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The Last Provocation

For today’s prompt, write a The Last Blank poem.Write a poem in exactly 62 words using the word “Provocative”. The Last Provocation They say the best wayto stop being bulliedis to punch him in the nose. They say to give … Continue reading

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Breaking News

For today’s prompt, write a scary poem. Breaking News My stomach feels like a puddle of still waterdisturbed by the cinematic ripples of dinosaur steps I am that little Ohio boy again in early Springwhen a tornado watch marches across … Continue reading

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A Planet-Shaped Vase

For today’s prompt, write a breaking poem. A Planet-Shaped Vase On a no school snow dayplaying ball in the houseI broke a fancy vase Instead of attempting repairwith cartoon cow glueI found my father’s hammer Smashed the shardsenjoying the crack … Continue reading

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WarGames

WarGames As a teenage hacker I enviedMatthew Broderick attacking Las Vegasbefore saving the world from warand kissing Ally Sheedyas the credits rolled Now I’m a cranky old programmerjust existing ’til retirementand even my most complex subroutineshave never achieved consciousnesswhich is … Continue reading

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Fraiku: We never learn

The same moon sets in the twilightof Moscow and Washingtonof Kiev and Kabul

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Fraiku: Parenting

When my daughter is frightened by thunderI can explain there’s nothing to worry aboutUkrainian fathers have to lie

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They

They were Strange Men They entered our villageno explanation offeredbegan killing They believed their officerswe were sub-humannot worthy of remark They were from some legionleft no oneto carry the dead (For this week’s Weekend Writing Prompt and Living Poetry Prompt.)

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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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Reporting live from…

Here’s the poem from last Saturday’s prompt. Now we’re even, twenty-two poems in twenty-two days with eight to go. For today’s prompt, write a report poem. I know, I know: Writing a report sounds about as far away from poetry … Continue reading

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