Moon Feathers


On April 13, 2018
Hello, all. Today is the thirteenth day of Na/GloPoWriMo, and it’s just as lucky as every day in which poetry gets written!

And now for our prompt (optional, as always!), drawn from a suggestion provided in Brendan Lorber’s interview. Today, we challenge you to write a poem in which the words or meaning of a familiar phrase get up-ended. For example, if you chose the phrase “A stitch in time saves nine,” you might reverse that into something like: “a broken thread; I’m late, so many lost.” Or “It’s raining cats and dogs” might prompt the phrase “Snakes and lizards evaporate into the sky.” Those are both rather haunting, strange images, and exploring them could provide you with an equally haunting, strange poem (or a funny one!)
Happy writing!

“To Feather A Nest”

Moon Feathers

moon wanders cosmic fairway lapis lazuli
shadow shows never last
Orion’s belt waits for your taking
star-clad company giant butterfly blue morpho
volatile jungle gem needs no nest scintillates
word royal sheen travels deserts moonscapes
holds child’s hand
knows tropical island heron feather turns into pen
drunk on silence galaxies undulating horse manes tears

mainstream amethyst rock you
never believed me I saw crystal construct
linear constant no silver blossoms no moon
Rosetta stone slivers yours mine melt in warm hand
tower of ivory Babel long blond braid
demands rescue secret’s name
bowsprit helm new course where

wild bees counted on you built nest
on your terrace one more misunderstanding
rebels burrowed dark ridges
let’s honor honey-bees’ hive
love savors the sun
trickles through maple leaves tubers roots
kneads bakes marzipan life’s easy
tears’ amber glow holds minute down
new moon rises beyond hedgerow phantasy
loose leaves pages feathers your fingertips

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s