Day 13 NaPoWriMo

Laertes and Ophelia“Riddle”

My riddle written in pentameter,

five stressed and five unstressed will make it ten.

So Keats did love its use; parameters

as quick, emotive power to it bends.

Some English folk partake of this fine song.

Behooves The Bard to write about such trends:

To marriage of true minds his work belongs

and to his summer’s day expend your gloves.

If this fine mystery be error proved,

He never writ, and we were never loved.

In keeping with the mysterious quality of the number 13, today I challenge you to write a riddle poem. This poem should describe something without ever naming it. Perhaps each line could be a different metaphor for the same object? Maybe the title of the poem can be the “answer” to the riddle.

Fourteen Syllable Song

Kiki Kat 2 (2)

“On Falling in Love”

I wish to be entranced again, but strange, at eighty-one
such wonderful existence might not please my tiger cat.
There’s milk to pour, attentive rubs; his grooming in the sun.
I fear my new-found lover might mistake me for a rat.

My days now spent with choices made. There’s some things she’ll allow:
There’s combing and at least one trip to buy her condiments.
There’s money spent, my last red cent, for kitty’s new Meow.
My table might be meager while I keep her purr content.

That Trudy Fat Cat with her paws might cause a brief surprise
between us two who would be pals creates calamity.
For fur that flies before my eyes, romance is not advised.
And so I’ll say goodbye to my insane idolatry.

A fourteen liner can have any number of lines, but each line should have fourteen syllables. Traditionally, each line has seven iambic feet (i.e., an unstressed syllable followed by a stressed syllable, times seven), but non-iambic fourteeners also exist. The Fourteener was popular in 16th and 17th century English ballads.

Day 3, NaPoWriMo

A carnival

of bloody bulbs

blooms at market.


The filthy thief’s




Choose at least 5 of the words from the list & write a poem between 4 and 10 lines.  You can try to create a meter or rhyme, or even a Septolet. Words to choose from: bulb , market, cantankerous, filthy, less, perception, square, blooming, carnival, pilfer, remnant, blood. The Septolet is a poem consisting of seven lines containing fourteen words with a break in between the two parts. Both parts deal with the same thought and create a picture.


“Van Gogh’s ‘Starry Night'”



Stars swirl across the heavens

scream spinning out of sight!
So Van Gogh paints their glow;
starry, vivid, gleaming night.
Starstruck, I hear him sing to me.
Star-shines his soul throughout my years.
Silent mystic;  midst his tears.