NaPoWriMo Day 9

Espalier: directing branches to grow flat against the wall Their lobes pierced with wire or plastic ties You fetch the shears to snip to the beat of the mockingbird’s song Proprietary notes smuggled from the neighbors Draping limbs along the brick, an inch, a foot, an acre Pruned and collated the tree afforded ambivalance A […]

NaPoWriMo Day 8

Meteorology The weatherman said we have a chance for hydrometeors A fancy name for hail He predicts aerial and igneous meteors, too Wind and lightning Meteors aren’t just for stars anymore Take for example the rainbow Luminous meteor Tennessee Weather Warm and humid as polyester With a low cloud deck and scooping neckline The longer […]

NaPoWriMo Day 7

Twins It was misunderstood, the poem passed over, too long or unrhymed maybe Old English able to sing, though poignant and pensive missed the important P- practical Miss Under Stood an only child, too tall or blonde maybe an introvert able to dance, though passive and polite missed the important P- popular One had words […]

NaPoWriMo Day 5

Had a writing club Zoom meeting and the prompt was invent a scenario or character that is directionless. Maybe directions can be the character? There are more than four cardinal directions There are jays and robins and chickadees But seriously There are more than more than more East has a sister West has a wind […]

NaPoWriMo Day 4

I was walking north on a beach toward a little girl Behind me three osprey were riding the sky The birds mingled and huddled, paused and perched Then a gigantic helicopter flew by and disintegrated the osprey When I reached the little girl she said, “Everything is beige except war.”  

NaPoWriMo Day 3

There’s the matter of not enough beds A shortage of where to lay our misery and dreams bred in delirium There’s the matter of not enough ventilators A shortage of oxygen for our lungs swimming in phlegm and each inhale a crucifixion There’s the matter of social distance The Milky Way and Andromeda with their […]

NaPoWriMo Day 2

Dandelions No solitary angel heralding good tiding or great joy but a field full of yellow fetish an invasion of tangy troops In a month the acres will turn to cotton or soybean or corn but not this morning because right now is for the hippies the unshackled, the dent de lion Common as a […]

NaPoWriMo Day 1

It doesn’t matter how early the sun shows up above the rooflines like some over achieving executive or if your shower is cold, tepid or as hot as the scalding coffee dribbling into your favorite cup or second favorite cup from Milwaukee or third with the faded words Huntington Beach or if you fix oatmeal […]

About North

There’s something about north At the top of the rose A navigator’s star A capital N For good things like nachos, napkins and namaste There’s something about north The north pole, a giant magnet For Ross and Parry A navigator’s star A capital N For bad things like nuclear, narcissist and nausea There’s something about […]