Napowrimo – Day 13

Our optional prompt for today is to write a poem that contains at least one kenning. Kennings were metaphorical phrases developed in Nordic sagas. At their simplest, they generally consist of two nouns joined together, which imaginatively describe or name a third thing. The phrase “whale road,” for example, could be used instead of “sea” or “ocean,” and “sky candle” could be used for “sun.

 

Iron steeds race forward,
riders distracted,
their magic rocks,
not easily shaken.

Rocks as looking glasses,
riders stare into them,
mouths distort,
as lips unnaturally extend.

The steed loses bearing,
and rider gasps,
as hostile forces react,
warning alarms echo.

Perhaps later,
in the quiet loneliness,
rock to looking glass,
one more selfie.

 

NaPoWriMo – Day 8

So for today, the prompt is to rewrite a famous poem, giving it your own spin.

I’m using November Night by Adelaide Crapsey. It’s in the form of a cinquain. Not sure if this is really in line with the prompt, but hey another day another poem.

 

Almost,
As state tests near,
Students and teachers stress,
A large hurdle, but up ahead
Summer.

NaPoWriMo – Day 7

Today’s prompt is to write a love poem . . . but the object of the poem should be inanimate.

You’re too hot for me,
But I don’t care.
I can’t resist your smell,
Or help but stare.

The perfect blend,
Of pure delight.
You beckon me approach,
Come take a bite.

No, it is not wise,
For your touch burns.
I’ve been here before,
But how my heart yearns.

I cannot resist,
My love will not die.
You are mine,
And once more I try.

You burn my fingers,
As I grab you once again.
My mouth waters,
And teeth slowly sink in.

I gape for air,
But continue to chew.
Fresh chocolate chip cookie,
Oh, how I love you!

 

Poetry Month Day 6

I’ve come to the realization I won’t be doing 30 poems in 30 days, so I find time where I can and try to write when I can. So here we are on Day 6, making random observations and putting them into some type of poem. My observations included the following nouns; cars, trees, coffee, dog, people. Colors; gray, blue, green, white, yellow, black. What’s happening outside; cars driving, wind blowing, rain.

So I put these observations into a couple of haikus and a tanka.

Cars travel slowly,
gray clouds clap for attention,
rain soaks the city.

Trees sway in the blow,
green filled branches wave wildly,
people seek shelter.

Yellow dog resting,
as his owner chats away,
coffee house patrons,
warming brews and pastry treats,
forgotten storm howls outside.

 

 

Season Transition

Cold one day, then hot. Overcast, and rain. Humid. Cool breezes, then hot days. This Texas weather is crazy. Of course I’m still enjoying the transition as winter fades away, and spring sets in.

In it’s awkward stage
trying to shake big brother,
slowly spring succeeds,
as winter fades into darkness.

 

Day 2 Thoughts

Made it up at 4:30 again this morning. Fresh cup of coffee and downloaded a journal app to my laptop. I had been using Day One on my iPad, and now that I have a laptop decided to download it to my new device. It’s refreshing to be able to wake up in the morning and write in my journal. Feels good to release the thoughts from yesterday, and put a little perspective on the day ahead. If you don’t have a journal you use, then I would recommend trying one. The one I use is $9.99 but there are less expensive apps, and some free ones also. Heck, you don’t even need to have a specific app, you can always use a basic word processor, or note taking platform if you wish. I just prefer Day One and the variety of features it offers. But enough about journaling, my next task, in addition to keeping up with my blog, is to start writing again. This in part explains my meaningless ramble here on my blog. I’m knocking the rust off. Getting used to the feel of the keyboards under my fingers again, and watching as the words come to life on the screen.

First writing task is to get back to poetry. I have a sonnet I started, but never finished. It will be my first mission. From there, I’m not sure where I will go. I have been looking at some writing software, mainly Scrivener, as a resource to assist in writing my first book. If you have any recommendations on other resources for writers please let me know. I’m open to all suggestions.

Morning coffee and thoughts

Something soothing about getting up early in the morning for a fresh cup of coffee. Still dark and cool outside. The rest of the house is dead silent, save the hum of the refrigerator. I haven’t been up this early in quite a while. Up this morning at 4:30. It’s only 30 minutes prior to my usual wake up time, but the extra 30 minutes gives me a little time to reflect on my upcoming day, and to spend a little time writing. I’ve found that as well intentioned as I may be, writing in the afternoon just doesn’t work with me. After work, it’s family time. Once family time is over, I’m too tired to think about writing. I’ve come to abhor going into my home office and using my desktop, so this new laptop is a welcome addition. I’m no longer confined to my home office. So I’m hopeful this will become a habit, and I can continue to wake up every morning a little earlier so I can spend time writing. 

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New Laptop

Finally purchased a new laptop. A Macbook Pro. Have not used a Mac before, so this has been a bit of a change for me. I am accustomed to using products by Apple as I do own both an iPhone and an iPad. It is nice to have all of my devices synced. My previous laptop was an HP, which has long been dead. I haven’t owned a laptop for a couple of years now, and have relied on my desktop, and mobile devices. 

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I must say the retina display is amazing, and I’m enjoying loading up the pics from my camera. Hopefully I will be spending many hours writing on my new laptop.