What’s In My Notebook: Slice of Life #sol18

I have never been the kind of writer who finishes a notebook in a month or two–until now. I filled an entire notebook in March and April! I have been keeping notebooks all of my adult life–sometimes sporadically, sometimes with daily dedication. But I fill them slowly. I like to write about my notebooks. In…

Poetry Is: Juxtaposition Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

Velvety thwap of the present Raw chatter of my heart Sugary breath of Tuesday Octagonal starlight of my imagination Pendulous flush of summer Aqua slouch of confession Knotted cloud of confusion   Notes: This poem is the result of an exercise from Karen Benke’s book, Rip the Page! Adventures in Creative Writing. The subtitle of…

Heavenly Horses #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

The Chinese had a different name for the Silk Road. They called it the Horse Road, a three-thousand mile route over mountains, desert, steppe to a green basin ringed by mountain range. There, a powerful horse grew on the grasses of the Ferghana Valley. A horse swift and lean, built for endurance, Barrel-chested, short-legged, long-necked…

The Cat Is a Poem #NaPoWriMo18 #NPM2018

The cat was born between the hill and the river, it took its voice from the rain, and like the timber, it steeped itself in the forests. Cats are the synthesis of hyacinths and biscuits. The cat is life distilled.   Some like cats. Some—thus not all. Not even the majority of all but the…