Basket – Emily – Early Bird 31.3.2022

holds – just – firmaments ….

Because at the moment, too many
Rainy day for me, and yet more rain.

Some said it went on for twenty days:
Others said only twelve.
Well t’was day two began the flooding,

Bridges washed away. Forty seven
Roads closed. The heavens just
Wept and wept and wept some more.

Sometimes heavy, sometimes slow
But it went on. The basket we call
Earth slipped and slid and lake upon

Lake – we felt no justice. Until finally
In April the rain eased. Though it was
A weak – entrance – the sun made.

Emily, such heavy baskets we produced.
It’s not by God, but human – climate change.
& I – being human – as guilty as the rest.

Benita H. Kape (c) 1.4.2022

I think this poem is too pragmatic for Emily. But with the line I chose: first line of a second stanza poem number 352 this is just what came to me. Wrote it for Early Bird the 31st March but only now got to post.

NaPoWriMo 2022 – Early Bird

Dickinson is known for her elliptical style, unusual word choices, and mordant sense of humor. Over the past year, I’ve experimented with writing poems based on, or responding to, various lines from her poems. Today, I’d like to challenge you to do the same! Here are a few lines of Dickinson’s that might appeal to you (the slashes indicate line breaks):

“Forever might be short”
“The absence of the Witch does not / Invalidate the spell”
“If to be ‘Elder’ – mean most pain – / I’m old enough, today”
“The second half of joy / Is shorter than the first”
“To be a Flower, is profound / Responsibility –
And if none of those inspire you, you can find many of her poems here.

I took the line “My basket holds – just – firmament – “


A Turnaround Declared – Day 13

A wish news article for tomorrow


news of a turn around

scientists tell us
they have evidence

“we cannot yet reveal
the secret to reversal ...
Climate change in decline”

Benita H. Kape (c) 13.4.2021

Notes: Write a poem in the form of a news article you wish would come out morrow. I am tired today so I have written my biggest wish with the short poem for known as a Cherita. First stanza one line, second stanza two lines and third stanza three lines. Of course I could have written a series but I feel I have all the news I would wish in this one poem.


To-Do List Today – Day Nine

(with apologies to ED)

Read another Emily Dickinson poem.

Check which household appliance is beeping at me.

Continue reading ED as I kick the fridge door shut.

Walk to the gate to check today’s mail.

Save a couple of envelopes on which to write short poems like ED did.

March on Parliament House to protest that the powers that be

are too slow to act on Climate Change.

Occasionally I dwell in Possibility –

Check the clock in the hall as to last weeks Daylight Savings change.

Dust the mantel in the lounge. And watch as –

A Bird came down the Walk –

Check which appliance is beeping at me.

I taste a liquor never brewed –

(If you believe that!)

and again I kick the fridge door shut.

I shall know why – when Time is over –

And that damned appliance has stopped beeping.

It was not Death for I stood up

knowing at the end of the day

my To-Do List was done

and the Liquor Fridge was now empty and I was about to find

I cannot dance upon my Toes

and tomorrow I’ll find another poet –

to distract me from a To-Do List.

Benita H. Kape (c) 9.4.2021

Notes: And this is soooo me with my head in poems every day, every week, every month; not just for April each year. And setting the record straight: I can’t remember when I last tasted alcohol of any sort. But a To-Do List might be the right time to tinkle with the sacred. Dear Emily, I do love you. This poem is also to record that Schools in New Zealand went on strike today and marched to Parliament.

Day 9 NaPoWriMo 2021:

Our (optional) prompt for the day is to 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. For example, what’s on the Tooth Fairy’s to-do list? Or on the to-do list of Genghis Khan? Of a housefly? Your list can be a mix of extremely boring things and wild things. For example, maybe Santa Claus needs to order his elves to make 7 million animatronic Baby Yoda dolls, to have his hat dry-cleaned to get off all the soot it picked up last December, and to get his head electrician to change out the sparkplugs on Rudolph’s nose.


Cyclone Cook: Easter 2017 – NaPoWriMo 2017 – Day twelve – prompt: alliteration & assonance


Cyclone Cook: Easter 2017

The streams are surging;

flood waters furiously flowing.

The second time in a fortnight,

some fierce god shows his wrath.


The centre of the cyclone

comes ashore  hitting the sodden

low-lying districts; driving

the town’s residents further afield.

Twenty homes highlighted as no-go.

Few will return after record rainfalls.


They wait out the foul weather

in halls and homes regarded

as safe. Fraternizing with friend

in the same boat; Families fretting;

the cyclone fritters its way south.

All flights were canceled.


The swollen streams swell. What

will the future hold. They talk of

climate change and they talk of

Cyclone Cook, the high humidity;

the strangely warm weather.


It is only the beginning of winter.

The swollen streams swell.

All flights were cancelled.


Benita H. Kape © 13.4.2017 (for 12.4.17


finally, here is our daily prompt (optional, as always). Today, I’d like you to write a poem that explicitly incorporates alliteration (the use of repeated consonant sounds) and assonance (the use of repeated vowel sounds). This doesn’t mean necessarily limiting yourself to a few consonants or vowels, although it could. Even relatively restrained alliteration and assonance can help tighten a poem, with the sounds reinforcing the sense. Need some examples. Here’s Gerard Manley Hopkins showcasing alliteration and assonance on overdrive. And here is a poem with a more restrained approach from Kevin Young.