National Poetry Writing Month 2020, Day 13

The prompt for day 13 is to ‘write a non-apology for the things you’ve stolen.’ I approached this from a slightly different angle; I can’t say there was theft involved, but I was definitely on the receiving end of more generosity than was perhaps warranted. So it’s more an accounting than an apology, non- or otherwise. Continue reading

National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #13 (pt. 1)

Here is my poem for Day 13 using the POETRYisEVERYTHING prompt: Write a poem in the style of bill bissett.

Not really my thing, but I managed to combine the phonetic (mis)spelling with a bit of fun at my own expense (I’m a copy editor)—and even threw in a Jules and the Polar Bears reference.

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National Poetry Writing Month 2018, Day 13

I have again managed a slight deviation from the prompt. For Day 13, the prompt is to:

write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended. For example, if you chose the phrase “A stitch in time saves nine,” you might reverse that into something like: “a broken thread; I’m late, so many lost.” Or “It’s raining cats and dogs” might prompt the phrase “Snakes and lizards evaporate into the sky.”

Somehow this got me thinking about the first Twilight Zone episode I mention in my poem. I couldn’t figure out how that had anything to do with the prompt, but I figured I’d follow it and see what happened. I think I sort-of figured out there towards the end. I even made up a word along the way (except it turns out it was already a real word, so never mind)…

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