Ruba’i of Expectation

4.18.14        NaPoWriMo PROMPT:  Our prompt (optional, as always). Today I challenge you to write a ruba’i. What’s that? Well, it’s a Persian form — multipe stanzas in the ruba’i form are a rubaiyat, as in The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam. Basically, a ruba’i is a four-line stanza, with a rhyme scheme of AABA. Robert Frost’s famous poem Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening uses this rhyme scheme. You can write a poem composed of one ruba’i, or try your hand at more, for a rubaiyat. Happy writing!



Ruba’i of Expectation

Always exists with never—

a place without ever—

where change will not die.

Lost to now, I burn with fever.


C.J. Prince


When Grief Walks Tall 12 April 2014

Today’s  NaPoWriMo (optional) prompt is a “replacement” poem. Pick a common noun for a physical thing, for example, “desk” or “hat” or “bear,” and then pick one for something intangible, like “love” or “memories” or “aspiration.” Then Google your tangible noun, and find some sentences using it. Now, replace that tangible noun in those sentences with your intangible noun, and use those sentences to create (or inspire) a poem. Here’s a little example that replaces the word “lemon,” in sentences from a Wikipedia article on lemons, with the word “sorrow.”





When Grief Walks Tall

Grief towers skyward with spicy-resinous scented wood,

dimorphic shoots form a framework of  branches,

and short shoots, which carry most of the leaves.

Grief is evergreen and needle-like,

in dense spiral clusters,

bright grass-green or dark green,

glaucous pale blue-green,

maturing to grey-brown.

Grief pollinates in autumn,

waits a year,

disintegrating at maturity

to release the winged seeds.


   C.J. Prince