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NaPoWriMo: Day 14 (What’s in a Name?)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name. 

What's in a Name?

Long ago when I was king
Sparta’s ruler with crown and ring
Sitting on my gilded throne
I could not imagine my name not known
Named for the lion, a regal beast
Devour my enemies on which I feast
A dream I had of a massive tome
Two lines I’m granted, and now this poem
No grand legacies I created, thus
I’m mentioned sparsely by Herodotus
A trivial figure I may be
But at least when people speak of me
My name rolls off the tongue with ease
Not as my father’s, Eurycratides

Read it again on Medium.com (yes, I do get paid/read): Day 14

-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.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 13 (The Day the Earth Stood Still)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Write a poem in the form of a news article you wish would come out tomorrow.

The Day the Earth Stood Still

They came yesterday
And surrounded the world
Humanity braced
For something to unfurl

A voice in our head spoke
In everyone’s mind
The whole world did pause
For a moment in time

It said:

We could not put a finger
We’ve been watching this show
A drama, a comedy, or variety
We really didn’t know

Who writes these scripts
They seem somewhat inane
This anger, hatred, and fighting
Felt simply insane

We thought you were acting
Until we realized
You do this by choice
It’s really not wise

Most have stopped watching
It’s obvious too
You as a species
Don’t know what to do

We are going to take over
And rewrite the show
We’ll get you that Oscar
Then we can go




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 12 (Ancient and Future)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  “Past and Future.” This prompt challenges you to write a poem using at least one word/concept/idea from each of two specialty dictionaries: Lempriere’s Classical Dictionary and the Historical Dictionary of Science Fiction.

Ancient and Futures

Oh, snap.
The ancient tweet battle began
He had to wait till the second edition
To burn these so-called Gentlemen

The print’s too small they cried
It hurts my eyes
It’s now impossible
To define ‘Metilii’

Not intended for extended perusal
A reference of all things ancient
I suppose it was folly of me
To list that in the fine print

So, wait two hundred years, you’ll have your wish
Be forewarned you’ll waste your time
Scrolling through a myriad of
Funny animal videos online



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 11 (Letter from the Cat)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo:  Write a two-part poem, in the form of an exchange of letters. The first stanza (or part) should be in the form of a letter that you write either to yourself or to a famous fictional or historical person. The second part should be the letter you receive in response.

I took a few liberties with the prompt:

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I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

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NaPoWriMo : Day 10 (Junk Drawer Mind)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: It’s called “Junk Drawer Song,” and comes to us from the poet Hoa Nguyen. First, find a song with which you are familiar…Next, rifle through the objects in your junk drawer…write a poem that weaves together your ideas

I just used the junk drawer idea as my prompt today.

Junk Drawer Mind

Rifle through my junk drawer mind
Push away memories dropped inside
Until Jeopardy demands an answer

Yet It takes a moment to decide 
That seven times four is twenty-eight
Though I know seven times six is forty-two
Still, I try to memorize up to twelve times twelve
And it always feels like something new

Sorry I don’t remember your name
Give me time and let me push aside
The Best Picture winner in 2004
The name of the hitchhiker I gave a ride
(I can also say the alphabet backwards)

I forgot to pay that bill again
Can’t forget the lyrics to that song
They come back to me at the oddest times
And I still spell defanitely wrong

I wonder. . . if I could just dump it out
My junk drawer mind
Would I still remember that one time
Our lives aligned?

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I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

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NaPoWriMo : Day 9 (The Runner)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Write a poem in the form of a “to-do list.” The fun of this prompt is to make it the “to-do list” of an unusual person or character.

I have to admit, a poem a day is hard. But not as hard as:

The Runner

Need to stretch
In my memory the route I did etch
Stay warm, move to the front
What is with the need to grunt?
Get into position
Follow the pacer - my mission
Here we go, you can do this
One foot in front of the other
Take in the view
All of this is something new
No need to rush or hurry
I don’t want the experience to be blurry
Take a drink
My leg hurts - Don’t think
I will not walk
Why does he feel the need to talk
Don’t stop
Don’t stop
Feeling good, having a ball
I think I just avoided “The Wall”
Don’t stop
Don't stop
Don’t stop
Don't stop
Deep in thought, the starting gun so long ago
Where did the last four miles go?
A sharp left turn, then a curve to the right
The finish line is just in sight
Thinking that I’m almost done - until...
Why did they put in that hill?
Cross the line and look around
The friends I started with not to be found
Oh yeah, I remember as I sit to recoup
I’m the fastest of the group

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 9 (yes, I do get paid/read.)

I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

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NaPoWriMo : Day 8 (Elegy From the Dead)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Today, I’d like to challenge you to read a few of the poems from Spoon River Anthology, and then write your own poem in the form of a monologue delivered by someone who is dead.

As soon as I read this prompt, I thought: “Hey. I’ve already done that – kinda.” When I was writing stories for my second book, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, I wrote a series of post-apocalyptic poems that may be found by an explorer in a desolate world. I posted that poem here: NaPoWriMo : Day 8 (Prologue)

Now here is today’s poem:

Elegy

What have you done to my good home
It looks afraid, and all alone
Disheveled and in disrepair

It hurts to see it in such a state
Deserving of much better fate
Did you think those actions fair?

Let it go on too long you did
The consequence forever hid
From the eyes of the dead you thought

Shame to the ones who shrugged it off
Now look what lack of action’s bought 
Sleep now into the world you wrought

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 8 (yes, I do get paid/read.)

I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

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NaPoWriMo : Day 8 (Prologue)

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Poetry Prompt from NaPoWriMo: Today, I’d like to challenge you to read a few of the poems from Spoon River Anthology, and then write your own poem in the form of a monologue delivered by someone who is dead.

As soon as I read this prompt, I thought: “Hey. I’ve already done that – kinda.” When I was writing stories for my second book, The Knot at the End of the Rope and Other Short Stories, I wrote a series of post-apocalyptic poems that may be found by an explorer in a desolate world.

So, while I craft my next poem in the series, based on today’s prompt, please allow me to post my first poem that started it all. Stay tuned.

Found

I can feel it seep
Through my boots
	the heat
My skin, it crawls
My hair,
	it falls
The pain, it lingers
Till I can barely feel
	my fingers
Vision is weak and fading fast
I do not know how long
	it will last
Too tired to move, I take a seat
Nothing left to drink
	or eat
So, I leave my body and this note to be found
Beside this shallow grave
	 in the rocky ground
And if the horror you can face
Please lay me in my final
	resting place

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 8 (yes, I do get paid/read.)

I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

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NaPoWriMo : Day 7 (Not a Piece of Cake or Pi)

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Poetry Prompt:  Of the poetic forms that are based on syllable counts, probably the most well-known – to English speakers, at least – is the Japanese form called the haiku. But there are many other syllable-based forms. Today, I’d like to challenge you to pick from two of them – the shadorma, and the Fib.

The Fib has a syllable count based off the Fibonacci sequence of 1/1/2/3/5/8

Not a Piece of Cake or Pi

I
Keep
Losing
Count when I
Write any type of
Poem with syllable restrictions

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 7 (yes, I do get paid/read.)

I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

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NaPoWriMo : Day 6 (Read it Again)

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Poetry Prompt:  Make that line the title of your poem. Write a poem inspired by the line. Then, after you’ve finished, change the title completely.

Instead of a line, I decided to write about how some authors are able to write words that can endure even as the time in our lives keeps moving forward.

Again

I missed it the first time
I found it the second time
The third time I fell asleep

But I already knew what happened

The fourth time didn’t lose its charm
The fifth time still strong
The sixth time was a long time separated
From the fifth

Some books are meant to be shared
This one goes back on my shelf
Until
The seventh time
Comes around

Have an extra minute? Read it (again) on Medium: Day 6 (yes, I do get paid/read.)

I will be posting my poems here: linesbyleon.com/national-poetry-writing-month/ I hope you will drop by!

-Leon

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