Friday, April 22, 2016

Spring Awakening

NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 22: "write a poem in honor of Earth Day. This could be about your own backyard, a national park, or anything from a maple tree to a humpback whale. Happy writing!"

Gentle breezes blowing awakening all from sleep
Smells, sights, and sounds abound
Kindly celebrate our precious earth every day 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

How to See the Country

NaPoWriMo Day 19 prompt: Many years ago, “didactic” poetry was very common – in other words, poetry that explicitly sought to instruct the reader in some kind of skill or knowledge, whether moral, philosophical, or practical. . . write the latter kind of “how to” poem – a didactic poem that focuses on a practical skill. Hopefully, you’ll be able to weave the concrete details of the action into a compelling verse. Also, your “practical” skill could be somewhat mythological, imaginary, or funny, 

How to see the Country

Choose roads that drive right through small towns
Count the churches as you drive through
Avoid divided highways
Fill up with gas when you start
Get more gas the first time you see it reasonably priced
Pack a cooler with ice and water
Pack a few snacks
Stop when you see a bathroom
Go a few miles further to see an historic site
Turn around when you think you missed something
Stay at a bed and breakfast
Tour a museum when you have an opportunity 
Stop to explore a site
You may not be that way ever again

Monday, April 18, 2016

Potatoes Wearing Jackets

And now for our prompt (optional, as always)! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates “the sound of home.” Think back to your childhood, and the figures of speech and particular ways of talking that the people around you used, and which you may not hear anymore. 

Making potato salad for a family picnic
I told my younger cousin
I'll boil the potatoes with the jackets on

She questioned me, "Whaaat?"
She looked confused 
"What do you mean?"

I showed her the unpeeled potato.
This is how our grandma always did it
It saves time and uses more of the potato

That's too funny!
Potatoes with their jackets on
Where did that phrase begin?

Sunday, April 17, 2016

Waste not

The NaPoWriMo day 17 prompt: 
find, either on your shelves or online, a specialized dictionary. This could be, for example, a dictionary of nautical terms, or woodworking terms, or geology terms. Anything, really, so long as it’s not a standard dictionary! Now write a poem that incorporates at least ten words from your specialized source.

I used a dictionary of Native Americsn terminology to write the poem below. 

Use everything, waste nothing
Bast woody fibers used to
Make cordage for baskets
Sinew from deer used as
Sewing material and bow strings
Beaver teeth used as 
Cutting tools and amulets
Quills from a porcupine used as
Decoration and weaving
Rabbit stick carved from an oak used to
Throw at small game
Ramada branches used to
make a sun shade
Spool carved from sandstone used in
Tuckahoe plants used as 
Edible roots
Sagamite made into
Hot liquid mush
Da nebo, it is finished

Saturday, April 16, 2016


Friday, April 15, 2016

Sharecroppers life

NaPoWriMo Day 15: write a poem that incorporates the idea of doubles. You could incorporate doubling into the form, for example, by writing a poem in couplets. Or you could make doubles the theme of the poem, by writing, for example, about mirrors or twins, or simply things that come in pairs. Or you could double your doublings by incorporating things-that-come-in-twos into both your subject and form.


Worked the land
To survive

Spring planting
Cotton seeds

Vegetable gardens
To survive

Summer field work
Chop weeds

Around the cotton
To survive

Pick vegetables
Can vegetables

Fall harvest
To survive

Pick the cotton
Share the money

Pack up and move
To survive

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Celebrate an Nonagenarian

NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 14 prompt: try a seven-line poem called a san san, which means “three three” in Chinese (It’s also a term of art in the game Go). The san san has some things in common with the tritina, including repetition and rhyme. In particular, the san san repeats, three times, each of three terms or images. The seven lines rhyme in the pattern a-b-c-a-b-d-c-d.

Ninetieth birthdays don't happen every day
Celebrations mark the monumentous milestone
Family and friends gather to honor the nonagenarian

Purchased table decorations and tied balloons to mark the way
The dinner plates had nothing left but a rib bone
The oldest sibling was the resident authoritian

One hundred people marked the monumentous celebration!

Wednesday, April 13, 2016

Fortune Cookie Haiku

NaPoWriMo prompt: 
The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. You could write a poem made up entirely of statements that predict the future (“You will meet a handsome stranger”), aphoristic statements (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started)” or just silly questions (“How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?”) Or you could use a phrase you’ve actually received in a real fortune cookie as a title or first line.

Joyous news coming
Ruby Jean made her entrance
A great neice arrived! 

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

Index Poetry

NaPoWriMo Day 12  prompt: write your own index poem. You could start with found language from an actual index, or you could invent an index, somewhat in the style of this poem by Thomas Brendler. Happy writing!

Baby boomers, move to the suburbs 
Backyard revolutions, begin with BBQ pits
Beavers, lose their homes
Behavioral ecology, is forgotten
Being where you are, is where it's at
Bicycles, the old that is new transportation 
Biodiversity in backyards, begin with bird feeders
Bird songs, follow
Bonding, occurs between man and nature
Botanical sense of place, is the ultimate appreciation
Brain gap, starts to appear
Burial, is required
Button parks, the final resting place.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Sweet Gum

NaPoWriMo prompt for Day 11: write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does. I think of the “surprise” ending to this James Wright Poem as a model for the effect I’m hoping you’ll achieve

Sweet gum male parts flowering
Red, green and tiny
How does this camera zoom?

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Found poetry

The prompt from NaPoWriMo for April 10:  write a “book spine” poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem. Some fun images of book spine poems can be found here.

Wandering about in the darkness
I can't make it to the Safe Haven
How will I overcome this wasteland

The Lucky Ones are already there 
They are rested, warm and jubilant
Actual Pilgrims in Paradise

Enjoying conversations around the fire
Drinking toasts
And planning the next adventure

While I trudge along in the vast expanse
Listening to screeching sounds 
I increase my pace

Continuing to cover the unknown
Can it be, is it a mirage
I see A Light in the Attic

Timely arrival
A Wedding in December

Saturday, April 9, 2016


Day 9 challenge: write a poem that includes a line that you’re afraid to write. This might be because it expresses something very personal that makes you uncomfortable – either because of its content.

This isn't an easy task, I've thought about it during the busy day. When I got home I realized I had kept a secret this very day...I suppose I can reveal it.

Vintage finds
Each one of a kind 
Should I
Which one do I like 
All so unique
Different sizes, colors and shapes
The sales lady was so helpful
Encouraging me, here try this one
I've sold the one I'm wearing three times today
Um, no, thank you
I'll take the smaller one
Using the credit card that had an overpayment
I didn't spend any cash
Walked away with a new vintage find.
And the cost was $65.55.

Friday, April 8, 2016

Peony from Childhood

NaPoWriMo prompt for today: Poets have been writing about flowers since, oh, the dawn of time. So today, I challenge you to add your own poem to this long tradition, by finding a flower, and versifying in its honor. Happy writing!

White massive
Sprawled on the
North side of our drive
Every visitor must notice the round bulbous blooms
Planted before we arrived there by previous owners 
Who planted landscapes around edges
We grew vegetables
To sustain

Thursday, April 7, 2016


Scribbled notes crinkled into submission
Tell the unknown story
Quickly burn the notes before they talk

Wednesday, April 6, 2016

I'm not good at coffee

The NaPoWriMo prompt for April 6: "write a poem about food. This could be a poem about a particular food, or about your relationship to food in general. Or it could simply be a poem relating an incident that involves food, like David Ignatow’s “The Bagel”. Still not convinced? Perhaps these thirteen food poems will give you some inspiration."

I never knew so much poetry was focused on food! I was savoring every poem I read and quickly thought of my favorite dishes. I settled on my favorite coffee from Central America and my favorite brewing method, pour-over coffee.

I'm not good at coffee

Coffee requires precision
I'm not good at precision
Nor care to make the coffee

Freshly roasted coffee beans
Guatemalan beans
Express order beans online

Grind beans using burr grinder
Exactly measure
I'm not good at precision

Heat water to boiling, cool
Use exact ratio
Of coffee to hot water

I’m not good at precision
Need timer and scale
Nor care to make the coffee

I slowly pour the water
Let the water boom
I'm not at all accurate

Heck, I'll drive two plus hours
My fave coffee spot
It will be most delicious!

Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Better Boy Tomatoes

The prompt for April 5: spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities.

Red Monster, Goat's Beard and Golden Rave
Not one out performs Better Boy plants
Buckets of tomatoes were given
People followed me from the grocery
Just to pick beauties for their table
Or grab some for fried green tomatoes
Few others had the bountiful crop
One alone filled a round dinner plate
Canned jars of salsa and tomatoes
Enjoyed them all winter in soup dishes
No Pink Cadillac or Jelly Beans 
I'll stay true to Better Boy plants

Monday, April 4, 2016

NaPoWriMo 2016 day 4

The prompt for April 4 was to write a poem referring to T. S. Elliot’s, “The Waste Land”. In it he writes that April is the cruelest month. I feel that April brings us closer to spring-like days filled with sun.

January, you were a difficult if not cruel month
You brought illness, doctor visits and hospital stays
February, you have been a sweet, comforting month
You brought celebrations, anniversaries, warm days
March, you were easy, then challenging for everyone
You brought Easter, a new great niece and recovery
April, you’re windy, ushering storms, indeed cruel
Not the cruelest month, you won't quietly diminish

Sunday, April 3, 2016

NaPoWriMo Day 3

the prompt for day 3: write a poem in the form of a letter to fan or celebrity

Ode to Dale Evans

A woman with character

Strength, grit and beauty

Accomplished, earthy cowgirl

With courage and attitude

Dale Evans faced her world

Full of "go get em" spirit

Cowgirls forever choose right

Defending those who

Are down and out, defenseless

"Cowgirl is an attitude..."

Dale wrote, a life code

One we can use as a guide.

Saturday, April 2, 2016


The prompt for April 2, write about family.

Robbed of her birthright
as firstborn
Life full of struggle 

Friday, April 1, 2016


A lune for NaPoWriMo 2016
(5-3-5 pattern of words or syllables)

Dinner with the crowd
Conversations, too

#SOL 2018 Day 31 Thank you, slicers.