I’m Not a Poet, and Now I Know It

Oh well, I’m obviously not the poet I was back in the early 90’s! I’ve not even felt terribly guilty about my lack of poeting efforts. Sorry, the genre deserves more than the doggerel I can give to it these days.

On the other hand… NEW STORY: Tick Tock over in Quick Reads. Read it you want chills tonight.

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Handful of Haiku

I am mutable

sudden change without notice

I go with the flow


Emotional, me

Feeling deeply, wantonly

Giving of myself


Steadfastly holding

against the slings and arrows

keeping my counsel


Creature of logic

assessing all pros and cons

weighing the balance


Four points of compass

cannot define who I am

three-sixty neither.

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This is what I’m talking about. NaPoWriMo for the win!

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Calling all poets! April is National Poetry Writing Month — NaPoWriMo for short. Modeled after National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), NaPoWriMo is an annual project encouraging poets to write one poem each day in April.


We love discovering poetry in the Reader and are proud of the poets who call WordPress.com their online home, like Pushcart-nominated poet Kellie Elmore. If you’re an established or aspiring poet, or want to dabble in free verse, lyric essays, and more experimental prose, we encourage you to participate this month.

A poem a day

First time participating in a post-a-day project like this? We asked poet and publisher Maureen Thorson, the founder of this project, for advice:

Be open to the possibilities. The point isn’t to turn out a fully formed sonnet each day — although if anyone wants to try, I’m not going to discourage them! The point is to just…

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Catch Up

A double meaning. Yesterdays (this morning’s?) post was part of NaPoWriMo, a poem writing month where all participants post a poem a day. I haven’t written poetry in years (checking… checking… decades) but thought I’d give it a whack. I’ll probably end up with these in their own page at the end – April Songs? How’s that for a title on the fly? Because I’m on this side of the dateline it’s already the 3rd April and I’ve only posted the once. So now you’re all caught up, it’s time to catch up.


Years dead is long enough, before banging on the coffin lid

Breaking into shards and splinters of clean air

Breathe … and breathe … and breathe … calm

Draw the clean air down to the suicker-punched gut and breathe out

Draw energy, release, step up and out. Move on.

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The Grandfather clock chimes the hour, glissades clumsily into puctuated silence.

Tick tock

I am waiting for inspiration to chime, for the bells to ring, even if they also descend

Tick tock

The words come in rhythm, old as time, steady as heartbeats.

Tick Tock

And stop.

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Lateness and latitude

Another week’s rushed past and it was with horror (well, a twinge of guilt) that I realised it had been nine days since my last entry. I could blame a busy week again, or the weather. Better to just get on with things instead of making excuses. So, I’ve added A Family Gathering to the Waiwari page.

I’m also running late on a deadline for a new story, another Father Gerald (Trespass) story, which should show up here in a couple of weeks. I was bemoaning the passing of the deadline to a friend and she suggested moving the deadline because ‘late’ doesn’t mean ‘fail’, it just means ‘achieve at a different time’.

So, better achieve that new story. The sooner it’s written, the sooner I can get back to adding a new story here.

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Friday On My Mind

Well, that was a week it felt good to finish! I’m celebrating with the addition of the first ever Waiwari story being added to the Waiwari page. I’ve also added a very, very short story to the side of this page. It was in the last post, but I figured it’s worth keeping around until I write another. There will probably end up being another page to archive these. Enjoy.

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