Backyard Picnic

Day 26 Of NaPoWriMo 2018.
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Deck, patio furniture and the grill are all washed and clean,
Clipped fresh lavender tied up in a bunch is set on patio table,
Next to two melamine place settings a slim center vase rests
Housing two faintly sweet smelling roses with long stems dipped in water.

I light the candle on the table and from the ice bucket,
pull out the chilled red lambrusco and dry the bottle with a towel.
I free the cork from bottle, which flies a slight distance
With a distinct pop. I pour the effervescent wine in two long stemmed glasses,
the bubbles freely race to the top with a low hum.

Iphone is programmed to a playlist containing Enigma. The deck,
in low volume pipes out soft techno beats to the tune of “Principles of Lust.”
The home-made pizza pie with marinated cottage cheese and
Small bits of fresh chilies and heirloom tomatoes is sizzling on the grill.

With black grill marks now visible, I take the pizza and slice it into
Eight parts. Next I liberally sprinkle fresh cilantro over the hot pizza
then top it off by squeezing two halves of a whole lemon.
Two slices each are plated on two plates. I take one of the rose
Out of the vase, brush its soft petals on soft cheeks.

The air is now pregnant with charred wood, citrus, hint of spicyness
Mixed with sweet smell of rose and woodsy freshness of lavender.
A glass is swirled and a sip is taken, next the pizza slice is picked and bitten.
“Yum, this is good,” says the voice, just as the song “Mea Culpa” is playing.
“Apology, accepted.”


Today’s prompt was:

Taking our cue from today’s craft resource, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that includes images that engage all five senses. Try to be as concrete and exact as possible with the “feel” of what the poem invites the reader to see, smell, touch, taste and hear.

Hopefully, the poem does justice to the prompt.

An Elegy for Humankind

Day 24 Of NaPoWriMo 2018.
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Let’s put this in perspective:
I’m but a blue marbled speck of dust
Circling a pedestrian, middle aged,
yellow dwarf in the backwaters of a
Common spiral galaxy.

My inhabitants, come and go constantly,
The dinosaurs lived for 165 million years,
Compared to them, you’ve been here a tenth
Of a percent. Yet, in that time, you’re
My most special inhabitant: in mere ten thousand years,
You have built civilizations, you have reached my moon,
You have reached for the stars. You are capable of
Creating things of incredible beauty, and
you’re capable of contemplating you own existence.

But, you’re also capable of incredible cruelty, greed, and war.
You create, but you also cause much death and destruction.
You have created an existential threat because of your
penchant for burning the
Remains of your fellow dead, extinct species.

You have evolved to be at the apex of all the species,
You’re endowed with a beautiful mind,
but do you have enough wisdom?
What you do will wipe out many other species,
But make no mistake, I will still be around,
But I will be inhabitable to you and your kind,
I will go from hospitable to hostile.
Will you walk in the steps of the dinosaurs?

There is still time, show me you’re my proudest achievement!

The prompt was:

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Today, we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy – a poem typically written in honor or memory of someone dead. But we’d like to challenge you to write an elegy that has a hopefulness to it. Need inspiration? You might look at W.H. Auden’s elegy for Yeats, which ends on a note suggesting that the great poet’s work will live on, inspiring others in years to come. Or perhaps this elegy by Mary Jo Bang, where the sadness is shot through with a sense of forgiveness on both sides.

I realize, I generally write a Earth-day poem. This time I haven’t. So with today’s prompt, the idea was to try and combine Earth day with an hopeful elegy, of sorts. I feel a bit heavy handed approach to today’s poem, but I have been short on time.