Archive | April, 2013

On Earth Day

23 Apr

#22 Prompt: write a poem in keeping with Earth Day


On Earth Day, three deer

Browsing near my cat and me

Under eye-blue skies.

        Carol McMillan

         April 22, 2013


Fortune Cookies

21 Apr

#21 Prompt: re-write Frank O’Hara’s Lines for the Fortune Cookies.


Peter Pan will fly in your window but decide that you’re too old for Neverland.

You will go fishing and catch Nemo.

You will grow wings and fly to Neverland on your own.

You will inherit a Winnebago.

You will take the second star on your left and end up on Pluto. 

Nana will bring brandy and rescue you.

Your Winnebago is the reason life-on-Earth-as-we-know-it will end soon.

You and Nana will live happily ever after in the nursery with Michael, who will return home but still never grow up.

Egad! Where’s Edgar?


Carol McMillan

April 21, 2013


20 Apr


Prompt: write a poem that uses at least five of the following words:

Owl, generator, abscond, upwind, squander, clove, miraculous, dunderhead, cyclops, willowy, mercurial, seaweed, gutter, non-pareil, artillery, salt, curl, ego, rodomontade, elusive, twice, ghost, cheese, cowbird, truffle, svelte, quahog, bilious


Watching the cowbird

Preening her sveltness,

I wondered,

Did she squander her eggs

On the elusive hope

That they might abscond

With the mothering instincts of another?

Carol McMillan

April 20, 2013


Stressful Days

20 Apr



write a poem that begins and ends with the same word.

Stressful days

Testing the mettle

Of a nation.

A city

Arose to the stress.

Carol McMillan

April 19, 2013



18 Apr


Prompt: Write a poem of greeting.

“Good Morning, Flowers.”
Their tu-lips replied,
“Spring, spring, spring, spring, spring.”
Carol McMillan
April 17, 2013

I Wept for You

17 Apr

I went to a  poetry workshop today and I think I’ll use a prompt from it and the resulting poem.  We generated five words and then traded those words with another.  Then Betty Scott gave us a statement.  Words: pendant, fir tree, otter, broom, blush.  Statement: I wept for you.

I wept for you.

I saw you in the dust patterns,

Created as I swept;

Your spiritual essence embodied in the pentacle

Hanging from your neck.

Your neck was thick and furry

Flowing evenly into your otter body

As it curled beneath the fir tree.


I wept for you.

Not because your Earthly form

No longer blushes human.

I imagine you would love

Exploring our world

In the form of an otter.

What places you could go that I cannot!

What will be the taste of your first fish

Swallowed fresh from

A glacier-fed stream?

I see now that I  never wept for you.

I wept for me.


Carol McMillan

April 16, 2013

Boston Marathon

16 Apr

Prompt: write a pantun, a traditional Malay form. It consists of rhymed quatrains (abab), with 8-12 syllables per line. The first two lines of each quatrain aren’t meant to have a formal, logical link to the second two lines, although the two halves of each quatrain are supposed to have an imaginative or imagistic connection.


Boston Marathon

Running on the final mile

She felt the sweet pain of its ending.

Thunder dust from walls and tile;

Exploded body’s blood descending.


Carol McMillan

April 15, 2013