Hay Burner (NaPoWriMo Day 18)

Hay Burner by Donna M. Monnig

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write  a ruba’i which is basically a Persian form that is a four line stanza with the rhyme scheme AABA.

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Feel the Storm (NaPoWriMo Day 17)

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Feel the Storm
By, Donna M. Monnig
 
Thunder shakes the earthen floor,
I hear the wind’s lonesome roar.
I feel the rain upon my skin,
I see the lightning flash again.
I smell the storm in the air -
Beautiful, yet full of terror.
I taste the rain upon my lips,
I watch the water as it drips.
The summer air still feels warm,
As I calmly watch the storm.
 
©Donna M. Monnig
 

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a poem using at least three of the five senses. I didn’t follow the prompt exactly, but it’s close.

 
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A Most Truthful Poem (NaPoWriMo Day 16)

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Picture ©Donna M. Monnig

A Most Truthful Poem
By Donna M. Monnig
 
There’s gold at the end of the rainbow,
The giant leprechaun told me so.
He said the Easter Bunny put it there -
Had to hide it from the clown at the fair -
The clown was a cop; not many know.
The gold was stolen by a sneaky hobo!
The Easter Bunny wanted the golden egg,
But the goose refused even though he begged.
Mother Goose hired the clown to protect the gold,
And in this poem not one lie has been told.
 
©Donna M. Monnig

Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge was to write a ten line poem in which every line was a lie.

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A Dragon’s Disdain (NaPoWriMo Day 15)

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A Dragon’s Disdain
By Donna M. Monnig
 
The dragon looked on with disdain
On his face he wore a massive scowl;
How could they expect him to remain,
 
To fight and travel with company so fowl?
The very thought of this alliance
Made the dragon want to growl!
 
It was with the most reluctant compliance
That he’d agreed to this at all,
Every moment he showed his defiance -
 
Half hoping the humans would all fall.
For, human was just a word for hindrance,
Calling themselves warriors took some gall!
 
Nothing so small could have endurance,
Of that, the dragon was most sure,
But short lived was his assurance -
 
For humans would outlast his mighty roar.
 
©Donna M. Monnig
 

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt was to write a poem in terza rima. The form was invented by Dante and he used it in his work The Devine Comedy. There is no particular length or meter necessary, just the rhyme scheme ABA, BCB, CDC, DED, EFE, etcetera.

My medieval/fantasy side has been vying for attention lately, so I gave in and included dragons and such.

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Luny Questions (NaPoWriMo Day 14)

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Luny Questions
By Donna M. Monnig
 
When is the next eclipse?
Why do we travel in an ellipse?
How big is the northern star?
Do you ever wonder where we are?
How old is the moon?
Will we be there soon?
Do Earth and Luna ever fight?
The eclipse happens tonight.
 
©Donna M. Monnig

Today’s NaPoWriMo challenge was to write a poem in the style of 20 questions: every line being a question except the last line. Seeing as the lunar eclipse is supposed to happen tonight, I decided to let that be my inspiration.

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My Un-Life (NaPoWriMo Day 13)

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My Un-Life
By Donna M. Monnig
 
I look out upon the whale road
imagining it’s floor below,
A graveyard of wooden whales,
hidden beneath the sky candle’s glow.
 
In my hands I hold paper memory,
it will outlast my house of bones,
Un-dead am I for now in this candle mark,
but soon, it will be to the house of stones.
 
The candle marks are all too few
that we have to be un-dead,
I wonder if, when I’m un-live,
anyone will remember anything I’ve said?
 
©Donna M. Monnig
 

I wrote this for Day 13 of NaPoWriMo, but like the last one, I was having computer difficulties and was unable to get it posted. Today’s prompt was to write a poem using kenning which was used in Nordic sagas. An example of a kenning is saying the ‘whale road’ instead of the ‘sea’, or the ‘house of bones’ instead of a ‘body’. I have always enjoyed reading and writing kennings, it’s a lot of fun seeing how you can describe something using completely different descriptions but yet makes logical sense.

 

 

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Compassion – Lightning’s Replacement (NaPoWriMo Day 12)

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Compassion – Lightning’s Replacement
By Donna M. Monnig
 
Compassion is a massive electrostatic
discharge. On Earth, the compassion
frequency is approximately
40-50 times per second.
Compassion primarily occurs when
warm air is mixed with colder air
masses. The science of
compassion is called
fulminology. The fear of compassion
is called astrophobia. Compassion is
not distributed evenly
around the planet.
 
©Donna M. Monnig

I wrote this on Day 12 of NaPoWriMo for the replacement poem challenge, unfortunately I’ve been having computer problems and was unable to post it until now.  The challenge was to write a poem by taking a noun for a physical thing, google the noun to find some sentences using it, then replace the tangible noun with an intangible noun. I replaced the word lightning with the word compassion.

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