PAD 2022 – Day 24

My poemy brain is busy with the final day of CV2’s 2-Day Poem Contest, so all I’ve managed here is a micro/senryu sort of thing for the 30/30 prompt “second thought.”

Second Thoughts

I should know by now

that there’s much benefit

in waiting for them


PAD 2017 – Day 7

Discovery is the theme of the Writer’s Digest prompt today. There’s a thick fog outside today, and one in my head too after a night of restless sleep, so not sure how coherent these mini efforts are, but maybe I can discover something bigger from them later.


treasure hunting

the robin

unearths the worm


garbage day

crows uncover



spin class


new muscles



the shadow

on the x-ray


Edmonton poet Ray Rasmussen is a master of haiku, senryu, haibun and haiga. If you love the Japanese forms as much as I do, I encourage you to explore his wonderful website.

Haiku Horizons Prompt – Search

This week’s Haiku Horizons word prompt is “search.” It’s been awhile since I played along, but the first day of spring (on the calendar anyway…still wintry out my window) seems like a good reason to plant some words.


first day of spring

magpie searches the snow

for a sign


her searchlight smile


from the red carpet



searching for answers

in moon shadows

PAD Challenge – Day 22

Happy Earth Day! The NaPoWriMo prompt today asked for poems to Mother Earth, and the Poetic Asides prompt suggested starting or titling poems with Star____.  I decided to do some micro mashing with these:

stark beauty
desert lily
full bloom


for attention
lost dog


star maps
catching dust
in his new condo


star anise
of the spice cupboard


a taste of heaven
in my smoothie


in the aspen


I liked the prompt suggested by This Is Not A Literary Journal to take 8-10 words from your favourite recipe, and mix it into a poem. Short on time today, so I will have to bookmark that for another day. However, I did decide to see what came up when I searched other “recipe” poems, which led me to this celebratory poem called “A Recipe For Whisky” by Scottish poet Ron Butlin.

PAD Challenge – Day 13

Today’s Poetic Asides prompt calls for a Last _____ poem. I went the micro route today, with these three:


Last piece of pie —

a year ago I would’ve

left it for you.


Last time

I got butterflies.

Today, only heartburn.


Last spring

I still remembered

the sound of her laugh.


This is Not A Literary Journal suggests playing with repetition in a list poem, and the NaPoWriMo challenge is a fun one that I plan to try on a day when I have a little more time: write a poem inspired by fortune cookies. It reminded me of humorous Lines For The Fortune Cookies by Frank O’Hara.