Na/GloPoWriMo Day 25: Warning! Protect What Cannot Cry

Today's prompt challenges to write a poem that takes the form of a warning label . . . for yourself! Earth cannot speak to tell where it hurts. Tread gently! Sky cannot sneeze to clear its lungs. Stop polluting! Ocean cannot puke to empty toxin. End poisoning! Copyright © 2018, Gloria D. Gonsalves....

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 24: The Dead In The Forest

Today's prompt challenges to write an elegy – a poem typically written in honor or memory of someone dead that has a hopefulness to it. This is a rondeau poem. In the forest their spirits call the dead beckon in subtle drawl. Ashes to ashes the flesh is...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 23: A Child’s Prayer

Today's prompt challenges to write a poem based in sound. This poem follows the sound of the Lord’s Prayer. My mother, who is that there? The man be my surname and the kinship thus far; he will not declare me at this moment or another. Give me not the story, mother, an...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 22: From West to East (WE) You Are Never Alone

Today's prompt challenges to take one of the given statements of something impossible, and then write a poem in which the impossible thing happens. I chose "The sun can’t rise in the west". Earth: From east to west, we see it rolling over. Every morning, the golden globe...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 21: At Last The Fine-Looking

Todays's prompt is to read the myth of Narcissus. After reading the myth, to write a poem that plays with the myth in some way. I let the key words from the myth lead me on this one. you are here in the womb of Earth. Inside...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 20: Do Not Preach To Me

Today's prompt challenges to write a poem that involves rebellion in some way. I imagined God as a rebellious poet. A prayer is a poem and that is my truth. Do not preach to me about going to church. The divine is holy and unseen and untouched. My poetry...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 19: Find Your Way To The Singing Place

Today's prompt challenges to write a paragraph that briefly recounts a story, describes the scene outside your window, or even gives directions from your house to the grocery store. Now try erasing words from this paragraph to create a poem or, alternatively, use the words...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 18: A Hymn To Thou Spirit

Today's prompt challenges to write a poem by responding to the last line moving upward of a poem you don’t know. The new moon made me search for poems about the moon and I landed on ‘A Hymn To The Moon’ by Lady Mary Wortley...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 17: The Woman Was A Family Heirloom

Today's prompt challenges to write a poem re-telling a family anecdote that has stuck with you over time. 1. The woman my family adored was vintage: her back was bent with years of farming, the nails were cracked from cleaning cow shed, her speed matched a machete on rich pastures, the...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 16: All Prose, All Poetry

Today's prompt challenges to write a poem that prominently features the idea of play. Let your mind wander away to the life arena. Keep going until you have a goal—under 200 words. If the mind aims to kick outside the pitch, let it be. Whatever jubilations from your ego,...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 15: The Slayer Who Wept For Trees

Today's prompt challenges to write a poem in which a villain faces an unfortunate situation, and is revealed to be human (but still evil). The knife glittered with bright dots as if morning dew on a red rose. But it was pitch black and eerie waiting for...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 14: Drinking From A Blue Teacup

Today's prompt challenges to write entries for an imaginary dream dictionary from a list of things. I chose to write what it means to dream of a teacup in a cleave poetry form. Copyright © 2018, Gloria D. Gonsalves. All rights reserved. ...

Na/GloPoWriMo Day 13: Crawling Is Sin of Mind To Hear Doubts

Today's prompt challenges to write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended. I reversed "It's not rocket science" to "It's crawling of mind"; and used the Collom lune to construct a series of tercets. I. Grace or astral conception is self...