Loss

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths and writing through the daily exercises. Today’s prompt is to write a poem about a significant loss.

Echoes

I used to call her
  ask for advice
     tell her about my day, ask about hers
        talk about dogs, kids, things

she always knew the answers
   even before the questions 
       when no one else did

she held Dad together
    like no one else could

I miss her 

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The Bright Side

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths and writing through the daily exercises. Today’s prompt is to write a poem – a small one, between two and ten lines, that at first presents something dark, negative, and unwanted but resolves into something positive.

In memory of my friend and co-worker Tim Zellner, who died in November 2022

He fought the good fight
In the end, his cancer won
Now he's in Heaven

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I am Not

I’ve been reading Lightning Paths by Kyle Vaughn and participating in the daily writing exercises. Today’s challenge is to write a poem that is the opposite of the Resume and Part of Me poems of the past two days. Instead of defining ourselves through our experiences, this poem calls to define ourselves by what we are not.

Lack of Tact

Apparently, my 
tendency to tell the truth
means I'm "not tactful"

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Part of Me

I’ve been reading Lightning Paths by Kyle Vaughn and working through the daily exercises. Today’s prompt is to write a poem in which you choose something that may seem insignificant that is actually a big part of your identity.

The Roots

a baby in a cloth diaper 
    pinned up
sitting in the middle
of a desk
surrounded by stacks of books
her father speaking 
Greek and Hebrew roots
in his seminary studies

a love of books 
   of words
     of language
       of learning
is rooted in those days
    back in Kentucky
       in 1966

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Poetic Resume’

I’ve been reading Lightning Paths by Kyle Vaughn and working through the daily exercises. Today’s prompt is to write a poem that addresses who you are, what you’ve accomplished, and what you might want to project about your hopes, dreams, and future. Today, it’s about identity.

Giving thanks for the blessings of life! (Internet Stock Photo)
Adventuring Nonet

each day is a brand new adventure
packed full of the wonder of life ~
seize and savor each moment
praying, working, playing
giving thanks for our
many blessings,
abundant
riches,
gifts....

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Anti -ing

I’ve been reading Lightning Paths by Kyle Vaughn and working through the daily exercises. Today’s prompt is to write a poem focusing on prefixes and suffixes to denote states of being or actions and their relationships.

Red Letter Days

She's the red-tailed hawk sitting
    on the wire
      checking my seat belt

She's the redbird feeding
    at my window
       greeting me from Heaven

She's everywhere ~ reminding me
    in flashes of red
       that she's still right here

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Classic Theme

I’ve been reading Lightning Paths by Kyle Vaughn and working through the daily exercises. Today’s prompt is to take a fresh perspective on a classic theme of relationship such as love, family fear, evil, spirituality, or another theme, and frame it in the context of modern life.

The Devil's Playground

social media 
redefines relationships ~
the devil's playground

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Questioning

I’ve been writing through the inspirations in Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths. Today’s challenge is to write a poem that uses questions in an interesting or unexpected way.

Asking For a Friend

is it okay if
isolating with Covid
is in a camper?

a mini fireplace
a tiny green Christmas tree
three cozy Schnoodles

a mug of spiced tea
are better medicine than
five strong prescriptions

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Advertisements

I’ve been writing through the daily writing inspirations in Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths. Today’s exercise is to write a poem inspired by an advertisement that made you laugh, cry, or react in some other way.

Sarah McLachlan
sings somber songs and I cry:
abused animals

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Cartoon Seriousness

I’ve been reading Lightning Paths by Kyle Vaughn and writing through the daily inspirations. Today’s exercise is to write a poem that uses the imagery of cartoons to communicate a truth about our reality.

Truth

such simplicity:
a Charlie Brown Christmas tree
warms the coldest hearts

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