NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Twenty-Two

Kisses – Cento

O kiss me now; the end is near
I have only kissed the shadow
and kisses are a better fate
A touch, a groan, a kiss
I melt beneath thy storm of kisses

He did not kiss me when he said /good-bye;
Ay, with a kiss this life destroy!
Bent down and kissed the sleeping /Night
And to my heart with clinging kisses
I taste your kiss

  1. The First and Last Ameen Rihani
  2. In the Meadow Ameen Rihani
  3. since feeling is first e.e. cummings
  4. O, Sweet Sometime Ameen Rihani
  5. Dissolution Ameen Rihani
  6. Her First Sorrow Ameen Rihani
  7. The First and Last Ameen Rihani
  8. Dawn Paul Laurence Dunbar
  9. O, Give Me Strength to Take Ameen Rihani
  10. The Kiss Shawn Hosking

NaPoWriMo Prompt And now for our prompt (optional, as always). In honor of today’s being the 22nd day of Na/GloPoWriMo 2022, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that uses repetition. You can repeat a sound, a word, a phrase, or an image, or any combination of things.

Good afternoon and welcome to day twenty-two of Napowrimo where I got the idea to patch poems together after yesterday’s jaunt down the rabbit hole. I need to burn my journals, but I came across a couple gems. One was a poem Shawn wrote me back in the early days. The first line was “I taste your kiss”. I decided kiss is a good word to repeat. Gretchen told me she has to write a cento for one of her classes. Apparently hers has to be 25 lines; good grief that is a long found poem. I figured ten lines is long enough for me. I searched kiss on and wrote down lines with kiss in them, and then played with their arrangement. I think this poem reads coherently and holds its own. Centos are tricky when you want to make a combination of parts into something new and whole. I hope you enjoyed my contribution today.


#NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Ten

Soft Caress

Fingers linger
She offers a warm smile
He breathes in her effervescence
Shawn and I recreate “The Kiss”

Napowrimo Prompt Today’s (optional) prompt is pretty simple – a love poem! If you’re having trouble getting into the right mood for a love poem, maybe you’ll find inspiration in one of my favorites, June Jordan’s “Poem for Haruko.”

Good morning and welcome to day ten. Love poem – there are quite a few on this blog. Being out on the west coast, Maureen posts the next day prompts at 9pm for me. When I checked out the prompt last night, I told Shawn; I’m not sure I’m feeling the love today. He went out to pick up some food and I get a text; Is my wallet on my nightstand? Nope, I don’t see a wallet on the nightstand. I look over on the dresser, still no wallet. I turn back to the bed and there’s the wallet on his quilt. He drives back and I meet him in the driveway with his wallet. Then he sends a group text, Dad dash will be late as mom tried to steal my wallet. SMH

For napowrimo I usually start my poems handwritten in my poetry journal, and as I was flipping through the pages this morning, I came across this poem – Pink Rose. And I still love that fourth line and appropriated it for today’s poem. I also used yesterday’s #haikuchallenge for inspiration.

Intense disquiet
Find solace wrapped in his arms
Harbor in a storm

Thank you for reading my day ten contribution even if there it was not inspired by a loving feeling.

#NaPoWriMo 2022 Day Nine

Immersive Klimt

Watch paintings come to life on the walls
Experience new perspective
As you sit in a dark room
The art exhibit flows
Constantly changing
Immerse yourself
The Kiss

Immersive Klimt April 3, 2022

NaPoWriMo PromptAnd now for our (optional) daily prompt! Because it’s a Saturday, I thought I’d try a prompt that asks you to write in a specific form – the nonet! A nonet has nine lines. The first line has nine syllables, the second has eight, and so on until you get to the last line, which has just one syllable.

Good morning and welcome to day nine for nonet. I enjoy counting syllables it is necessary for haiku and cinquain – two short forms I write frequently. I’ve written nonets in the old gather days; but when I searched the form on blog, I did not find any here. Speaking of counting syllables, I posted an oddquain for the early bird prompt last year of Shawn and I recreating The Kiss. I know Klimt is one of Shawn’s favorite artists so experiencing the art exhibit while the in-laws were here seemed to be a given.

Getty Museum Challenge


Okay folks I’ve come to the conclusion her head is in a very unnatural position.  Also it’s very hard to get in place when the camera is set on a 10 second timer. But when I saw all the getty museum challenge responses and I realized we had a work of art we could recreate hanging in the bedroom, I thought it was worth a try.