Monday, April 1, 2013

NA PO MO National Poetry Month

What is in a name? In this case, permission. National Poetry Month: Permission to write a poem. Or read a poem. Consider poetry. Poetry. The most condensed form of language. Don't be afraid--its all just playing with words.

Each year I try to change it up. This time a Pantoum. Please join me. Post your poem in the comments.

The basic Pantoum outline is this:

Stanza 1
line 1
line 2
line 3
line 4

Stanza 2
repeat line 2 in stanza 1 
new line
repeat line 4 in stanza 1
new line

Stanza 3
repeat line 6 in stanza 2
repeat line 3 in stanza 1
repeat line 8 in stand 2
repeat line 1 in stanza 1

Small changes are allowed in repeated lines.

Actually any poem at all, yours or one that you love, is welcome in the comments. Enjoy this month.


Monday, March 4, 2013

For Lynne

Undeterred by clouds or other routines, 
she checks each day 
for a message

testing the tension 
on a thin wire of patience
strung across wide
wide skies.


 I love you for this.