Your Heroics Still Haunt Me

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #16 is a response to prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: 1) Write an elegy, and 2) write a poem where every line is a lie.
 
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All I can do is walk
on rugged coastlines

like Connemara
where certainly the first

transatlantic flight
never ended in a bog

never got a soft landing.
And the neighbors

never came
running to gaze.

Yet, I was thinking
time was sinking

when your plane almost
crashed into the nearby

mountains, amid the tribal
graves of kings.

Is it not enough that I admire
how deftly silent hands work?

 

 

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How Far I’d Go

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #15 is a response to prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: 1) Write a “love” poem and 2) write a terza rima,  a form invented by Dante, which consists of three-line stanzas, with a “chained” rhyme scheme. The first stanza is ABA, the second is BCB, the third is CDC, and so on.
 
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To hear the crashing waves of your voice
over and over, not an echo but a thought
that travels across wind without a choice.

Although I bow with hand on heart, taught
to make good on past deadly deeds, mistake
me not for some love-starved seagull caught

in an upward gust, unable to say what’s fake.

 

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If I were flying

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #14 is a response to prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: 1) Write a  poem beginning with the line as title: If I were…  and 2) write a “twenty-questions” poem, one that contains a question in every line except the last.
 
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Would someone I know be there to catch me if I fell?
What are the chances the wind would take me?

What do people look like when viewed from the sky?
Would you wave or scream as I floated farther away?

Are clouds places where the weary can find rest?
Could I ever find a way out of such blinding gray?

Is it shocking that humans can touch skyscrapers?
I would not have answers unless I attempted to fly.

 
 
 
 

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It’s a Life

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #13 is a response to prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: 1) Write an “animal” poem, and 2) write a poem that contains at least one kenning, a metaphorical phrase developed in Nordic sagas that consists of two nouns joined together, which imaginatively describes or names a third thing.
 
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Whether jackass or jenny,
we plowfields stand between
morning gazes and hopes
for handouts of touch

or biscuits from walkers
passing the prehistoric cliffs
that line our treacherous sea.
All that’s left

for us is to watch as history
mavens come and go
and wait for farmer’s till
to drag us home.

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Graceful City, (a found poem)

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #12 is a response to prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: 1) Write a “city ” poem, and 2) write an “replacment” poem: Pick a common noun for a physical thing, find sentences with that noun, and  replace it with an intangible noun. I have replaced sentences from Wikipedia’s definition of ” city” with the word “grace.
 
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Grace is a relatively large and permanent
human settlement. 

To qualify as grace, it must have enough
surplus of raw materials.

Grace expands far enough to reach another;
has complex systems.

Agricultural activity appears necessary
before true grace can form.

There is not enough evidence to assert
what conditions gave rise to the first.

 
 
 

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Love’s the Drug

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #11 is a response to prompts from  Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: 1) Write a “statement”  poem, and 2) Write an “Anacreontics” poem, a short lyrical piece of an easy kind, dealing with love and wine,  or an anti-Anacreontics poem.
 
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Didn’t cause it, can’t control it, can’t cure it,
My drug of choice always leaves a deposit

amidst the shattered skins of trampled
grapes. And again my heart gets stapled

to the addictive stench of the mixed-up
lover’s wine that still can spill my cup.

I crawl home under a shuddering sky
with remorse and regret standing by

to remind me that by never letting go
I’ll never keep all my ducks in tow.

 
 
 

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In Concert

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #10 is a response to prompts from  NaPoWriMo and Poetic Asides: 1) Write an “advertisement” poem, and (2) write a “future”  poem.

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All choral singers rasp
at the highest pitches:

Yet sopranos can soar forever
while altos plunge to bolster

the most burdensome notes.
Tight folded scores keep

this battle mere whispers.
We quiet the unexpected

and watch all barricades
melt into linen by joint

harmony, always a relief
from minding the travails

of rose bushes. All will be safe
amid simple marriage of song.

 

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