If Only I Had a Warning Label – a November Poem-A-Day Challenge – Diminishing Somonka

My heart is a mess —
still I leave the door ajar.
You have full access.
Anything can bump and jar;
you know how my demons are.
Love, your mess I know.
Your pain can fall in showers,
make you overflow.
I can swim, and will for hours.
Don’t you know — your mess is ours.
For today’s prompt, take the phrase “If I’d Only (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then write the poem. Possible titles include: “If I’d Only Asked Her Out,” “If I’d Only Gone Left Instead of Right,” “If I’d Only Taken That Chance,” etc. Don’t wonder what would’ve happened if you’d only written that poem; get to it now!



Diminishing Somonka
A form I created by marrying the Somonka and Diminishing Verse poetic forms:
  • two Tankas (5-7-5-7-7), written as two love letters to each other.
  • remove the first letter of the end word in each successive 7 syllable line.
Variation: Poets can remove sounds if they wish like “flies” to “lies” to “eyes.”