Fix, Expert, or: Gateway

This year, I am attempting to become active on Twitter after having created an account last year to post 365 micropoems. Among other things, this means I will be responding to Twitter poetry prompts. Initially, I wasn’t planning on x-posting those here, but then I realized: if I don’t save my Twitter poems elsewhere, I’ll never again be able to find all of them.

Of course, I have written and will write plenty more Twitter poems that I’m not especially attached to, but I don’t want to lose the ones that speak to me. Below, I’m sharing three recent senryus I’m fond of. Each was a response to a one-word prompt:


I can't #fix the crack,
but light's streaming through upon
dead and living both


not claiming to be
an #expert; but "no fly zone"
means: boots on the ground.


on an innocent
stroll through the hag's dark garden
the #gateway vanished

Let’s write poetry together!

When it comes to partnership, some humans can make their lives alone – it’s possible. But creatively, it’s more like painting: you can’t just use the same colours in every painting. It’s just not an option. You can’t take the same photograph every time and live with art forms with no differences.

Ben Harper (b. 1969)

Would you like to create poetry with me and have a completed poem of yours featured here at the Skeptic’s Kaddish? I am very excited to have launched the ‘Poetry Partners’ initiative and am looking forward to meeting and creating with you… Check it out!

17 thoughts on “Fix, Expert, or: Gateway”

  1. I so love that first one. So true.

    And look at what just dropped into my inbox from a weekly newsletter I receive from Micha Boyett:

    Leonard Cohen: Ring the bells that still can ring / Forget your perfect offering / Thereโ€™s a crack, a crack in everything / Thatโ€™s how the light gets in.

  2. “I can’t #fix the crack,
    but light’s streaming through upon
    dead and living both” Love this David! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘Œ

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