NaPoWriMo 2015, Day 19: What is a picture really worth? (a poem)

Today’s prompt is to write a landay. Poetry Magazine describes the landay as ‘an oral and often anonymous scrap of song created by and for mostly illiterate people: the more than twenty million Pashtun women who span the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan.’ It is a couplet, with the first line made up of nine syllables, the [...]

A Japanese image (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph by Hisatomi Tadahiko… The shadow makes you look like a statue a warrior in shades of grey your sharpened features ready to show no mercy poised to attack from every angle Your expression is blank a cipher open to interpretation but giving nothing away not even your full lips and heavy-lidded [...]

Youthful discretion (a poem)

Inspired by a photograph… She reminds me of someone I once knew I don’t hear from her anymore I guess I can’t blame her I had my reasons but they seem so frivolous now It’s too late for everything wishful thinking means nothing second chances don’t exist The walls are too high this time and [...]

Bow Hill Road (a poem)

A familiar sight driving north on I-5 towards Bellingham and the Canadian border is the exit sign for Bow Hill Road… It’s been years since I last saw you Bow Hill Road every day another mile between us I remember an old photograph the blurry freeway sign as we drove on by in the rain [...]