We Are All Looking

Celebrating National Poetry Month 2014: A Poem a Day Challenge

Poem a day #26 is a response to prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: 1) Write a “water” poem and 2) write a curtal sonnet, a form invented by Gerald Manley Hopkins. which has a first stanza of six lines, followed by a second stanza of four, and then closes with a half-line.


For water. Thirsty if not parched
we watch the water-logged sky
pass us by. We keep what’s far
from reach close enough to edge
out its tactile memory: painful
pinches we would never forget

even as the single drops rain on
like short moments of massage.
And what if the clouds opened?
Could we all remain unscathed
relish the damp?




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  1. #1 by angieinspired on May 7, 2014 - 1:14 pm

    Do you write a lot of curtal sonnets? This form is new to me, but I like what you’ve made of the water-logged sky.


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