Money – Just the Tool – NaPoWriMo 2015 – Day 8 (to Prompt)

To say that money
Measures wealth, floods life’s meaning,
Could be just naive

In truth, how a tool is used
Cannot be blamed on the tool.


Today’s prompt – “to write a palinode…a poem in which the poet retracts a statement made in an earlier poem.”

So, looking at yesterday’s Tanka – consider it retracted! 🙂

(okay, I realize this is not an ode (as in palin-ode) but liked the idea of using the same form for the retraction!). Hope you like it?


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Money – NaPoWriMo – Day 7

Oh to be wealthy
Value measured by money
Drowning life’s meaning

Suffused with more than your share
Power and hope in despair


Today’s prompt – money!

And to add some extra flavour, I have chosen to write a Tanka – not a form I have used before. Does it work?

(Updated the third line to a better flow I think! – thanks to Elizabeth at : 1sojournal)


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Darkness To Dawn – NaPoWriMo 2015 – Day 6 (to prompt)

I reach for you in the slumbering dawn,
Feel empty sheets, now lost and forlorn,
Sigh as I turn to take up your space,
Recalling your touch, your eyes, your embrace.

I open my sight to this plain, barren place,
Wonder anew how our hearts hold their pace,
Stretched to the limit, beyond mere belief,
As you steal me blind, suck love like a thief.

One moment you’re with me, an overwhelming relief,
The next you are gone, I’m left shattered with grief.
As the sun sinks away and darkness pervades,
You rise up before me, in shadows and shades.

We spend every night with love’s chattels and trades,
Until dawn arises and mocks our charades,
You disappear like a wraith or a ghost,
Leaving me wondering a desolate coast.


The Prompt today is to write an Aucade – “These are morning poems, about dawn and daybreak. Many aubades take the form of lovers’ morning farewells,” – hope you like my effort! 🙂

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Life In A Universe – NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 2-Poem 2 (from prompt)

(Courtesy NASA)

(Courtesy NASA)

Constellations born from strife

Here we seek solace



The Universe
A chaotic, violent home
Of gas, matter, material
All bound together
Or torn apart
By magnetic energy
Far greater than
Human minds can

Fly with me into the Cosmos
Know we will never return
Understand chaos rules
Accept no comfort zone
Believe all will be well

Gamma rays, X-rays
Ultra-violet rays
More rays than our sun
Than our understanding
Than us

Disturbance rules
Now is but a blink
Time is counted in aeons
Movement in moments
Life in Eternity
Felt through the now


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Wise Choices – NaPoWriMo 2015 – Day 1

I guess it’s too late to live within music,
I know it’s too late to make it my life,
To sit and to dream as my fingers play on,
That time’s passed me by, now way long gone.

I guess it’s too late to live as a doctor,
Healing the sick, helping the lame,
The study’s too long, I’ll now never make it,
The choice that I made now glaringly naked.

I guess it’s too late for many viewed options,
Yet thinking of all that I’ve done on my way,
Brings a smile to my lips, a song to my heart,
And I know I chose wisely, right from the start.


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