The Moon’s in Haiku – Day Seventeen – #NaPoWriMo21

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Hi 😊


How are you all this weekend?


I was glad it was quite a simple prompt that napowrimo.net set, as I had lots to do:

Today, I’d like to challenge you to stop fighting the moon. Lean in. Accept the moon. The moon just wants what’s best for you and your poems. So yes – write a poem that is about, or that involves, the moon.


I saw in the comments of the prompt that it is actually National Haiku Day too, so I took that as a nudge towards extra brevity!


Here is my first offering:

A reflected moon
pulls tides of tears from my eyes.
We’ll wane together.



then a second one asked to be formed:

His waxed moon, over
the rim of the packed rock stage,
induced lunacy.


And with that, my pencil became still 😉

I got caught up in furniture construction and rearranging for hours, so I apologise that this post has gone up much later than planned!


Take care and I’ll catch you tomorrow,

Monty X

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A Matter Of Fact (#NaPoWriMo Day 30)

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Heylooo!

On this, the last day of NaPoWriMo 2018, I wrote three jaunty verses to fulfil the prompt of: “write a poem that engages with a strange and fascinating fact” 😉

 

In Sweden it’s illegal

To vote for Donald Duck

(So if you’re slightly quackers,

I guess you’re out of luck)

 

‘Robot’ is a Slavic word

For ‘slave labour’ – it’s true!

(So think of this the next time

Your Roombas suck crumbs for you)

 

And octopus intelligence

Is crafty and profound,

They’ll sneak onto a fishing boat

Munch crabs without a sound….

 

 

I hope you have enjoyed my journey through my first national poetry month – it’s been fun coming up with pieces every day!

 

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Cowardly Caterwaul (#NaPoWriMo Day 29)

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Hi!

I’m on the penultimate poem of my first crack at National Poetry Month!  Wow!

The prompt was to go and pick a Silvia Plath poem from the selection linked, and write my own piece that related to it in some way.  I chose The Courage Of Shutting-Up which I read for the first time this evening and love 😉

Here is my response:

 

COWARDLY CATERWAUL

 

I knew it!  I knew it!

He’s done it again,

I’m rubbing my nails on my top;

Shining the claws

Before digging them in

(With teeth just behind them in line)

shouting woman

 

A worm-turn,

A blasting,

A full-throttle ride out

Of everything I think is true.

 

A cartoon-like rattling,

A pepp’ring of flesh;

And a dead man: tripped up and confused…

 

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Prose-card Home (#NaPoWriMo Day 28)

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Hello!

The optional prompt for today was to write a prose poem as if it was to go on a postcard.

Dear _____

Come take the kids from us, they’re not enjoying it! I could retire here today!  I’m coasting on seagull wings, soaking up atmosphere…they’re making it all drain away 😉 Our cottage is beautiful, right by the harbour, there’s even a village phonebox! (We’ve taught the boys chess as a small calming measure – genteel ‘battles’ make the noise drop).  There’s sunsets! And seascapes! A tooth-like ruined castle! A lighthouse just under Skye bridge!  I’ve bought myself yarn, and our beach-trip was roasting – the boys got first use of their suits. Wish I could print out these vistas to tack on my window! The week is ZOOMING to a close.  I’m SO sad this experience can’t be enjoyed more…wish my two ‘selves’ could be whole…

 

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Queen Of Pentacles (#NaPoWriMo Day 27)

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Hey 🙂

 

I was tasked with choosing a Tarot card to write about for this piece.

 

Oh majesty!

Turning in five different directions,

Crown a heavy burden,

Weary of this life

Through all the worried gratitude;

Tarot cards laid out

 

Convinced the sacrifices were worth it

Even if

Your subjects fail to guess

The price you still weigh up.

 

 

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Gathering My Senses (#NaPoWriMo Day 26)

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Howdy!

I was to write a poem that engaged the senses today.  I was rushing it though, because the kids were finally in bed and Hubby and I were feeling nostalgic and had decided to watch our wedding DVD.  Somehow we have been married for ten years tomorrow!

We are hoping that both kids can be safely deposited behind the school gates so us adults can slope off to the hotel we got married in, and have a bacon roll 😉  It’s been a looong, semi-cloistered, couple of weeks of illness and bad tempers around here!  It’s the second year running we have not been ready to embrace the new school term after Easter. 

Silly germs.  Begging the universe to grant that that’s us clear now and we stay healthy for the rest of the year!!

 

That day

I awoke to sunshine,

And the happy warmth

Of anticipation.

 

I went to the spare room

Just to bask in the splendour,

Tell myself all this was finally real.

The beads glistened

From the bodice

When I pulled down the zip.

 wedding pic

Tea tasted decadent

In an empty house

On the brink of chartered chaos.

I pondered again

The best scent to layer

In the shower.

Was I supposed to take a bath?

Was I supposed to be this measured?

 

I laid out the pastries,

Read heating instructions,

Checked the bubbly was cooling,

Swiped at crumbs,

Straightened cushions;

Tamed my hair whisps.

 

When the women arrived,

All excitement and voices,

It still seemed flamboyant

To be made such a fuss of

 

No matter the date.

 

 

 

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A Caution (#NaPoWriMo Day 25)

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Hey there 🙂

I have been enjoying this month of writing, and have written a poem for every prompt so far, unfortunately my menfolk have been ill so I have become a little behind on my posting!  I will be endeavouring to catch up over the next day or so.

Today’s prompt was to write a warning label – for myself!

I think mine turned into more of a pamphlet…

 

 

Keep unit away from excessive noise.

Feed every 3-4 hours.

Do not let this device come into contact with Arachnids

or those experiencing nausea,

as may short-circuit.

 

Take to places of beauty frequently.

Air well.

Allow device to wash itself at least once a day.

Protect from strong sunlight after

half an hour’s exposure.

 

Picture of Montaffera

Unit is waterproof, but may not function well in heavy rain

or snow.

 

Ensure to store within easy reach of interesting books,

lots of craft materials,

a comfortable chair, a bathroom

and an internet connection.

 

Recharge for at least 8 hours a day.

If unit appears sluggish:

  1. Try giving it fresh air and/or a nap.
  2. If that fails, administer chocolate and a therapeutic environment.

N.B: Keep away from children for at least an hour,

then test carefully.

 

Do not rile: may become sarcastic.

Approximately once a month, this model can display

prolonged crying sprees;

hugs will greatly help in this situation.

(Manufacturer can also be called, in extreme circumstances)

 

Manufacturer may visit

up to once a week to check unit function

and provide backup facilities.

These visits will be negotiated on an ongoing basis.

 

Handle with care.

Provide unit with ample opportunities

to exercise, eat, maintain its appearance

and feel that it is autonomous;

and it should serve you well for years to come.

 

Clothing and make-up etc sold separately.

May require more food than pictured.

Model shown is not indicative of the size

your unit may choose to maintain.

 

 

 

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Elegiac Optimism (#NaPoWriMo Day 24)

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Hello!

Today I was tasked with writing a poem in memory of someone dead, that had a hopeful element to it.

You can judge for yourself if I succeeded!

 

I lowered you down…

But I don’t really feel

That I did.

It seems dreamlike

Because I haven’t visited

‘You’ since.

 

That stone

Marking your new home…

I saw a picture of it

And dissolved:

Outright refused

To continue with my day.

 

golden wings

(That was the Monday

Before menses returned,

After giving you

A third great-grandchild)

 

There is something soothing

About sobbing in a shower.

 

I’ve avoided Grandad’s house

In case my bubble gets burst.

Much easier to talk of you,

And share you with my kids,

Than walk your rooms

Without you.

 

My dreams still waft Crabtree and Evelyn,

Your cardis still hold hankies well;

 

You’re there in the crook of my finger,

Your smiles within my wrinkles dwell.

 

 

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Everyday Speech (#NaPoWriMo Day 23)

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Hi!

 

Day 23’s prompt was for me to write a poem using phrases that are heard where I live, or to at least incorporate sentences that read like speech. 

I wrote two poems.  I like the second the best 😉

 

It’s 6 and two 3s

These half a dozen things

Buzzing in my brain.

 

I’ve been some lassie

An awfy quean

And a raj

All in the space of one day.

 

I’m burst,

Trachled,

Oot the game;

(Ma tea may be oot, too)

 

I’m skintos, mate,

Hangin’ fer sumthin’*

And fair ragin’ to boot.

 

*Ailing, or coming down with some illness.

 

 

Garbage truck

 

 

“The Happy Nans!”*

He hails them,

As he scrambles up to see

The big “bin noddy” vehicle

Reversing in our street.

 

And sure enough:

They wave again,

Smile at my boy’s delight;

Those burly men are heroes

We salute til out of sight.

 

*‘Nans’ was Eldest’s word for ‘men’ when he was little

 

 

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Tangential (#NaPoWriMo Day 22)

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Hello!

I’m gonna dive in today and explain the prompt after…

 

Tumble

 

The bubble

Was warm,

Clean and accommodating.

 

She luxuriated in it,

Feeling less angular

As time wore on.

 

woman making a giant soap bubble

Her backbone curved,

Her shoulders sagged,

Her limbs hugged to her frame.

 

An overgrown foetus

Rolling through –

No longer cornered.

 

 

Social Circle

 

Nowhere to slump,

Tossed in a constant 360;

Sick from the motion

And frantic for peace.

“I’m good ta, yeah.

And you?”

 

The prompt was for me to take one of the listed ‘impossible phrases’ and write a poem where it was proven possible.  I went with “a circle can’t have corners”, but I feel I wrote about two people conforming to the phrase, instead 😉

 

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