Saturday, April 4, 2015

NaPoWriMo Day#4

So, day four and the reality of the NaPoWriMo challenge is really setting in...that I must wring my creative juices like a limp rag for the next 26 days....shew!

I'm still working on the Spoon River Anthology by Edgar Lee Masters.  So, I guess I'm not going to be reading a new book of poetry every single day this month.  But well, I never promised myself I would, only that I'd try!  Hopefully by tomorrow I'll have already began my next read...so we'll see!

Today I returned the the official NaPoWriMo site because I really loved their prompt.

The prompt went something like this:  So today, I challenge you to write a “loveless” love poem. Don’t use the word love! And avoid the flowers and rainbows.

I'm a real sucker for love poems, but I'll admit that I had to catch myself a few times from using flowery imagery.  And here is my final result:

Silhouettes Darkly Dancing

We travel through our days,
Perpendicular, criss-crossing the
Invisible foot-paths of one another
Like high-wire walkers
In a quick closing act,
Or sidewalk silhouettes 
dancing each other across
the nightfall of some foreign city.
You would think we were strangers
Unless you glanced backwards.

I am the bitter taste of a
Double-shot espresso on the
Back porch of an early sun;
She is the hot cocoa
To the moonless night of
A thundering Spring storm
That rattles the windows
Like a legion of angry ghosts.

She is tough in the way
She stands straight, lips too closed
For breath when I’m angry,
A sort of strength I lean into
Without knowing my weight has shifted.
Still, she holds me up without speaking.

No words are deemed important,
some things simply are too strong,
cannot be appropriately articulated,
with the literati of speech or sentence,
even something so simple as
the handclasp of her catch,
the warm kiss of her skin.

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