NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 30 — ‘Adieu, Dear April’

For the final day of the National Poetry Writing Month challenge, I have departed from my pattern. Every other day that I wrote, I have followed the prompt faithfully.  But today — especially since Maureen has made it clear that the prompts are merely optional suggestions — I have decided to ignore the prompt andContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 30 — ‘Adieu, Dear April’”

NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 29 – ‘To Love’

A poem using at least five foreign words: That was the prompt for day 29 of the National Poetry Writing challenge.  (I’m running a day behind again, and will have to do day 30 today as well, since May is staring us in the face.) Now, since the first foreign language I actually studied wasContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 29 – ‘To Love’”

NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 28 – ‘Yellow’

Day 28, and our prompt is to write a poem based on a color.  I’ve actually done that, since I wrote two poems the day we were supposed to write one that began and ended with the same word. I wrote about the color green that day. However, I didn’t think it was fair toContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 28 – ‘Yellow’”

NaPoWriMo – Day 25 – A Ballad

I’m fudging just a little on today’s prompt – a ballad – because I did not write this poem today. I actually wrote it some time ago.  However, taking the definition of ‘ballad’ in its simplest form — a rhymed poem that tells a story — this piece fits the criteria perfectly. And since it’sContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – Day 25 – A Ballad”

NaPoWriMo – Day 18, Poem # 2 — ‘Liquid Color’

This is the 18th day of National Poetry Writing Month, and the prompt today is to write a poem that begins and ends with exactly the same word. If you want to join in the fun there’s still plenty of time. Visit this site: http://www.napowrimo.net/ I was inspired on this challenge to use free verse,Continue reading “NaPoWriMo – Day 18, Poem # 2 — ‘Liquid Color’”

NaPoWriMo – Day 18, Poem # 1 – ‘Ecouter’

This is the 18th day of National Poetry Writing Month, and the prompt today is to write a poem that begins and ends with exactly the same word. If you want to join in the fun there’s still plenty of time. Visit this site: http://www.napowrimo.net/ I was inspired on this challenge to use free verse,Continue reading “NaPoWriMo – Day 18, Poem # 1 – ‘Ecouter’”

NaPoWriMo – Day 15 – A Pantun

Just in case we have new readers who are not familiar withNaPoWriMo, perhaps I should explain again. It’s been a couple weeks since we talked about it in detail. April is National Poetry Month, and Maureen Thorson, in Washington, D. C. hosts a blogsite that invites all poets to participate in a special challenge inContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – Day 15 – A Pantun”

NaPoWriMo – Day 13 – Along The River

The prompt for Day 13 was to take a walk and incorporate the elements of that walk into a poem. ALONG THE RIVER The sun is playing hide and seek with clouds Along the river. The clouds are gray, but friendly, soft, and free Along the river. I move unhampered by the flirting breeze AlongContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – Day 13 – Along The River”

NaPoWriMo Challenge – Day 12 – Saying Things We’d Never Say

Okay the challenge for day 12 is to write a poem “saying only things you’d never say” to some people in your life: parents, lovers, teachers, employers, presidents, corporate execs, etc. Well, here’s what happened when I tried it: THINGS I’D NEVER SAY  I’ve often thought if telling certain people off. Imagined speaking my mindContinue reading “NaPoWriMo Challenge – Day 12 – Saying Things We’d Never Say”

NaPoWriMo – Day 11 – Tanka

The challenge for day 11 is to write an example of Tanka — a form of Japanese poetry that is strictly disciplined by number of lines and syllables, but has no concern with rhyme. The format consists of five lines presented in the following syllable pattern: 5-7-5-7-7- respectively. I have to admit I did notContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – Day 11 – Tanka”

NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 10 – An “Unlove Poem”

The challenge for Day 10 is to write “an unlove poem” or a “poem of sarcastic dislike.”  So here goes:  NARCISSUS It’s true you quicken heartbeats when you enter rooms. And every girl around compete’s for you. The wilting sighs float down the street as you pass by, And “brilliant” comes to mind at allContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 10 – An “Unlove Poem””

NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 6 – ‘Valediction To A Passing Love’

Day 6 of the National Poetry Writing Month challenge involves a prompt to write a valediction — to anyone or anything. I guess some people might think I should take this particular subject more seriously, but, for some reason, these challenges just seem to bring out the whimsy in me, so ….. Valediction to aContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 6 – ‘Valediction To A Passing Love’”

NaPoWriMo – Day 5 – A Cinquain – ‘Invitation’

Another first for me. I have written prose and poetry all my life, but I don’t remember ever writing a Cinquain.  That’s what I love about these challenges: They keep me out of my comfort zone. According to the definitions I’ve found, the American Cinquain has 5 lines with the following accent pattern: Line oneContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – Day 5 – A Cinquain – ‘Invitation’”

NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 4 – A Series of Unlikely Explanations

Day 4 of the NaPoWriMo challenge offers a very unusual prompt.  Here it is in the words right from the NaPoWriMo site, in  host Maureen Thorson’s words:  “Recently, I read an article about the Scottish science fiction writer Iain M. Banks. His books often have spaceships in them. And those spaceships have extremely odd, poetic names. Like: ProstheticContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 4 – A Series of Unlikely Explanations”

NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 3 — ‘The Anchor’s Away …’

Finally, I am ON TIME!  Today’s prompt is to write a “sea chanty” or “sea shanty,” depending on which historical spelling and definition you choose to favor.  Anyway, we are to write a poem with rhyme and a rhythm that can be used to keep a steady pace at physical work — and it shouldContinue reading “NaPoWriMo – 2013 – Day 3 — ‘The Anchor’s Away …’”