NaPoWriMo Day 4

Old Ailments

There was a young lady pretty in lace
Who wanted her beau to run past third base
to prevent wandering womb
I must make him my groom
Better not suffer from bicycle face

Bicycle race

Bicycle race

NapoWriMo Prompt – And now for today’s prompt (optional, as always). Love poems are a staple of the poetry scene. It’s pretty hard to be a poet and not write a few – or a dozen – or maybe six books’ worth. But because so many love poems have been written, there are lots of clichés. Fill your poems with robins and hearts and flowers, and you’ll sound more like a greeting card than a bard. So today, I challenge you to write a “loveless” love poem. Don’t use the word love! And avoid the flowers and rainbows. And if you’re not in the mood for love? Well, the flip-side of the love poem – the break-up poem – is another staple of the poet’s repertoire. If that’s more your speed at present, try writing one of those, but again, avoid thunder, rain, and lines beginning with a plaintive “why”? Try to write a poem that expresses the feeling of love or lovelorn-ness without the traditional trappings you associate with the subject matter.

I’ll admit I didn’t know where to begin with this one. Yes, I write love poems every year at least twice (Valentine’s Day/birthday poem in February and anniversary poem in October). A few years ago I started writing anniversary limericks. One because Shawn enjoys limericks and two because I need to stretch my rhyming muscle. After I read today’s prompt, I went on Facebook and a friend (thanks Kris) linked this article. I knew there was a reason I never learned to ride a bike. It had nothing to do with cerebral palsy and total lack of balance. 😉 But now I am going to have to warn my girls about bicycle face.


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