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NaPoWriMo Day Twelve

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I have missed a few days of the NaPoWriMo challenge due to a combination of not feeling the prompts and Life “stuff”, but I’m trying to get back on the wagon. Warning: I’ve totally gone rogue. I’ll be posting things out of order and I’ll probably disregard most of the prompts.

Prompt 12/30: Write a Haibun

April Ice Storm

The robins are building a nest on the windowsill again. Their wings beat against the glass, a feathery knocking. The bathroom faucet is dripping, each wasted water droplet splattering the one before it, a wet smack. Snow from the April ice storm is drifting against the side of the building, wave after wave of whooshing, a ghostly echo of frozen beaches. In the bedroom, in this noisy silence, your rough hand gently scrapes up the white nectarine flesh of my thigh, leaving no mark and yet marking what is your own. Here the unspoken says what words do not.

Spring comes late this year
my heart races against your palm
flowers wait for warmth

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NaPoWriMo Day Eight

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Prompt 8/30: Describe an Event that Can’t be Understood Literally

BabyNotBaby

In the end, we buried it in the garden.

She used the trowel and emptied the whipped topping container that was repurposed into a makeshift casket into the hole.

I said a prayer to a G-d that was as silent as Life’s potential cut short before us.

Together, we placed a rosebush to mark the spot where something almost happened but didn’t…

…and yet, it kind of did, anyway.

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NaPoWriMo Day Seven

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Prompt 7/30: Write a Poem Where One Identity Contends or Discusses With another Identity

Warrior queen
crawls through forest,
single breast exposed,
dagger strapped to thigh,
calls for stags and wolves to be her companions.

Heroine needs no one,
rides off into golden sunsets alone
with naught but horse for companionship,
or
hides in thatched-roof cottages, disguised as hag living alone
except for spooky cats that come when beckoned by hands wizened by age.

Leather-tough and hard as nails,
princess needs no one to rescue her
when she slays her own dragons
and turn their hides into leather handbags.

But yet –
night falls.
Your arms open wide.
Suddenly,
warrior queen becomes tender lover
and lays down her sword and shield.

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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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NaPoWriMo Day 4

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Prompt 4/30: I Didn’t Like the Prompt, So I Did My Own Thing

 

If I could only speak to you
without crying like a child,
you would see that I am a woman
worth coming home to.

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NaPoWriMo Day Three

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3/30 Prompt – Write a List Poem

Recipe for a Balm that Soothes Heartache:

cocoa butter
lavender
calendula
rose petals
beeswax
Nag Champa incense
Billie Holiday albums
Pablo Neruda poetry
rose quartz
fresh figs
unsent letters
ginger tea
warm baths
salty tears

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NaPoWriMo Day Two

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2/30 Prompt – Write a Poem that Plays with Voice

 you were made for sphagnum and sap/bits of bark and bogs of peat/silver fish in brown lake shimmering/berry stains around the mouth/while naked belly sits on generous lap/you are a feral child barefoot on ancient escarpment/leaves and twigs in matted hair/loon call echoing your heartbeat drum/

I live in a world of pavement. The hot asphalt melts the rubber soles of my shoes, and I rush through constant construction to get from one job to the next. My temporomandibular joint aches from clenching my teeth against the sound of concrete being drilled and my crotch sweats from being confined in pantyhose eighteen hours a day. The streetlights are my stars.

come away love/ splash in rushing rivers/rut in rich humus/antler velvet sloughed off on tree branches/birch paper peeling in gentle breezes/moose grunt and firefly glow/your fire crackles and snaps/taste the smoke/

I am a professional. I am a productive, contributing member of society. I eat my meals with a fork and knife. I take medicines for my acid reflux. I drink water from a bottle. I stay clean. My television and my cell phone tell me the seasons, the weather, and the temperature. I make car and rental payments. I grow tulips in tight rows each spring, making sure the colours complement each other.

do you ever find your heart filled with a longing that can never be satisfied?

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