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#12-15 NaPoWriMo

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APRIL 15 — Here is my poem #15 for National Poetry Writing Month, this time not composed in response to a prompt on ReadWritePoem.
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April 15, 2010
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On this 98th anniversary of the sinking
of the Titanic, I think of those Polish leaders doomed
by heavy fog, of exploding and collapsing mines,
of floods and fires and spilling oil tankers,
meteor showers that some may call a portent,
earthquakes and after shocks and after shocks.
I think of the volcano spewing ash above icy waters,
diverting ships and jets. I think about the airplane
carrying a boy betrayed by his adoptive mother.
And of all survivors, how we are buried alive.
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APRIL 14 — Here is my poem #14 for National Poetry Writing Month, composed in response to a prompt on ReadWritePoemwrite a cleave poem.
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STAR GAZER
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……………what if…….there were 100 billion galaxies
…………....if only…….each galaxy had 100 billion stars
..maybe someday…….we see a new planet
………the hope is…….water flows on the surface
……….it could be…….something squirms in the eddies
.we have a dream…….we are there to watch it
……….yes we can…….hold it, feed it, grow it
………..have faith…….we will name it
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APRIL 13 — Here is my rough draft (too drafty to be a poem) #13 for National Poetry Writing Month, composed in response to a prompt on ReadWritePoem: start your poem with one line written by Norman Dubie. I modify the prompt and play off this line: “In triplicate, he’s sent an application, listing grievances, to the stars.”  This rough draft uses a triplicate rhyme scheme from stanza to stanza.
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IN TRIPLICATE
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In triplicate
he applies
to Mr. Star.
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He supplicates,
lies
about how hard
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he works and makes
the wise
choice, is far-
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sighted, never late,
a top prize
for any part
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he must take.
He tries
to win the man’s heart.
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In triplicate,
Mr. Star replies,
you’re not up to par.
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APRIL 12 — Here is my poem #12 for National Poetry Writing Month, composed in response to a prompt on ReadWritePoem: write about a code or signal.
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ANTHEM OF THE RABBIT HOLE
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the grey stone bunny in the garden’s bushes
looks just as real as the brown rabbit a few feet away
until the ice cream truck comes
cruising down this childless street, playing its odd ditty
which spooks away the one thing alive here
leaving only grown-ups with their let’s-pretend
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by Therese L. Broderick
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About ThereseLBroderick

Independent community poet living in Albany, New York USA.

10 responses »

  1. Remember the ding-a-ling man? What a silly name and oh how our bare feet burned in the tar!

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  2. This seems sharp and sad, Therese. I suppose we do try to create worlds we can control and which make us feel comfortable.

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  3. nice anthem therese…..thanks for sharing again

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  4. I like this. What if we could see the start. Beautiful.

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  5. I like all three of these. April 13th’s is a unique take off the prompt and I like the rhyme scheme. And today’s (the cleave) was well crafted and gorgeous. I love the last line in both halves of the poem especially.

    -Nicole

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  6. ‘In Triplicate’ is a clever cheat, Therese! I’m sure that ‘Star gazer’ will happen, someday.

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  7. Superb Therese!
    Pamela

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  8. The cleave poem is amazing, read different as two poems and the third one is sheer magic. Loved this.

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  9. “and after shocks and sfter shocks” brilliant touch. And “survivors / buried alive” so poignant, so true. Thanks, Therese. G =)

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  10. Stargazer is wonderful. I love the shape of it and it reads well all three ways.

    April 15 is devastating. The last line especially.

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