NaPoWriMo Day 1

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April is National Poetry Writing Month, and I’m going to try to participate this year. Here is my first offering:

Minimalist sunset

Summer Darkness

by ARHuelsenbeck

The summer day wanes;
the sun slants its burning rays
down the valleys.
The air conditioner clunks
and my drink evaporates.
The conversation bores me
with its lack of subtlety.
The darkness sparks loathing.
The maddening monotony
keeps me awake.

The climate encourages
hateful insults.
Fewer words would be better,
though ugliness doesn’t care.
I excel at speaking
(but not at dancing).
Others speak plainly
but can’t read poetry.
Winter contains sorrow
and summer despair.
Love is a serious condition
that makes the night interminable.

This poem is actually an exercise from The Crafty Poet: A Portable Workshop by Diane Lockward. It’s a negtive inversion. I picked a poem (“Now Winter Nights Enlarge” by Thomas Campion) and wrote the opposite of each line, then went back and cleaned it up a little, making it my own.

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

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  1. Pingback: NaPoWriMo / GloPoWriMo 2018 – Day 1 – “Guilty Pleasures” by David Ellis | toofulltowrite (I've started so I'll finish)

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