Posted in April 2019, Haiku, NaPoWriMo 2019

In the Aftermath Of Winter

Rose bud

Searching for sunshine

A tiny bud pushes forth

Roses rise again

Haiku

#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 21–Off Prompt

I am glad to see my roses springing up and back to life after the hard winter we had. I lost a few plants to the cold weather but my roses all survived and are looking healthy and growing.

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Posted in Abecedarian, April 2019, Christian, NaPoWriMo 2019, Scripture

He Is Called

Names of God book cover

Advocate
B
read of Life
C
hrist the Lord
D
eliverer
E
ternal Life
F
aithful and True
G
ift of God
H
eir of All Things
I
mage of God
J
esus Christ Our Lord
K
ing of kings
L
ight of the world
M
essiah
N
azarene
O
ur Peace
P
rince of Peace
Q
uickening Spirit
R
edeemer
S
avior
T
ruth
U
ncorruptible God
V
ine
W
ay

Abecedarian

(Based on Scripture References found in the “Names Of God” Book by SGLY Ministry)

#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 19--Prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an abecedarian poem – a poem in which the word choice follows the words/order of the alphabet. 

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Koda

White dog, family pet

Tears of sadness fall

On cheeks young and old

Hearts mourn your presence

As death takes you

Leaving us to grieve

Elegy-Syllabic Verse

In Memory of Koda-a beloved family pet

#NaPoWriMo—Day 18–Today, I’d like to challenge you to write an elegy of your own, one in which the abstraction of sadness is communicated not through abstract words, but physical detail

Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Villanelle

Past and Present

My Dad 1967 standing near what was left of his childhood home in Sisseton, South Dakota

My Dad 1967 standing near what was left of his childhood home in Sisseton, South Dakota

My people are all gone away

Leaving me with memories

That live on and stay

Siblings can no longer play

Under the South Dakota trees

They are all gone away

I alone stand today

With active sensories

That live on and stay

Under the heavy clouds of gray

I see them in reveries

They are all gone away

My pen searches to convey

Words filled with remedies

That live on and stay

Reaching to grasp each past day

I stand yet float feathery

They are all gone away

That live on and stay

Villanelle

(“They are all gone away” line taken from:”The House on the Hill” by Edwin Arlington Robinson—a Villanelle Poem)

(“They are all gone away” and “That live on and stay” are two phrases that oppose each other)

#NaPoWriMo 2019–Day 5-Prompt: today we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates at least one of the following: (1) the villanelle form, (2) lines taken from an outside text, and/or (3) phrases that oppose each other in some way. If you can use two elements, great – and if you can do all three,

Posted in April 2019, NaPoWriMo 2019, Sonnet-Modern Unrhymed

Reflections

My Dad 1943 US Army
My Dad 1943

In the spring of 1910 a new life was

Born in Sisseton South Dakota,

Just in time to be counted in

The Census taken April fifteen.

Roberts County gains another boy

And I, yet unknown, a future father.

A good man who would love nature,

Poetry, and baseball, a man

I would meet on a summer day in June

1944, when he came home from the war

To spend his time teaching a girl

How to hit home runs, name trees

By their leaves, track animals in

The woods, but not how to forget him.

Sonnet (Un-Rhymed)

In memory of my Dad, Erling Claremont Cliff, (4-4-10—1-1-85)

#NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 4 Prompt: sad, Sonnet