A wish news article for tomorrow Cherita 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.
(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.
Thanks to Jo Tito for sharing her photos wherein I add a poem.
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.