Pūst pīlītes

This one’s from a prompt from a couple days ago that I didn’t get around to finishing – the goal was to “engage with different languages and cultures through the lens of proverbs and idiomatic phrases.” I used the Latvian idiom, Pūst pīlītes, for mine. It translates literally to “to blow little ducks”, but means […]

Astoria, the Gnocchi

Today’s prompt was to “find a poem in a language that you don’t know, and perform a “homophonic translation” on it”, which is essentially translating the poem based on how it sounds. Decided to “translate” History of the night by Jorge Luis Borges, an Argentine writer whose work we read a lot of in high […]

Coupon Book

Today’s prompt was to write about a gift that someone had given to you. Wrote a tanka on a coupon book my little sister made me – I’m still waiting to redeem that free basketball game she owes me.   With empty pockets, Squiggle edged scissors, some yarn And teal card stock, she Crafted with […]

First Date on the Farm

Didn’t feel like writing on prompt today – wrote a pair of limericks instead.   In Glenwood there lived a farmer His mother raised him a charmer He landed a first date, But his goat loitered at the gate Oof, what a smooth knight in shining armor In Glenwood there lived a farm girl Her […]

The Saturday Shirt

Missed a couple days 😥 today’s prompt had to do with honoring the idea of Saturday so I wrote about this shirt my dad has worn every Saturday for years.   Every seven days it emerges From the depths of the closet Tried and true Rugged and worn Without fail The burnt rustic Eddie Bauer […]

Hippety Hop

Didn’t totally stay on prompt today – it was to “write a poem inspired by your favorite kind of music”. Went with a reverse cinquain since I wrote a cinquain yesterday.   Beat drop – Rhyme is the game, clever verses, Plus exclusive mixes Can bring you fame Full stop.

Ghosts of Poets Past

Today’s prompt was to write about “poems/poets/people that you strive to be like, or even poems, poets, and people that you strive not to be like”. I was looking for a style I hadn’t written before and went with the American Cinquain.   From Poe’s Dark, grim ballads To Maya Angelou’s Lyrical marvels, past poets […]

Diary of a Programmer

Today’s prompt encouraged writing a “non-apology” for something we’ve stolen. I wouldn’t say stealing code was common in my computer science program at school, but it definitely happened from time to time. Anyway, I wrote a Python script for my non-apology on behalf of CS students everywhere…I tried to write it so it would read […]

A Painter’s Final Feud

I have spent a whole lifetime mastering my craft Medici, why pit me against this amateur dolt? My studio is filled with fastidious drafts I have spent a whole lifetime mastering my craft To compare me to Piombo is really quite daft For each of his strokes stem from haphazard jolts I have spent a […]

Jasmine Bees

Back on track! Today’s prompt was to “write a poem in which one or more flowers take on specific meanings”. I decided to write about jasmine flowers, which are defined as amiable in this  glossary of flower meanings.   Following countless nights of rainfall, the dainty ivory blossoms come to life They meet their first […]