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sweet rosaceae – NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 24

sweet rosaceae

there beneath the juniper tree
bursting buds of berry blue,
a greening grove of blackberries’
white blossom clusters bloom
cousin of the thorny rose
ambrosia of the fae
goddess plant, its sacred fruit
fills pies on Brigid’s day
lovely, this midsummer fare
bright leaves for healing tea
berry clusters plump and sweet
there beneath the juniper tree


The Blackberry…for today’s NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 24: write about a particular fruit.

Quid Pro Quo – NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 23

Quid Pro Quo

Quibbling aside, it is plain to see
Unless you’ve been living underneath a rock
In dealings with our friends and enemies
Donny T’s crime family is in hock

Promises of aid held for a favor…
Rouse investigations, tell the world
Or forfeit our assistance, overheard

Quid no pro, pro no quid, it’s hard to tell
Unwittingly or not, goods were exchanged
Our nation took a blow to its good name


For NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 23: write a poem about a particular letter of the alphabet, or perhaps, the letters that form a short word.

Sof ha’olam, smolah – NaPo WriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 22

Sof ha’olam, smolah

at the end of the world, turn left
normal’s not normal anymore
follow the path due north, head west
at the end of the world, turn left
take what you need and leave the rest
dust off those dreams, let your heart soar
at the end of the world, turn left
normal’s not normal anymore


A Triolet for NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 22: find an idiomatic phrase from a different language or culture, and use it as the jumping-off point for your poem.

Hebrew – (Sof ha’olam, smolah) סוף העולם שמאלה.“At the end of the world, turn left.”

A Triolet is a poetic form consisting of only 8 lines. Within a Triolet, the 1st, 4th, and 7th lines repeat, and the 2nd and 8th lines do as well. The rhyme scheme is simple: ABaAabAB, capital letters representing the repeated lines.

lost in translation – NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 21

lost in translation

Alma assembled diffuse seals
quint, in mod-clay
peas over quad, cue the sea swans
key in veil lap on
lay mods, new rent, rain
veritable lament
laugh unction, pearl eyes, a la mode
jazz zoom in static teak
pearl eyes
to logic, oh seals
perched at your ranch eee-eye-oh


This gibberish (and not at all a poem…my muse is having a meltdown! So sorry!) in response to NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 21: Find a poem in a language that you don’t know, and perform a “homophonic translation” on it. What does that mean? Well, it means to try to translate the poem simply based on how it sounds. You may not wind up with a credible poem at the end, but this can be a fun way to step outside of your own mind for a bit, and develop a poem that speaks in a distinctive voice.

il me semble difficile
qu’un mot-clé
puisse ouvrir quoi que ce soit
qui en vaille la peine;
les mots n’ouvrent rien
la fonction paralyse le mot
j’assume statistique
tout logiciel
par saturation

© 2017, Samira Negrouche, Algeria

needlepoint audacity – NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 20

needlepoint audacity

damn right, hell yeah, she persisted
against their condescending voices
they tried to quiet hers, insisted
that she let them make her choices
smile when they made lewd advances
their vile, lascivious, lustful groping
she persisted, ignored their glances
long-suffering, persistent, hoping
peering at that high glass ceiling
pressing on in grace, in fierceness
legions femme, their voices peeling
me too, locking arms, souls, fearless
mothers, daughters, maidens, crones
the changing tide, the ceiling cracking
in sisterhood, a force worth reckoning
with a vote, they’ll send them packing
rising from the shadows beckoning
persist, it’s time they take their place
to earn the lauds they’re due, respect
to shed those mantles of disgrace
persist, you ain’t seen nothin’ yet


For today’s NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 20: write a poem about a handmade or homemade gift that you have received. I chose the empowering, beautiful needlepoint pictured above. Crafted by a kindred soul sister, including my favorite “weed-flowers”: dandelions, capeweed, henbit, speedwell.


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