National Poetry Month- Day 5: I challenge you to spend some time looking at the names of heirloom plants, and write a poem that takes its inspiration from, or incorporates the name of, one or more of these garden rarities.
silken ribbons leave legacy of escaped gasps, illicit sighs, forbidden touch
the binding marks, a guarded trophy never put on display.
beneath complaints of business demands, desire begins
lipstick stained collars
and the bachelor’s button.
National Poetry Month- Day 6: Write a poem about food. This could be a poem about a particular food, or about your relationship to food in general. Or it could simply be a poem relating an incident that involves food.
its season is much too short
for the fanatics it creates
and while most love red’s attraction
it is the shade resembling nightfall
that is the sweetest seduction
which is quite difficult to resist
National Poetry Month- Day 4:Write a poem in which you explore what you think is the cruelest month, and why.
do not gain
the slightest smile.
Only terse eyes
and sassy attitude
for the gawds.
Not even promise
of beach strolls
across warmed sand.
Nor bomb pops
red, white, blue
sticky sweet memories.
Can change the
infinite side eyes
assigned to you.
So bid adieu
taking your fever
and her breath…
National Poetry Month-Day 3: Write a poem in the form of a fan letter to a celebrity. Now, this could be a celebrity from long ago, and needn’t be an actor or singer (though it could be).
Dearest She, Her, Me
The power you hold cannot be sent asunder by those who wish you would be seen by not heard. Those who refuse to see the determination in your irises as you witness tears in mothers who mourn their children too soon or the sparkle when the sisterhood is celebrated…the fierceness in your stride when you stomp the pavement seeking justice or grace when you walk into your anointing…the timbre in your voice when you school the deliberately ignorant or the admiration when you acknowledge those before you…or the strength in your hands when you mold the way we are represented to the world or the gentleness as you reach back to pull others up to be positioned next to you.
National Poetry Month-Day 2: Write a poem that takes the form of a family portrait.
back bone splintered by war-torn countries thousands of miles away.
neck weighted from protecting and redirecting unspoken terrors.
legs tired by running away from self-inflicted non-memories.
arms fatigued with waving good-bye to birth rights and hello to strangers.
heart broken from trying to maintain the family’s ghost.
First Day of National Poetry Month is to write a lune…a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count. There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, where the poem still has three lines, but the first line has five words, the second line has three words, and the third line has five words again.
prolix pleading of innocent prose
convicted of homicide by tongue