Spit up, or: Swallow

A limerick You'll have big shoes to fill, big sis said, Coaching him for toddler years ahead; Be sure to spit up mashed peas With each burp, cough, and sneeze... But- he forgot, swallowed, and cooed instead! What do you see prompt? (#WDYS) This limerick is my response to Sadjeโ€™s WDYS prompt this week, which… Continue reading Spit up, or: Swallow

Born naked, or: Affectionate kiss

A quadrille In the form of a Double Nonet poem born naked; heart beating; anxie- ty; wailing loudly, absent salt- y tears despite harsh, harrow- ing experience; for- eign, chilly air flow- ing into ti- ny lungs; glar- ing lu- mi- nes- cence that pierces thin eyelids, tightly shut; cacophony reverberating on small eardrums; lying… Continue reading Born naked, or: Affectionate kiss

It’s normal, or: That’s how they learn, Honey

An American sentence: Baby poets constantly put forms in their mouths to learn about them. What's an 'American Sentence'? Allen Ginsberg, inventor of the American Sentence, felt that the haiku didnโ€™t work as well in English. Ginsberg decided to remove the line structure of the haiku, maintaining the requirement of 17 syllables total. He felt… Continue reading It’s normal, or: That’s how they learn, Honey