2016 Poem a Day Challenge #13

April is National Poetry Writing Month! The challenge is to write a poem every day of the month. I’m using prompts from Writer’s Digest, NaPoWriMo and Kelli Russell Agodon’s list. Occasionally, I may use my own prompt ideas as well.

Today’s Prompt:

Write about life in the moment.

Vacation, Day 2

I made toast in a frying pan
for breakfast, and the water surged outside
clamoring, breathless for the shore
as the emerald peaks folded into foaming chaos,
the lungs of the ocean heaving in desperate campaign
to take the beach.
The war of tides bellowed, our soundtrack to peace
and kicking the addiction to the everyday,
as I read aloud from Patti Smith, of she
and Robert in the sea of New York, treading water,
making, being made by art and artlessness, just kids.
You colored in a patterned cat’s face with green and blue,
named her Verdé and cried when I came
to the part where she left behind her photos from Paris,
perhaps mourning that we could never travel so lightly
even if we tried.


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