Saturday, April 30, 2022

NaPoWriMo #30 - Cento from Emily Dickinson's Nature Poems


Today's final National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge #30
is to write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken from other poems. My source was from "Nature" in "The Collected Poems of Emily Dickinson." I made sure to annotate the title of each poem (scroll to the bottom of this post to see the annotated version.)

 From the Latin word for "patchwork," the cento (or collage poem) is a poetic form composed entirely of lines from poems by other poets." https://poets.org/glossary/cento  




"Nature, the gentlest mother,
will there really be a morning?
two butterflies went out at noon

the day came slow, til five o'clock
an awful tempest mashed the air
it sounded as if the streets were running

apparently with no surprise
she slept beneath a tree
not knowing when the dawn will come

how the old mountains drip with sunset
the moon was but a chin of gold
as children bid the guest good-night

* * * * *


I.                Nature, the gentlest mother,
II.               will there really be a morning?
XVIII.       two butterflies went out at noon
IV.              the day came slow, til five o'clock
XXI.           an awful tempest mashed the air
XXXIV.     it sounded as if the streets were running
LXXVI.      apparently with no surprise
LXXXIV.    she slept beneath a tree
LXXXIX.   not knowing when the dawn will come
CX.             how the old mountains drip with sunset
CIII.            the moon was but a chin of gold
LXVIII.       as children bid the guest good-night


Friday, April 29, 2022

NaPoWriMo #29 Birthday Gifts


 
red-haired baby born
blue eyes ... fair skin
wee Irish lass

August ninth birthday
summer parties every year
one to seventy-one

big brother's birthday
January seventeenth
so jealous


grandpa's empty shelf
fills with grandma's birthday gifts
brown skin dolls

bairn's eyes wide open
looks at warm loving smiles
sees a photograph
then and forever
my gift

* * * * * 

Today's National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem in which I muse on the gifts received at birth — whether they are actual presents, like a teddy bear, a kind brother, or not.

Thursday, April 28, 2022

NaPoWriMo #28 - Concrete Poem

 




lost at an art show
trying to find the exit
real, or a dream 


National Poetry Writing Month #28 challenge is a "concrete poem" in which the lines 

are shaped in a way that mimics the topic of the poem.


Since I usually write in haiku form I made this short, sweet and to the point. i.e., to the exit.



Wednesday, April 27, 2022

NaPoWriMo #27 Mr. G.M. Pitcher

 


Thank you for being my partner

Mr. G.M. Pitcher


I fell in love with you Mr Pitcher

as soon as I held you in my hand


When I held you I envisioned 

you photographed with fresh flowers 


You with newly snipped wildflowers 

looked so handsome on a tree stump


And even more handsome in the windows

colored by the light of the sunset


Later, the angle of the morning sun

thankfully illuminated you both


Sincere thanks for being an artful partner

Mr. G.M. Pitcher


* * * * * 



The National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge #27 almost defeated me but ultimately it was fun. 


The challenge was to write a “duplex.” 


A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet. 

Like a typical sonnet, a duplex has fourteen lines. It’s organized into seven, two-line stanzas. The second line of the first stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the second stanza, the second line of the second stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the third stanza, and so on. The last line of the poem is the same as the first.


Tuesday, April 26, 2022

NaPoWriMo #26 - Their Just Reward

 




like many snowbirds
they abandoned winter's
new-fallen snow

as if it was a
vital quest to seek spring buds
hundreds of miles south

like snowdrop clusters
too slow to break northern soil
that thrived blue springs' warmth

as if a race
over the Ozarks with
white knuckles on the wheel

was worth the cost
of discovering a secret garden -
truly the richer reward

til their silent stroll
felt as right as rain -
like their just reward

* * *


National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo #26 challenge was easier said than done.

Working outside the comfort of a single haiku can be quite a stretch especially when the challenge is to write an epic simile. Also known as Homeric similes, these are basically extended similes that develop over multiple lines.



Monday, April 25, 2022

NaPoWriMo #25 - Pouring Peace

 



Eirene
dreams of a pitcher
pouring peace

* * *

 
National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo No. 24

I'm not following the full instruction prompt of writing an Aisling long poetic story,
but rather doing a haiku poem imagining the Greek goddess of peace's vision.



Sunday, April 24, 2022

NaPoWriMo Day 24 #2 - Like A Cowboy

 



yee haw
tulips ride the wild wind
like a cowboy
on a bucking bronco
yee haw


National Poetry Writing Month Challenge: Simile, e.g. "like a cowboy."

Honestly, I was hesitant to share my first composition written with several revisions in the wee hours of the morning. Now, eight hours later, it's growing on me so I'll share this one as well.




NaPoWriMo Day 24 #1 - Sunday's Prayer

 



garden drinks
the misty morning rain
Sunday's prayer


National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge: write a poem in which you describe something with a simile.

I realize this is not a "hard-boiled" simile as suggested however, for this one, I prefer the implied message i.e. like a Sunday prayer.





Saturday, April 23, 2022

NaPoWriMo #23 Carpe Diem




from earliest bud

to drop of the last petal

carpe diem


brave young buds 

breakthrough the soil

reach for the sun


petals push outward

open wide and wonderful

commune with bees and bugs


aged petals curl

tight as they hold their

power inward


naked stem

remembers its earliest

days but forgets yesterday



National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge today gave the option to follow the example of another poet and write in the style of proverbs or aphorisms.  

I followed the latter, thinking of the Latin aphorism: seize the day.


Friday, April 22, 2022

NaPoWriMo #22 Getaway Gals Gather Again



 

Friday Friday
best day of the week
Getaway Gals gather
to get away from
marinades and medicines
people and politics


Fiery Fridays
mother nature calls us to
wander among her wonders
frolic among freshest flowers
traipse under tallest trees
and picture prettiest posies

Festive Fridays
we bring out pretty party plates
below brilliant birthday blessings
in front of photogenic florals
serving spicy soups savory salads
concluding with confection covered cakes


Friday Friday
best day of the week
can't wait for the
Getaway Gals to gather
again and again
again and again



National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem that uses repetition. I can repeat a sound, a word, a phrase, or an image, or any combination of things.



Thursday, April 21, 2022

NaPoWriMo #21 Remembering Him Then


 
paired on the airplane
our cameras and lives melded
in business and marriage


portrait photographers
holding film .. then memory cards
til the banks crashed


your nature photo
will never be forgotten
"After the Spring Storm"


would we do it all
over again with all the
highs and lows

National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo Day 21 the challenge is to write a poem in which I first recall someone you used to know closely but are no longer in touch with, then a job you used to have but no longer do, and then a piece of art that you saw once and that has stuck with you over time. Finally, close the poem with an unanswerable question.

Today I enjoyed remembering our past and how our lives have changed drastically while enjoying a bottle of local wine in Eureka Springs, Arkansas.  


I centered all the poems around my husband

(1) what we were like when we first met acknowledging we are very different now

(2) we had a photography business together so our "jobs" were to create portraits for families and businesses and it was a fantastic experience until the banks crashed and our customers fled

(3) the piece I'll never forget is a photograph my husband created he titled "After The Spring Storm."  Unfortunately, it was a digital file creation process and he never printed it.

(4) the unanswerable question is posed above. 



NaPoWriMo #21 Remembering 

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

NaPoWriMo Day 20: Anthropomorphizing Food



 

let me recommend -
drink 8 glasses of clear water
daily ... not tea or coffee


unless you've been
frolicking au naturale
in the sea or a fresh spring


gulping nature's drink
plus sand, shells, salt -
then drink 2 more

* * * * * 

National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge is to write a poem that anthropomorphizes a kind of food. I interpreted this to be a health recommendation about water.




Tuesday, April 19, 2022

NaPoWriMo Day 19: Commands

 



look there ! look!
we've finally found spring with
a hundred shades of green


gently touch the
tulip petals before they fall -
be careful!


smell this
budding purple lilac -
get drunk with her scent!


* * * * *

National Poetry Writing Month challenge Day 19: Today’s challenge is to write a poem with a command telling someone to do something.



Monday, April 18, 2022

NaPoWriMo Day 18 - Write Five Answers

 



you broke the blackness
from the rich black soil
then came into the light

poetry seeds
planted so many years ago
sprouted ... surprisingly

birdsongs at sunrise
sing of the space between notes
where a poem waits

each day a flower
releases a new haiku poem
cupped in its petals

mindful moments
calm the body and mind
poems write away the pain

* * * * * 


National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge for today is to write my own poem that provides five answers to the same question – without ever specifically identifying the question that is being answered.

Sunday, April 17, 2022

NaPoWriMo Day 17: A Dog Story






that cat in the window
keeps looking over at me
what's up with him
sitting warm indoors
- unlike me


National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge is to think about dogs I have known, seen, or heard about. 

Leo, the dog next door sits outdoors in his backyard, sometimes looking bored with nothing to do.  He looks over, making eye contact with my cat, Weston, in the window. Weston stares back.  

I often feel sorry for Leo and wonder what he'd like to say to Weston, or me.

 





Saturday, April 16, 2022

NaPoWriMo Day 16: A Cherita #2

 



the Calliope Circle
a revolutionary idea -
poetry read together

paper in women's hands
reading poems aloud

yet, pens at the ready


I am side-stepping the (optional) group prompt suggested for the National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge.

I've given myself the challenge to write a cherita poem (pronounced CHAIR-rita). 

Cherita* is a linked poetry form of one-, two-, and three-line stanzas. 

When I first read about it I loved the idea that a longer story could be told in a poetic form.  Then other things distracted me and I put it on the shelf. 


https://www.thecherita.com/origins/

NaPoWriMo Day 16 - A Cherita #1

 



a tense afternoon with
a more-tension-rising evening
so much to do before Sunday and Monday
when wonderful joyous things are happening -
celebrating Easter and the next day's road trip
 
but until then ... I allow
myself to breathe and to write
 

* * * * * 

I am side-stepping the (optional) group prompt suggested for the National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge.

I've given myself the challenge to write a cherita poem (pronounced CHAIR-rita). 

Cherita* is a linked poetry form of one-, two-, and three-line stanzas. 

When I first read about it I loved the idea that a longer story could be told in a poetic form.  Then other things distracted me and I put it on the shelf. 


* https://www.thecherita.com/origins/

NaPoWriMo #30 - Cento from Emily Dickinson's Nature Poems

Today's final National Poetry Writing Month #NaPoWriMo challenge #30 is to write a cento. This is a poem that is made up of lines taken ...