Results Pending 11 April 2014

NaPoWriMo PROMPT:   (optional, as always).Poets have been writing about love and wine, wine and love, since . . . well, since the time of Anacreon, a Greek poet who was rather partial to that subject matter. Anacreon developed a particular meter for his tipsy, lovey-dovey verse, but Anacreontics in English generally do away with meter-based constraints. Anacreontics might be described as a sort of high-falutin’ drinking song. So today I challenge you to write about wine-and-love. Of course, you may have no love of wine yourself, in which case you might try an anti-Anacreontic poem.



Results Pending

He knocks at the door, eyes crinkling,

teeth too white, introduces himself.

She does not want a new neighbor,

is busy writing a love poem.


He produces the dark green bottle,

gift of the grape.  She sees promises of losing

direction.  He will find his.

She should be neighborly.


Her grandmother’s large cut crystal

wine glasses.  She blows off dust.

One glass, two.   He laughs at her jokes.

Already the tight band of pain


binds her head.  She invites

him to go but he insists

on dashing next door

to bring another.


When he leaves,

she locks the door.

C.J. Prince  ©2014

Once a Year Offer 10 APRIL 2014

NaPoWriMo PROMPT:  Our own prompt for today should be a little simpler. (As always, the prompts are optional). Once upon a time, poetry was regularly used in advertisements, most notably the Burma-Shave ads:

Said Farmer Brown
Who’s bald on top
“Wish I could
Rotate the crop”

Okay, so the cutsie rhyming turned out to be a disaster.  Instead, I chose to think of a TV commercial advising you to dash to the doctor for X, Y, or Z medication as my inspiration.





If you have symptoms of depression,

if you shout obscenities at the flat screen,

if you know something is missing in your life

and you sneeze in spring,

here is the secret cure, offered only

once a year, so reach out, dare

to click off the remote, open wide

your eyes, and read a poetry book.

Poetry may soothe your nerves,

improve sleep patterns, increase

energy. Not recommended by all

doctors.  May cause addiction,

may open new friendships,

may take you across the border

to a place you don’t know.

Check with your librarian before

a random selection.


C.J. Prince