Poem A Day Challenge: April 13-14

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As April rolls on, so do the poems! Be sure to stop by Poetic Asides to check out all the wonderful poets participating in the April Poem A Day Challenge.

April 13, 2014
Prompt: Write an animal poem.

Zodiac

Drawn into the stars,
they decide our fate
Surefooted with horns,
Reliable Ram
The hard-headed Bull,
grunts and stomps the ground

Limitless fences,
of sparkle and blue
Don’t mess with the Crab,
full of fire and red
Regal and royal,
the Lion will roar
On the defensive,
the Scorpion stings

As galaxies spin,
the wheel keeps turning
Chatty is the goat,
stubborn to a fault
Caught in the current,
an enlightened Fish

Inspiration: After reading an article about Ai Weiwei’s latest exhibition openings, his work was on my mind. When the of his work combined with the prompt, I thought of his piece Zodiac Heads and the poem just flowed from there.

Ai Weiwei’s Zodiac Heads on display at Somerset House, London. Photo by: c.b.w. 2011

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April 14, 2014
Prompt: If I Were _____. Fill in the blank to create a title and then write a poem.

If I Were Still

I could touch the air
and know where I belong
as the moon rises

Inspiration: I wrote this while waiting for the lunar eclipse.

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c.b.w. 2014