NPM – 17 of 30

Food Haiku avocado toast coffee, french fries, ice cold Coke delicious pasta

NPM – 16 of 30

prompt: pick up a book, turn to page 29, select ten words you like, then write a poem using those ten words (slightly changed it up by closing my eyes and randomly selecting words) The Road Home misshapen hackberry tree gives shade in bitter sunlight ponderosa pines line road like rebellious teens facts mixed with…

NPM – 15 of 30

Dream Dictionary Teacup – represents gossip, if the cup is empty you are doing the talking. If it’s full, people are dipping your bag, so to speak. Hammer – represents heartbreak, its final blows to your already damaged love muscle make sure its beating will never be the same. Seagull – represents a co-worker you dislike, the squawking…

NPM – 14 of 30

Break-Up/-Through Haiku two years since the day I worked up the gumption to call the whole thing off (this haiku is about today, April 17, though it is the 14th poem of NPM — surprise, surprise, I’m in catch-up mode again this year!)

NPM – 13 of 30

Lost Ideas droplets seeds dust flakes grains cells pinpoints petals blades shards scraps bits slivers morsels crumbs specks splinters atoms dabs touches blink and they’re gone

NPM – 12 of 30

the role of poet I’m never sure how to respond when someone says, “Your poem made me cry.” Thank you? But I get it. I cry myself sometimes in writing certain pieces. Still, it is usually not my intention to make readers cry, but to feel, to make it more than just words on a page. To embody a heart’s screaming beats,…

NPM – 11 of 30

no funeral when Dad first got very sick he and my mother made their arrangements Rose Hills would handle everything cremation, simple details, nothing elaborate when it came time to use these services, it still took time and money, though not much I was uncomfortable in the mortuary office it was pouring down rain and…

NPM – 10 of 30

The Magical Cheeseburger it was the day after Christmas it was Dad’s 5th full day at home this day, a Tuesday, would have been a dialysis day before, but instead it was the second appointment he missed we followed our standard daily procedure he rang his bell or called out to indicate he was ready…

NPM – 9 of 30

Hospice Bubble Haiku bubbles are short-lived are fragile and beautiful they float by quickly

NPM – 8 of 30

My self-imposed exercise to try to get away from all my recent literalism. Horses Galloping in Your Hair after Mindy Nettifee the photo told lies the typewriter danced the newspaper fell in love shadows clicked in corners light lapped up the sky stars kissed his cheeks kerosene quit sand castles grew roots my breath left…

NPM – 7 of 30

This prompt was: write someone you love a proper heaven a proper heaven 1. for you, Jeffrey Joe, the sun shines all the time and falls perfectly across your table of course, there is music the guests who grace your kitchen are people whose music you’ve always played, Hoagy Carmichael, Nat King Cole, Hank Williams,…

NPM – 6 of 30

Found this prompt in the archives of Rachel McKibben’s website, a true treasure trove of ideas. Diary of a Winged Human This morning, feathers fell unceremoniously into my coffee as I flew to work. I flapped a hello to the new person. It’s hard to sit at my desk with these things. I did a…