Shared Paths

Build bonds
Time travels underfoot
Girlfriends navigating life’s trials

Shiver timbers
Whitewater fording soul
Current against linked arms

This year I find myself so far behind in the 30-day NaPoWriMo Challenge. Here it is Day 23 and I’ve probably only written ten poems. But okay, I press on anyway.

The prompt for Day 23 is to write a Double Elevenie. An Elevenie is an eleven-word poem of five lines, with each line performing a specific task in the poem. The first line is one word, a noun. The second line is two words that explain what the noun in the first line does, the third line explains where the noun is in three words, the fourth line provides further explanation in four words, and the fifth line concludes with one word that sums up the feeling or result of the first line’s noun being what it is and where it is. A Double Elevenie would have two stanzas of five lines each, and twenty-two words in all.

Desert Debate

The desert screams orgasmic color bloom
Sand and rock accustomed to their pallor
Green and pink, red starburst, purple blue flume
Spurs impassionate debate of color

Yellow bright claims entente with moon and sun
Blue looks skyward reflects his wetted plane
Red remembers the blood of chosen one
Then Purple laughs and calls himself the rain

Green gloats leaf and stem in support of all
Pink thinks she’s a rock star petals tender
Brown remains in claim of pterodactyl
Orange warms her sacral chakra pleasure

Rainbow flowered of egos grandiose
While sand and rock know grey will last the most

It’s a day late for Day 23 of the NaPoWriMo Challenge. I put off yesterday’s poem because 1) I love writing sonnets and 2) I was so exhausted from running 20-miles in the canyons that my mind couldn’t begin to conceive a sonnet.

So, the challenge for yesterday was to write, as you guessed, a sonnet. Traditionally, sonnets are 14-line poems, with ten syllables per line, written in iambs (i.e., with a meter in which an unstressed syllable is followed by one stressed syllable, and so on). I chose to use the Shakespearean Sonnet rhyme scheme

Diamond King

Oh Diamond King, my sovereign reign, with gifts abound to share
showing off all that you have to anyone who stares.
Scepter in hand, what is your plan, ruler of this land?
Twisted scoundrel mustache, divisive rubbing hands.
Your land of dazzling sparkle stones tempts me with shiny things
But last and now forever more the Giants reign my diamond kings.

Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to take a chance, literally. Find a deck of cards (regular playing cards, tarot cards, uno cards, cards from your “Cards Against Humanity” deck – whatever), shuffle it, and take a card – any card! Now, begin free-writing based on the card you’ve chosen. Keep going without stopping for five minutes. Then take what you’ve written and make a poem from it.

From ocean view in Maui I used a random card shuffling program and drew the King of Diamonds.

king of diamonds