Posted in Double Shadorma, June 2019

Past and Present

Old building

Who were you

Back in those days

When dreams were

Freshly built

To last for a lifetime

On foundations strong?

Who are you

In this present day

Weary worn

Storm ridden

Yet still standing with your dreams

On foundations strong

Double Shadorma

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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 Minute, October 2018, OctPoWriMo 2018

Time Lord

Clock faces

Don’t let any moment slip by

Cus hours tend to fly

Seconds march on

Til life is gone

And the clock hands can’t be delayed

Minutes fade

The hourglass runs

No past reruns

Your life’s chronology is now

Present avow

Future gain

Not live in vain.

Minute Poem

#OctPoWriMo Day 20

Theme: Time Lord

Word Prompts:

moment, hours, minutes, clock, hourglass, future, past, present,

chronology

Suggested Form:

In keeping with the time theme and for those who really want a challenge, try a Minute poem. For less of a challenge try Loop poem

Posted in April 2018, Dialogue, NaPoWriMo 2018, Syllabic Verse

Then and Now

Pencil and Lined Paper, Apple Pencil and iPad

19th Century Student

“Oh had I known then

What I know now, I’d

Laughed, and not worried”


20th Century Student

“Oh had you known then

What I know now, you’d

Have not believed”


Syllabic Verse-Dialogue

NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 7

Write out a list of all of your different layers of identity. For example, you might be a wife, a grandmother, a Philadelphian, a dental assistant, a rabid Phillies fan, a seamstress, retiree, agnostic, cancer survivor, etc.. These are all ways you could be described or lenses you could be viewed through. Now divide all of those things into lists of what makes you feel powerful and what makes you feel vulnerable. Now write a poem in which one of the identities from the first list contends or talks with an identity from the second list. This might turn out to be kind of a “heavy” exercise, emotionally, but I hope you will find the results enlightening