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daydreamin’ – NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo Challenge Day 4

One sheep,
two sheep, three sheep,
four…how will I ever dream?
My mind won’t let me go to sleep


I tried to stay on topic! Really I did. But I rarely remember my dreams! a variation on a cinquian today. NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo 2020 challenge Day 4 – write a poem based on an image from a dream. We don’t always remember our dreams, but images or ideas from them often stick with us for a very long time. I definitely have some nightmares I haven’t been able to forget, but I’ve also witnessed very lovely things in dreams (like snow falling on a flood-lit field bordered by fir trees, as seen through a plate glass window in a very warm and inviting kitchen).

Variation on a Cinquain
• Line one had two syllables.
• Line two had four syllables.
• Line three had six syllables.
• Line four had eight syllables.
• Line five had two syllables.



traces of ink
blotted melancholy
requiem on a crumpled page


A Cinquain for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge – Synonyms Only for the prompt words: sad (hopeless, melancholy) and write (trace, ink, blot, ghost).

Tour de Force

tour de force

in grace thrusting
so to feel the sun’s kisses
the sprout bursts through concrete


A Cinquain for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge, using synonyms only of the words, Dignity – grace and Success – triumph, tour de force, éclat.

Taraxacum Pride

of fairy clocks,
nomadic, wind riders
with flocculent manes, sage lion


A Cinquain for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge using synonyms only for the prompt words: Gather (cluster) and Soft (flocculent).


Passion to Bliss

fire and ice
the edge of lunacy
euphoria raging, white hot
to bliss


An American Cinquain – 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 using synonyms only of the prompt words, Joy: bliss, euphoria and Fury: passion, fire, lunacy, rage, for Colleen Chesebro’s Tanka Tuesday Poetry Challenge.

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