CINDERELLA HERE… – A persona poem by Jean Kay

For day 14 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “I challenge you to write a persona poem — that is, a poem in the voice of a particular person who isn’t you. But I’d like you to choose a very particular kind of person. How about a poem in the voice of a superhero (or a supervillain)?”  Here is mine.

CINDERELLA HERE…

 

I’ll do your chores as best I can,

but I believe God has a better plan.

He doesn’t want a good girl like me

to feel so trapped, I’m meant to be free.

Free to live a happier life

and maybe, one day, to become a wife.

My stepmother’s treatment is so unfair,

but I do a she asks and stay out of her hair.

My stepsisters are mean and condescending,

their hateful looks and words are never-ending.

I love time alone, when they’re all out,

I sit by the fire and dream about

how different my life will soon be

when somehow, someway I will break free.

I’ll keep wishing, hoping and praying,

for I know God can hear what I am saying.

He performs miracles and because I believe,

happiness, and a better life I will achieve.

I’ll be patient and work hard til the day

when my earned rewards will come my way.

 

Jean Kay

April 14, 2013

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BRISK WALK – A poem by Jean Kay

For day 13 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “Your prompt for today is simply to take a walk. Make notes — mental or otherwise — on what you see on your walk, and incorporate these notes into your poem.” Here is the poem I wrote this morning.

BRISK WALK

An avenue of hot pink magnolia

is awe inspiring to me,

huge, magnificent flowers

blooming on every tree.

A flock of about fifty Pine Siskins

in treetops chattering away.

I love watching them at our feeder

and wonder if they’re here to stay.

Daffodils are still standing tall

for another week or two,

they’ll die off then so summer plants

can have their season too.

Rose bushes are now in full leaf,

no sign of buds forming yet.

They know it’s not their time to bloom.

I hope my planters don’t get too wet.

Freshly mowed, bright green lawns

have been lapping up spring rain,

they give off a pleasing fragrance

and will need to be cut soon again.

A completely grey sky this morning,

high cloud cover, chill in the air.

I know my warm home awaits me

as my brisk walk takes me back there.

Jean Kay

April 13, 2013

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DAREN’T SAY IT – poem by Jean Kay

Day 12 of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month) the prompt: “I challenge you to “write a poem consisting entirely of things you’d like to say, but never would, to a parent, lover, sibling, child, teacher, roommate, best friend, mayor, president, corporate CEO, etc.” Honesty is the best policy, after all, so get it off your chest!”  So at the risk of being blacklisted forever, here goes…

DAREN’T SAY IT…

I’d like to say to a border guard:

“You have way too much power.”

“It’s okay to smile now and then,

you don’t need to look so sour.”

“Your attitude is despicable

you treat me like I am scum.”

“Is this how your country officials

want visitors to be welcomed?”
“I know you play an important role

in keeping enemies at bay,

but is it really necessary

to spoil so many people’s day?”
I have lots of friends in your country

who I’m always pleased to see,

but the thought of crossing the border

isn’t a pleasant one for me.
Jean Kay

April 12, 2013

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TANKA CHALLENGE – A tanka poem by Jean Kay

For day 11 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “I challenge you to write a tanka. This, like the “American” cinquain, is a poem based on syllables, with the pattern being 5-7-5-7-7.”  Here is mine.

TANKA CHALLENGE

 

My challenge today

is to create a tanka:

verses with five lines.

Who dreams up these sequences

interfering with my flow?

 

What words of wisdom

can I portray in this way

counting out each line?

A conflict grows within me –

both sides of my brain in gear.

 

One side at a time

is much easier on me –

being creative,

not facing the challenges

of counting in my left brain.

 

Jean Kay

April 11, 2013

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FOOD CHAIN BLUES – An un-love poem by Jean Kay

For day 10 of National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo) “Many of us have read and even written love poems. But have you written an un-love poem?”  Here is mine.

FOOD CHAIN BLUES

Lots of birds at our feeder

I enjoy watching them all,

except for a very noisy bird-

I wish crows didn’t come to call.

 

I know they need to feed their young

but not with birds I’m feeding.

I rescued a Pine Siskin from a crow,

thank goodness it wasn’t bleeding.

 

When I scare the crows away,

It scares all other birds too,

but the little ones soon come back

we’re part of the rounds they do.

 

I’m also a cat-loving person

except for a neighbor’s big grey

who stalks birds as they’re eating,

so I have to shoo him away.

 

I know there is a food chain

as I, myself, eat meat,

but I’m still protective of little birds

who choose to live on my street.

 

Jean Kay

April 10, 2013

 

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