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grateful – NaPoWriMo 2019 #16


grateful am I for being here and all that being brings
grateful am I for pebbles that cause the brook to sing
grateful am I for shadows, a sign that light’s nearby
grateful am I for the tears falling free from a good cry
grateful am I for dirty dishes, our belly’s must be full
grateful am I for worms and slugs aerating the soil
grateful am I for callouses, honest work, for honest pay
grateful am I for deeds no one sees and doing good anyway
grateful am I for suffered loss remembering what was
grateful am I for little things that matter just because
grateful am I for the rain, for the rainbows that soon follow
grateful am I for failing, lessons learned, humble pies swallowed
grateful am I for adversity, the audacity to survive
grateful am I for pain, for it is proof that I’m alive
grateful am I for early mornings, so to start the day
grateful am I for nothing less, for less is more that way


For NaPoWriMo 2019 #16 Prompt: write a poem that uses the form of a list to defamiliarize the mundane. 



Autumn – Stanza 5

around the time when separatists sought freedom
from the crown, a ship, the Mayflower, set sail
across the ocean blue, amongst its passengers,
a girl named Mary, of renown, so claimed,
the first to step on Plymouth’s rocky shore


For Jane Dougherty’s Daily Stanza Challenge.

mangled pronuncifications – NaPoWriMo 2018 Day 3


The Scream by Edvard Munch

mangled pronuncifications

it can be amusing or confusing to hear a word
that’s not the word you think you heard…

  • When a tree boughs, does that mean it’s leaning?
  • And why do some tree bows hang low?
  • Are you moot if your oral preception is effected?
  • Should a defendant except council’s advise as a matter of course?
  • Do you find erotica titivating?
  • Are doctors proscribing too many drugs these days?
  • Is it good practise to complement someone on principal alone?
  • Can a flounder founder?
  • When a sale is on do hoards fill the horde?
  • Mitigating is not a result of militating…or is it?
  • Must I cleanse my palette before my next coarse?
  • What sort of peddles does a bike maker pedal?
  • Does poring over a book lose wisdom.
  • Should comments in the forward be foreword?
  • Can you insure someone that exorcise will help them lose weight?
  • Life can be a tortuous path, or is that torturous…or both?
  • Do the poles lie about what we’re really thinking?
  • Does a 50 story building have many a storey to tell?
  • Would you close a window if it got a bit drafty?
  • Can you have your desert and eat it to?
  • Is it possible to have a duel personality?
  • I wonder if cereal killers were forced to eat serial as kids and hated it. Was that what struck a grizzly cord leading to there climactic rain of terror.

Now before you loose your head, I’ll leave you on a note that’s light
as painful as this was to read, harder still, was it to write!


For today’s NaPoWriMo 2018-Prompt: write a list poem in which all the items are made-up names, I cam up with a List Poem of questions using mangled confused words. Not exactly made up words (except for the title) but a horrifying misuse of words just the same. This was incredibly painful to write! haha! Please refer to the source* below to learn the correct meanings. I cannot live with the thought that I led anyone misspelling down the wrong vocabulary path! 🙂

*Source – Commonly Confused Words – Oxford Living Dictionary

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