NaPoMo - Nasty

April 17, 2014
NaPoMo - Nasty

Today's offering for National Poetry Month is short and nasty.

With piercing eyes of cobalt blue,
She stole his heart and his wallet too,
While many claimed she was a witch,
She was no more than a mortal bitch.


NaPoMo - For the Love of a Parent

April 16, 2014

Another contribution to National Poetry Month; one for everyone who ever loved a parent.

I Will Always See

I saw when I visited, your skin once supple, tanned golden,

turned mottled, dry as desert sand, rice paper thin.

I saw eyes, once surface pools, now drying wells,

retreating inside, framing themselves with pigment dark.

I saw your feet, veterans of journeys beyond count,

only pretending to lift themselves high.

I saw these things and I did not see them.


I saw fingers, both ha...

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NaPoMo - Something Nice

April 11, 2014

For National Poetry Month today, something nice in free verse.

I Didn't Know

I didn’t know real strength

until your newborn hand gripped mine,

or true beauty

until I watched you sleep.

I didn’t know boundless wonder

until I saw it in your eyes,

or purity of sound

until I heard your voice.

I didn’t know the simplicity of joy

until you giggled at nothing,

or dogged determination

until you learned to crawl.

I didn’t know innovation

until I saw you play,

or the hunger for k...

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NaPoMo on a Serious Note

April 10, 2014
Today's contribution to NaPoMo (National Poetry Month) is a serious one that I wrote for a poetry course I did many years ago.

Life's Battle

Swish swoosh, swish swoosh, Sue’s gaze seeks out that sound,

A fairy flutters by, catches her eye

A goblin grabs and casts it to the ground,

‘How pitiful you are’, is goblin’s cry.


The goblin aims his club at fairy’s head,

‘Have mercy, Sir,’ calls Sue, ‘she must not die’.

‘What matters,’ goblin asks, ‘if she is dead?’...

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National Poetry Month

April 9, 2014

April is National Poetry Month (NaPoMo) and has been since 1996 when it was first introduced by the Academy of American Poets. It's purpose is to celebrate poetry. I can't imagine how I've missed it. In the spirit of the event I'll offer up a couple of my light-hearted rhymes. Thanks to my friend Helen Howell for introducing me to NaPoMo.

Here's a slightly different take on an old nursery rhyme:


Humpty Dumpty fled with the loot,
with all the kings men hot in pursuit.
They tasered him t...

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