2017 Poem a Day Challenge #11

_Kirk_ Poetry, Writing 0 Comments

April is National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge is to write a poem every day of the month. I’m using prompts from the Writer’s Digest Poetic Asides blog.


Write a sonnet.


I stole some lines from better poets, and even still it’s no good

Driving through the diabolic steel jaws

of downtown and all my little traumas

their snapping, flashing fangs and raking claws

race across my memories like bloodied commas

making pauses too long to remember

any of the clever words that came before them

and the traffic stalks slowly, like the end of December,

cars kneel rubber-kneed as the asphalt adores them

while everyone rushes to the city to be alone,

to find themselves blinking brightly out of phase

with the crowds of street light neon fashion clones

and the combustion rhythm that an engine plays

There are no good stories here, no matter where you look.

We are just the crumpled pages, cut from the best-selling book.

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