April 2019 Napowrimo Day 25

Write a poem about one of the seasons. Why has he turned on me? I was born into his warm embrace he promised to be my friend as a child, I anticipated his annual visit I sensed his presence when the dandelions danced when the last school bell rang I dressed in my best flip…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 24

Write a poem inspired by a reference book. What would happen if all the bees died? I read today some species are already endangered and if all workers ceased every dependent organism would eventually decline too I think this means us We and our luxurious lifestyles wouldn’t survive a famine What would we do without…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 23

Write a poem about an animal. an introvert lives in the pond at our new house a Zen statue on the rocks he meditates under the sun til he senses my shadow and dives back into the water to hide under the kelp what a solitary creature shy but mysterious when he retreats into his…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 22

Write a poem that engages with another art form. I’ve admired her storytelling technique since we were just two awkward prenagers navigating the halls of 6th grade we both lived in our imaginations and longed to make the invisible seen I required a million combinations of the same black and white symbols to create but…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 20

Write a poem that speaks, interspersed with the narrator’s responses and thoughts. Why do I hit all the red lights? she wonders and looks up to God for an answer. I don’t know what to tell her. she sighs. It’s like I’m forced to stand in the same spot while the world keeps moving. she…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 19

Write an abecedarian poem. A doctor Asked me to write how I feel About my Aches. Broken, I said. too Broken to Care about the Drama or Comfort the Energy draining vampires as I did before. F politics and F petty arguments. I used to be Generous and Gracious with my time. too Generous. but…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 18

Napowrimo Day 18: Write an elegy (poem that mourns one who is dead) in which the abstraction of sadness is communicated in physical and tangible detail. Wrote this fast because I started crying before I even put pen to paper. And I realize it’s still pretty abstract even though the prompt told me not to…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 17

Write a poem of a scene from an unusual point of view. I know I am dying a slow demise my killers chop me down and lug my weight through the snow they drag me to their home prolong my suffering next to a warm fireplace I’m forced to stand I’m fed just enough water…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 16

Write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane. the comforts I took for granted back in the days of my youth I miss the sound of my mother’s slippered footsteps coming to check if I was sleeping or reading under the covers I miss the smell of soy sauce,…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 15

Write your own dramatic monologue. I soaked coffee into my pores my Body became a separate entity a machine my Mind drove to create Crushed by the weight of Mind’s driving desire Body pushed through the stress to get Mind’s to do lists checked because Soul strove for perfection and Heart only cared for passion…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 13

Write a poem about something mysterious and spooky. I did not know her she snuck up on me already knew my secrets cast a magic spell I became a puppet helpless she pulled my strings my eyes were open but I could not move forced to watch her take my place she slipped into my…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 12

Write a poem about a dull thing that you own, and why (and how) you love it. Alternatively, what would it mean to you to give away or destroy a significant object? polished the brass hairpin the one I used when we last said goodbye I hoped it would shine again but the rust sealed…