In Response


April 21 was Poem in Your Pocket Day, so the poems in today’s post are written in response to another poem. I chose three of my favorite haikus from the anthology Haiku in English Ed. by Jim Kacian, Philip Rowland, and Allan Burns.

By Gary Hotham

in a paper cup —
a long way from home

My response:

red eye flight
last at the gate
my coffee is cold

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By Marcus Larsson

autumn colours
we let mother lie
about our childhood

My Response:

summer wind
we get into mischief
and point fingers

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By George Dorsey

low tide
people seem
more honest

My Response:

new moon
I can’t find
the truth



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Image: Spell. New Moon – Nicholas Roerich,

Words: Haiku by authors cited and c.b.w. 2016

Part of the 2016 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) for the April 21 prompt: response to another poem


Poem A Day: April 1-2


Between the April Poem A Day Challenge and National Poetry Month, it’s only fitting that poetry takes the spotlight! As I work my way through the challenge, I’ll be posting my entries along with what inspired me aside from the prompt.

April 1, 2014
Prompt: Two for Tuesday, write a poem of beginnings and/or endings.

Kissed by wings,
taking flight
Feathered drop,
seasoned ground
Drink the sun,
touch the rain
Down they dig,
rooted deep
Life begins,
veins unfurled
Reaching up,
leafy limbs
Nesting buds,
blushing blooms
Wilted green,
withered stalk
Shorter days,
longer moons
Darkness dreams
of gold wings

Inspiration: The seeds I had planted the week before were just starting to sprout. The morning of April 1st, I saw the first green leaves poking through the ground. Writing about the cycle of life just seemed fitting after a morning a new beginnings.

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April 2, 2014
Prompt: Write a voyage poem.

From the shore,
to the sea
to the stars
Always searching,
seeking our place

Worn through boots,
sails raised high
starlit skies
Still we venture,
wander and roam

Inspiration: I was still thinking about the last episode of Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey. The episode discussed the concept of black holes, gravity, and the speed of light.  It made me think about the history of human discovery and how far we’ve come, yet how far we have to go.

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If you are participating in the PAD Challenge or celebrating National Poetry Month on your blog, please leave the link in the comments so we can all stop by and see your wordsmithing!

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c.b.w. 2014

Poem A Day: November 1-3


As I work my way through the Writer’s Digest 2013 November Poem A Day Chapbook Challenge, I’ll be posting my submissions in groups of two or three. However, I am holding true to the idea of writing a poem each day, rather than playing catch up all the time.  So far, the prompts are forcing me to play with words and ideas in different ways. My poetic muse is definitely feeling the push to try new things.

November 1, 2013
Prompt: Someone or something appearing out of nowhere

November 2, 2013
Prompt: News of the day

November 3
Prompt: The last time I was here . . .

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c.b.w. 2013