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Hurtling earthward,
with a snowball
and a weatherproof
Would an earthworm,
in a snakeskin
at a sideshow
be moonstruck?

Are we caretakers
of the wastelands,
with the newsroom’s
Or just tapeworms
on a moonbeam
in the cavemen’s

When a newsreel
causes uproar,
it will bankroll
the upstart!
Just be careful
of the snowball,
and the weatherproof

I have absolutely no idea where this came from or what it means… I was prompt hunting and stumbled upon Imaginary Garden with Real ToadsGet Listed – the compound word edition, which in turn linked me to this set of lists. The challenge was to use at least three compound words in a poem… At first I could not string two words together (hahaha! Compound words… Get it???), but suddenly I got some sort of rhythm in my brain going, and started throwing words together. This is, with a part jibber-jabber and some seriousness, the result. It will also be my entry to the NaPoWriMo 2016 Gods of Day Six.


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Pink Desert by Piotr Sidelecki (public domain)

Life is the longest journey
and I am gonna’ live forever.
I will taste the sunshine,
smell the wind,
hear colours bright
and in the end
I will touch eternity.

The sunshine will taste
like sweet summer’s wine,
the wind will smell
of rain
the colours will sparkle
as I listen
and eternity will feel smooth
to my gentle touch.

I went to Rome once,
with Rebecca,
and the lesson I learned
was that we are all
mere mortals.
And we dipped our feet
in the Trevi Fountain
and vowed to come back
to the eternal city,
at least once more
before forever was gone.

Life’s a long, hard road,
through the boonies!
Where desert heat
will make water fall,
and the wise man I met
along the way
said: In s’allah, manana, manana…
I learned and while I waited
for the red sun of wisdom to set,
The only thing
that made any sense
was the purest form
of pure madness.
Then, with wisdom’s newly earned wings,
I flew high towards the sun
and the birds all chirped,
in a choir of blood:
‘be fearful of CC,
be careful of her hunt’.

But if I live forever,
should I not stay on the ground?
Stand firm like the apple trees,
firm like the willow reeds?
Yes, I am gonna’ live forever,
forever until I die!
Ich werde für immer leben!
That was what the wise man said.
So as the dream-catcher
sings a sweet lullaby
I curl up and down and I sleep
like sunshine tastes.

Yes, I’m aware this reads like some kind of psychedelic LSD trip, but in a weird way it also makes sense (at least to me). Today’s prompt for Day 29 of NaPoWriMo 2014 (ONLY ONE DAY LEFT!!!) was to write a poem using a technique called ‘Twenty Little Poetry Projects” and I almost gave up then and there. The point of the exercise is to use each and every one of the twenty instructions below in one and the same poem. If I’ve missed any (I don’t think I have) I will blame it fully on English not being my mother tongue, just so you know! Anyway, I persevered, I tried and I hope you enjoyed!


1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).
11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”
12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.
13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”
14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.
16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.
19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).
20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.

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