National Poetry Writing Month: Day #20 (April 20, 2013)

Today's prompt: write a poem using at least five of the following words: owl generator abscond upwind squander clove miraculous dunderhead cyclops willowy mercurial seaweed gutter non-pareil artillery salt curl ego rodomontade elusive twice ghost cheese cowbird truffle svelte quahog bilious Thanks to comments recently made by one of our more (ahem!) colorful…elected officials, this was [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #19 (April 19, 2013)

Today's writing prompt is to write a poem in the form of a personals ad. I'm not really in a space to do that sort of thing, so I ended up taking sort of the opposite approach… In the Interests of Full Disclosure I'm probably not right for you. I tend to think too much, [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #18 (April 18, 2013)

Today's prompt: write a poem that begins and ends with the same word. Given the whirlwind-of-change-inspired self-reflection of the last few months, it was almost too easy. Not that the poem itself was necessarily easy, just the challenge… I haven't stopped for long though time seems to stretch out this moment beyond tolerance Unannounced delays [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #17 (April 17, 2013)

Today's prompt: a greeting poem. Finally, something I can get behind… My new life. So far? Same as my old life. But this one has possibilities unlike before. It's only a choice, same as my old life. But this one might give me a new lease, a stronger voice. There is no witness— same as [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #16 (April 16, 2013)

Decided to ignore today's prompt. Too difficult, if I'm to be honest. Instead, I wrote something short, prompted by the sunny weather this afternoon… Breathing slowly warmed by the sun the hint of a smile green eyes at peace in the moment Breathing deeply a sense of relief from troubles past closed eyes a smile [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #15 (April 15, 2013)

Decided to ignore the writing prompt; too much trouble. I started three or four different drafts that either went nowhere, or I couldn't take any further. Here's the one I liked best (hated least): Teddy bears lined up on a shelf cuteness quotient through the roof But no one sees behind their eyes (16 April [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #14 (April 14, 2013)

Today's prompt is to write a poem in the voice of a superhero. That's not so much my thing, but we'll see what happens… "Be a man. Be a human animal. Be a superman…" —William S. Burroughs (via Yellow Magic Orchestra's "Be a Superman") Some days I just want to rest No signals No rescues [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #13 (April 13, 2013)

Today's prompt is to take a walk, make notes, and incorporate them into a poem. Well, this wasn't that kind of a day. So, instead of an actual walk, I took a mental walk through the day, and noted a few impressions… Reflections on a Saturday I You! You had one thing what you had [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #12 (April 12, 2013)

Today's prompt: "write a poem consisting entirely of things you'd like to say, but never would, to a parent, lover, sibling, child, teacher, roommate, best friend, mayor, president, corporate CEO, etc." Well, that got very unwieldy very quickly—and not terribly interesting. But I thought I might be able to make something out of it… You [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #11 (April 11, 2013)

Today's prompt: a tanka. Should be simple enough; after all, the more widely known haiku is really just an abbreviated tanka. The difference is that a tanka has two additional lines of seven syllables each. Today's entry is actually kind of silly, but I've been doing battle with Roxio Toast, trying to burn a DVD [...]