Midnight Meal

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I.
midnight meal
it’s just us
and the waitress

II.
empty coffee cups
we wait in silence
for refills

III.
crumpled napkins
mark the spot
we said goodbye

 

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Image: Nighthawks – Edward Hopper, Wikipedia Commons

Words: senryu, c.b.w. 2016

Part of the 2016 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) for the April 16 prompt: food establishment

Last

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I. last light

a slow breath
lingering light
slips into night

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II. last jasmine

the last bit
of jasmine blooms
pearly white

 

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Image: San Giorgio Maggiore, Twilight – Claude Monet, WikiArt.org

Words: senryu, haiku, c.b.w. 2016

Part of the 2016 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) for the April 13 prompt: last (blank).

 

Defensive

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I.
you lie you lie
a cold wind
chases my back

II.
the truth tumbles
from your lips
falling with the rain

III.
my head turned down
I refuse to see
the north star

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Image: Girl with Starry Dress and Bouquet – Charles Blackman, WikiArt.org

Words: (threaded) senryu, c.b.w. 2016

Part of the 2016 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) for the April 11 prompt: defensive.

He Said/She Said

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a message from him
let’s meet at eight
can’t wait

sitting alone
half past nine
a full moon

a message
I never sent
where were you

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Image: Automat – Edward Hopper, 1927, WikiArt.org

Words: (threaded) senryu, c.b.w. 2016

Part of the 2016 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) for the April 2 prompt: he said/she said

Foolish

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It’s time again for the April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides). For the next 30 days I’ll be writing and posting poetry in celebration of both the challenge and National Poetry Month.

My goal this time around is explore the haiku offshoot, senryu. This form adheres to haiku norms, but focuses on human nature and emotions instead of nature. I’ve dabbled in senryu before, but I find it considerably more difficult to write. I’m open to the challenge and I’ll do my best not to wander off into haiku (but it might inadvertently happen!).

Last year I started the tradition of pairing my PAD Challenge poems with a piece of art and I plan on continuing that tradition this year. So, sit back and enjoy a month of senryu and fine art!

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I.
a cup of coffee
an hour before bed
lying awake

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II.
I believed
you could change
the rain falls

III.
watching them debate
thinking there’s truth
a lost vote

 

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Image: At the Coffee Table – Edvard Munch, 1883, WikiArt.org

Words: senryu, c.b.w. 2016

Part of the 2016 April Poem A Day Challenge (via Poetic Asides on Writer’s Digest) for the April 1 prompt: foolish