Today’s prompt was “something displaced” so I looked through my longer poems and found one that got shoved into a drawer. Here is a poem about having to find your place when the world pushes you around and tries to bury you.
Rising From the Ashes
we are so embarrassed when
we are cracked open, when we break
and yet, only those of us who have
been broken and pulled apart
know what is inside of us
to become a doctor or a nurse
you will be given broken, bloodied bodies
and it must be your hands that go inside
until you’ve stitched up flesh or
breathed life into someone failing to live
you don’t know how precious life is and
that second chances are handed out every day
a phoenix must first writhe in pain
must be consumed by the fire and laid in ash
before she can rise and soar in a new day
don’t be ashamed of the scars
that you got from the fire
your new wings are all anyone sees
walking around the pond
I really like this one. Who hasn’t tossed and turned and felt like they’ve walked for miles instead of laying in bed?
on a bare branch
a crow settled down
This is, I think, one of Basho’s better-known poems. Comment below if you’ve ever read it before.
Basho’s 27th poem can be interpreted in 2 ways. I wonder what he really meant? I wonder if it’s hard to tell exactly which words he meant to use, as haiku are supposed to have 2 or more meanings to them. Leave me your thoughts below.
it’s my regret I can’t open
my bag of poems
sadly spring winds cannot open
a poem bag
We’ll Get Together Later
like a Netflix queue, like a Youtube Watch Later list
I’m putting it on hold ’til I’ve got more time
my current favorite is watching my life dissolve
like scum under cleaner in the bathtub
friends, colleagues, and family disappear
until there’s only a slab of cold indifference left
I have all the time in the world now
to marathon the new show everyone’s talking about
I pushed and worked and ignored
to end up alone with the tv
Maybe this one’s a little rushed but I did what I try to do at least once during National Poetry Writing Month, and that is finish a poem that I have been working on for a year or more. I have been working at this one for well over a year. Today’s prompt for National Poetry Month was to write a lament poem. What do you think? I would really love some feedback on this one.
Okay guys, while I’m having a good week, it’s been a crazy start to the week. So I am going to put my first 3 posts up today and without a lot of fanfare. If you want to know what the PAD Challenge is, it is the contest put on by Robert Lee Brewer at Writer’s Digest, and where I am getting my prompts so that I can write a Poem A Day this month. April is National Poetry Month click that to see where I got my images. I am going to space out the posting of my poems/posts today because otherwise, people don’t read all of them. Stay tuned! I wrote the poem for April 1 on the First, it is a cinquain.
photo courtesy of Poets.org
I mutter to
the flowers that I tend,
they nod their heads as if they know
the quick stop
where I find my stand-bys
well-known watering hole
Today’s prompt was “little store on the corner” which made me think of the Casey’s General Store. We don’t have bodegas or delis where I’m from. We just have gas stations like Quik Stop or Fast Trip.
sliding into home
safe in the last inning
cherry on top
Today’s prompt is “THE BUTTON AT THE TOP OF A BASEBALL CAP”. I think the prompts from the Facebook page for NaHaiWriMo have been great this year! Does anyone remember the year they all started with a Z and how hard that was??
cows at the pond
drinking from the same glasses
Today’s prompt was “Pilsner glasses” but I wrote about regular drinking glasses. Has anyone else went to visit grandpa’s house as an adult and ended up drinking out of a glass that you know you drank out of when you were 3 or so?
Haiku is usually not written in three sentence fragments or one complete sentence. There is usually one fragment and a phrase in the other two lines. The fragment is separated by a kireji, or a cutting word. The word should be so strong that the reader takes a mental pause as they are reading your haiku. Some people call this point in the haiku “the twist” as this is where the two pieces of the poem come together. Boring and unspecific haiku is called gendai.
Haiku does not use metaphor, personification, simile, or many other poetic devices found in other forms of poetry. The poem is about the essence of a moment, and the moment should be so poignant that it does not need personification. Do not write a haiku that is only about how the rose in your garden is pretty. This is referred to as “garden haiku” because it is bland and boring, and there are far too many of them out there. Your haiku should contain something specific about the moment that you are writing about.
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with my date night meal
chili pepper night
Today’s prompt was “beating the heat” and I wanted to write about something other than the weather.
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The prompt for February 5, 2018, was “listening to the radio”.
radio and road
only hearing what I want
eagle in jet stream
Remember that haiku are usually not written in three sentence fragments or one complete sentence. There is usually one fragment and a phrase in the other two lines. The fragment is separated by a kireji or a cutting word. The word should be so strong that the reader takes a mental pause as they are reading your haiku.
If you would like to learn more, then go to my What is Haiku? page. Also, stop by the Facebook page where most of us poets meet to get a prompt and share our work.
It is amazing
The lengths to which
The body can expand
To hold pain and poison
If a regular person
Were to be given 55 pills
Of Oxy or another opioid
They would die immediately
But if a person works at it
Slowly ingesting more and more
Hating themselves every day
They can build up
To that level of tolerance
Hate can take you far
Down dark paths
The question becomes
Can you get back
I started to write this almost 5 years ago. I decided to finish it this year because the opioid crisis has gotten worse instead of better. I was afraid that it didn’t sound like a poem but was more like prose. What do you think? Is it prose, just thoughts, or can it be a poem? Read these definitions and tell me what you think.
Prose: Any material that is not written in a regular meter like poetry. Many modern genres such as short stories, novels, letters, essays, and treatises are typically written in prose.
Sonnet: English (or Shakespearean) sonnets are lyric poems that are 14 lines long falling into three coordinate quatrains and a concluding couplet.
Free Verse: Free Verse is an irregular form of poetry in which the content-free of traditional rules of versification, (freedom from fixed meter or rhyme). In moving from line to line, the poet’s main consideration is where to insert line breaks. Some ways of doing this include breaking the line where there is a natural pause or at a point of suspense for the reader.
Blank Verse: Blank Verse is Poetry that is written in unrhymed iambic pentameter. Blank verse is often unobtrusive and the iambic pentameter form often resembles the rhythms of ordinary speech. William Shakespeare wrote most of his plays in blank verse.