Crime

 

She told him to go but he demanded to stay

Hardly knew him yet he put hands on her

At first she was eager to get to meet him

Another sunny day in the mid town park

Trees lined the trail they twice had walked

Today was a different sobering event

as he pushed her into concealing brush

laid out on top of her hard and heavy

until the hatpin left her hat

blunged it straight through his back

into his heart and now a crime

 

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dVerse prompt using 1920s mugshot

Crime

The Pen and the Plow


similar in shape not size

both cut deep without reprieve

over land and paper furrows go

“never an easy way”

before setting pen or plow

“find out the nature of the place”

does it require corn or grapes

in that yet unbroken ground

“take command over the fields”

so plant other crops

burn off the empty field

change is good now get to work

fling dung and ashes

shout away the birds

“call down rain with your prayers”

let the crosswise story be told

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NaPoWriMo – write a georgic

Quotes are Virgil translated by Robert Wells

The Pen and the Plow

Coffee Ghazal

Struggle to find a word worth repeating   coffee

Drink it from my favorite cup   coffee

 

It was once an undiscovered bean

Finds honor now in our daily routine   coffee

 

Explorer John Smith after drinking with Turks

Drank in the captain’s galley  from a demi cup   coffee

 

When the Europeans brought it to US

Some said yuk give me tea not   coffee

 

Others celebrated and wanted the brew

Roasted bean over a hot skillet fire   coffee

 

People sought out the beverage

with spices liqueurs and assemblage   coffee

 

Boston’s The Green Dragon served it too

out of that house a revolution brewed   coffee

 

Look at what 400 years can do

Wordshophop ghazal is through   coffee

 

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NaPoWriMo prompt – write a ghazal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coffee Ghazal