Sunday, April 17, 2011

NaPoWriMo, Day 16

I ended up with only two today, and they're relatively short. The first is from a prompt of 'write a snapshot poem'. The second is a tanka, another form I've never tried before. Tanka is generally in the haiku family, but has 31 syllables and five lines that are 5-7-5-7-7.

A Saturday

The dog's asleep on the sofa
finding comfort in lazing while
rain covers the painted gray
stoop and driveway, flooding the
corners and soaking the yellowed lawn.

A finished grocery list is followed
by her complaint of another wasted day -
boredom and staring at screens.

The smell of freshly baked cornbread
wafts through the upstairs while
finches hush their voices in the basement.

The quiet is molested by the sound
of a cellphone, a kitchen timer.

Both of us are dressed in gray,
draped in ambivalence and uncertainty.


Fists of rain drench his
slouched shadow, this sobering
clarity costs a
toll that distance will collect.
The footsteps home become miles.

1 comment:

  1. I like both of the poems ... there's so much poignancy in your work. I'll have to try the "write a snapshot poem" prompt.