Which Witch?

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!

The Wicked Witch of the West

“I’ll get you, my pretty…”
she cackles, and safe on my couch
on the other side of the T.V. screen
I still shiver.

Lamenting the Limerick

I love limericks, I love contests, so what could be more fun than the April Write On! Online April Challenge, which was a limerick contest! I was the third place winner with this limerick:

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:

Limerick Lament

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?

Gardener’s Lament

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.

Writer’s Lament

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

Why I Write Poetry

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.

A Poet Is Born


It all began with purple cows
Gobble-uns and whatnot
Piggy-wigs and slithy toves
I just had to give it a shot.

My early poetry lacked finesse
In fact it was quite plain
But by sharpening my writing skills
I penned my first quatrain.

And now I cannot stop myself
From reading verses and also writing
The world that it’s opened up to me
Is simply too inviting!