Wednesday, April 8, 2020


NapoWriPo PROMPT: Peruse the work of one or more of these twitter bots, and use a line or two, or a phrase or even a word that stands out to you, as the seed for your own poem.

Crazy Man Dies

I met a traveler dressed in camo green. 
His two vast legs had pockets down each side. 
His rifle was a cold killing machine. 
His sneering face had greenish paint applied. 

I asked him why he wore the combat gear.
“I’m hunting fuzzy wabbits in the wood,
Or maybe just a porcupine or deer..
But right now a loo would do me good.” 

I said, “You think out here you’ll find a loo?

Ask any bear around and he will say;
‘Right on the ground is where you leave your poo.
It greens the grass as soon as it decays.' " 

He wrinkled up his lip just like a king.

“If I did that may lightning strike me dead.”
A cloud let loose and struck him with a zing.
Nothing beside remains but melted lead.

Tuesday, April 7, 2020


NapoWriPo PROMPT: Today our prompt is an oldie-but-goodie: a poem based on a news article. 

Two Thousand Ducks 

At a fancy South Africa winery estate 
They’ve hired a force of two thousand ducks. 
Do they sample wine with discerning tongues? 
Do they know Sauvignons from Merlo deluxe? 

No, they join in a daily duck parade 
And march all the way to the vineyard fields. 
There they gobble up bugs and snails and pests 
To protect vine growth and improve the yield. 

They’re allowed to poop as much as they like. 
The soil is improved by the poultry muck. 
So if your Chardonnay has a hint of dung, 
Don’t turn up your nose, just blame the ducks.

Monday, April 6, 2020


NapoWriPo PROMPT: Write a poem from the point of view of one person/animal/thing from Hieronymous Bosch’s famous (and famously bizarre) triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights.


Here is Charon. With his oar 
He rows across the River Styx. 
Ferrying dead from life to death, 
When we will meet we can’t predict. 

M's are written on our palms. 
They signify “Memento Mori.” 
To remind each living soul 
“Don't forget we all must die.” 

But also note the giant key. 
What’s ours to have is ours to give. 
Enjoy the Now.  Love and Share.
“Memento Vivere.” Remember—Live.