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NaPoWriMo: Day 24 (Animals)

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Sometimes the prompts are too specific.

Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Find a factual article about an animal. A Wikipedia article or something from National Geographic would do nicely – just make sure it repeats the name of the animal a lot. Now, go back through the text and replace the name of the animal with something else – it could be something very abstract, like “sadness” or “my heart,” or something more concrete, like “the streetlight outside my window that won’t stop blinking.” You should wind up with some very funny and even touching combinations, which you can then rearrange and edit into a poem.

Write a poem about an animal…Got it.

The Cat Says "Meh"

I often wonder 
What animals think
Exercising free will
Or running on instinct

The smaller the creature 
The less it has choice
I suppose that’s the case
What would they say with their voice

I can’t see a housefly 
Trying to have fun
But the dog in the park
Enjoys fetch and run

The birds come to my balcony 
At the same time each day
If I’m late they do tell me
I guess they trained me you could say

To know their thoughts 
I could surely wish
As Adams quite elegantly put it
So long and thanks for all the fish


 

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 24


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 23 (Response to a Poem)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Write a poem that responds, in some way, to another. This could be as simple as using a line or image from another poem as a jumping-off point, or it could be a more formal poetic response to the argument or ideas raised in another poem. 

I can still picture the book cover, feel the rough pages, and remember the smell. He didn’t even need to open it.

Midnight Son

Thank you, Mr. Service
For weaving tales
Of Arctic trails
And giving me
The childhood memory
Of my father reciting 
The Cremation of Sam McGee

  

 

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 23

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Still chock full o’ great stories!

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 22 (Earth Day)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Write a poem that invokes a specific object as a symbol of a particular time, era, or place.

This morning I found out it was Earth Day. Should I be surprised that it crept up on me?  Sorry, prompt.

One Day

Am I to blame
Should I feel shame
Awaking to find the Earth still weeping
Without fanfare
Like people don’t care
Earth Day continues it’s creeping
Nothing on the news
No reminders I can use
One single day seems somewhat fleeting
My search engine failed to show
A humorous graphic to alert me to know
That we all have to work on succeeding  
Our world still needs 
Our attention and good deeds
Goals set and targets to be meeting
I do my part
Vehicle remains in park
More often than I am driving
A big consumer I am not
My needs outweigh want
I’ll fix before I think of buying
I limit my waste
Don’t toss things in haste
Avoid products in excess packaging 
To throw out I refuse
I’ll try to reuse
Or pass on to others for using
This rock is on loan
As a species we don’t own
Our damage deposit slowly dwindling
One last thing to say
It will still be Earth’s day
When you wake up the next morning  

 

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 22

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Still chock full o’ great stories!

Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 21 (Are we doomed to repeat?)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Have you ever heard or read the nursery rhyme, “There was a man of double deed?” It’s quite creepy! A lot of its effectiveness can be traced back to how, after the first couplet, the lines all begin with the same two phrases (either “When the . . .” or “Twas like,”). Write a poem that uses lines that have a repetitive set-up.

If

Where will we be in a year?
Ask me then.
Where will we be in a decade?
Ask me then.
Where will we be in a century?
Ask someone else.
Where will we be in a millennium?
Ask someone then.
 
If you can find someone.
If there is anyone.
If we made it.
If.

*Gee, no wonder my post-apocalyptic stories never end well…

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 21

*Speaking of which: Last day


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 20 (The Walk)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Write a sijo, a traditional Korean poetic form. Like the haiku, it has three lines, but the lines are much longer. Typically, they are 14-16 syllables, and optimally each line will consist of two parts – like two sentences, or a sentence of two clauses divided by a comma.

The Walk

She knows and expects my arrival, excitement not masked.
Yet somewhat unreasonably reluctant. Lags behind, distracted by scent. 
Turning a corner, she suddenly takes the lead. The way home.

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 20


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 19 (Time to rant. Yay!)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Write a humorous rant. In this poem, you may excoriate to your heart’s content all the things that get on your nerves.

When I read this prompt, I thought “Great! Two of my favorite things: humor and complaining.” Turns out it’s not so easy…to stop.

Ready...Set...Rant!

We love to complain
It’s a right we have you know
As I began to write
The complaints started to flow

There are so many aspects
Of everyday life
If you have a few moments
I’ll tell you of strife

I wake up with the birds
Not the melodious type
The crows in the trees
Gearing up for a fight

When the tomatoes looked red
Under the produce light
Then I bring them home 
And they don’t look quite right

Bananas bright yellow
When picked the best bunch
Three days later
They all ripened at once

(Don’t get me started on the avocados)

We can put a man on the moon
You’d think that they could
Make toilet paper perforations
That tear as they should

You bought the pet
You must feed and walk it
Don’t be a jerk
Pick up your dog’s s@%#

Running out of time, so…
“I” before “e” except every other time you think you’re correct
You thought you right but then “What the heck?”
The woman who threw her cigarette on the ground before entering the store
When I called her out, she shrugged and chose to ignore
The guy who zoomed past, cutting me off the other day
Then turned on his blinker and turns right away

I’d like to go on
I need to bring this to an end
I’m just making dinner
And my rice is boiling over (again)



Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 19


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 18 (Chapters)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  This one comes to us from Stephanie Malley, who challenges us to write a poem based on the title of one of the chapters from Susan G. Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words. Or, a chapter title from a favorite book.

Each day we write our own chapter and most people don’t even realize it.

You, The Author
 

When the final chapter closes
Will the last words linger
On each question the book poses
While along the spine runs a finger
Will the book be tossed aside
Regarded as a pantomime 
Or something a bit more dignified
That will stand the test of time
Your parents write your prologue
Life gives the option to be heard
While you can’t write your epilogue 
How do you want to be remembered?



Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 18


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 17 (The Moon)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  I’ve seen some fairly funny twitter conversations lately among poets who are coming to terms with the fact that they keep writing poems about the moon. For better or worse, the moon seems to exert a powerful hold on poets, as this large collection of moon-themed poems suggests. 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.

The Moon
 
Are you coincidence
Or is your presence providence
Without you
Auroras decrease
Life would cease
Seas no longer pulse against the shore
Life would exist no more
In early times a harbinger
Perfect blanket to the sun
Announcing that the world was done
Never revealing your alter ego
The side of you kept hidden though
Until we broke our earthly bonds
Snuck behind and found
You were same all around
A rock in the sky
Without you
We die

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 17


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 16 (Tumbling Verse)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Because it’s Friday, today I’d like you to relax with the rather silly form called Skeltonic, or tumbling, verse. In this form, there’s no specific number of syllables per line, but each line should be short, and should aim to have two or three stressed syllables. And the lines should rhyme. You just rhyme the same sound until you get tired of it, and then move on to another sound. 

(Note: Hmm, sounds like many of my pieces anyway…)

Ramble On (Not just a cool Zeppelin song...) 

I feel that poetry
Is kinda like climbing a tree
A view that you want to see
In the clouds where you ought to be
Rhyming like Silverstein
Imagery sets the scene
Reflecting what could have been
Defining the mood you’re in
With words maybe not so thin
Starting to sound like Eminem
It’s no longer between us and them
No different just more alike than
We want to admit my friend
I throw down some respect to send
Wordsmiths they are in the end
To all the sixties beat poets and
Eighties rappers I’m now a fan
So now that it nears the end
It’s back to the start again
Now’s not the time to feign 
Grab onto that state of being
Just wipe the slate clean
Remember that I climbed that tree
I just got back to poetry

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 16


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 15 (Habits)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Think about a small habit you picked up from one of your parents, and then to write a piece that explores an early memory of your parent engaged in that habit, before shifting into writing about yourself engaging in the same habit.

Close to the Tree

My father has clothing that is older than I
I still have a hat from 1989  
Dress shirts become work shirts then into rags
That’s money well spent even if mother does nag
Fix and repair before giving up
The landfill will be the last place that we dump
I try not to spend money frivolously
Needs vs. wants weighed so carefully
My father’s face looks proudly with no ounce of fear
As I look in the mirror after each passing year
I am proud to be my father’s son
And I know that I am still his number one

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 15

-Leon


Leon Stevens is a blogger, composer, artist, and an author of three books (so far): Lines by Leon: Poems, Prose, and Pictures, Journeys: Eight Original Pieces for Classical Guitar and The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories.