Dungeons, or: Dragons

A ‘Magnetic Poem’ tanka

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Dungeons & Dragons ~
I always liked that geek game
which played in my head
we interfaced with our brains
war with evil never crashed


  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Geek Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website;
    • I am, after all, a geek 🤓
    • This particular poem was inspired upon my childhood experience of playing Dungeons & Dragons a LOT;
  • I once again opted for a tanka, rather than a haiku;
    • The extra two lines (14 syllables) provide a greater challenge, as well as a larger canvas;
  • I had to “cheat” a little for this poem because I didn’t have enough s’s or ed’s;
    • Specifically, I had to copy and paste the words ‘played’ and ‘brains’ into the poem, after putting those magnets together separately from the body of the poem;
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the entire tanka;
    • This is a free stock photo

Twitter poetry 2021: Week 18

My blogger-poet-friend Ingrid inspired me to create a Twitter account and start writing #APoemADay, which I began on January 1, 2021.

I’ve come to belated realize that my Twitter poetry goal inherently requires me to write more poetry than I would otherwise attempt to produce. And it’s not simply that I’m striving to write at least one poem daily…

It’s also that Twitter poetry is short by nature, and I like to play with longer forms of poetry too, meaning that I cannot crosspost these longer poems of mine to my Twitter account. So, on any given day, if I take the time to craft a long poem, I will still have to create an additional shorter poem for Twitter.

When I first began this poetic odyssey, I certainly did not think it would be so intensive.

Anyway, below is my 18th week of Twitter poems:

Shabbat Shalom from Jerusalem,

Abacadaba, or: Abracadabra

My 1st ‘Magic 9’ poem

Might abacadaba be a charm,
Or perhaps potent poetic hex?
Would that it could guard from harm,
Its very form a counter-curse spell!
What guides forth poet's tired arm?
His mind, or weird magic force?
Could such rhymes barbarian disarm,
Or vile sorcerer's intentions vex?
... Well, should I vanish, please raise the alarm!

Theology, or: Perspective

My 2nd Clogyrnach

A narrative poem

My God's far beyond my beyond
But to his presence I respond
Oft He shows His love
Light streams from above
My beloved
I'm so fond

He drops flakes of manna for me
Showering generosity
Towards them I swim
Towards the Great Rim
My tears brim
So meekly

He defies imagination
Gills quiver with adoration
He knows ev'rything
Accepts all I bring
My Sea King
You're the One


Poetics: Exploring the Narrative Voice

This poem is my response to the most recent d’Verse prompt, which encourages us to write a poem in the voice of a fictional character. It can be any character you like, and you can introduce it in your own voice if you choose, but the main body of the poem must be in the voice of your character. If you wish, you can write a dramatic monologue; or create a spirit voice through whom your poem speaks. The choice is yours: experiment with fiction in your poetry.

River of sweet poetry, or: Sacred tendrils climbing

A ‘Magnetic’ free verse quadrille

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gentle rain on ancient fertile seed
river of sweet poetry wets earth
water murmurs with secret song beneath
warm spring sun watches from above
life's thick fresh roots growing deeply
sacred tendrils climbing up through the grass
winter's beautiful cold frost spirit will wither


  • For this poem, I decided to make use of the ‘Nature Set’ on the Magnetic Poetry website;
    • I chose this set because it contains the word ‘seed’, which was required for this d’Verse quadrille prompt;
      • A quadrille is simply a poem of 44 words (excluding the title), and it can take any form. This week’s challenge was to use the word ‘seed’ in a quadrille.
  • I searched for and found the featured image only after I had written the poem.