Alarm Clock

NaPoWriMo Day 27: This is inspired by a prompt posted on Twitter by @FieryVerse. The prompt is “stirring.”

tweeting bird cartoon

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NaPoWriMo Day 23: Today I took inspiration from NaHaiWriMo, where the prompt is “serpentine.” It reminded me of the winding road to Seal Point at Point Reyes National Seashore in northern California. It’s a lovely drive…if you’re not the driver. Making your way through mountainous terrain in deep fog takes patience and skill; I have little of either.

cliffs and sea lions
white knuckles
on a foggy drive


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Earth Day

NaPoWriMo Day 22: We are challenged to write something about Earth Day today.

bumblebee tom tolkien copy

Photo Credit: Tom Tolkien Creative Commons CC by 4.0

This is the same subject I wrote about last Earth Day. For more information about the dwindling population of pollinators such as butterflies and bees, check out the articles listed below. The last one is interesting in that it describes the necessity to hand pollinate fruit trees in China, but also provides a bit of good news about bee populations in the U.S.

Wikipedia – Colony Collapse Disorder

Wired – Wild Bee and Butterfly Declines

Wired – It’s Hard Work Being a Bee

If you like the photo above, you might want to visit Tom Tolkien’s photostream  and blog.


Day 18 of National Poetry Month: This is in response to a haiku prompt from NaHaiWriMo for April 18th. The prompt is “fire.”

after the fire

boarded-up windows

echoes of children

My neighbors had a fire awhile back, and it took over a year to rebuild the interior of the damaged brick house. The windows were boarded all that time. Apparently, this was a “come hither” signal to thieves, who removed copper pipes and caused more water damage to the refinished basement.  After all this time it’s nice, finally, to hear the giggles and shouts of children again. 


It’s day eight of National Poetry Month. Today, I’m switching things up and selecting a prompt from the Facebook page of NaHaiWriMo, an international haiku-writing community. The theme of the day is “abandoned.”

mourning dove flies south
for her vacation
her mate left to guard the nest

I’ve written about mourning doves in this blog before. As far as I can tell, the male mourning dove has all of the traits I would want in a mate. He courts with vigor, is monogamous, brave, strong, willing to share domestic duties and–this is very important to me–sings often to his mate.

Twelve Months

Today’s NaPoWriMo prompt is inspired by T.S. Eliot’s words from Wasteland: “April is the cruelest month.” We are asked to write about the month we hate the most!

But as I go through the months, particularly as they transpired in my life last year, I find that the most challenging months also have some endearing qualities. Not being able to pick a least favorite, or even a most favorite, I decided to write about all of them.


creamy white snow smothers
my colorful Christmas comforts

savoring winter solitude
but am I anyone’s Valentine?

spring begins amidst the snow
but it’s hard to tell

nature’s nascent growth
means wicked allergies

school ends and children play
with raucous abandon

Summer Solstice
declares victory

such irony, dammit
homebound on Independence Day

the happiest, sunniest month
spews the most miserable allergies

family birthdays
time to be thankful

precious great-niece arrives
God’s most amazing gift

friends remind me
I am not alone

God blessed us with a Savior
time to celebrate His love

Nightingale – NaPoWriMo Continues

This is in response to the Twitter poetry challenge #haikuwordgame. The prompts are “patience” and “dusk.” I am behind a day for National Poetry Writing Month, so I wrote two haiku 🙂

I hope you enjoy the musical “extra” below the poetry!

Wikimedia - Public Domain

Wikimedia – Public Domain

patience turns to sadness
nightingale sings for his love
in the grim dusk
at dusk he puffs his chest
he sings of his prowess
impatient for love