GloPoWriMo for April 1 and 2


Apparently April is Global Poetry Writing Month (GloPoWriMo).


I just discovered that this was a thing, thanks to this post [1]. I have long been aware of NaNoWriMo and even attempted it once or thrice... and I'm aware of Inktober as well. Poetry should be a natural outgrowth of that, right?


Besides, I have cultivated an interest in poetry for a long time now; in another lifetime I even participated in public readings (not exactly slams) at a hipster cafe in the most god-forsaken part of Texas... but that's an entry for another time, I suppose.


So here are the first two poems I wrote for this project:


April 1


yaD s'looF lirpA


On this day, I am reminded of

The challenge I set myself (and others)

On this day last year.


Let me (us) tell the most

Amazing, mind-blowing *truths*

We know --


And see how many don't believe us.


April 2


Dead Letter Office


Right now I am thinking of you, W.,

Thinking of your words which

Speak to me inwardly --

Your Leaves still grow.


I am thinking of that small cafe

that oasis of rebellion and expression

And I see you sitting there, D.,

Buzzed by espresso and nicotine.


Some weeks ago I found anew your letter

-- a dot-matrix printout of an email --

A seeming modern relic, but your

Words live, though you have passed on.


There was never a worse misnomer

Than the "Dead Letter Office" --

One word, one phrase, and

The memories revive.





[1] gemlog, GloPoWriMo 2022