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NaPoWriMo Day Six

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Prompt 6/30: Write a Poem that Stretches Your Comfort Zone with Line Breaks

“Bread plays favorites.
From the earliest times, it acts as a social marker, sifting the poor from the wealthy, the cereal from the chaff.” – Christa Parrish, Stones for Bread

There
can be
no
revolution without
bread.

They
keep us
hungry
to keep
us
quiet.

Steal
the
bread.

bread

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Under A Bushel

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They say love is a light:
To let it shine, let it shine, let it shine,
But the bulb in my kitchen has been burnt out for a week now,
And my apartment is sitting in half-darkness most of the time.
I spend my days writing poems that no one will read,
Waiting for a phone call that never happens,
Creating origami flowers from letters that never come.
I’m hungry for something other than potatoes and rice,
The ache inside me like a sinkhole –
Swallowing up people, places, and things
As if nouns could ever satisfy the longing.
This kind of sadness requires adjectives.

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NaPoWriMo Day 13

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13/30 Prompt: How I Survived

Ketchup mixed with water,
heated on the stove as “soup”
An ancient package of mandlen
A professor gave me before moving to Israel
Stolen muffins
Sandwiches from the dumpster
Behind Tim Horton’s
Socks as sanitary napkins
Soap taken from a friend’s shower
While using the bathroom
Third-hand winter boots
Frosty the cat
And
An indomitable will.

ketchup

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