Poem-A-Day Challenge: Day 12

April is National Poetry Month so I’m tackling the Writer’s Digest 2019 April PAD Challenge hosted by Robert Lee Brewer.

Today’s prompt: Take the phrase “The Art of (blank),” replace the blank with a word or phrase, make the new phrase the title of your poem, and then, write your poem. Possible titles include: “The Art of Writing,” “The Art of Painting,” “The Art of Showing Up to Parties Fashionably Late,” and/or “The Art of Being Awesome.”

Photo by Meriç Tuna / Unsplash

Photo by Meriç Tuna / Unsplash


Imagine a mote-flecked river,
still branch of willow on the woozy current, the inevitable drift
of the last languid tendril round the bend—
a trumpet’s final shimmer, gauzy with peace.

If only this were that,
and not an acquiescing,
not a surrender
of the bright unheard to the constant thud of power,
storm-throttled submission to the wind’s violent scrub.

You’ll see. You too will reduce yourself,
be quelled,
learn to contain your unique clamor.

For all your simmering sky they see only the departing sun.