05 April 2019

Don't Give Yourself Away

Don't give yourself away
To the mother of all machines
And the automatic earth.

On a planet of play things
Don't leave the things that are real behind.
On the automatic earth.

Surrender,
But don't give yourself away
To the automatic earth.


Day 5. Based on a NaPoWriMo prompt to mash up other works into a vilanelle. I did not quite get the vilannele. But all the lines are directquotes are near adaptations from:
1. Surrender by Cheap Trick
2. The Body Electric by Rush
3. The Boy in the Bubble by Paul Simon
4. Toys in the Attic by Aerosmith. 

04 April 2019

Broken Promise

It's easy to make a child
Believe a promise, especially
If you believe it all the while.
Do your very best. It will all work out
At the end of the day.
Isn't that what a good teacher
Or parent is supposed to say?
Enough persistent optimism
And then they believe it too,
That raw-knuckled work and sweat
Will make the dream come true.
Though you believed it more
It still feels like you lied
When that child failes, even though she tried.


Day 4. A sad, sonnet-like poem based on a NaPoWriMo.net prompt. A sad poem with simple language. 

03 April 2019

Red Giant

I've been a lonely earth,
Since the oceans evaporated.
Since the rivers boiled into space.

The last men left me a billion years ago,
Aimed their rockets upward
To younger, yellower stars.

My sun is weary, but hungry.
Eager for one last meal
Before he shakes himself away.

He's taken the grass and the seas,
The glacier-fed lakes.
Unfroze the tundras.

The fish and the cows,
Carbonized into fossil record,
Are part of my bones.

Red and swollen,
He inches closer
A thousand miles at a time.

If only I could escape my orbit,
I would try again.
Another star might love me more.


Day 3 of NaPoWriMo is inspired by a prompt at NaPoWriMo.net to write a poem that unfolds over some time. I envision this poem spanning a billion years or so. 

NASA Goddard Space Flight Center -
ESO/L. Cal├žada via flickr