Night Cycle

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nothing can quiet the voices
in my head, in my heart, the
grief of hearing you explain
how you have no choice, but
to choose her and leave me

noises that mask themselves
in the silence of darkness
go ringing through my head
heedless of my weary state
torturing me with insomnia

no hope of sleep can reach me
i am a record stuck on repeat
grasping for shadows of silence
holding too tightly to the past
tomorrow i’ll forget you more

now i can only stare at darkness
imagine this life without you
gods know in time tears will dry
hey, i might nap in the morning
there’s hope for me after all

ABOUT:
Prompt #6 of the April 2014 Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day Challenge

“For today’s prompt, write a night poem. Vampires and werewolves? Cool. Clubbing and saloons? You got it. Lovers together alone? Right. Ex-lovers alone on their own? Sure thing. You figure out your night poem–and, yes, (k)night poems are fine too.”

The poem is a repeated acrostic of the word “night”.

Link to the prompt:

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-day-6

Keys

keys to love

There are keys to loving well.
I found them tucked inside my heart.
There is life in loving, too.
In truth, there’s no room for regret.

I found these truths in my own heart.
Love in all these broken pieces,
leaves no room for sad regret.
My heart’s not untouched by grief.

There’s so much love in brokenness,
in accepting pain and loss.
Any heart untouched by grief,
cannot know full joy in love.

I’ll not numb the pain of loss.
These are keys to loving well.
I will know the joy of love,
find more life, in loving more.

ABOUT:
Prompt #5 of the April 2014 Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day Challenge

“For today’s prompt, write a discovery poem. The narrator could discover an object, a person, an animal, a dishonorable deed, or any number of things. Poets can focus on the discovery, examine the aftermath, or even just mention it in passing.”

Poem is in the form of a Pantoum:
Stanza 1 – A B C D
Stanza 2 – B E D F
Stanza 3 – E G F H
Stanza 4 – G A H C

Link to the prompt:

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-day-5

Since You Taught Me

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I can stand on my own
keep my balance
on my toes

I can cry through the night
ride the sorrow
on my own

Don’t believe I’m not hurt
devastated
by your choice

but I’m strong I have learned
both joy and pain
come with love

I will heal, and be loved
honor the life
we once shared

 

ABOUT:
Prompt #4 of the April 2014 Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day Challenge

“For today’s prompt, take the phrase “Since (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “Since the Last Time I Smoked,” “Since You Said Please,” and “Since When.””

Link to the prompt:

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-day-4

Ablutions

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Your break-up letter
cracked like ice
in my trembling hands,
bit my fingertips
like winter’s frost,
and froze my soul.

The ink, the paper,
the stamped envelope,
crumbled to snow
against my breasts.
I’m too cold, even
to thaw my tears.

You are now the winter
of my discontent.
I stare out my window
at spring’s bright sun,
hold my breath and pray
for the coming thaw.

ABOUT:
Prompt #3 of the April 2014 Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day Challenge

“For today’s prompt, write a message poem. Messages can be delivered in a variety of ways: postcard, e-mail, text message, letter in a bottle, smoke signals, secret codes, jumbotron proposals, etc. Also, messages themselves can be simple, complicated, nice, mean, happy, sad, and so on. Get at it!”

Link to the prompt:
http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-day-3

Sailing

pearblossom
The March wind comes
and like white raindrops
pear blossoms launch 
into its river, buoyed 
in the current, drifting 
into puddles at my feet.
I harbor them in pockets
these promissory notes
that hint of summer
and golden sweetness
beneath my tongue.

 

ABOUT:
Prompt #2 of the April 2014 Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day Challenge

“For today’s prompt, write a voyage poem. In my case, we’ll be driving along the Gulf of Mexico, but a voyage can happen in a variety of ways–even on foot, or psychologically. Heck, the process of writing a poem is a sort of voyage all its own. Happy poeming!”

Link to the prompt:
http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2014-april-pad-challenge-day-2

Turning Pages

The first page slips by quickly-
I miss the street name
where the yellow house sits
middle of the little road.

I miss the name of the sister,
pressing nose against the window,
as rain is washing the glass.

My damp fingers
flip back
check again,
wave hello
to Diane
at 239 Cincinnati

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But the last page shimmers,
suspended on the horizon-
a late summer sunset turning
each new page
the color of honey.

sounds and smells and sights
are richer-
sweeter, as night falls,

I slow my pace to savor,
watch it set
and light the story ablaze

The night air is thick
with sugary wisps of smoke,
words slowly burning out
at the end of the book.

ABOUT:
Prompt #1 of the April 2014 Writer’s Digest Poem-A-Day Challenge

“As luck would have it, today is a Tuesday, which means we’re facing a “Two-for-Tuesday” prompt. For folks new to the challenge, you can choose one prompt, write to both, or try to mix them together in one poem. Here are the prompts:

“Write a beginning poem. Today is the beginning of this challenge. It’s also the beginning of April. But there are so many other beginnings: Beginning of a relationship, beginning of school, beginning of the rest of your life, and so on. Pick a beginning to write about.

“Write an ending poem. Often, though not always, beginnings come as the result of an ending. Sometimes endings are cause for disappointment, heartbreak, or numbness. Other times, endings are celebrated. Capture an ending today.”

Link to the prompt:

2014 April PAD Challenge: Day 1