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Forgive and Forget – NaPoWriMo 2017 #30

Forgive and Forget
(A Cleave Poem)

forgive | forget
seventy times seven | and risk repeating history
for forgiveness is a virtue | for if we ignore
we forgive | the lessons of the past
not for others | we are the ones
deserving of forgiveness | who will suffer
but we forgive | the consequences
to set ourselves free | of our arrogance
from the bonds | doomed to repeat and learn
of the offense | the hard way
so we can | again and again
forget the pain | and hopefully, forgive ourselves


NaPoWriMo 2017 #30 – a Cleave poem for this, the last prompt, to write about something that happens again and again. 

(A Cleave poem is three poems in one. Read the first “column” top to bottom; the second “column” top to bottom and finally read each line across top to bottom.)

Nevermore – NaPoWriMo 2017 #29

Should the stomachs of poor children groan
for each deserves love and a comfortable home;
the freedom to be without cruel sticks and stones.

Should the drumbeats of conflict and war
send our young, future’s promise, to settle the score
of cowardly men who want more and more.

Should the outcast and poor refugee
be loathed and abused, for they deserve to be
welcomed, embraced in community.

Should the old, forgotten, infirmed,
be denied the respect that they’ve rightfully earned.
They’ve lessons to teach if we’ll listen and learn.

Should women be ignored or dismissed
as the weaker of sexes, for I’ll tell you this…
there is no stronger force than an empowered “miss”.

Should we idolize power and spew
our poisonous plans for a cold selfish few
while the rest of us scrape along just to make do.


Now you may think I am being naive
to think things might change if we’d all just believe.
Well I can imagine, that’s what dreamers do.
I know that eventually dreams do come true.
So I hope for a day when our troubles are few;
when the word nevermore is a word never used.


NaPoWriMo 2017 #29 – a poem based on a word from one of my favorite poems by Edgar Allen Poe…The Raven…Nevermore.

The Resistance – NaPoWriMo 2017 #28

one hundred
days of vile
gaslit haze, of
us versus
them, insane power
plays; let us
never forget who
we are, not just
yet…the resistance is
legion, we’re on
to their treasonous
detours from
reason, the rape
of our resources,
drumbeats of
war by cowardly
twits who build
walls and slam
doors, with disdain
for the outcast the
sick and the
poor…oh let it be
known that we’re
on to their
schtick and
what these tyrants
contrive, just as others
before us, we’ll settle
the score; let justice
prevail, let the truth
be restored; it’s time
to get tough and
demand to be
enough is
enough is


NaPoWriMo 2017 #28 a Skeltonic Verse.

an uncivil civilization – NaPoWriMo 2017 #26

an uncivil civilization

are ultimately undone
that are not civil


NaPoWriMo 2017 #26 – the challenge today was to explore what future archeologists or aliens might think of us. I had started to write an epic historic poem based on what I imagine might happen if we don’t come to our senses…but I decided less is more. So I wrote a simple Haiku based on a digital collage I pieced together using snippets of several photos from Pixabay. I do hope this turns out to be a cautionary tale. Peace. ☮️

How Rude! – NaPoWriMo 2017 #21


Photo from Pixabay

“Oh I hate obnoxious people,”
the woman yelled,
just behind me
as I drank tea.

I thought,how ironic is that!’
Her loud chit-chat
filled the café,
drove guests away.

Such rudeness I could not endure.
I glared at her,
I had no choice,
“an indoor voice?!!!”

(NaPoWriMo 2017 #21 – A Minute Poem for today’s prompt: write a poem that incorporates overheard speech. This is a true story. 🙂 )

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