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Poem A Day Challenge: April 3-4

In the continuing celebration of the  April Poem A Day Challenge and National Poetry Month here’s another round of daily poetry:

April 3, 2014
Prompt: Write a message poem.

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Iceberg hit,
damaged hull

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Lifeboats full,
not enough

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Please come quick,
distressed ship

Tap. Tap. Tap.

Sinking fast,
out of time

Tap. Tap. Tap.

CQD!

CQD!

Anyone?

Tap. Ta …

Inspiration: Titanic (with DiCaprio and Winslet) was on TV and I actually watched it even though I have the movie on DVD. The music played in my head for days, so I had no choice but to write a poem about the ill-fated ocean liner.

800px-Titanic-Cobh-Harbour-1912

RMS Titanic, 1912

 

April 4, 2014
Prompt: Since _______. Fill in the blank and make this phrase your title. Then write a poem.

Since 2000

Two towers crashed down
and started a war
Money bubbles popped,
all innocence lost
Computers are flat
and don’t need a desk
Books lost their pages
to downloads and screens
VCRs retired
and took tapes with them
Lockdowns in airports,
GPS in cars
The art of travel
has lost its compass
Smartphones invaded
and killed the payphone
Buttons lost the fight
to touchscreen icons
The virtual world
replaces the real
Too busy too care
or even look up
When the lights go out,
can we face the dark?

Inspiration: I often marvel at how much has changed over the last decade or so. Almost daily, my students are in awe that I didn’t have a cell phone when I was in high school (I had a pager) and that phones didn’t have cameras.

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How goes your poetry month?

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c.b.w. 2014

The Jampot

A place that hides
from prying eyes
Tickets are free,
if you know the cue
Red meets with green,
the lantern glows
The hinge may creak,
old glass may bulge
Secrets still float

from retired cups
What’s your pleasure,
past or present?

The Jamaica Wine House, St. Michael’s Alley, Cornhill, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2006

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Special Note: The Jamaica Wine House was originally London’s first coffeehouse, which opened in 1652. Call the “The Jampot” by locals, this is a place steeped in history as the arrival of coffee changed Europe in surprising ways. This history of coffee in England is actually quite fascinating and is worth exploring: English Coffehouses.

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c.b.w. 2014

Curve

Stonework vein,
woven way
Secret curve,
a new world
Past the grit,
lights be lit
This old soul,
green and gold

A hidden street in Prague, Czech Republic
Photo by: c.b.w. 2008

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c.b.w. 2014

Fallen

Forgotten slaves,
lost to cruel fate
Last breaths hover,
souls wearing scars
These unhealed wounds,
still bleed unseen
Voices, they cry,
pleading to rest
The shows goes on,
 a relic sighs

The Colosseum, Rome
Photo by: c.b.w. 2003

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c.b.w. 2014

Nostalgia

A side street hidden somewhere along Fleet Street, London
Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

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c.b.w. 2014

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