In front of the John Lennon Wall in Prague.

Friday, April 24, 2015

National Poetry Month: April 24, 2015

Day 24:  It seemed that every prompt I tried today did nothing for me, so I decided to go back to my current favorite writing trick: Haikubes. I chose 5 words to use in a poem.

Here is what I came up with: 


Before you arrived,
competition had no name,
the world all mine.
You quickly clapped
illusion away.
I learned the taste
of jealousy
in the salty folds
of your baby legs
as you chased
after my assurance
to catch as your own.
I learned the word rival.
Ever after would I check
over my shoulder
for your reflection,
but never did I think ask,
which of us started this?


  1. I love this, Lisa! What a wonderful poem to come out of those haikube words.

  2. Thank you, Ruth! As soon as I saw rival and brother, I knew where I was going to go... Lisa

  3. Love the "salty folds/of your baby legs." Such a great line, original. And the ending, so poignant. Great! I love how prompts like Haikubes send us in unexpected directions...

  4. It is amazing how these prompts send us places we didn't expect!