#NaPoWriMo 2021 Day Twelve

End Game

To avoid an alternate future
Avengers use Pym particles
Shrink to subatomic size
Mirror themselves in past
Grab infinity
Stones and hop back
To present

NaPoWriMo PromptFinally, our prompt (optional, as always). I’m calling this one “Past and Future.” This prompt challenges you to write a poem using at least one word/concept/idea from each of two specialty dictionaries: Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary and the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction. A hat tip to Cathy Park Hong for a tweet that pointed me to the science fiction dictionary and to Hoa Nguyen for introducing me to the Classical Dictionary.

Good afternoon and welcome to day twelve of #NaPoWriMo where I went on a timey-wimey trip. I found the classic dictionary a little difficult to navigate but I’ve played with out of fashion vocabulary before. And more recently used callipygian in a #haikuchallenge tweet.

America’s ass
Let us discuss if it is

So I was thinking about all the timey-wimey fun in End Game. I didn’t get the old vocabulary word into my final poem, but I thought everyone would be interested in my thought process for today’s prompt. And now since it is DEAR day, I should go procrastinate doing housework with more reading.

#NaPoWriMo – Grammar School


My Grammar School from the 1984 Yearbook

Grammar School

On Reserve Road in West Seneca
New York sits a squat rectangle
Building behind a brick church
Where children gather to
Learn reading, writing

NaPoWriMo Prompt – Our (optional) prompt for the day takes a leaf from Schuyler’s book, as it were, and asks you to write a poem about a specific place —  a particular house or store or school or office. Try to incorporate concrete details, like street names, distances (“three and a half blocks from the post office”), the types of trees or flowers, the color of the shirts on the people you remember there. Little details like this can really help the reader imagine not only the place, but its mood – and can take your poem to weird and wild places.

Good morning readers and welcome to day two of NaPoWriMo. Yesterday I was lamenting at the thought of being a kindergarten failure, so today I thought I’d share with you where I spent nine years of my youth. I attended Trinity Lutheran all the way k-8th grades. A few years back, I wrote about one of my classmates. Since we were a graduating class of eight students, we got to know everyone pretty well.

As you can see in my poem, the name of the school has changed; it works for the syllable count of a nonnet, but to me it will always be Trinity Lutheran school. It seems strange to realize I lived in the same house kindergarten through 8th and all the way until I was married a total of 18 years; I just now surpassed that amount of time as we moved into our current residence 20 years ago coming up next month. This has been an interesting trip down memory lane, but once again I need to be productive today. I will see you all again tomorrow.

#NaPoWriMo 2018 (Day 29) Take Two


Desert Botanical Gardens Phoenix, AZ

Shivering Souls

Blackness surrounds us, crossing the lake
A little light penetrates through
And wishes us to linger
We shiver in the cold
Shadows are cast
Across stars

Okay I missed Thursday’s prompt so I thought I’d give a go at today’s prompt again. I’ve been chewing on the other prompt, but have not been successful at getting all five senses into one poem. May not totally abandon the prompt, yet. But thought I’d offer this for now and because my first try at this prompt was lacking, though I’m not sure if this attempt is any better.

Catitude Art Gallery


JW Montgomery’s photo equipment

Artist reception at Catitude
features J.W. Montgomery
photographs taken with film
hike miles holding heavy
cameras to get
the perfect shot
then spend hours
in dark

Last night Shawn and I attended the artist reception at Catitude. It was a nice evening to enjoy their garden. JW Montgomery’s son, Dr. Buck, was there regaling the audience with the stories behind his father’s photos. Shawn took the photo of the equipment.


Here we are nine days into April
Now to write a poem with nine
Lines as easy as counting
Down we begin with nine
Syllables for line
One and subtract
So the ninth
Line has


NaPoWriMo Prompt Day 9 – Because today is the ninth day of NaPoWriMo, I’d like to challenge you to write a nine-line poem. Although the fourteen-line sonnet is often considered the “baseline” form of verse in English, Sir Edmund Spenser wrote The Faerie Queene using a nine-line form of his own devising, and poetry in other languages (French, most particularly) has always taken advantage of nine-line forms. You can find information of various ways of organizing rhyme schemes, meters, etcetera for nine-line works here. And of course, you can always eschew such conventions entirely, and opt to be a free-verse nine-line poet.

Welcome back to day nine of NaPoWriMo. Today I wrote a Nonnet which I did not see featured with the various nine line poem forms. I linked the Wikipedia explanation for nonnet.