Category Archives: Poetry

Invisible

Invisible Like explaining menstrual cramps to my wives, I tell my black friends how non-violence and civil disobedience are superior to riots. “If I were black…” But I was not black. I grew up white, trusting police to serve and … Continue reading

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Life is Fair

Life is Fair We all die — all forgotten. No justice after death not even in history books. Our published works, masterpiece or doggerel, burn or molder. The wind shreds what remains to confetti, celebrating our demise. Monks and nuns, … Continue reading

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Guernica

This evening I attended a NCWN online workshop on ekphrastic poetry, lead by Maureen Sherbondy. She offered several famous paintings as prompts and one of them was Pablo Picasso’s Guernica. I’ve been thinking about the Spanish Civil War a lot … Continue reading

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Mulberries in the Piedmont

Mulberries in the Piedmont From the first snow melt until my coatless hike, I’ve walked under this tree without noticing its mulberries. I rush to pluck the fruit, ripened purple over a warm night, pop juicy morsels in my stained … Continue reading

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Unable to Connect

(From Living Poetry’s Monday Poetry Prompt. Today’s was a Visual Prompt.) Unable to Connect I dropped my phone— well— more like threw it to the pavement— by accident. I can’t check email, no more blinky text alerts, it doesn’t chime … Continue reading

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In Praise of Patrons

For today’s prompt, write a praise poem. In Praise of Patrons It’s important to find a good patron, one who cares about the Ars Poetica not just if you give good reading and are skilled of tongue. Such is the … Continue reading

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What hasn’t yet been written about my muses’ eyes?

Today, let’s write a poem with the theme of “eye”. What hasn’t yet been written about my muses’ eyes? They are blue as the morning sky or dark as the deepest night. Poetasters, choose one if her hair be flaxen … Continue reading

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Purple Aurora

Let’s try an ekphrastic poem today.   Purple Aurora Northern lights erupt like a baleful purple flame our planet on fire  

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Poetry Pandemic

Let’s write a relaxation poem. Poetry Pandemic I remember what it was like before all this started— I’d have dinner then decide if I wanted to write or not. And if I wasn’t feeling inspired, I’d just read or play … Continue reading

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Remember when long distance was a thing?

For today’s prompt, write a change poem. Remember when long distance was a thing? I just finished a video call with my parents. I don’t think I ever expected to write that. Remember the video phone booth from 2001: A … Continue reading

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