via Daily Prompt: Astonish

Inspired by the fact that I am sick today, which led to the realization that my body is fighting for me, even when IĀ  criticize it. For the last day of NaPoWriMo.

I’m always astonished

By the body’s capacity

To keep on going,

Its defense system inside,

Its wise decisions

Of which I’m not conscious.

I should relax, rest,

Stop trying to control and test

Everything, but trust it:

My body loves me.

Me Too

This is for Waiting on Words’ prompt for today, day 29 of NaPoWriMo.

The two least lonely words:
Me too.
They show you’re not alone,
It’s true.

Let us stand by each other when
In need,
That all may from their shame
Be freed.


Today at Real Toads we are writing a poetry form called a Fold, about destructive weapons. This was my first time writing in this form, and I enjoyed it, though I am unsure how well I actually did. The form has 11 lines, and the first, fifth, and last lines have the same ending. Every other line rhymes with the first line. The poem also must include a reference to nature and its effect on the poet.

I think that there is nothing more destructive than words, especially the thoughts in people’s own heads. I am not feeling as hopeless and down as this poem suggests, but I definitely have been there.

Like a sneaky army arrive
Internal thoughts which criticize,
I’ve thought them dead but they survive
Strong blasts of positive affirmations.
When will I at happiness arrive?
There is a rain cloud outside, suddenly
Saddening my eyes, which were alive
Wit dancing light. A mind at war with
Itself — A countdown : five
Four three two one I will explode
If deliverance does not today arrive.


We at DVerseĀ MTB are taking inspiration from the Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam today. Stanzas are 4 lines long with the rhyme scheme AABA. Generally, the lines are written in iambic pentameter, but we are allowed be creative with the precise form today. I often like to write rubai, so it was nice to see the form featured.

The days fall down like rows of dominoes,

And who will know the way the future goes?

May I make wise decisions in this hour,

And steer this boat well, as the river flows.


This form, called an Ovillejo, is for Linda Luna’s decastich challenge. I had fun writing in this form and hope to keep trying.

Will you stay near to me always?

For all your days.

Do you promise to act with love?

You’re my sweet dove.

Do you accept this golden ring?

With everything.


The heart may not every day sing,

But promises last past the pain:

Love can be watered by the rain.

Through all your days, you’re my sweet dove, with everything.


For Poetics Tuesday at DVerse, we are talking about body image. I thought this was going to be reaare hard for me and was not thrilled about it, but the prompt is actually not what I expected: We only had to choose one physical attribute to write about and our feelings about it. I ended up writing something positive!

I cannot quite describe

The color of these eyes,

Inherited from you

And shared with my brother —

A bit of brown but mostly green-blue?

Unlike any other

The part of me that I like most,

Looks like an ocean, nearing its coast.

Fruits of Our Labor

This week’s quadrille has us all “gather”ing to write poetry!

Sunlight shining in the backyard garden,
Lovingly cared for home-grown
Tomatoes ripen on the climbing vines,
Ripe blueberries and read strawberries
Gathered when it is time:

We have tended these plants for many months,
The fruits of our labor
Are a fresh summer feast.


For Frank J. Tassone’s weekly haikai challenge. In honor of Earth Day, we are using / alluding to the word “earth”.

Taking care of Earth

Requires being mindful

Of use of water:

Elements that seem separate,

Possess profound unity.


I almost forgot to post something for NaPoWriMo day 21. Out of several poems written today, none of them seem good enough to share, but here is one. I guess this can fit with part of today’s prompt on the NaPoWriMo web site, as it “comments on comments on the narcissism of our time, i.e. beauty and body obsession, etc.” Obviously, eating disorders and exercise addiction are not rooted in narcissism, but it still fits the topic well enough.

Don’t exist,
Loving the burn.
Endorphins mitigate anxiety,
But exercise can become addicting.
Not minding risk,

Form: Double Tetractys
Syllables : 1/2/3/4/10/10/4/3/2/1
Rhyme optional