Category: Poetry


Borrowed from time,
fooling the eye
Staking their claim,
where money plays
Pericles gawks,
and rolls his eyes
Wisdom has left,
greed takes its place
The homeless sleep
on hidden streets
Expensive suits,
pretend to cry
The pillars watch,
unworthy spines

Somewhere in the Financial District, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2006

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day Challenge: April 13-14

As April rolls on, so do the poems! Be sure to stop by Poetic Asides to check out all the wonderful poets participating in the April Poem A Day Challenge.

April 13, 2014
Prompt: Write an animal poem.


Drawn into the stars,
they decide our fate
Surefooted with horns,
Reliable Ram
The hard-headed Bull,
grunts and stomps the ground

Limitless fences,
of sparkle and blue
Don’t mess with the Crab,
full of fire and red
Regal and royal,
the Lion will roar
On the defensive,
the Scorpion stings

As galaxies spin,
the wheel keeps turning
Chatty is the goat,
stubborn to a fault
Caught in the current,
an enlightened Fish

Inspiration: After reading an article about Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition openings, his work was on my mind. When the of his work combined with the prompt, I thought of his piece Zodiac Heads and the poem just flowed from there.

Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads on display at Somerset House, London. Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

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April 14, 2014
Prompt: If I Were _____. Fill in the blank to create a title and then write a poem.

If I Were Still

I could touch the air
and know where I belong
as the moon rises

Inspiration: I wrote this while waiting for the lunar eclipse.

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day Challenge: April 11-12

The April Poem A Day Challenge is still going strong! So far, I haven’t a missed a day! Hope you’re enjoying National Poetry Month!

Here’s two more of my entries in the challenge:

April 11, 2014
Prompt: Create a statement and make it your title. Then, write a poem that responds to it or expands upon it.

For A Limited Time Only

Cue the countdown,
days are numbered
Fences are few,
so don’t hold back

Get up and stand,
rather than kneel
With just one shot,
everything counts

Toes to the edge,
dare to look down
Take a deep breath,
inhale the sky

Inspiration: I saw an infomercial with the title phrase and then I thought about how I always put my toes to the edge of a cliff, (seriously!).

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April 12, 2014
Prompt: Write a city poem.

A concret forest
replaces trees and fields
The roots go missing

Inspiration: My mother recently found out urban sprawl will be invading her rural ranch. Such a sad occurrence needed a poem.

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Happy Poeming!

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c.b.w. 2014

If you are participating in the April Poem A Day Challenge and are posting your daily entries on your blog, please leave the link in the comments below. That way we can all see what you’re up to and enjoy your poetic lines. If you are a reader who has visited a blog with some great poetry pass your find along!

Meanwhile, here’s another round of my recent entries in the Poem A Day Challenge:

April 9, 2014
Prompt: Write a shelter poem.

The rain is sudden
Haven of canopy trees
Nature’s umbrella

Inspiration: The prompt reminded me of a day in London when I took shelter under some large trees to escape a sudden rain shower, (What Londoners Do When It Rains).

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April 10, 2014
Prompt: Write a future poem.

Seconds unticked,
moments unlived
Fluid clockwork,
persuades the Fates

Forward motion,
belies the present
Always seeking,
never breathing

Still the voices,
lure the silence
Time unspent,
hours undone

Inspiration: I don’t know. This came straight from the muse’s mouth.

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Happy poeming!

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day Challenge: April 7-8

I hope you’re digging National Poetry Month as I’ll be posting quite a bit of poetry this week. Thanks to the April Poem A Day Challenge, I have several poems backlogged that are ready to be seen beyond the comment section of Poetic Asides.

April 7, 2014
Prompt: Write a self-portrait poem.

A fashion moron,
addicted to jeans
Knitting is my thing,
but forget crochet
Grew up as a nerd,
proudly still called one
From comic book stacks
to Twihard status
A dork to the core,
you’ll never change me
Nose stuck in a book,
classics and mainstream
Pages turn each night,
a cat sleeps on my lap
Never a mother,
except for furkids
Teenagers, I teach
they’ll never scare me
When they learn, I smile,
my day is worthwhile
After a good run,
I search for my muse
She keeps my words safe,
while I find a pen

Inspiration: Me. Every word is true.

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April 8, 2014
Prompt: Two for Tuesday – Write a violence and/or peace poem.

Pastel petals,
innocent face
Elegant curves,
long and slender
The siren calls,
baiting the trap

Thorns lay hidden,
ready to strike
Bloodthirsty fangs,
aching to bite
To eat her fill,
Venus must lie

Inspiration: My first thought was a Venus Flytrap, so I ran with it!  Such a pretty little plant, but also quite deadly to those that fall for the trap. What a perfect incarnate of the prompt!


Venus Flytrap Photo: Wikipedia Commons


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Happy poeming!

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c.b.w. 2014


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