Category: Writing


Poem A Day Challenge: April 15-16

The April Poem A Day Challenge rolls on …

April 15, 2014
Prompt: Two for Tuesday – Write a love and/or anti-love poem.

An easy task,
to fall in love
Sometimes a look
is all it takes
Pretty blue eyes,
a crooked smile
Heart unguarded,
enchanted leap

The hard part comes
with loss, heartbreak
Grief always burns,
the cracks won’t heal
By scornful words,
or time’s cruel joke
Heart defeated,
cornered in black

Inspiration: I can’t pinpoint a specific source of inspiration, but I suspect this comes from watching too many movies and reading too many romance novels, (yes, I admit it).

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April 16, 2014
Prompt: Write an elegy poem.

Rising through the ground,
tiny miracle of life
Leafy wings take flight

The wind blew too fierce
feathers singed and fell apart
A small life, no more

Inspiration: Earlier in the day I discovered one my seedlings had died. While it was just a tiny life, I was sad all the same.

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c.b.w. 2014

Book Review: Perfect Ruin

23658Lauren DeStefano’s Perfect Ruin (Book #1 of The Internment Chronicles) is a perfect combination of fantasy and allegory wrapped up with a beautiful Young Adult series bow. Destafano is already known for expert world-building, (as in her Chemical Garden series), but she takes it to a new level in her latest book.

Imagine a city on a hunk of land that floats high above the ground. A large dome protects the city from the atmosphere and creates a barrier between the population and the Edge. Trains run around the city to get people where they need to go, but they are also the dividing line between an orderly civilization and forbidden territory.

In a city where everyone and everything is controlled by an all powerful king, the concepts of individuality and free thought are virtually nonexistent. The government arranges marriages, dictates when babies can be born, assigns jobs and living quarters, and essentially brainwashes the entire population with a state religion and fictional history. Anyone who dares to think outside these boundaries is declared as “irrational” and subjected to therapy and medications, or worse.

Morgan has lived in the city her all her life and she knows the rules. The Edge is a dangerous place and there are serious consequences for even thinking about what lies on the ground. Still, her imagination often tries to picture the landscape and who might live there. Both her best friend, Pen, and betrothed partner, Basil, can see the danger of her daydreams, but they too share her curiosity. All can’t help but wonder if this one city is all there is in this life. The distant land below beckons as Morgan and her friends begin to question the life laid out by their government.

Perfect Ruin is a high concept story that digs deep into social and adolescent issues like independence, family, and self-discovery. At the same time, it is a compelling allegory that explores the folly of master societies and dictatorial states.

Verdict: Well worth reading.

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c.b.w. 2014

 

Pillars

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.

Zodiac

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

One evening this week, I opened up my back door to let my dogs outside and I was hit with an incredibly wonderful aroma. Soft, sweet, and intoxicating, little white flowers bloomed by the hundreds on my jasmine vines. The amazing thing is there were no flowers on either of my vines earlier that afternoon. It’s like they all decided to pop open at once and surprise me!

The aroma was so enchanting, I decided to open all my windows in the back of the house. Jasmine wafted through the house all evening and its continued to linger in the air all week long. Aside from the springy smell, the vines themselves have double in size this year and now wrap around patio roof posts. After watching them struggle this winter, its so nice to see them thriving.

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Jasmine vine gone wild!

The sunflower is another interesting story. Our Monster Sunflower sprouted two more stems with buds and this one bloomed this week. The other one broke off due to an odd angle and the weight of the bud.  The main bloom was quite small (as expected), but weirdly enough it grew larger after all the petals fell off. That’s a story I’ll have to share once it stops growing!

Over on the plant rack, my seedlings are getting so big! While my vegetable starters are almost ready to go into the garden (probably this weekend), my flower tray holds the biggest surprise. I’ve never been very successful in growing any sort of flower except a wildflower mix in the yard, so it was really exciting to see several sprouts. In particular, four out five nasturtium seeds came up! This week, they graduated to a larger pot, along with another unidentified flower.

The garden rabbit took a break from sniffing the jasmine to help me celebrate graduation day . . .

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I hope these guys keep growing!

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What’s your favorite thing this week?

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c.b.w. 2014

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