The Summers of Youth Now Grow Old

As summer draws to a close, a breathless hush settles in the stagnant air. August was a month of beach parties, bonfires, and fast-paced vacations. But in a rushing heartbeat, the dog days of August have passed into yesterday as autumn pushes into the spotlight. At my friend’s bachelorette party a couple of weekends ago,…

Napowrimo Day 29: Review

Whoops, guess I missed a few days. OK, weeks. But since tomorrow’s the last day, might as well make a last ditch effort. Prompt: write a poem reviewing something. “death of a friendship” we were bound by nothing more than a loose thread unraveling a sweater never meant to be worn shallow laughs during convenient times…

Napowrimo Day 20: What I Know

Today’s prompt is to write a poem about what you know. I know I don’t know how to read minds and I will continue to wonder if I don’t know I know I don’t know what I should do but I do know I could find out so I’ll know I know I don’t know…

Napowrimo Day 16: Terzanelle

Today’s prompt: write a terzanelle, a pattern that goes: ABA bCB cDC dED eFE fAFA or fFAA. The middle line of each triplet is supposed to be repeated as the last line of the following triplet. I don’t know what it is with my fascination for good girl and bad boy stories or for good…

Napowrimo Day 15 and Letters to Anonymous

Today I feel…I don’t know. So I’m just going to write letters to anonymous entities and not post this entry to Facebook. This first one springs from today’s prompt, to write a poem addressing poems, whatever that means. Letter to Poem why do you speak when I write but silent when I bid you to…

Napowrimo Day 14: Dialogue

Prompt today: write a poem containing dialogue between 2 people or 2 personified entities. beautifully deadly that’s what you are to me though I’ll never let you know so I keep pretending that I don’t care and never let my feelings show he loves me he loves me not a question I’ve asked for years…

Napowrimo Day 13: Riddle

Today, the prompt is to write a riddle poem, describing something without naming it. Being Monday morning, this was the only thing I had on my mind. she’s blamed and cursed on long sleepless nights but suddenly becomes balm to the lifeless upon the dawning sun she smiles as she witnesses the start of a…

Napowrimo Day 12: Favorite

Today’s prompt asks me to write about my favorite room, place, meal, day, or person. Well, I thought about this long and hard, and I realize my favorite place isn’t in the real world. My favorite place is in my mind, in the sudden inspirations that arise and make me wish that what I imagined…

Napowrimo Day 11: Sapphics

This one is HARD. And I quote from napowrimo.net: “Our (optional) prompt for today departs from such concerns, however. Today, rather than being casual, I challenge you to get rather classically formal, and compose a poem in Sapphics. These are quatrains whose first three lines have eleven syllables, and the fourth, just five. There is…

Napowrimo Day 10: Abecedarian

Write an abecedarian poem, derived from the alphabet. This means either write a poem with 26 words, in which each word begins with a successive letter of the alphabet, or 26 lines, where each line begins with a successive letter. abiding by currents dreamers echoing farewells grief heaves imploringly jaded kites laugh manically narrating our phantom…

Napowrimo Day 9: Calligram

Work this week is seriously interrupting my creative process! Sigh, I wish I could take up writing as a full time job, but alas, I need the money. Anyway, this prompt is to write a calligram, or a poem in which the words are arranged into a shape or image. So I finally got to…

Napowrimo Day 8: Palinode

Today, the instructions are to write a palinode, a poem that retracts a statement in an earlier poem, or a poem about why you’ve changed your mind about something. I’ve chosen to write about how I’ve changed my mind about my childhood home. It was a house I used to take for granted, but my…