Day 27: My neighbor’s music

Prompt: Write a review   If neighbors were oysters, this one takes the pearl. A stupendous neighbor! A great worrying. If you’re looking for someone to give you early gray hairs and a cigarette-dotted back yard, Look no further! Take my wonderful neighbor. This one will keep you up all night with their loud music! […]

Day 26: Go-to not-destination

Prompt: Almanac questionnaire   Weather: Sunny and cold Flora: Violets Architecture: Bungalow Customs: Social distancing Mammals/reptiles/fish: Domesticated dogs Childhood dream: Glitter and sunlight Found on the Street: Free Little Pantry Export: Macaroni and cheese dinners Graffiti: None Lover: Spouse Conspiracy: Theory Dress: Down Hometown memory: Falling leaves Notable person: Ghandi Outside your window, you find: […]

Day 21: Autobiography

Prompt: Homophonic translation   Fernando Pessoa: Autopsicografia Autobiography O poeta é um fingidor. Finge tão completamente Que chega a fingir que é dor A dor que deveras sente. E os que lêem o que escreve, Na dor lida sentem bem, Não as duas que ele teve, Mas só que éles não têm. E assim nas […]

Day 15: Kaimito

Prompt: Music — “Moonlight Sonata,” 1st movement, Ludwig van Beethoven   Have you watched steady trees sway in a thunderstorm, but let loose only fruit and milky sap from leaves — Have you tasted sap between lines of fruit, the skin between sweet meat and seed, the protective barrier between seed and sugar isn’t meant […]

Day 14: Ms. Manila

Prompt: Forebears   The students that died on the streets of Manila were only trying to point out the obvious: Where did you get the money to gild every corner of your dozen houses when my family could barely afford shoes? Why are you sending the military to disperse crowds gathering along a historic monument […]

Day 13: Fauxpology

Prompt: Non-apology   I’m sorry I’m not sorry I took all the pizza leftovers. No one else wanted to clean the conference room, so I did! I tossed eight empty pizza boxes to the side where the other person said I should just put them, before she quit the next day, and now I know […]

Day 3: Open a window

Prompt: Similar-sounding word bank A belated April Fools’ Day — didn’t mean to prank anyone, but it isn’t really a prank if forewarned — see if you can find the joke in this poem. It’s stuck in my head and begging to be let out for a while now, meaning, it’s always known I was […]