2015: Baltimore (a poem)

Going back a few days to use the Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt for day 23, which was to write a(n) ‘historic’ poem. We happen to be witnessing lots of history at the moment… They’re making history tonight under night time skies and the light from a dozen news cameras The difference this time is that we [...]

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 29: Constantinople (a poem)

Today’s Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt is to write a ‘what nobody knows’ poem. I can definitely say that nobody knows the answer to the question posed in this poem… What makes the name of a place that no longer exists about which I know nothing (except what I find on Wikipedia) suddenly appear in my [...]

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 27: The next day, two years later (a poem)

Today’s Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt is to write a ‘looking back’ poem. Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is to write a hay(na)ku. My poem inadvertently combines the two. Morning Wake up Cup of coffee Whisper your name in your ear Remembering You’re gone Two years now (27 April 2015)

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 26: Lonely madcap (a poem)

Today’s Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt is to take a couple of the words invented by Shakespeare, then write a poem with those words as the title. Seven hundred and thirty days ago we laughed together one last time Momentarily tension gave way to relief I’ve come back to that laughing place this time alone (26 [...]

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 25: The false comfort of five thousand miles (a poem)

Today’s Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt is to write an ‘across the sea poem’. One thing I will say for their prompts: They’re not very exciting, but they do give you a lot of latitude… Across the sea I wonder if she thinks of me the way I think of her from time to time If [...]

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 22: What if the earth just has a fever? (a poem)

Every prompt today seems to be an Earth Day prompt: napowrimo.net, Writer’s Digest, The Daily Poet… The first thing I always think of is George Carlin’s ‘The planet is fine’ routine, so that had some influence on my Earth Day poem… The earth doesn’t care about us— not the way we think it does Agent Smith [...]

My ambition, the great mystery (a poem)

Today’s Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt is to take the phrase, My (blank), the (blank), fill in the blanks to create the title of the poem, then write the poem. I combined this prompt with the terzanelle from the other day… I have often been told that I don’t seem concerned enough to take action bold, as [...]

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 18: Ground out (a poem)

Today’s Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt turned out to be a tricky one (I accidentally let a stray ‘e’ slip in)—though that may have been mostly to my choice of vowels… Wrought from ghosts too stubborn or too drunk to drown out thoughts hollow’d out by words not found out of bounds Rough shadows old songs [...]

NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 17: A late autumn evening in 1982 (a poem)

For Day 17, I went with the Writer’s Digest April PAD Challenge prompt, which was to write a swing poem… Relax and swing sway back and forth in the dark Close my eyes feel the music pure sensation There’s nothing more than this only the dark the music and me (17 April 2015)