Poem A Day Challenge: April 18-20

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The poems just keep coming for the 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge! Just when I thought the prompts were challenging enough, April 18th happens. I’m still in awe of the difficulty level, but also of the responses the prompt incited from fellow poets. If you haven’t stopped by Poetic Asides this month, I highly recommend visiting the April 18th comments for some amazing poems, (click on the link below).

April 18, 2015
Prompt: Pick 2 vowels and write a poem using words that only contain one or both of those vowels.

I.
midnight moon
glows on wings
in flight

II.
dawn’s first light
gilds grass with
sparkling rays

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April 19, 2015
Prompt: authority

I.
rushing water
pushes stones
like feathers

II.
clouds demand
the mountains hide
behind them

III.
palo verde trees
fall to the strength
of monsoon wind

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April 20, 2015
Prompt: my ___ , the ___

my path, the woods

I.
wrapped around
the lake’s shore
a quiet path

II.
reaching deep
into the pines
a quiet path

III.
covered by maples
speckled with sun
a quiet path

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c.b.w. 2015

Poem A Day Challenge: April 16-17

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The 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge continues with two days of incredibly tough prompts (at least they were for a haiku poet!). I did my best and here’s what I came up with to meet the challenge:

April 16, 2015
Prompt: science

I.
pushed by the moon
shimmering waves
rise on the shore

II.
trees are more
constant than screens
that light up

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April 17, 2015
Prompt: swing

I.
after it rains
beads of water gleam
on the porch swing

II.
for a moment
I fly
on the old tree swing

III.
sycamore seeds swing
on summer branches
early morning rain

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c.b.w. 2015

Poem A Day Challenge: April 13-15

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Tired of poetry, yet? I hope not! Here are my latest for the 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge:

April 13, 2015
Prompt: confession

I.
Venus in the sky
your arm around my waist
a crescent moon hangs

II.
there are no stars
when you say you love me
cloudy midnight sky

III.
stars fade to dawn
your confessions break me
morning sun rises

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April 14, 2015
Prompt: honest/dishonest

I. True
cool spring day
purple mountains
cut through the sky

II. Mirage
summer heat
bends the air
mountains flicker

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April 15, 2015
Prompt: adjective (choose one and make it the title)

I. Pale
the air turns pale
as light dwindles
fading sunset

II. Windy
evening gales
push through the pines
with whistling speed

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c.b.w.

Poem A Day Challenge: April 10-12

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I’m always amazed at how quickly the 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge goes. I can’t believe we’re almost at the halfway point!

As if things weren’t already interesting, one of my favorite haiku poets is judging the April 11 prompt. I’m not going to lie – I am nervous! I think I wrote 20 haikus before settling on the few that I posted.

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April 10, 2015
Prompt: How ____.

I.
how we find
a hidden road
bent maple branch

II.
bud to green
red to brown
how life goes

III.
one at a time
meeting the shore
how waves crash

IV.
the sun sinks
into itself
how night begins

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April 11, 2015
Prompt: seasonal

I.
monsoon wind
answers the
cicada’s call

II.
lily-of-the-valley
blooms the morning
before spring

III.
first red leaf
on the branch
of a sapling

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April 12, 2015
Prompt: damage

I.
along the deer path
broken stems
wilted petals

II.
too much rain
swells the seed
nothing grows

III.
broken clouds
allow for flecks
of vivid blue

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How goes your poeming during National Poetry Month?

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c.b.w. 2015

Poem A Day Challenge: April 7-9

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The 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge is still going strong! Here are some of my recent entries:

April 7, 2015
Prompt: love / anti-love

I. love

three blue eggs
never left to cool
the robin sits

II. anti-love

shooed from the nest
an unhatched egg

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April 8, 2015
Prompt: dare

I.
a branch too far
for a squirrel to jump
— he jumps

II.
full moon light
discarded clothes
a dip in the lake

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April 9, 2015
Prompt: work

I.
working on a moment
with a walk in the woods
quiet summer day

II.
building a nest
takes all day
busy little birds

III.
clothes on the line
wet with rain
work gladly delayed

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c.b.w. 2015