NaPoWriMo 2016 Day 1

Torn apart
workspace upheaval
find my zen

Housewife writes
kitchen poetry
caffeine fueled


Me working in my kitchen

Hello everyone! Welcome to my poetry blog thanks to for featuring me on day one. As I’m sure you can tell by the t-shirt I’m wearing in the picture, I live in AZ and it’s not even 7AM here yet. My alarm goes off at 5AM on weekdays to get girls ready for school. Since it is April 1st, the first thing I did this morning was to check the napowrimo site for the prompt. Well it was too early and I definitely had no caffeine in me. I didn’t notice I was the feature poet until a friend congratulated me on Facebook. Thank you, Benita Kape. Please everyone check out her poetry, too.

The Prompt Day One – Today, I challenge you to write a lune. This is a sort of English-language haiku. While the haiku is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count, the lune is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count. There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, where the poem still has three lines, but the first line has five words, the second line has three words, and the third line has five words again. Either kind will do, and you can write a one-lune poem, or write a poem consisting of multiple stanzas of lunes. Happy writing!


workspace upheaval
find my zen
kitchen poetry

To follow syllable count, I decided to add parts of the lunes to make this one. Also I thought I’d share the link to Birthday Lunes. This girl will be 15! on Monday!

NaPoWriMo Day Six – Haiku

Dry, desert vista
Glistens with rare spring shower
My bedroom window



NaPoWriMo Prompt – And now, the (as always, optional) prompt. We got rather complicated with yesterday’s prompt, so today’s is much simpler. Take a good look outside your window. Spend a minute or so jotting down all the nouns you see outside. Tree. Car. Bus. Dog. Then spend a minute or so writing down all the colors you see. Finally, think about taking place outside. Is the wind blowing? “Blow.” Is someone walking their dog? “Walk.” Spend a minute or so writing down these verbs. Now you’ve got a whole list of words from which to build a poem, mixing and matching as you go. Happy writing!

A few days ago, after I wrote a poem about Susanoo, the Shinto god of sea and summer storms, I realized there was a rare spring shower coming down.  The weather man did say we would have a slight chance of rain, after 5 PM.  It started to pour around 3:30 PM.  Both my girls came home soaked. Not completely the entire fault of the weather; they did slow down on their way home.  Rain is such a rarity in the desert, we all enjoy it. I’m learning something this NaPoWriMo 1) I need to write about water gods more often; 2) this is a true haiku 5-7-5 AND it’s a lune 3-5-3.

Birthday Lunes


Thirteen years ago
A baby girl was born
Happy birthday, Gretchen

Mom is powerless
To prevent years slipping by
Her baby disappears

Today we celebrate
A girl who hates birthdays
But loves Legos

Mom is dumbstruck
House has two teenage girls
It can’t be…

Oh no, thirteen!


NaPoWriMo Prompt – Today’s optional prompt is to write a lune. A lune is a sort of English-language variation on the haiku, meant to better render the tone of the Japanese haiku than the standard 5-7-5 format we all learned (and maybe loved) in elementary school. There are a couple of variants on the lune form, but just to keep things simple, let’s try the version developed by Jack Collum. His version of the lune involves a three-line stanza. The first line has three words. The second line has five, and the third line has three. You can write a poem that consists of just one stanza, or link many lune-stanzas together into a unified poem. Happy writing!

Yes, the day came. I was powerless to prevent my baby from becoming a teenager. You may notice I put 4 lunes together 3×4=12 and I left the 5th lune unfinished to make a 13 line poem. I also came up with a non birthday stanza with breakfast this morning.

Rhyme and meter
Poured into cereal bowl won’t
Fill her stomach