammy Hagar stop driving the year he turned 55?

Is that all, Paul? Because I still count only five…

25 or 6 to 4? I’m guessing the members of Chicago never did well at the track

Since we haven’t seen a 20th nervous breakdown, I’m guessing the 19th did the trick

Nineteen would be closer to Donald Fagen’s age bracket now

How many times has it been 17 days since Prince died?

I can never again hear “Sixteen Tons” without picturing the pathway to the factor in Joe Versus the Volcano

Businesses should be required by law to change their standard hours back to 9 to 5—because nobody’s ever recorded a song called “8 to 5”

Sure, I’d love to have nothing but love eight days a week—but I do have to sleep

The list of seven words you can never say on television is now down to five (for broadcast TV) and four (for cable)

Hang on—take five…

Does the lady get to choose which three times?

What of the two of us? When worlds collide?

One isn’t really the loneliest number—it’s just a little standoffish

Well, there’s no less than zero in this poem, so that’s it

(28 April 2019—posted April 29th)


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2 thoughts on “National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #29 (pt. 1)

  1. Good poem… but wrong prompt listed… (countdown prompt). I think you did the rocket words one already…. whooooooooooooooshhhh

    1. Thanks, man. The dangers of posting in napowrimo.net time: they post their prompts at midnight eastern time, so I’m usually pretty sleepy by the time I schedule my posts.

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