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30 April 2015
28 April 2015
bread, but a rebel: no fluffy, perfect loaf but hard, chewy
26 April 2015
Dear Georgia with the thin, strangely stern face,
uncompromising as a desert storm.
For day 26 of 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads' I've chosen a series of envelope stanzas as well as being inspired by this lovely painting:
"Hibiscus with Plumeria" 1939 Oil on Canvas by Georgia O'Keeffe (from the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington D.C.) Photo by Magaret Bednar, used with permission.
in ecstasy, I think you'll dance.
25 April 2015
24 April 2015
So never mind your fast legs,
The road could go for miles yet;
Race past with sneering smiles, pet,
'Last legs' is our prompt for April 24, in 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads'. Now that's a bit close to home for an old girl like me! However....
22 April 2015
21 April 2015
and I know that She knows.
20 April 2015
to the loggers and wood chippers. Life re-asserts itself.
The April 19 prompt for 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads' is the idea of 'half'. Of various pictures accompanying the prompt, this one seized my imagination.
19 April 2015
“Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it.”
Also linking to Poets United's Poetry Pantry #248
18 April 2015
This is an unconnected series, not a sequence.
16 April 2015
The deep eye in the well stares up without blinking even once.
I believe it accuses me, but it may be indifferent.
We are mountains. You see us that way, for we are very still.
Prompt 16 for 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads' is to be inspired by a piece of visionary art. I am a visionary artist — although only as a hobbyist, not of the calibre to be exhibited; and it's years since I did anything major in that line. I thought it would be fun to write to my own art works. I chose pieces I haven't looked at for a long time so that my response would be fresh. They are chalk pastels, done approx. 1989.
how my cat had become
For 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads', we were asked to write about a folly — some foolish or eccentric construction to satisfy one's own whim (well, that's my definition and I'm sticking to it).
I'm also submitting this one to Midweek Motif at Poets United, which this week offers the topic, Foolishness.
15 April 2015
13 April 2015
And in order to avoid living.
There is no real way to deal with everything we lose.”
The 13th prompt for 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads' is to be inspired by one or more of the above quotes from Joan Didion. They are imteresting quotes in themselves, but I thought them too prosey to use for poetry — or perhaps it's just too late at night — and I took issue with most of them. That seemed to be the only poem I was likely to get.
The night is completely hushed.
Prompt 12 for 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads' is to 'write a new poem or prose poem inspired by a line, title, verse or style of Wallace Stevens'. The title of this poem is a line from a Stevens poem called 'The House Was Quiet and the World Was Calm'. The line was in past tense but I've changed it to present. The poem is another first word acrostic.
12 April 2015
and afterwards brought me peace.
Prompt for 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads: how to keep balance in the face of life's exigencies?
11 April 2015
The 10th prompt for 'Poems in April' at 'imaginary garden with real toads' is to address our ancestors, descendants, or both.
10 April 2015
Filled with true devotion
'there’s no money in photography.
Junior salesman Andrew soon left,
Words vs pictures is the latest prompt in 'Poems in April' at' imaginary garden with real toads' We are asked to choose a work of art, write about why we chose it, and include a quote that 'reflects a sentiment of the art'. (I found it hard to photograph the photo, and this doesn't really do it justice.)