Posted in Poetic Asides, poetry

Strange Thoughts

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 15
Write a “ Strange (blank) poem

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Strange Thoughts

What strange thoughts roam
freely through your mind
when you are stuck all
alone in a small room with
nothing to read
wearing a paper robe
sitting on a kind of table
lined with white paper
that crinkles with every shift
of your weight
Thoughts like – when does something
cross that fine line between
vintage and
tacky
and what could they possibly
keep in all those
cupboards

 

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Posted in Poetic Asides, poetry

Write or Flight

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14
It’s Two-For-Tuesday again.
write a sonnet or another traditional form – or not

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Write or Flight

this poem is in hiding
until its fear of
con-form(ing)
passes

 

it is considering
hermit-hood
peaking through a
gap in the curtains

 

waiting for this
form(ula) of cadence
to march away
leaving it in rhyme-less peace

 

Posted in Poetic Asides, poetry

Rain Beau

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 14
It’s Two-For-Tuesday again.
write a sonnet or another traditional form – or not

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Rain Beau

strolling beneath raindrops
like a package with a bow
magenta slicker – color pops
walking between raindrops
umbrella spinning like a top
wellies – neon green, they glow
strolling beneath raindrops
like a package with a bow

 

Posted in d'Verse Poets Pub, poetry

Silent Stones

Fukuroo–Who? Who? Who? dVerse Haibun Monday


Silent Stones

I have ben painting animals on rocks – this years Christmas gift project for my best friends. The ones who will not snicker when they open the package. One calico cat is finished and it looks at me with a bewildered expression as I cover another small rock with white paint. This stone is destined to become an owl for a friend who throws shoes at the squirrels in her garden. I have no illusions that this owl will do anything other than make her smile.

 

snowy owl
silent as a stone
in the woods

Posted in poetry, Poetic Asides

Pittsburgh

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 13
Pick a ‘city’ and use it as the title of your poem

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Pittsburgh

 

you are such a diva
expecting everyone
who sees you to ooo and ahhh
when you appear, unexpectedly,
the proverbial light at the
end of a tunnel
you are caressed by
the arms of three rivers
adorned with yellow
and blue arching tiaras
that sparkle in the darkness
and we adore you

Posted in Poetic Asides, poetry

There Are Days

2017 November PAD Chapbook Challenge: Day 12
Write a ‘transformation’ poem

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There Are Days

Some days it doesn’t
take much
a smudge of very berry
lipstick and you are transformed
ready to go out and conquer
the crowed grocery isles

some jeans that fit
just right have you
twirling in front of
the mirror

but then there are days –
days you’d rather hide from
days you search for any
excuse to stay home

days when even some
Spanx and a little black dress
won’t convince you that

you are beautiful

Posted in Imaginary Garden with Real Toads, poetry

Moonlight Rondelet

Fussy Little Forms: Rondelet
Happy Weekend, Toads! Today I offer to you the very definition of a Fussy Little Form, the RONDELET. The rondelet is a short French poetry form featuring a strict rhyme and meter pattern plus a lovely repeated refrain. It looks like this:

Line 1 :: A—four syllables
Line 2 :: b—eight syllables
Line 3 :: A—repeat of line one
Line 4 :: a—eight syllables
Line 5 :: b—eight syllables
Line 6 :: b—eight syllables
Line 7 :: A—repeat of line one

 

Garden Toads  are playing with poetic forms today

Moonlight Rondelet

in the moonlight
the blazing sun no longer queen
in the moonlight
magic appears, reason takes flight
and you and I stuck in between
can hear the spirits wail and keen
in the moonlight