An Eyelash Falls (NaPoWriMo, Day 1)

In case you’re unfamiliar, our host for April’s National Poetry Writing Month is Maureen Thorson, a poet living in Washington, DC.  Each year she faithfully offers featured poets, interviews, and optional prompts for poets to feast upon.

Today’s “(optional) prompt. In honor of today’s interviewee, I’d like to challenge you to write a Kay-Ryan-esque poem: short, tight lines, rhymes interwoven throughout, maybe an animal or two, and, if you can manage to stuff it in, a sharp little philosophical conclusion.”  Click the above link for more info on Kay Ryan, the poet she references.

An eyelash falls

What slim tale, tells

Of microscopic life, if called?

Mystery, secrets

Banquet hall full

Or impoverished, stifled—

Perfect subtle curve

Barely there

Comma pausing thought…

Black as silent squid ink

Or palest hued wail—

Genius shackled, chambered

Soul assailed, muffled mind.

Did it, innocent, drop—

Deliberate, leap?

Is it clue, critical

Crime scene find—

Suicidal surrender

Despair’s relentless descent?

An angel’s kiss

Some say, “make wish”:

Lash as

Solo shooting star

Arcing blue across

Sky Indigo-brushed.

Perhaps a lover’s

Delicate touch

Attempts to release


Blows it free

With whispered breath

Catches lash upon

Lips true…sips

One wink closer…


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