Poetry Marathon 2016, Hour Ten: Critical decision

Tenth poem of the day. I went with a found/blackout poem approach, then added my own twist at the end. It is often said that this is the former summarizing the latter In the former situation, I tend to judge the relationship right down to natural instinct To the extent the end of the story came into [...]

National Poetry Writing Month, Day #28

Today’s napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem that tells a story backwards. I did that, sort of—I wrote my poem, then reversed the order of the lines (making a couple of small adjustments in the process)… I can feel the answers to questions I still don’t know… Even though I knew it was wrong for so [...]

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

Today’s NaPoWriMo.net 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 [...]

Big, Beautiful Eyes

She had big, beautiful eyes. Her name was Nikki. I guess you could say she was my first crush. We were both in the third grade at Graham Hill Elementary. She was in the other class, but I would see her in the playground during recess. I’m not sure when I first noticed her, but [...]

National Poetry Writing Month: Day #9 (April 9, 2013)

Today's prompt: a poem inspired by noir. I'm not so impressed with the result, but I'll leave that for the reader to judge… Shadows crept across the wall "It was a dark and stormy night…" I heard the rainfall saw its pock-marked shadows against the light The music told a story Dark. Mean. Dramatic. All grit [...]