National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 7: Resignation

My Day 7 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write either a fib (six lines, with the number of syllables on each line corresponding to the Fibonacci sequence, or 1/1/2/3/5/8) or a shadorma (six lines, with the syllable count by line being 3/5/3/3/7/5). I combined both forms, using the fib [...]

Where the water carries us, we will gladly go (a poem)

An annual rumination. I resisted,allowing doubt, and frustrationto hold sway. Soft-spoken expressionsnever spoke loudly enough to register. I wouldn’t seethe complete picture. (To this day, I see only the frameand an outline or two.) Because I don’t like the ocean,I avoided dipping my feet into high tide. The moon must have sensedmy displeasure;despite the rising [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 6: It is impossible to achieve the aim without suffering

My Day 6 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to use a short line from a favorite book as the title of a poem, write a poem based on that title, and then replace the title with something completely different. I started out with a line from the 2006 translation of Meditations, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 5: Because I know what kind of look I’d get

My Day 5 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem that has the same shape as another poem. I chose Vasilina Orlova’s poem ‘Pet’. from her book Holy Robots. (You can view the poem by clicking on the book cover thumbnail, then entering the title in the search field [...]

National Poetry Writing Month 2021, Day 4: ‘Closed for renovations’

My Day 4 poem is my response to the NaPoWriMo.net prompt, which is to write a poem inspired by one of the photographs presented by @SpaceLiminalBot on Twitter. I responded to this photo. A statement of intent or perhaps a requiem A quiet goodbye for people who still need hope A use for the box [...]