Drifting Firefly

Written for:  The Sunday Whirl, Wordle #499

Words:  drift, hearth, arm, prowl, pressure, spring,
        design, night, flicker, ponder, fly, virus


On a chilly Spring night
while light flickers
in the hearth, I drift,
flit as a firefly, designed
to delight children
and adults.  My arm lies
languidly; my wings are enough 
to prowl through the evening
air, no pressure, out of reach
of a virus that falls like
an invisible poison powder,
killing.

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Living In Between

Written for:  Sunday Muse #156

He wears camera
lenses with filters
to change ranges
of light.  Living
mostly in darkness,
his hands are inky 
fingers, his black, 
bushy mustache grows
unruly.  He has a
choice to make.

http://thesundaymuse.blogspot.com/
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In Harvest Gold Grass

Written for:  April 2021 PAD - Day 18
"Write an ekphrastic poem"  (from a work of art)


I linger in harvest gold grass,
my mind far from a farm's many chores.
Feel a part of this field, alas
field lies at home; mine behind doors.

My mind far from a farm's many chores.
Life is lonesome for a farmer's wife.
Field lies at home; mine behind doors.
Here I am free in my secret life.

Life is lonesome for a farmer's wife,
tending to tasks from sunrise on.
Here I am free in my secret life.
I dream of dancing or gliding like a swan.

Tending to tasks from sunrise on,
feel a part of this field, alas
I dream of dancing or gliding like a swan.
I linger in harvest gold grass.

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-april-pad-challenge-day-18
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Gonna Get You

Written for:  April 2021 PAD - Day 17
"Write a waiting poem."

I will crouch behind this tree calmly waiting
for that big-eared scoundrel who's always baiting
me.  Can't wait to watch his ego deflating.

Need to listen closely; he is light-weighted
Soon my rabbit stew will be marinating
I think I hear a rabbit promenading

My rifle is in my hand containing
all I need . . . but wait! that is a toy aping
a rabbit!  'What's up Doc?' Nuts, I've been outplayed.

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-april-pad-challenge-day-17


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A Day in the Life of a City

Written for:  April 2021 PAD Challenge - Day 16
"Write a City poem"


In early rose-gold dawn of city
how bare-boned and empty buildings seem
on ghostlike streets, night workers only
returning home before streets teem

with nine-to-fivers, food vendors, chatter.
Lunchtime on sunny days find benches filled–
an hour to shop, eat, and banter
until day resumes, and work is fulfilled.

When rush hour ends and people are home
the City comes to life in lights–
marquees on Broadway, film, and Restaurant Row.
A city is magical at night.

We look forward to gaining back our lives,
and hope all our pleasures are revived.

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-april-pad-challenge-day-16
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Birds’ World

Written for:  Poets and Storytellers United
Weekly Scribblings #65:  Bird is the word
 
Shape your words around a particular bird or birds in general.
(posted by Rommy)


To wake to sounds of bird chatter
you know it must be Spring.
Variety of voices join in to sing.
Flying off to other branches, the clatter

settles, chorus changes tune.
While across the lake your hear
haunting cry of a loon,
and quacking ducks catch your ear.

Swans glide by two by two,
parrots squawk in jungle,
peacocks flash feathers in fan of blue,
and black crows form a circle.

It seems a life of leisure
to flit from here to there,
but not all is simple pleasure
they must guard nests from grave dangers.

https://poetsandstorytellersunited.blogspot.com/
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Good Intentions Story

Written for:  April 2021 PAD - Day 15
Write a (______) Story poem.


We must go to the gym today,
have not been there since last Friday.
Appointments always in our way,
What do you say?  What do you say?

If weather permits we will walk,
my bones are wearing down to chalk.
Perhaps a stroll on the boardwalk
where seagulls squawk, where seagulls squawk.

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-april-pad-challenge-day-15
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The Constant Struggle

Written for:  Go Dog Go Cafe
Tuesday Writing Prompt  (posted by Devereaux and Beth)

Write a poem on "justice and equality"


Struggle for justice and equality rolls on,
longer than wars, longer than a person's
entire education.  So, maybe the solution 
lies not in merely educating people.  There
is a lack of willingness to open mind 
and heart to that which is unfamiliar.
Why do people find the unfamiliar 
so threatening?

     morning in dog run
     collage of colors chase balls
     joy in differences

https://godoggocafe.com/

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The View

Written for:  April 2021 PAD - Day 14
"Write a "from where you're sitting" poem


Large animal, black and white
crawls along backyard fence
Possum?  No, feral cat a'fright.

Red-headed bird flies in.  Odd occurrence 
to see him perch upon a rail.
Too soon he flies off, I feel his absence.

From my seat, variety of tails.
I fancy them meeting up
and marching on a trail.

https://www.writersdigest.com/write-better-poetry/2021-april-pad-challenge-day-14
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“mouthful of gum”

Written for:  The Twiglets #222 - "mouthful of gum"


Although she had lost
all her teeth
she still had a mouthful of gum.



My best friend drove 
my father crazy
with sounds of popping
gum and blowing bubbles
whenever she visited.



lost in thought
feeling the heat of Summer
under sweet gum tree


          There once was a champion boxer
         not defeated, an excellent blocker
          'til he fought Keith The Beast
           who knocked out all his teeth
     Now he gums cakes made by Betty Crocker. 

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