Thursday, April 3, 2014

National Poetry Month, Day 3: Make or break edition

Quit writing bad poetry. STOP.  Find a new hobby. STOP.
Or broken.

Today's poetry challenge from Writer's Digest Poem a Day:
For today’s prompt, write a message poem. Messages can be delivered in a variety of ways: postcard, e-mail, text message, letter in a bottle, smoke signals, secret codes, jumbotron proposals, etc. Also, messages themselves can be simple, complicated, nice, mean, happy, sad, and so on.
The poem that wouldn't die ... despite its name.

Death by Poetry

These aren't the words you wanted
when you asked that day, 
write something for me --
your warm words and low voice
cool eyes, duple heart, and
veiled, arrogant want.

Who was the enigma, then? 
Because there’s a word you
threw around, a thin, contumelious
compliment of manipulative design,
exposed by erosion, love’s labor lost --
Who were we kidding? Love. Lost.

These aren't the words you wanted,
my long-gone target, just
the hyperbolic bullets you deserve.

Let blood run through the leading,
and drip from every enjambment.
Bleed out, you gut-shot memory.

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