OLWG #83- Deserve

 This week’s prompts are at the bottom. This short verse, I wrote for practice.  Practice makes perfect. Let me know what you think.

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As a boy, my Momma would call me home
and I’d run the other way
Later, when I’d get a whuppin’
I never thought it was deserved

As a young man my country called me
I didn’t run – I answered
They pinned ribbons on my tunic; though
others did much more

But, you? You attracted me! I pursued you.
You didn’t call at all
I don’t need the world; I just need you
I’m undeserving


This week’s prompts are:

  1. if I had enough
  2. drowning in words
  3. the phone trilled

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

¡y próspero Año Nuevo!

OLWG #63- First Thought, Best Thought

 This week’s prompts are at the bottom. The five sentences below were written one per day for five days running and were written only for practice; because practice is what makes perfect. I stole the title of the collection from a real poet.

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Schiphol
Faces pass without names; fleeting, unremarkable, unremembered.

The Central Coast
With the scent of old growth, Giant Redwoods prowl these steep coastal mountains.

Careful What You Wish For
My feet are like stone; my hands without feeling, but the cancer is gone.

Bitter Resolution
Faced with deciding between drugs and food, I choose to feed the dragon.

Nature
It’s our nature that dictates and controls our need for filling pauses.


This week’s prompts are:

  1. you’re early
  2. always on the run
  3. the way you sleep

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

OLWG #57- An American Sentence

This week’s prompts are at the bottom. The short verse below was written only for practice, because practice is what makes perfect. By popular demand this weeks intro is also rated M for Mature and is recommended for mature readers only. This post contains no graphic violence or strong language, but there may be brief nudity or running with scissors (or both). If you are offended by such things skip directly to the bottom of the page, where this week’ prompts can be found.

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Impulsively, Mel snatched the scissors and ran naked across the stage.


This week’s prompts are:

  1. cooler this weekend
  2. I can’t find it anywhere
  3. the silence woke her

Go ahead and dive in, set your imagination free!
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

OLWG #32- Romance is Stupid and I Hate It

 Are you guys staying warm and dry? I hope so.

Here in Santa Cruz, we received very little rain on Saturday. Friday we got only about two inches and the day before that only three quarters of an inch. Passing showers are forecast for Sunday but not much precipitation, to speak of. High temperatures are hovering at about 60 degrees Fahrenheit. I can’t complain too much!

This week’s prompts are at the bottom. The work below is just practice for me. Practice makes perfect.

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The plan had been in the making for weeks. Finally the time was right; there was elegant food, an attentive wait staff, candlelight, starched white tablecloths, and sparkling wine. She sat across the table ignoring the feast as thumbs pounded mercilessly on the screen of her phone. Her dark hair was cropped into a short bob so when she opened her eyes wide and smiled her crooked little smile, she looked like a Lego girl.

Boys love Legos. Men loved her. She broke my heart when she saw the ring and heard my plea. She laughed. Then she scowled and set her phone down, staring.

“Please don’t be texting,
while I’m proposing.” I said.
“I wasn’t texting
I was playing Candy Crunch,
and now I’ve lost this level!”


This weeks prompts:

  1. hitched up his trousers
  2. there are no rules
  3. oh, I have tea too

Go ahead and dive in,
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

I have written a Haibun, of sorts. The prose is accompanied by Tanka instead of Haiku but that is not really much of a deviation. My subject matter and the flippant tone of the piece demonstrates a hint of irreverence. Matsuo Bashō is undoubtedly rolling over.

OLWG #28

 This week’s prompts are at the bottom. The rooms depicted below are just practice for me. Practice makes perfect.

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Change has come
time for us to part
you go east
I’ll go west
if we both get far enough
we might try again.

When we met
it was easy – to
fall in love
remaining
in love is so much harder;
I’ll ache without you.

You can find
another to love
but I won’t
even try
I dare not consider to
let you watch me die.

You go north
just walk, don’t look back;
I’ll go south
change has come
I dare not consider to
let you watch me cry.


This week’s prompts are:

  1. Ambassadoring
  2. Gratuitous sex and violence
  3. and there it was

Go ahead and dive in,
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun

OLWG #25 – Flexibility

 This week’s prompts are at the bottom. I’m exploring the poetic form of Shadorma this week, sharing with you what I have learned; and practicing. Practice makes perfect.

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You guys may have noticed that I’ve been somewhat enamored with poetry of late. If you read this whole post you’ll figure out why. I thought I’d explore the mysteries of the Shadorma this week.

The Shadorma is a style of poetry written in stanzas with no set rhyme or meter scheme. It is a 6-line syllabic poem running: 3/5/3/3/7/5 giving a total of 26 syllables, and as near as I can tell, there are no other rules defining the form. I don’t have a lot of information on where or why it came about, but my research suggests that it may have originated in Spain. I have read that it originated out of a sense of frustration with Haiku. This may or may not be true but I like the idea. It makes me hope it is true.

A Shadorma may consist of one stanza, or an unlimited number of stanzas (a series of shadormas). I wrote a couple of them for this post. The first is a two stanza attempt about submarine warfare (I know, I know – not anyone’s idea of poetic). I titled it:

Steely Eyed

Iron men in
steel boats, protected
by depth and
quiet, wait
to dispatch death from below.
Run silent, run deep.

The death that
comes, bubbles up and
embraces
with a kiss;
bestowing rest and repose.
Run silent, run deep.

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Not too long ago I found a Veterans Poetry Circle. We are led by a wonderful poet and teacher, Ruth. I believe that we are her first group of grizzled warriors but she has previously taught her craft to inmates of the local correctional facilities around here. I believe, truly that she could squeeze a poem out of a water pipe. It’s an honor to know her and absorb the skills she so generously shares with those of us who probably don’t deserve it.

We meet weekly and each week we all draw a word from a box that she carries. We then ponder and work with this word for a week. We can use it for inspiration and write something with it if we want. This week my word was:

Flexibility

We should seek
flexibility.
Strive to rise
above our
narrow ways, and always work
for an open mind.


OK – without further ado please note that this week’s prompts are:

  1. She smiled that way
  2. It’s a curse
  3. Money to burn

If you have more information on this form of poetry; share it with me, please. I’d love to know what you know.


Go ahead and dive in,
Write something
Ready, Set, Go – you have 25 minutes, but if that is not possible, take as long as you need.

Have fun