NaPoWriMo Day Thirty – Farewell

Farewell to Silence

A proper send-off
A fond farewell
Farewell to rhyming
Farewell to April
April showers bring May flowers
April thirty days I wrote
Wrote in verse
Wrote the long and short
Short can infuriate
Short lines begin to climb
Climb a tree
Climb a mountain
Mountain goat
Mountain trail
Trail of tears
Trail ends here
Here we go again
Here and now
Now we are free
Now is the winter of our discontent
Discontent to stop
Discontent to continue
Continue writing poetry
Continue to wax
Wax on wax off
Wax away the hours
Hours spent in seclusion
Hours wane until I fall
Fall head over heels
Fall into step
Step lively
Step up or fall behind
Behind in the polls
Behind the eight ball
Ball rolls down hill
Ball filled with hot air
Air grows stagnant
Air carries off your dreams
Dreams of being rich
Dreams of better future
Future is uncertain
Future is not written
Written in stone
Written words read aloud
Aloud one hears the truth
Aloud one cries for silence
Silence too great an expectation
Silence is golden


NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now for our final (yet still optional!) prompt. Today, as befits the final poem of NaPoWriMo, I challenge you to write a poem of farewell. It doesn’t have to be goodbye forever — like I said, NaPoWriMo will be back again next year. If you need a little inspiration, you might find some in perusing this selection of goodbye-and-good-luck poems from the Poetry Foundation website.

Happy writing, everyone, and good-bye, and see you next year!

Yes, I’m still playing with the blitz poem.  I find it interesting.  Yesterday I told my oldest I swore in my poem, but since I was quoting Shakespeare, I figured it was okay.  Then she said, “screw your courage to the sticking place”.  😉 I’m so proud of my girl.  I asked her how she knew I quoted MacBeth.  She didn’t but she loves this quote and the MacBeth rap.


NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-Nine – Blitz Poem

Dog Has Rule

Sick as I am
Sick as a dog
Dog off its leash
Dog eat dog world
World in turmoil
World wide web
Web does entangle
Web of lies
Lies star-crossed lovers
Lies of omission
Omission of forethought
Omission leaves out
Out of time
Out in the cold
Cold shoulder
Cold as Hell
Hell freezes over
Hell on Earth
Earth turns to dust
Earth is our home
Home away from home
Home is where the heart is
Is it time to weep
Is this working out
Out damn spot out
Out of my mind
Mind thinks logically
Mind over body
Body is grotesque
Body of evidence
Evidence must compel
Evidence yields proof
Proof of betrayal
Proof of life
Life is complicated
Life worth living
Living in my own little world
Living in a glass house
House built on a cliff
House of cards
Cards stacked in a deck
Cards playing solitaire
Solitaire is a lonely affair
Solitaire turns into a crowd
Crowd packed in like sardines
Crowd follows mob rule
Rule with an iron fist
Rule of thumb

NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now our prompt (optional, as always). This may remind you a bit of the “New York School” recipe, but this prompt has been around for a long time. I remember using it in a college poetry class, and loving the result. It really forces you into details, and to work on “conducting” the poem as it grows, instead of trying to force the poem to be one thing or another in particular. The prompt is called the “Twenty Little Poetry Projects,” and was originally developed by Jim Simmerman.

Yes, I am missing a day.  I tried writing a poem on a news story, but I couldn’t find one that inspired me.  I will try to catch up and write one later.  This is a Blitz Poem.  I’ve been wanting to write one for awhile.  The “Twenty Little Poetry Projects” made me think stream of consciousness and so I thought a blitz poem would be a fun substitute.