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Purple Rain

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He painted the rain purple
and let us laugh and bath in it.

RIP, Prince.

 

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 22, 2016 at 10:21 am

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Fairy tale

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Day 21, and I am inspired by the NaPoWriMo prompt: Write a poem in the voice of a minor character from a fairy tale or myth.

 
fairy tale

no matter how many times you kiss them, frogs are just frogs,
or so she used to think once upon a time,
the former frog legs seller who went frog hunting
and found herself standing with an one-legged prince in her hand

 
(c) Zol H, 2016

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 21, 2016 at 9:53 pm

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Rendezvous

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Day 16. Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to fill out an “Almanac Questionnaire” with details about a specific place. 23 categories, ranging from weather and flora to an alley to the view from your window. I did not do it, but it gave me a big city feeling. And why not after dark…

 
RENDEZVOUS

After dark,
when the sleepless and the restless
are drawn to the back street joints,
I know he’ll be there

I put on a black hat
and ruby-red lipstick
and go to him

 
(c) Zol H, 2016

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 17, 2016 at 1:07 am

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Morning Twilight

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Day 15 at NaPoWriMo. Today’s theme: Doubles, because we are halfway through April and our poetry marathon. Doubles can be a poem written in couplets. It can be the theme of the poem, for example mirrors or twins, or it can be things that come in pairs. Night & day and light & dark are couples, so morning twilight it is. The early morning hours, when dreams mix with reality and you are neither asleep nor awake, is a fascinating time.

 
MORNING TWILIGHT

Time and timelessness,
shadows and substance,
          at the same time not

A foreboding eeriness that

seduces you,
captures you,
holds you

one instant and an eternity

somewhere between the
          light and half-light

before day breaks

 
(c) Zol H, 2016

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 15, 2016 at 6:27 pm

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It’s a long way to Tipperary

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Day 13 at NaPoWriMo: Write a poem inspired by fortune cookies. I wrote some thoughts that could be translated into a poem:

 
IT’S A LONG WAY TO TIPPERARY

When a fortune cookie informs you that it’s a long way to Tipperary, you might let out a Jeez. It’s not like you expect to find a clue to the next step hidden inside the cookie when you are desperately or secretly waiting for a new avenue to reveal itself, but Tipperary? Come on. Right? Giant steps, on the other hand, predict me giant steps that I will soon take, with Aha! moments of light bulb magnitude waiting around the corner.

Occasionally, a fortune cookie might remind you that one step forward is better than one step back, and notify you ever so kindly that you are headed the wrong way or the right way, the one to Tipperary. Which is a small town in Ireland, by the way. The long road to Tipperary is the road home. We like to hear that, and that is one reason why you will open a cookie next time as well. Just in case.

Or, you may just learn from the fortune cookie that definately is spelled definitely. Also good to know.

 
(c) Zol H, 2016

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 13, 2016 at 11:38 pm

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Had I

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Day 12. Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to write an index poem, inspired by the index of a book. The lines below are the first lines of poems listed at Public Domain Poetry.

 
HAD I

Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths
Had I the grace to win the grace
Had I an artist’s pencil, I might sketch
Had I God’s leave, how I would alter things!

Then did I live when I did see

 
Zol H, 2016

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 13, 2016 at 2:39 am

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Consider the Birds

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Day 11. NaPoWriMo! You really make us toil and spin. Today’s challenge is to “write a poem in which you closely describe an object or place, and then end with a much more abstract line that doesn’t seemingly have anything to do with that object or place, but which, of course, really does.” Example: James Wright’s fine Lying in a Hammock

 
CONSIDER THE BIRDS

They do not sow or reap,
or so the Gospels tell us
I wonder if the robin knows that
busy as she is building her nest in the apple tree outside,
layer by layer,
first roots and sticks,
then mud, which she stamps hard with her feet,
then soft grass
Carries it all in her beak,
back and forth, forth and back

Birds toil like hell, if you ask me

The plumber, on the other hand…
Maybe he misread the Scripture
and thinks it says:
Consider the plumbers, they toil not,
because he has not yet shown up
and the tap in my kitchen goes drip, drip, drip

I wonder what it is like to live in a tree.

 
(c) Zol H, 2016

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Written by Solveig Hansen

April 12, 2016 at 12:38 am

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