Don't Forget, Wear Your Clogs

The garden is muddy.


Here in the northern hemisphere,
spring arrives, flowers and showers.
A rainbow of colors just outside my window--
Japanese snowballs, purple irises,
day lilies, extravagant, flamboyant,
the color of sacrifice and the sky at sunset.
Even arid meadows ripple with crimson, scarlet,
Indian paintbrush, prairie stars.


Ten years ago today, wanting
evidence of water, Mars Odyssey
journeyed two hundred and eighty-six
million miles to the Red Planet.
The same day in Cincinnati,
an unarmed black man was shot
and killed by a white police officer.
They painted the city streets
the color of Indian paintbrush,
the color of fire.

After six months of searching for
life on Mars, the Odyssey
wandered home, returning
in October to a world devoid of color.
Those not for us are against us.
We know only black and white.
And even with water, we thirst.



Not Without Poetry Prompt: Spring. The general exuberance and complexity of life.


Poetic Asides Prompt: For today's prompt, take the phrase "Don't (blank), (blank)," replace each of the blanks with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write the poem. Some possible titles might be: "Don't walk, run," "Don't delay, act now," "Don't look, it's right behind you," or whatever other creative interpretation you can whip up.


NaPoWriMo Prompt: Today’s prompt is one of musical ekphrasis. Ekphrastic poetry comments upon or is inspired by another work of art in a different medium. Most people think of it as a poem inspired by a painting or a sculpture. But it could also be music! To that end, I offer you three possible songs to inspire a poem: Ann Peebles’ I Can’t Stand the Rain, Joe Cocker’s cover of The Letter, and Lady Gaga’s countrified version of Born This Way. These are just suggestions; you could choose any song or other piece of art you like.

I chose "I Can't Stand the Rain." sort of


Mars rover picture came from