Day 17 NaPoWriMo 2020



quaintly chirps up
asynchronous trumpet
of new arrival. Synchrony

Fountain Pen

nib in ink pot,
dip in indigo blue,
fountain pen gushes out words on


Notes:  Day 17 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  Today’s prompt:

Our prompt for the day (optional, as always), asks you to move backwards in time away from such modern contrivances as podcasts. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that features forgotten technology. Maybe it’s a VCR, or a rotary phone. A cassette player or even a radio. If you’re looking for a potential example, check out this poem by Adam Clay, which takes its central metaphor from something that used to stoke fear in the hearts of kids typing term papers, or just trying to play a game of Oregon Trail.

Wrote two cinquains, one on beeper, which I used to carry up until early ‘00s.  And another on fountain pen, which I haven’t used since the 90s.

Here’s a valediction ghazal, from a similar prompt back in 2013: Paper, A Valediction.

Two Poems: Dreams and Short Timers



fan in reverse,

sends warm breeze to wrap me,

sleep greets another me and says,


Short Timers

111_1135On trees

pink blossoms preen

ushering in spring, but

cinematic display ends very


Notes: Using the NaPoWriMo 2013 Day 5 prompt for writing a Cinquain.  Not having ever done (or ever heard of the form before), figured it is time to stretch.  Don’t know if I got the stressed and unstressed syllables correct.  Also, took the opportunity to write 2 of them, to makeup for not joining the challenge on Day 1.

Cinquain defintion (from

In the “American” cinquain, a form invented by a woman with the highly unfortunate name of Adelaide Crapsey, the number of stresses per line is 1-2-3-4-1, and the number of syllables is 2-4-6-8-2. So the first line would have two syllables, one stressed and one unstressed. The second line would have four syllables, two of which are stressed, and so on. This kind of accent/syllabic verse can be a bit frustrating at first, but it’s useful for learning to sharpen up your language!