Poem A Day Challenge: April 19-20

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The poeming continues in the  April Poem A Day Challenge . . .

April 19, 2014
Prompt: Pick a color and make it the title of your poem, and then, write your poem.

Beyond Desert Brown

Wrapped up in blue,
rain taps the ground
Spring’s last goodbye,
kissing pink stones

Hibiscus red,
salutes the sun
Summer winds blow,
cinnamon sand

Purple mountains
catch the sunset
Evening skies,
coral monsoon

Inspiration: I got to thinking about how the desert is always stereotyped as being nothing but brown. This was my way of showing it is actually full of many vibrant and beautiful colors.

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April 20, 2014
Prompt: Write a family poem.

Rescued from abuse,
he ran to his new mom
Loyal from the start,
wagging with love

HIs howls are fewer,
and his face whiter
While his teeth are gone,
he still guards the house

He’s led a good life,
and gave me so much
Always my furkid,
right up to the end

Inspiration: One of my dogs was on my mind.

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day Challenge: April 17-18

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Are you tired of poetry, yet?  I hope not! The April Poem A Day Challenge is still going strong.

April 17, 2014
Prompt: Write a pop culture poem.

Just like Elena,
I cannot resist
Stefan’s heart of gold,
Damon’s bad boy charm
Stuck in the middle
of vampire brothers

Werewolves and witches,
no one ever dies
Grimoires of old spells,
resurrect old ghosts
A stake through the heart,
doesn’t kill, just hurts

Vampire diaries,
kept by a ripper
The love of one girl,
tears kinship apart
And let’s not forget,
swoon-worthy hotties

Inspiration: I’m in the middle of a Vampire Diaries binge session in an effort to catch up on Seasons 3 and 4. The timing of this prompt couldn’t have been more perfect!

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April 18, 2014
Prompt: Write a weather poem

High tide in the clouds,
waves curl and break in the sky
Silence on the ground

Inspiration: I spent almost the entire day outside in the garden. All day gray clouds swirled in the sky and threatened to rain. It was beautiful!

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day Challenge: April 15-16

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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

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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

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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