Poem A Day Challenge: April 16-17


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

pushed by the moon
shimmering waves
rise on the shore

trees are more
constant than screens
that light up

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April 17, 2015
Prompt: swing

after it rains
beads of water gleam
on the porch swing

for a moment
I fly
on the old tree swing

sycamore seeds swing
on summer branches
early morning rain

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c.b.w. 2015

Poem A Day Challenge: April 13-15


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

April 13, 2015
Prompt: confession

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

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

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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Poem A Day Challenge: April 7-9


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

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

full moon light
discarded clothes
a dip in the lake

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April 9, 2015
Prompt: work

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

building a nest
takes all day
busy little birds

clothes on the line
wet with rain
work gladly delayed

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c.b.w. 2015

Poem A Day Challenge: April 4-6


My haiku experiments continue for the 2015 April Poem A Day Challenge (on Poetic Asides via Writer’s Digest). Through my daily practice I’m finding that for every ten haikus I write, I end up with one worth posting. I’ve learned my process is about finding the rhythm that fits my mood and the images swirling in my mind. My days are always so busy and filled with movement, so I love how haiku gives me a chance to slow down and just be.

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April 4, 2015
Prompt: departure

gust of wind
sends wishes flying
dandelion seeds

fall’s last leaf
finally departs
winter’s barren tree

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April 5, 2015
Prompt: vegetable

radishes grow
when nothing
else will

sweet pea curls
grab onto
the stake

red tomatoes
full of holes
the birds win

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April 6, 2015
Prompt: things-not-as-they-appear

a stone on the shore
until it hops
lakeside toad

red maple leaf
caught in the green
of mid-June

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c.b.w. 2015

National Poetry Month!


April is officially National Poetry Month, which means I can geek out on poetry with some good company. While every month is poetry month to me, it is really exciting to see a large community of poets come together to encourage the writing and reading of poetry.

Poets approach this event in a number of different ways. Some write a poem a day, while others interact on social media. Educators emphasize poetry in their classrooms and writers promote their work at National Poetry Month events. No matter the activity, April is all about ensuring poetry continues to prosper as an art form.

I’m celebrating National Poetry Month by participating in two poetry challenges:

2015 April Poem A Day (PAD) Challenge on Poetic Asides (via Writer’s Digest)

This challenge is also a competition. Each day a prompt is posted and poets are invited to post their poems in the comments. A judge then selects one poem, which will be published in an anthology at the end of the competition. I participated in this challenge last year and really enjoyed the process. The community is so encouraging and inspiring.

My goal for this challenge is to continue my practice of haiku. I’m focusing on contemporary haiku which breaks the 5-7-5 syllable rule. The simplicity of contemporary haiku is very appealing to me, so I’m looking forward to experimenting with line and syllable counts.

NaHaiWriMo’s April 2015 Daily Writing Prompts

NaHaiWriMo (National Haiku Writing Month) is officially in February, but the organization offers daily prompts for every month. I had so much fun in February, I continued through March. The thought of missing a day was so sad, I decided to keep going through April.

My goal for this challenge is the same as the April PAD challenge, but I’m leaving the door open for the traditional 5-7-5 haiku and senryu. Seeing as there is no requirement to post, my journal will be full of little experiments.

Whether you are a writer or a reader, I hope you join the fun and celebrate National Poetry Month!


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c.b.w. 2015