Sleepy – (Junk Mail) a #NaPoMo #IMPROMPTU poem


Toves don’t know about wabe
but when borogroves wake up
in the momeraths, my Jabberwock
are totally unable to open fully.



Hi Penelope…

I don’t know about you but when I wake up in the morning my eyes are totally unable to open fully.  It didn’t use to be that way but now that I am older some things just don’t work as well as they used to.  Know what I mean?

But this has been a blessing in disguise for me and whether you are the same or not, the lessons I learned from it has been a source of motivation for me and will, for sure and for certain, be one for you.

These lessons can be summarized in the 3 questions I ask myself every day…

SECOND SOURCE: Jabberwockey – by Lewis Carroll

Found Poetry Review (FPR) Challenge – IMPROMPTU #2 – Guest Poet Collier Nogues offered a “Junk Mail” prompt. Check Out the Post here:


DAY 2 – Collier Nogues

You can start with any piece of junk mail or advertising, or any legal document or bureaucratic form (it’s tax time!).

  1. Choose a few sentences.
  2.  Remove the nouns.
  3. Replace them with, words from a poem you’ve abandoned, words from one or more poems you love (by anyone, yourself included), or any other source that works.
  4.  From there, work what you’ve got into a poem.

Foolish – a Rondeau

(with a bit of nonce* in the style of Lewis Carroll)




You may find me mad and foolish —
my head in a sky full of stars,
hiding poems in socks and jars.
Do you think that’s gimb and trulish?

Of course I learned from monks prulish,
to tell tall-tales and steal memoirs.
That may well sound cruel and foolish,
make your head spin, your eyes see stars —

Are you feeling ill and mookish?
Yes, I stack books in damp bazaars,
and my methods won’t sell cigars —
so your judgment may be roufish.
Still, I like me odd and foolish!

*nonce (näns/) – adjective
  1. (of a word or expression) coined for or used on one occasion.

    “a nonce usage”




Poetic Asides #April Poem-A-Day Challenge – PAD #1:

For today’s prompt, write a foolish poem. It’s April Fool’s Day, after all. Let’s loosen up today with a poem in which we’re fools, others are fools, or there’s some kind of prank or tomfoolery happening. Fool around with it a while.




The poetic form focus for my PAD 2016 Challenge is the Rondeau — 13 lines in 3 stanzas; rhyme scheme: ABba/abAB/abbaA (uppercase letters are refrains) Usually 8 syllables per line. For info: