I’m not sure how I managed not one, but two poem-a-day challenges in April. Now I’m struggling to keep up with a single weekly prompt! I guess it helps to be in the zone. Yesterday’s Poetic Asides prompt was to write about a monster. Is a witch a monster? Well anyway, it’s a scary thing!
I was delighted today to learn that I had won a copy of The Threadbare Heart, by Jennie Nash, in the Literary Mama Threadbare Heart Mother’s Day Contest. It was too much fun perusing my book shelves in order to find a fictional mother-daughter pair to write about. You can read the winning essay here.
Lamenting the Limerick
A limerick it is to be
What to pen, now let me see
I could write of love
Or the moon up above
But I’ve run out of lines, woe is me!
But why stop at one? Here’s some of the other limericks I wrote, before I decided to submit the one above:
I just wish I could think of something
With a lot of pizazz and some zing
But I must be quite frank
My mind it is blank
So I’ll settle for any old thing.
A Poem A Day Lament
To pen a poem a day
Requires a lot to say
Should I write of love
and the moon up above
or the darling buds of May?
I wish I could figure out why
My plants always up and die
Try as I might
I can’t prevent blight
Yet my weeds always grow to the sky.
I wish I could write a good book
With suspense, a great plot and a hook
When I sit down to write
My words sound so trite
But I’ll publish by hook or by crook
The new edition of Sketchbook that was released today contains a section of Mother’s Day poems, including three of my haiku. You can read them here. I also have several haiku appearing in the flower thread, and one of them even made John Daleiden’s Editor’s Choice list. And finally, I have three haiku appearing in the “spring rain” Kukai. Altogether a fun month for poetry. Check it out!
Well, the April PAD Challenge has been over for 5 days now, and it’s time to get back into the poetry groove. Just because I haven’t been posting on this blog doesn’t mean I haven’t been busy! Since April 30, the day the challenge officially ended, I have submitted a CNF story to an anthology, entered another essay writing contest, started a 6-week online essay writing class, and submitted 26 haiku and other poems to Kukai, journals, and PAD challenge wrap-ups. I even am a finalist for the third week in a row, in the TriMet Dirty Words Twitter Haiku Contest. There’s still time to vote in the latter. Votes are accepted through 3 p.m. tomorrow afternoon! http://bit.ly/bBpzWg
The Poetic Asides prompt today was to write a poem about why we started writing poetry. Easy enough.