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


Poem A Day Challenge: April 19-20


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