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.