It’s April 1, the first day of National Poetry Month and it’s offshoot, National Poetry Writing Month. I look forward to this month all year because poetry blooms everywhere I look, just like the spring flowers.
It’s a month for all things poetry: reading, writing, learning and sharing.
It’s also a month for crazy poetry writing challenges. While I know better than to say I’ll write a poem a day, I will try to write more poems this month. I may even post some, but most will go into the “draft” pile. With some luck, one or two might go into the “hope to submit for publishing” pile.
There are several organizations posting daily prompts throughout April. I pledge to tune in, not only to see if they might inspire my pen, but to discover new poets and friends.
Today’s prompt comes from the poets at NaPoWriMo.
Write a lune. This is a sort of English-language haiku. While the haiku is a three-line poem with a 5-7-5 syllable count, the lune is a three-line poem with a 5-3-5 syllable count. There’s also a variant based on word-count, instead of syllable count, where the poem still has three lines, but the first line has five words, the second line has three words, and the third line has five words again. Either kind will do, and you can write a one-lune poem, or write a poem consisting of multiple stanzas of lunes.
Before I try my hand, I’d like to give a shout out to NoPoWriMo’s featured poet today, Veronica Hosking. Her blog tagline alone—”Into one’s life a little poetry must fall”—is certainly worthy of being featured on day one of National Poetry Month. Check out her take on today’s Lune challenge.
And now, my lune. A draft.
Of a Season
April has arrived.
droops heavy with blooms
holding the hope of
who asks nothing more
than for her stillness
to capture beauty.