Poetry

PAD Challenge: Poem No. 4 “Bee in Camera”

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Today’s prompt for Poetic Asides poem-a-day challenge is “to pick an animal; make that animal the title of your poem; then, write a poem.” I had just admired a photo of a bee taken by a fellow Flickrite using a macro lens I’ve been coveting for years and that came to mind when thinking up the poem for today.

“Bee in Camera”

Bee
Caught
In mid-flight
In mid-hover
Back legs flying
Forward into
Front legs
Ebony tail
Down
Small head
Aimed straight ahead
Obsidian eyes
Drowning the light, soaking in daisy
Frozen in time
Frozen in flight
By a brave photographer close by
Butt back
Camera straight ahead
His glorious Micro-Nikkor lens
Opening to the sight
Of the bee intent on his flower.

Poetry

PAD Challenge: Poem No. 1 “Life”

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Writer’s Digest Poetic Asides blogger Robert Lee Brewer is launching for the second time a poem-a-day challenge for the month of April. Now I don’t consider myself a poet, but I thought this might be fun to do and fun to see if I could last the whole month.

Basically, every day, he posts a prompt, his poem, and then challenges his readers to write a poem based on the prompt. Participants then post their poem as a comment to his blog post. I was going to simply link to my poems in his posts, but the comments aren’t linkable! So I shall blog them here as I write them. The best part of this challenge that I like is that participants keep copyright to their poems. Unlike almost every entity on the planet, Writer’s Digest and Poetic Asides do not believe they’re entitled to our copyright just cause we’re rising to their challenge or posting on their website. Nice!

So sans further ado, here’s Poem No. 1 to the prompt “origin.”

“Life”

Sperm
Ovum
Collide
Merge
Divide.

Divide
And Divide
And Divide.

And then in coalescence, grow

Into a mammal,
An animal
Of the warm blooded persuasion,
Which embraces
Humans

Too.