#NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Sixteen

The Sting of Time

April is the cruelest month
The spring heralds another
birthday – one and twenty years!
She’s old enough to drink yet
the twentieth century
was not seen by her own eyes.

Last month of spring semester
Then it’s graduation time
She puts on her cap and gown
and smiles for family photos
cruel, cruel month!

Gretchen and Mom

Napowrimo promptAnd now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a curtal sonnet. This is a variation on the classic 14-line sonnet. The curtal sonnet form was developed by Gerard Manley Hopkins, and he used it for what is probably his most famous poem, “Pied Beauty.” A curtal sonnet has eleven lines, instead of the usual fourteen, and the last line is shorter than the ten that precede it. Here are two other examples of Hopkins’ curtal sonnets: “Ash Boughs,” and “Peace.”

Good afternoon and welcome to day sixteen of napowrimo where I borrow a line to begin my curtal sonnet. And this time around I did not try to figure in rhyme, but speaking about tuning out math. Math and poetry are always haunting me. And last year’s birthday poem, I spoke about how Gretchen felt old at twenty. Well this birthday had me feeling old and it started right on April first as Gretchen and I were watching Love in the Time of Cholera for her magical realism class. They welcomed in 1900 and I got excited and said, yay! the twentieth century. Thinking we’ve finally entered a century we’ve seen. Then I looked over at Gretchen and quickly realized even though she was turning 21 in a few days, she hadn’t lived in the twentieth century. I added, Another century you have not seen; and I really felt old the twentieth century was over 20 years ago!

As for graduation photos, Shawn took the bulk of them and I’m waiting for them to be edited. In the meantime here is a selfie taken by Gretchen with a snapchat filter.

#NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Four

Poetry Prompts for April

  1. Enjoy a cup of coffee
  2. Allow thoughts to percolate
  3. Grab a pen and paper
  4. Jot down words or phrases
  5. Be mindful of patterns
  6. And open to new forms
  7. Step back and see what sticks
  8. Experiment with…
    alliteration
    onomatopoeia
  9. Short and sweet could pack a punch
  10. Or words could pop off the page
  11. Do not abandon the tried and true

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Finally, here’s our optional prompt! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem . . . in the form of a poetry prompt. If that sounds silly, well, maybe it is! But it’s not without precedent. The poet Mathias Svalina has been writing surrealist prompt-poems for quite a while, posting them to Instagram. You can find examples here, and here, and here.

Good Morning and welcome to day four of NaPoWriMo aka Gretchen’s birthday. I did not get back to try my hand at a new glosa. We were out all day experiencing the Klimt Immersive and then we got something to eat by the ASU campus because Gretchen wanted graduation photos while we have family in town. Something we neglected for her high school graduation. I was unaware what a production graduation photos are and an actual month before graduation. There was a line of graduates waiting for photo opportunities on the steps of old main. And the number of champagne bottles that were photographed and popped! Not to mentioned sprayed – Gretchen said it was a sticky mess. We didn’t get home until late and then Gretchen wanted to catch up on Picard episodes. How could I say no to that? Plus I know my readers are aware I prefer short poetic forms so I may get back to the glosa before the end of the month, I may not. My first effort did take a lot to complete.

Extended Scoring Season Finally Wraps Up

Hello to all my readers! Long time with no post from me, sorry. I didn’t keep up with #NaPoWriMo this year very well either. I started my seasonal employment again back in April, and in the past two years scoring wrapped up a couple days after the Memorial Day holiday. They received more tests to score this year so I worked all the way through yesterday. Not that I’m complaining, it does mean bringing home more money with my seasonal gig, but I did lose motivation on the poetry front.

And in other big news, Gretchen graduated from high school on May 18th. She also completed the ACE program at EMCC on May 11th.

School years disappear
Tell me how she became a
High school graduate

Earn a diploma
Four years go by in a flash
So long to high school

I was so preoccupied with work and day to day housework, I wasn’t even trying to write haiku for the #haikuchallenge on twitter. My response to the challenge on Thursday was the first tweet I sent out in over a month! But now that work is complete for yet another year, I’m hoping I’ll get back into writing more poetry.

High School Graduate

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Rachael and her pre-k teacher

Three year old pre-k
original teacher meets
high school graduate

Yes, this is my daughter posing with one of her preschool teachers, Mrs. Kunch. We haven’t seen her in 15 years since Rachael finished her first year of preschool. No one knew one of her classmates was from her first pre-k class. One of Rachael’s first teachers saw her graduate from high school. When she came up to us afterwards, of course we had to take a picture. The #haikuchallenge word on twitter today is original.

Double Dactyl

Blankety Blankety
Veronica Hosking
Stressing on writing form
Double dactyl

Stretching her lexicon
Ubiquitously
Finding six syllable
Words to tractile

Hello everyone! Welcome to May. I survived #napowrimo writing more than 30 poems. This month is going to be a busy one for the Hosking family. On Friday May 6th, First Friday, my husband will have a photo on exhibit at the 9 gallery. He dropped it off yesterday and I texted him, I want seafood. He replied, I’ll see what I can do. I sent him a link to the Angry Crab Shack and the address of the Goodyear restaurant, thinking we could go for Mother’s day. A while later I get, What do you want? Seafood market prices it’s not going to be cheap. I know a bag of shrimp set me back $13. You’re there now? I LOVE you. Yes, he brought me home a bag of steamed shrimp and we shared it last night.

On May 12th, Rachael will be graduating from EMCC and then on the 18th, she graduates from AAEC. We have family coming from out of town. I spent a good portion of yesterday cleaning my bedroom. We have the dry wall repaired and Shawn moved the furniture back. He declined Parker and Sons doing the painting with our unique color scheme, they’d have to paint the whole bedroom. Mind you they would take care of moving furniture and such. But Shawn has so many knick knacks and trinkets decorating the room, he doesn’t want others moving everything. In the search of all my star trek books, I cleaned out under the bed. Oy vey, I don’t think Parker and Sons knew what they would have signed up for – dust bunnies were vanquished yesterday though. The company is supplying the paint for Shawn to repaint our bedroom though. Just sent in the color choice yesterday.

May 20th is Rachael’s 18th birthday and freshman orientation at ASU. Then May 28th is her graduations/birthday party at Nonnie’s house. If you don’t see many new posts from me this month, you know why.