Tuesday, April 30, 2019

A Haiku for My Bed

A Haiku for My Bed

Wild geese on the back
of a turtle, my Earth is
a flat down pillow. 

GloPoWriMo Day 30 - minimalist poetry

It is the final day of GloPoWriMo, so allow me to be a little chatty today. There are two things I am proud of:
2. I have, yet again, completed the challenge. I wrote every day and I actually managed to write more than 30 poems in 30 days. It was like a marathon, which is probably why I wrote a haiku for my bed today. The second poem is my attempt at a one-word poem. It was supposed to look like an hourglass, but I am not sure I have succeeded.The "lullaby" image at the beginning is also mine, but I created it a few years ago, though I never thought about it as a poem before. I have used it here simply because it fits in with both the topic and the prompt.
I would like to thank all my NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo friends. I love you all and I will miss you, but I know we will see each other again next year. Thank you for your support. Above all, I am really, really grateful to Maureen Thorson, who runs both the NaPoWriMo blog and the project itself. Thank you, Maureen.
See you all next year!

Monday, April 29, 2019


Image by Alexandra Haynak from Pixabay

I am proud to say that I was the Day 29 featured participant on the NaPoWriMo blog.


On Anger

I planted a seed in my
garden long ago.
They say the fruit is poison.

On Sadness

There is a video game.
Also, there are seven secrets to letting go of it.
It is one of the six basic emotions.
Some families don’t allow it.
The rule can be conscious or unconscious.
Some suggest making a list.
Symptoms appear three days after exposure.
Most people recover in a week, but it can be hard to shake.
Wash your hands and take care of yourself.
If it keeps you awake at night,
if you can’t breathe
and feel like drowning,
this might be a sign
that there are complications.

GloPoWriMo Day 29 - a poem that meditates on an emotion

Sunday, April 28, 2019

What is poetry?

Image by Roland Mey from Pixabay

What is poetry?

Poetry is what it is.
A voice,
as old as history and older.
Such magic,
the line on the page,

GloPoWriMo Day 28 - a meta-poem
This is a found poem. I used this Encyclopaedia Britannica entry on poetry, then just kept erasing until I ended up with this short piece. 

Saturday, April 27, 2019

LX, Erased

LX, Erased

GloPoWriMo Day 27 - "remixing" a Shakespearean sonnet
I have "remixed" Sonnet LX, by creating an erasure poem. Here's the original sonnet.

Friday, April 26, 2019

So Serene

Image by Denis Doukhan from Pixabay

So Serene

Bright red on dark green.
Her path is long and winding.
Ladybird on a leaf.

Her path is long and winding.
The earth smells of fresh mushrooms.
Soft breeze whispers in the grass.

Tiny feet, tickling.
Soft breeze whispers in the grass.
She needs her meat.

Greenflies taste of fresh mushrooms.
She needs her meat.
Her path is long and winding.

Ladybird on a leaf.
Soft breeze whispers in the grass.
So serene.

GloPoWriMo Day 26 - repetition
I also used yesterday's prompt (seasonal, the five senses) and combined the two. 

Thursday, April 25, 2019

How to Write 1000 Pages

Image by congerdesign from Pixabay

How to Write 1000 Pages 

This is easy.
Start by stretching time,
Nothing but a question mark on the first page.
The second page, just a single word.
Let the word be important.
Then nothing.
If someone notices (which they won’t,
since nobody will read it anyway)
say that you are writing an invisible book,
white on white.
Say that you want to show
the emperor is naked.
Learn to transcribe the pauses,
the silence.
Always look busy.
Keep flipping the pages until you reach the last one.
Then write a killer sentence
to conclude your life’s work.
After that, you can rest.

GloPoWriMo Day 25

Wednesday, April 24, 2019


Image by homecare119 from Pixabay


At its source, a river is usually steep. The bicycle converts the energy of the cyclist into propulsion. Wingspan is the measurement right across the wings of a bird or aircraft. Asteroids were unable to form distinct planets when the solar system was born. Butterflies undergo complete metamorphosis. One of the earliest attempts at creating a motorcycled bicycle was in 1867. A flame is ignited gas. As it looses its steep gradient, the river slows down. Although most moths are drab, some are brilliantly coloured. A monoplane has a single wing. Flight feathers support birds in flight. Igneous rocks are created by molten magma cooling slowly. In a hot-air baloon, the air is heated by burners located below it. Flight is the act or a manner of flying, or a hasty retreat. Kites were first developed more than 2500 years ago. An airplant is a plant growing naturally without soil. Flightless birds are naturally unable to fly.  

GloPoWriMo Day 24 - inspired by a reference book