Belated (but still) Happy New Year — We Write Poems prompt 194

 I have a backlog of posts I started but have not finished.  This is one of them.

Auld Lang Syne

soloist cannot complain
but hears thin echoes of disappointments
that neoteric divorced a fateful existent
time rings out past an ending

a blessing, a fresh balm, this spellsong
forsaken yet freely breathing in
unlooked for, renascence
whilst humming in the new year

for Elizabeth’s WWP prompt 194 and dVerse


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poem-a-thon 1: the shackamaxon crew

Yousei Hime:

Looking for poetry? Looking for writing prompts? Want to make a difference in someone’s life? Visit the some of the constellations on Joseph Harker’s blog and you will find a way to do it all.

Originally posted on naming constellations:

And now the first  Poem-a-Thon poem for the month… as I posted before, I exhort you to visit my donation page and chip in. Here’s what I’m going to offer:
- If you donate $25, I’ll officially dedicate one of the poems of the month to you.
- If you donate $50, I’ll dedicate one of the poems, and it can be to a theme of your choosing.
- If you donate $75, I’ll write you a poem, and send you a fancy broadside edition of it in the mail (hell, autographed if you really want it), or any other poem you want from the month.
- If you donate $100, I’m sure I can put together some kind of crazy fancy special thing by the end of the month. To be determined!

It’s for a good cause, and probably a lot of the poems I write for the Poem-a-Thon…

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Submissions for Red Wolf Journal Issue 2

Yousei Hime:

Red Wolf is looking for poems for their next issue. If you are writing a poem a day (more or less) this month, please consider this issue’s theme and how your writing might find a home at Red Wolf Journal.

Originally posted on We Write Poems:

Are you poeming every day in April? Are you poeming copiously in some form 
in April? Are you poeming at all? 

If so, Red Wolf Journal would love to see your poems on the theme:

“The River: Within Us and

Without Us”

Godavari River, at the Old Godavari Bridge, in Rajahmundry, India. Courtesy of Hariya1234 from

This theme, of course, is about rivers, in any way, shape, or form. What do rivers 
mean to you? What do they symbolize? What about the rivers -- both literal and 
metaphorical -- in your lives? Do you, as Michael Stipe said, need to "find the 
river"? As your soul is “as deep as the rivers”, as Langston Hughes put it, we 
want to read about it in a way that we’ve never seen before. Show us how 
the river which draws your soul travels.

For more information, please see the full explanation…

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Prompt 206 Which childhood?

Yousei Hime:

Looking for a prompt? It might just be a few years away. For your consideration.

Originally posted on We Write Poems:

Which childhood?
The one from which you’ll never escape?
–Li-Young Lee, “A Hymn to Childhood”

In our adult life, writing as poets, do we find ourselves returning to childhood as a kind of base for who we are, how we’ve become? In your imagination, who was this child? Why is childhood significant? What is the nature of childhood? Is it somehow a frozen place, a place of fixed identity? How do your experiences in childhood shape who you are? One way of writing about childhood is to draw on the memory of an experience.

In Sharon Olds’s poem, “Killing My Sister’s Fish”, the narrator describes the steps taken prior to poisoning her sister’s goldfish and when the deed was done, she was just lying there, “as if without/regret, as if something set in motion/long before I had been conceived/had been accomplished”. The speaker seems to be referring to some sort…

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Nihilism, Smart Asses, Bullies and Sociopathic Behavior- And Brown Shirts thrown in for good measure.

Yousei Hime:

Have faith in the good in people but with eyes wide open.

Originally posted on Lady Nyo's Weblog:


Nihilism’s Corpse 

Nihilism is a deep-sea fish.

When it, in the form of language surfaces in the sea, it is already lifeless.  I detest its corpse like a dirty rag.  I hate it. 

—Nagase Kiyoko 


I know calling any group today ‘Nazi’ is startling.  What happened here is a bit of the behavior of the development of the Brown Shirts in Germany in 1920’s and 30’s, of course  on a much more provincial scale.  These were the ‘lumpen’, in German, the broken, the bottom feeders of German society.  I use the term broken thinking of people who are not facing their own demons, but inflicting them on the population in general. Certainly an area like Atlanta has plenty of problems, but when the so-called intellectual class (or so they would seem to themselves) holds on to their own issues without examining them closely, we have…

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