Poetry Challenge - Day 17

April 17: Post a poem from when you were an amateur, no matter how silly it may seem

There once was a maiden so fair,

she had suitors from everywhere.

There was only one catch

to find her true match -

he must come her untameable hair.

Poetry Challenge - Day 16

April 16: Write a couplet

Some parts of mine are beautiful to see,

so why don’t I feel like a lovely me?

Poetry Challenge - Day 16

April 15: Write/create concrete poetry

             You wound me

             with your

              perfection,

Your grace frustrates the beating of my heart, and yet I revel, no,

I delight in how you put holes into this imperfect frame that I am

            I ask that you

           pierce

           me once more.

Poetry Challenge - Day 14

April 14: Write a tanka (a Japanese poem consisting of five lines, the first and third of which have five syllables and the other seven, making 31 syllables in all and giving a complete picture of an event or mood.)

My window’s open

and the moon is turning red,

casting light on me.

I may be sleeping, but this

change must make me deadly.

Poetry Challenge - Day 13

April 13: Write a terza rima (an arrangement of triplets that rhyme ABA, BCB, CDC, DED, etc.)

The entity of “we” was born out of desire-

But I misunderstood, thinking it was only mine.

Little did I know you also had a fire.

"We" coalesced in a haze of music and wine,

fueled by the wind of a gorgeous spring night-

that breeze finally pushed you and me over the line.

I was so terrified that you would fight,

that you would throw me out if I came too near,

that you would call me desperate and be right.

—-

You must have sensed the size and weight of my fear

'cause when I kissed you, not knowing what you would say,

you reassured me and you made your own feelings clear.

—-

So when I later asked if you could stay,

it was because I wanted “we” to be forever this way.

Poetry Challenge - Day 12

April 12: Write a quatrain (AABB or ABAB)

We touched and then our fire faded out.

I thought we’d both accepted it was the end.

I didn’t think your intentions were in doubt - 

So why do you dare come ‘round here again?

Poetry Challenge - Day 11

April 11: Write a monorhyming poem

Oh my love, into you I would sink,

I’d touch your lips, relieve your thirst like drink

and until the sky should light up in gold and pink,

I do not dare to leave and break our link

Poetry Challenge - Day 10

April 10: Write an epitaph

Our summertime dolls are gone from us-

oh how they filled our lives with light.

And though it hurts so to have lost our twin girls,

at least each is not alone in her flight.

Poetry Challenge - Day 9

April 9: Write an acrostic poem

He offered me his seat on the train -

Oh, he’s such a gentlemen, I thought,

With his fine and perfectly starched clothes.

——

Carrying my bag, I scooted past him,

Over my head I lifted my

Ugly, beat-up satchel, and 

Laid it

Down on the bench.

—-

I would see him in that same seat almost every day.

—-

Head against the glass, I dozed,

And suddenly had a

Vivid memory of the last person who sat in this

Exact seat this time two weeks before.

—-

Fair-skinned and blonde she was,

Overly nervous, I’d thought-

Regretting that notion when my so-called

Gentleman had hauled her up by her arm,

Obviously in a painful angle.

Time to go, he’d said,

Too forcefully, too cruelly, no hint of 

Endearments to the young woman,

No kindness to her at all.

—-

Thinking of that incident, the very

Hairs on the back of my neck rose, and

I wondered how his behavior had slipped my memory-

Surely, I would never accept his seat invitation again after today.

Poetry Challenge - Day 8

April 8: Write a limerick

I happen to love things that crunch,

they’re maybe my favorite to munch.

Whether carrots or crackers,

I’m a consummate snacker,

and if you grab them from me, you’ll get punched!