Aleatoric Verse

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Oct 31st (Don’t include any word with a single “A” in it, but do include at least one word with two “A”s in it.)


Aleatoric Verse

here to
with verse.
Words haphazard
or chosen
to upend
from the edge of what is known
yet to be discovered
or believed
we roll the dice
to grow.

Listening to be Heard

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Day 27 (Use an inspiration tool -Start with a title)


Listening to be Heard

A path to a new day.

Shake yesterday from last night’s dreams
a blue yoga mat unfurled
across the orange hue of the wooden floor
the dvd begins

while instructed to breath
deep slow breaths
stretch the body open
lengthen the mind to focus
push chatter into silence.

Stillness waits to be heard

ancient thoughts
for attention
pay the ransom
stimulate points
Emotional Freedom Technique.
The spirit wiggles free of constraints

Silence now a whisper

center, be still, let go
meditation —
ambition’s microphone
listening to be heard
now the path is clear.
Start the day hearing
your needs.

Push & Pull

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Day 26 (paragraph form and then change it into a free verse poem)


Push & Pull

The a push to be
the woman you wanted of me
was the tide pulling me away.
I prayed under a white moon
now I dance in its light.
Our pacifiers have changed.
Young tears on a flower pillow case
became buckets of teenage angst.
Now tears come
more from happiness
than pain. Our faith
remains strong
but the more you cling
to yours the harder I run.
The solace you seek, is not mine.
The apocalypse you push
to the shore
is not the knowledge I pull
from the sand
while combing for trinkets
and signs of compassion.
Light looks different from both sides
as we pacify our selves.


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Day 25 (Write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.)


it melts from dark brown
transferred from your lips to mine
sharing tears so bittersweet

Religion Is Politics

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Day 24 (Include a verb in every line of your poem.)

(Inspired by the Kansas City Repertory’s production of The Who & The What)


Religion is Politics

Go ahead pretend
it is not true.
A great but human life twisted
to mold a fable
a thin veil dropped
to arouse
or even extinguish passion
now disguises oppression.
Go ahead believe
this has nothing
to do with you.
Despite it all
the truth lies
hidden in our sacred texts.

Just Be Yourself

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Day 23 (Write a poem that discusses a real moment in your life without discussing its larger meaning or attempting to lead the reader to a conclusion.)


Just Be Yourself

I was given
a list of things to avoid
— kiss boys too soon
— swing too high
— judge too quickly

I was given
a list of behaviors to adopt
— obey
— be respectable
— show compassion

I was given
a list of titles to achieve
— Wife
— Mother
— Secretary

I was given
many gifts to live by
— discipline
— shelter
— love

Permission to be myself
that came later.