National Poetry Writing Month 2019 Day #10

Only one prompt available for Day 10 so far… The napowromo.net prompt calls for ‘a poem that starts from a regional phrase, particularly one to describe a weather phenomenon’. There's nothing particularly regional about the phrases I included. The one that opens the poem is something my ex used to say (probably still does, as [...]

Election Day storm (A poem)

For March, I will be doing pantoums. A pantoum consists of any number of four-line stanzas, with the second and fourth lines of one stanza repeating as the first and third lines of the next. (https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/text/poetic-form-pantoum) The storm was as unexpected as the results were anticipated Hail poured down from blackened clouds while the map [...]

The death of the Grand Dame (A poem)

Attempting to form a tribute from a jumble of impressions on a very long day… It snowed in Lithuania today they’ve got aerial photos for proof In fact, it seems colder just about everywhere the skies gone cloudless for the prettiest star Three years ago, wandering the streets of Germantown we’d no idea where we were [...]

That’s what Xmas means to me (A poem)

Watching movies on Xmas eve… Lights out, America it’s a full-moon Xmas this year and here I am the night before Xmas eve preparing to sleep alone That’s what Xmas means to me I’ve got a tiny metal tree a nativity scene in a box stockings packed safely away Another silent night? That sounds about [...]

There’s no such thing as snow anymore (A poem)

An attempt to conceptually connect weather and television. 1 There’s no such thing as snow anymore outside of old movies on TV It used to be such a common thing the blank slate you could turn to once in a while a palate cleanser for the eyes 2 Outside, all was silence a blanket of white [...]

In that last moment before letting go (a poem)

One of the several poems I found coming to me just as I was getting ready to go to sleep for the night. (The title is provisional, since nothing better immediately came to mind…) The universe is off-center I’m just outside the eye of the storm where the winds whip me around in an ever-widening [...]

The meaning of winter (a poem)

The February 17th prompt in The Daily Poet, by Kelli Russell Agodon and Martha Silano, is to list memories of winter, then write a poem about them. Can we still call it ‘winter’ when it’s sixty degrees Fahrenheit in the middle of February and snow is only something we hear about on the evening news [...]

A bunch of questions and answers for no particular reason

I recently found some lists of questions posted by people on Tumblr. I guess the idea is that the people who see the posts then choose one or more questions to ask of the person who posted them. I didn’t feel like doing that, so I just did a quick copy-and-paste into a Word document… How [...]