Twin Flames

In one place
and one time

two men meet
on the street

each bearing
a flame.

Aye, said one,

Nay, said one,

each staking
his claim.

Flames entwined,
killing ensued

fueled by
ancient stories.

Inspiration: Letting Stories Breathe: A Socio-Narratology
by Arthur W. Frank

Image credit: Map of Ireland – Source

The Waiting Room

She waits her turn
flipping through
Glamour Magazine

Glancing up at
the clock above
the fake plant

She notes that
only five minutes
have passed

Hearing laughter
coming from
the TV

She tosses the
magazine on
the floor

And pulls her
chair closer

That the
funny ones
coax a smile

minutes pass

She stares
at the screen

No longer
caring about
her car

Prompt: Take a favorite line or image from an earlier poem
this month and re-work it into a new poem.

(See Tressa)

Photo:  Ali Brohi

The Problematic Proem

Good evening, Ladies and Gentlemen.
This illustrious man
needs no introduction
as you no doubt know
of his amazing work
around the globe
including these United States,
Canada, all of Europe and China,
India, South America, Australia
Fiji and even Timbuktu, ha ha
And of course there’s
no need to mention
all of the wonderful cities, venues
and stages that have been graced
by his presence
such as where we are all gathered now
as well as The Royal Opera House and
Teatro la Fenice, and let us not
forget the wonderful Sydney Opera House
in the land way down under, ha ha
Indeed it goes without saying
that this award-winning musical giant
with who knows how many Grammy Awards
in several categories including
Rock, Rap, Reggae and
the now-defunt Polka, ha ha just kidding
Without further ado
let me present to you this talented
and illustrious man
we are so blessed and honored
to have here on this very stage
where others like him have performed
such magical and magnificent music
that touches heart and soul
so very deeply and profoundly
that it’s hard to fathom
such depths
But if you listen with open ears
and hearts you’ll hear what
he’s actually saying
which is way beyond what
words can express.
Please welcome and give a
hearty applause for…

Is anybody out there?

Prompt: A problem poem; could be about a problem
the narrator is suffering through,
someone else’s problem, a math problem

Photo by quinn.anya


Two birds fly
side by side
through a
beam of sunlight

The serene face
of the moon
a silhouette
against the night

A glistening stream
races past
moss-covered rock

Daring cubs
challenge the
tenacity of a hawk

Prompt: About an animal or
just reference an animal