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.




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.


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

8 thoughts on “Poem A Day Challenge: April 3-4

  1. I love that movie and I marvel right with you…lots of new techie developments since I was in school, too. I love the closing on your last one…I think there’re are many that might not be able to. I like it when the electricity goes out…a forced unplug and candles come out and stories get told the old fashioned way. 🙂

    Well done!

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    • I love it when the electricity goes out! There’s something so peaceful about the silence and it makes me wonder why I spend so much time “plugged in.” Every day, when I go for a run, I purposely leave the iPod at home so I can spend at least an hour away from at all. The only sound is my feet connecting with the trail. 🙂


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