NaPoWriMo – Day 10

Each day for the month of April, the Cedar Bark Poets are writing a poem a day in celebration of NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Writing month. Poems are posted here daily. Let Katheren know if you would like to participate!

“And now for our (optional) prompt! I know yesterday’s was a hard one for many of you, although I also was also very touched by the vulnerability and bravery displayed in your poems! But today’s prompt should be a little bit less emotionally involving — a nice chaser for yesterday. Today’s prompt comes to us from Lillian Hallberg. She challenges us to write a “book spine” poem. This involves taking a look at your bookshelves, and writing down titles in order (or rearranging the titles) to create a poem. Some fun images of book spine poems can be found here. If you want to take things a step further, Lillian suggests gathering a list of titles from your shelves (every third or fifth book, perhaps, if you have a lot) and using the titles, as close to the originals as possible, to create a poem that is seeded throughout with your own lines, interjections, and thoughts. Happy writing!”

Laundry Day

I’m So Embarrassed
No Clean Clothes
Smelly Socks
Purple, Green, and Yellow
I Have To Go

– Rhiannon

The Secret

Romeo and Juliet
Takes life as a highway
As this is the law of attraction
The little prince
Became furiously happy
On the animal farm
Until he went to kill a mocking bird
And that is the secret

– Jonah

Spines sticking out from piles

I have books only strewn around
a volume here and there, a pile short and a pile over there high
in every corner seemingly a book does lie

the spines odd places line
no space left for a bookcase
as all around into piles things race

and more and more in the digital age do they reside
as digital bits across the ether ride
downloaded, and page by page flips as my finger slides

but odd places books from, come to me still, and I seem to tuck them away into piles you see

‘For your delight ‘
‘the library of world drama’ showed me ‘the Crucible’ of the thing
that the ‘Journey to the underworld’
could be found in ’How to play the harmonica’
the ‘Impact’ of this
and ‘Preserving Crabbiness + Nose-to-tail Vegetabels + Wooly pigs’
led me to search ‘The Rainbow’
to take me away to ‘the House not made with hands’
where I found a dusty copy of ‘The FUN encyclopedia’
this lead me to ‘The New lexicon’

and the realization that I have many odd books laying around.
and an even greater fear, what stranger books underneath this pile could and would be found!


10 Books for $2.00
(from God’s Love Thrift Store)

The Mists of Avalon
We all peer out from history!
My li’l sis who means so much to me
The Lord Of The Rings
A tale still told
The Secret Garden
Where the children are bold
The Magical Horses
A story yet to unfold
And The Mountains Echoed
Long after we’d left
Communication In Your Mariage
We can heal what is reft
The Hobbit
A small one travels to save the Shire
Glimpses of Twentieth Century Punjabi Poetry
Multi Culturals working together I admire
Philosopher’s Cafe
Communication helps us make our way!!

– Kath

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