Coming Soon! National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is just around the corner, with lots of yummy, creative stuff beginning Saturday, April 1. Celebrate with me? I’m challenging myself to write a poem a day for the month of April. Here are 30 other ideas you can try! Share you efforts here, in the comments field below or on our Facebook page here.

30 Ways to Celebrate National Poetry Month

The Time Has Come…to Celebrate 7 Years!

the time has come, the Walrus said,
(Time Peace, May 2010)

to talk of many things
(Everyone Has a Story, October 2016)

Of shoes
(Lady Poet, March 2015)

and ships
(Uncharted Territory, June 2015)

and sealing wax
(Fate Sealed, October 2014)

of cabbages
(An Eastern Meditation, August 2012)

and kings
(Spirit Woods, May 2011)

and why the sea is boiling hot
(Blessed Places, May 2013)

and whether pigs have wings
(In which Alice falls and we wonder, December 2014)


THANK YOU FOR following along on the adventure that is Random Acts of Writing, and the meandering “many things” we’ve talked about. I feel very blessed to have had such a supportive and creative community in which to share my musings for the past seven years, and look forward to more good things to come!

Love,

PHOTO ©2016, Jen Payne, Walrus and Carpenter display at House on the Rock, Spring Green, WI. Text from “The Walrus and the Carpenter,” a narrative poem by Lewis Carroll that appeared in his book Through the Looking-Glass.

Un/common Dance

When you move to the beat of a different drum
there’s no cure for the blister that forms from the

dance

dance

dance

There’s no common book on which to lean your fears
no vow that forgives the misdemeanors of heart and soul

The way a fool would do…

Instead, you make a poultice from prayers
to no god and all gods,
a tincture of stardust and make-believe
to cool the heat of betrayal,
ease the disappointments,
and reconcile the little deaths
you know he didn’t mean

Forget the relievers and remedies
for everything that ails you,
just hide the scars with Hope,
kiss and make it better

Poem ©2017, Jen Payne. Image: The Dance, Marc Chagall.