#NaPoWriMo – Backyard View

Air Castle
Corner of mind
Place to escape reality

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Martha Dickinson Bianchi’s description of her aunt’s cozy room, scented with hyacinths and a crackling stove, warmly recalls the setting decades later. Describe a bedroom from your past in a series of descriptive paragraphs or a poem. It could be your childhood room, your grandmother’s room, a college dormitory or another significant space from your life.

Good afternoon and welcome to day twenty-eight of napowrimo. Shawn had the computer this morning, working on Robin’s graduation photos. So I was out in the backyard enjoying the fresh air before the heat of the day hits. Now that Shawn has a black shade cover over the sitting area, it reminded me of the forts we used to build in the woods behind our house. We used to have a lot of fun going back there and playing make believe. I thought we could all use an escape from reality right now. This poem was the end result. It’s not exactly to prompt, but it was a nice daydream to have this morning.


#NaPoWriMo HayNaKu

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Lips coalesce
Full of promise

Close together
Whisper sweet nothings

Best medicine
Lifts dour mood

Fresh beginning
Open to possibilities

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today’s prompt (optional, as always) is another one from the archives, first suggested to us by long-time Na/GloPoWriMo participant Vince Gotera. It’s the hay(na)ku). Created by the poet Eileen Tabios and named by Vince, the hay(na)ku is a variant on the haiku. A hay(na)ku consists of a three-line stanza, where the first line has one word, the second line has two words, and the third line has three words. You can write just one, or chain several together into a longer poem. For example, you could write a hay(na)ku sonnet, like the one that Vince himself wrote back during NaPoWriMo 2012!

Good morning and welcome to day ten of NaPoWriMo and in case you haven’t figured it out, I’m spending my Friday morning warm and cozy in bed. I’m not sure I would consider this a chain haynaku but once I started writing, it was hard to stop. My long time readers do know I enjoy short poetic forms. Here is one of my earlier efforts at the haynaku form.

Well I wish I could spend all day daydreaming and writing in my bed, but I should probably get some actual housework done. I’ll see you all again tomorrow.


Ekphrasis – Found Poem

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NaPoWriMo Prompt day 24 – Today, I challenge you to write a poem of ekphrasis — that is, a poem inspired by a work of art. But I’d also like to challenge you to base your poem on a very particular kind of art – the marginalia of medieval manuscripts. Here you’ll find some characteristic images of rabbits hunting wolves, people sitting on nests of eggs, dogs studiously reading books, and birds wearing snail shells. What can I say? It must have gotten quite boring copying out manuscripts all day, so the monks made their own fun. Hopefully, the detritus of their daydreams will inspire you as well!

Welcome back to day 24 of NaPoWriMo. I went off on my own daydream or maybe nightmare. About a week ago, Shawn posted the above picture with a poem to his Facebook page. Once again, I’m borrowing without permission. 😉 Even though I knew the image on the left was a flower, my mind saw peeling skin after a sunburn. Shawn thought I was crazy, but I couldn’t help it. I’ve had bad burns with huge chunks of skin peeling off. The way the petals burst open looks like peeled skin under magnification to me. So today I went on a slightly sideways journey and wrote a haiga for my vision of the photo. Sorry, Shawn, I see what I see.