Even for an hour

Day 6 of NaPoWriMo 2020

(Photo by Aashish Vaidya. Cherry Blossoms)


Even for an hour


“Don’t leave me, even for an hour, because”
Every corner of the world, I’ll scour because


Little squares of anguish wash over me, even
for a moment I see your face sour, because


Remember – to err is human to forgive divine
Next time your mood’s dour, because


Sycophants and bootlickers stroke bully’s
ego. Without dignity they cower, because?


Sitting, staring at the screen, whole day without
Moving.  Now spin hard with power, because


The only little people are those who enrich themselves
A tiny human act towers over power, because


Tossed salad of kale, pine nuts, feta, red onion,
Olive oil, lemon juice, roasted cauliflower, because


What lulls us into thinking all this isn’t fleeting?
We nurture this ‘Mirage’ of sunflower, because….


Notes:  Penned an off-prompt ghazal, as ran short of time to explore Day 6 of NaPoWriMo 2020.  The prompt was to “write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.”  Will have to revisit it some other time.


First line is a line from of Pablo Neruda’s Love Sonnet: XLV from his volume 100 Love Sonnets translated by Stephen Tapscott.  I liked this line, and I am hoping the reader does as well. That line propelled the rest of the ghazal, with some open-ended couplets because (ha,ha) of the refrain.


(In)Sanity in Guise

Day 03 of NaPoWriMo 2020

(Photo by Aashish Vaidya. Dawn on Bali Sea)


(In)Sanity in Guise


If sirens don’t lure

sailors, if salinity

abandons the seas,  

What if waves don’t undulate,

and if sun loses splendor?


Brooks got no babble.

What if bees no longer sting?

Pretender’s the champ?

What if books contain no words?

And facts become fictional?


When ballots can’t choose,

Census returns count zero

Synchopancy is 

the norm.  Virus goes viral, 

Petulance is a virtue.



Third  day of NaPoWriMo 2020.  Today’s prompt is,

to make use of our resource for the day. First, make a list of ten words. You can generate this list however you’d like – pull a book off the shelf and find ten words you like, name ten things you can see from where you’re sitting, etc. Now, for each word, use Rhymezone to identify two to four similar-sounding or rhyming words. For example, if my word is “salt,” my similar words might be “belt,” “silt,” “sailed,” and “sell-out.”

Once you’ve assembled your complete list, work on writing a poem using your new “word bank.” You don’t have to use every word, of course, but try to play as much with sound as possible, repeating sounds and echoing back to others using your rhyming and similar words.

I used my word bank (below) to string three tankas (Japanese poetry form of 5 lines consisting of 5-7-5-7-7 syllables).  A single tanka is suppose to give you a complete picture of an event or mood, but I felt like I needed to keeping going after the first tanka.


My word bank:

Clamber, anchor, dancer, dapper, pander, Ceylon, dawn, fawn, crayon, jump on, Fiery, diary, binary, finery, flower, ivory, entirely, Silence, balance, sirens, trident, virus, Splendor, bender, blender, pretender, surrender, Freshness, breathless, census, senseless, essence, Undulant, coolant, indolent, petulant, Infinity, affinity, femininity, vicinity, salinity, divinity, criticality, Punctual, factual, functional, eventual, intellectual, Nocturnal, kernel, journal, vernal, infernal, external, Cardboard, chord, cord, fjord, hoard, scored, toward, clipboard, concord, Disk, brisk, risk, whisk, frisk, Peanuts, cuts, guts, nuts, doughnuts, genus, venus, intravenous, Books, hooks, brooks, looks, Printer, inner, dinner, skinner, sinner, thinner, winter, winner, Trees, bees, breeze, sneeze, squeeze, knees, freeze, keys, please, Lamp, champ, clamo, damp, ramp, tamp, vamp, stamp, cramp, Paint, quaint, feint, taint, restraint, unconstrained, Tablet, applet, ballot, gadget, jacket, hatchet, pallet, Computer, hooter, looter, scooter, shooter, tutor, recruiter.