Heaven Forbids

NaPoWriMo day 17 prompt:

This is a fun one – it’s a prompt developed by the comic artist Lynda Barry, and it asks you to think about dogs you have known, seen, or heard about, and then use them as a springboard into wherever they take you

Scavenger Hunt Prompt (https://murisopsis.wordpress.com/2022/03/30/looking-forward-to-poetry-month/)

Rant poetry comes in all shapes and sizes, but it is most commonly defined as a free-verse prose poem written about an exasperating subject, about any subject that aggravates, pesters, or otherwise drives you batt

Heaven Forbids

i’ve met a furry baby so adorable so cute so immaculate.
you’d think she’s heaven sent for her eyes speaks of kindness.
but wait ’till she starts barking at you for no particular reason.
she’s unstoppable, she’s uncontrolable, she’s far from being an angel.

which by the way, i am reminded of a dearly beloved old lady from my hometown.
geez, when you look at her she could be mistaken as a saint.
for she speaks softly and politely, always uses Jesus too in any way.
she probably memorized the bible for she’d have bible verses as reference.
thus, she could never be wrong for it is what the bible says.

but wait untill she opens her big bad mouth and speaks ill of her neighbors.
oh dear how she hates them for being poor and uneducated.
she is known for giving alms to the poor children lining up outside the cathedral.
but hey wait! there’s a catch though, only when there are people gathered around.

you see covid happened two years ago, people started using disenfectant too.
for this lady, covid was there before it even happened.
for she’ d spray on disenfectant after an encounter with anyone around.
and that anyone is simply someone she calls “poor”

as we remember the death of Jesus Christ, i’m reminded
sure she is by this time present in the church praying all day long
chanting the rosary over and over again, you’d believe she is close to being holy.
but i’m sure if heaven could speak it will say “please don’t use God cover up your evil  behavior”.

truly i cannot understand nor i even aspire to understand
people who prays a lot, visits the church a lot or even serves the church
are the same people whose compassion to the poor is on a zero level.
whose understanding and kindness is purely superficial
whose actions are the exact opposite of what they actually say

these are the same people whose social media accounts
are flooded with bible verses and call for kindness
generosity and humility, but damn! they’re not even halfway
from being kind, generous and humble; they are one of the reasons
why most people have zero faith about the church.

Note: i’ve completed Val’s Scavenger Hunt’s Poetic forms. So to challenge myself further i will now  be doing the “word prompts” starting tomorrow.

River (A Waltmarie)

its day 12 of #NaPoWriMo, let’s write a Waltmarie poem..

River (A Waltmarie)

i love you you like ripples of the river,
i love you like the burble of running water,
i keep you in my heart like forest river keeps
i whisper sweet notes in cascading waters
for you
i embrace you into the watery warmth of the air,


10 lines
-Even lines are two syllables in length, odd lines are longer (but no specific syllable count)
-Even lines make their own mini-poem if read separately

Long Drives (Ottava Rima)

day 10 of NaPoWriMo Scavenger Hunt by Val let’s write an Ottava Rima poem, with a theme on long drive or road trips…

what do you love about long drives and road trips?

let’s talk ..😊

Long Drives

i love long drives with coffee and music
as i delightfully sing every  song
i love crossroads, crazy jam – packed traffic
as i look around with hope and longing
i love to see maze like streets it’s magic
as i find my way out that’s been so long
all these and many more i so adore
for it’s you i am with all through this tour

Ottava rima are 8 lines with an abababcc rhyme scheme, most commonly written in iambic pentameter (or 10-syllable lines). The form can work as a stand alone poem, or be used as connecting stanzas.

Brave (A Nonet)

Brave (A Nonet)

what if i was brave enough to stay
will there be more roses my way
will you dance with me each day
will you sing me a song
will you write a poem
will you kiss me
will your heart

Scavenger Hunt https://murisopsis.wordpress.com/2022/03/30/looking-forward-to-poetry-month/

The nonet poetic form is simple. It’s a 9-line poem that has 9 syllables in the first line, 8 syllables in the second line, 7 syllables in the third line, and continues to count down to one syllable in the final (ninth) line.

Let’s Go (An Espinela)

Let’s Go

i can’t seem to forget the day
you caught me offguard by surprise
you were scared mumbling in disguise
your voice in deep baritone way

i watched you slowly carefully
hoping that you would say “please stay”
it would have surely made my day
but my world disintegrated
my heart went numb i cried i died
when you just said “let’s go, okay!”


have you let someone go, when you shouldn’t?

NaPoWriMo Scavenger Hunt #9

The espinela is a Spanish poetic form with two stanzas and four end rhymes across 10 lines. It’s named after poet Vincente Espinel, who is credited with inventing it. Here are the guidelines:

• First stanza has four lines.

• Second stanza has six lines.

• Eight syllables per line.

• Rhyme scheme is abba/accddc.

Your Ring Size Please (A Kyrielle)

Your Ring Size Please (A Kyrielle)

so it’s really you all these years
tell me dear your ring size in cheers
let me go find one that fits you
then we promise to say i do.

what kind of cut do you want dear
will a diamond pleases you
it is the best i can offer
then we promise to say i do.

i love you i know it took years
time really made me see your worth
you are the one for me i swear
then we promise to say i do.

for now i will patiently wait
your ring size please let me have it
don’t hesitate don’t ever fret
then we promise to say i do

if your beloved asked for your ring size, would you take it as a sign that he will soon propose?

NaPoWriMo Scavenger hunt #8

The kyrielle is a French four-line stanza form that has a refrain in the fourth line. Often, there is a rhyme scheme in the poem consisting of the following possibilities:

• aabb

• abab

• aaab

• abcb

The poem can be as long as you wish and as short as two stanzas (otherwise, the refrain is not really a refrain, is it?), and, as with many French forms, it is very nice for stretching your poetic muscles.
Also, tres importante! Your lines must contain 8 syllables. 

Weekends (A Blues Stanza)

Weekends (A Blues Stanza)

damn! don’t know what’s wrong with Saturdays and Sundays
there’s really something so wrong ’bout weekends
of course i need to move past Fridays.

if i change the days of the week would i have more of you?
just changing how it’s called would be easier boo?
but i need to rewrite the history too.

damn! i really don’t know how one struggles to accept
no matter what you do acceptance is hard fact
i need to figure out just a bit.

oh, i really don’t know what’s wrong with weekends
maybe there is nothing wrong i guess
just me in chaos in total mess.

NaPoWriMo Scavenger Hunt #6

The Blues confronts life head on, often expressed in sarcasm, wit and humor. Langston Hughes (1902 – 1967) is credited with making the Blues as much a part of American literature as it is a part of American music.

The elements of the Blues Stanza are:

• stanzaic, written in any number of triplets.

• accentual verse with 4 to 6 stresses a line, or whatever. The syllable count is 12 or close enough. You can see, there is lots of room to wiggle here. The meter changes to iambic pentameter when the stanza is used in the Blues Sonnet.

• structured. L1 makes a statement, L2 repeats L1 with minor variation, often a beat or two short, and L3 responds, with a “climatic parallel” to the first 2 lines. (a culminating contrast or extension of the statement) In effect you are writing a rhyming coupletposing as a triplet.

• rhymed, rhyme scheme aaa, bbb, ccc, ddd.

• adapted by some poets like Hughes to break the lines roughly in half, making a six line stanza.

• infused with a theme that comes from complaint or a lament, suffering, struggle, real life experiences. It meets life head on, no nonsense, often with sarcasm and with humor, a wisdom born from pain.

My Baby (An Alouette)

My Baby (An Alouette)

songs of hope i sing
in my arms i swing
my baby you’re remembered
daddy’s lullaby
every passing day
we’ll sing forever rendered

heaven is around
thoughts of you surround
our hearts grateful and blessed
watch over us dear
we heal we endure
losing you is beyond sad

NaPoWriMo For Val’s Scavenger Hunt #4

The Alouette, created by Jan Turner, consists of two or more stanzas of 6 lines each, with the following set rules:

Meter: 5, 5, 7, 5, 5, 7
Rhyme Scheme: a, a, b, c, c, b

The form name is a French word meaning ‘skylark’ or larks that fly high, the association to the lark’s song being appropriate for the musical quality of this form. The word ‘alouette’ can also mean a children’s song (usually sung in a group), and although this poetry form is not necessarily for children’s poetry (but can be applied that way), it is reminiscent of that style of short lines. Preference for the meter accent is on the third syllable of each line 

Strength (A Decima)

poetrybymich💛💥💫 its day 3 of Na/GloPoWriMo Scavenger Hunt. Let’s write a “Decima Poem” on the theme of muscular strenght ..

Strength (A Decima)

your muscular built is taken as strength
the power of your arms could lift and hold
anything because you are strong and bold
you are without a doubt in perfect length
any man would be envious ’till the end
what makes you weak what makes you tweak a bit
no one knows nobody could tell what’s it
’til that fateful night i took off and snatched
the bandage then you screamed like you were botched
what makes you weak i know in just a wink

NaPoWriMo Scavenger Hunt #3

Let’s look at the poetic form known as decima. There are various versions of it, but we’ll start with the basic- It is a 10-liner in the following rhyme pattern:


For Val’s Scavenger Hunt #3


poetrybymich💛💥💫its day 2 of NaGloPoWriMo Scavenger Hunt. let’s write a “golden shovel poem”
using the line from Elizabeth Barrett Browing’s poem “how do i love thee let me count the ways”

NaPoWriMo Scavenger Hunt #5

“golden shovel” form created by Terrance Hayes, it’s a fun poetic form.

Take a line (or lines) from a poem you admire.
Use each word in the line (or lines) as an end word in your poem.
Keep the end words in order.
Give credit to the poet who originally wrote the line (or lines).
The new poem does not have to be about the same subject as the poem that offers the end words. (For Val’s Scavenger Hunt #5

To push my poetic skills to the edge i combined it with today’s NaPoWriMo prompt

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on a word featured in a tweet from Haggard Hawks, an account devoted to obscure and interesting English words. Will you choose a word like “aprosexia,” which means “an inability to concentrate”? Or maybe something like “greenout,” which is “the relief a person who has worked or lived in a snowy area for a long time feels on seeing something fresh and green for the first time”? Whatever you choose, happy writing!

Word of the Day: VERNALITY (n.) the spring, a spring-like quality; the greenness and freshness of springtime.

How (A Golden Shovel Poem)

i love you in many ways but i don’t know how
your vibrant spring- like characteristics do
magic in making me giggle like a little child i
swear your beautiful mind is what i love
the most, your vernality is what i adore thee
i love you gently as the wind blows so let
me hold you close in my arms let me
soothe your weary heart let me count
on the countless times you made me the
happiest, so i love you in many more ways.