Game/Event/Cards

I’ve been reading Lightning Paths by Kyle Vaughn. Today’s exercise is a poem about cards, a game, or an event. I chose a Haiku to write about my favorite card game!

Lone Hand

one hand of euchre
holding both bowers, all trump
I'll play it alone! 

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Epic Journey

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

In today’s prompt, Vaughn encourages writers to compose poems that describe epic journeys.

the food hasn't
been anything to 
write home about

but the distance?
remarkable
on this journey
toward goal weight

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Invisible

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

In today’s exercise, writers are encouraged to create poems about the invisible or the shift from visible to invisible, even as a metaphor. I’m thinking about tonight, when I will go outside and watch the Taurid Meteor Shower from campsite 109 of F D R State Park in Pine Mountain, Georgia. I can’t wait to see the show!

Prime Time

meteor showers
night-sky visibility
November's Prime Time

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Space

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

Vaughn challenges writers to compose poems about space – filled or unfilled, outdoors or in, or how we make use of it.

In the Camper

unclaustrophobic
cloistered camper cubbyholes~
safe spaces to breathe

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Firsts

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

In today’s writing exercise, Vaughn asks readers to write a poem about a first, showing the feeling of the moment.

I cheered you, head first
drawing your first breath of life
seven pounds: pure love

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Tangible/Intangible Imagination

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

In today’s exercise, Vaughn challenges writers to write a poem using a variety of figurative language and forms of imagery to describe the setting so that the imaginary becomes the real through words.

First I Dreamed

First, I dreamed of her
red-trimmed white Little Guy Max 
soul in a tear-drop

took a YouTube tour
birch cabinets, black counters
stargazing window

stand-up full wet bath
just enough for three schnoodles
two adventurers

un-gymnasium
seeking more cozy snuggles 
more marshmallow nights

more fairy tree lights
fewer deadlines, more good books
more life in less space

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Epistrophy

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

Today’s writing is a poem with epistrophy. In the first stanza or section, the writer includes a message with hidden meaning or association using figurative language, and in the second, the writer turns up the concreteness a notch without blatantly saying it. It’s like talking in codes and symbols.

2026

a cocoon 
from workweek woes
weekend escape 
fireside chats
roasting marshmallows
stargazing sighs
ready for weeknights
just like these

thinking: how amazing
to turn in the keys 
smile, eat a slice of cake
stop setting alarms 

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Enantiodromia

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

Today, Vaughn explains enantiodromia as the changing of something into its opposite, much like a shifting image.

Then and Now

Shaking schnoodle, abandoned, alone
scared, uncertain, vulnerable
caged, in the back of a van
awaiting adoption~
and look at you now!
half-human child
in control
fully
loved

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Shifting Image

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

In today’s prompt, Vaughn encourages readers to write a poem in which an image changes over the course of the poem. I embrace the brevity of short poems, so I chose a Haiku.

Fitting

fitting and having 
a good fit are two wholly
different concepts

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Transcendental Imagery

I’ve been reading Kyle Vaughn’s Lightning Paths: 75 Poetry Writing Exercises, (available on Amazon, linked on title or here on NCTE), which inspired me to delve into another book study of poetry forms and responses. I’ll be making my way through the exercises and prompts between now and the end of the year.

Above: Lake Hamburg from Campsite 18 at Hamburg State Park, early morning of October 30, 2022 after vapors disappeared

Below: A pond near the Johnson Funny Farm where I see steam rising each morning

On Lake Hamburg

wisps of steam
vapors on Lake Hamburg
rising, swirling, reaching Heavenward
vanishing into the fall trees
on the edge of the shore
light, ethereal, angelic

is that you over there,
waving from the distant shore?

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