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Poem: What You Cannot Erase

Greetings from this way-too-cold-and-snowy Minneapolis morning. In an effort to write more, connect more, blog more, I bring you the first installment of Poetry Monday. Have a great day!

{Dedicated to those estranged from family}

What You Cannot Erase

Here in my mirror
in a fleeting glance,
sometimes your brown eyes
look back at me,
the thin lips of your smile,
or that expression I used
to see on your face.
At midlife now
I recognize
your chin, your jowls.
It’s always a surprise,
unexpected,
strangely not
unpleasant. Continue reading

Poetry Challenge – Day 30!!!

Welcome to Day 30 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!

Well, here we are, the end of April, the end of this poetry challenge! Wow, it has been a ton of fun, a lot of work, and extremely meaningful to connect with people and give away books. I’ve learned a lot in the process. 

Thank you SO MUCH, readers and commenters and sharers of my work! I am humbled and honored by your part in all this, yes, even if you read in silence, just a few poems.  I am still thinking about what’s next for me going forward, and definitely want to continue posting here, poems or observations. Stay tuned! I have a lot of ideas…

Congratulations, Brenna, for winning a free copy of my poetry book! Brenna, please email me your address so I can send your prize: theresa.sapphire@gmail.com

I will do one more book raffle tomorrow, so don’t forget to comment. I will contact the winner by email. 

Thanks again for reading! Now for today’s poem.

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On a whim, I became fascinated by looking up artists and writers who were late-bloomers. The NaPoWriMo prompt for today was to write a poem that “engages with a strange and fascinating fact,” so maybe that’s what got me going. In any event, it seemed like a fitting end to the 30-day Poem Challenge. Which I just noticed, ends with begin!

Not Too Late Continue reading

Poetry Challenge – Day 29

Welcome to Day 29 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!

Let’s just get right to the poem — the penultimate day! If you want to leave a comment and win a poetry book, please do! As always, details at the bottom of the post. Thanks for reading!

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Today’s poem was inspired by my Libra horoscope this week, from FreeWillAstrology.com. These are always kind of quirky and creative: “The bad news it that 60 percent of Nevada’s Lake Mead has dried up. The good news – at least for historians, tourists, and hikers – is that the Old West town of St. Thomas has re-emerged. It had sunk beneath the water in 1936, when the government built the dam that created the lake. But as the lake has shrunk in recent years, old buildings and roads have reappeared. I foresee a comparable resurfacing in your life, Libra: the return of a lost resource or vanished possibility or departed influence.”

Lake Mead Horoscope Continue reading

Poetry Challenge – Day 28

Welcome to Day 28 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!

Comment on today’s poem to win a copy of my poetry book, “(After) Confession… I’m giving away a copy every day. Scroll down below the poem for more details about this Poetry Challenge.

No winner today. I think we are all feeling fatigue as Poetry Month nears the end, you the readers/commenters, and I certainly am as the writer! I’ll do a raffle tomorrow, or not, no big deal. I’ve been so appreciative of how this project has gone so far. 

Now onto today’s poem. Don’t forget to comment, and check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!

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Today’s prompt: draft a prose poem in the form/style of a postcard. If you need some inspiration, why not check out some images of vintage postcards  

Note: Mine took a dark turn…

Dear So-and-So… Wish You Were Here Continue reading

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