Tuesday, October 21, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day Twenty-One - My Handprints, My Footprints...My Heart

Today's prompt for October Poetry Writing Month was to talk about where our handprints and footprints are. For me, my footprints and my heart are in San Francisco.

I traveled there for the first time in May of 2012 to participate in The Aneurysm and AVM Awareness Walk that's held in Crissy Field. I found the city to be very fun and beautiful. I sometimes hope to live there one day, but that's just a dream for now.

My Handprints, My Footprints...My Heart

My handprints were left thre
Left there in the sands of the bay
The bay where waters and fog collide
Boats floating on their way

My footprints were left there
Left there on the walkways of the Embarcadero
The Embarcadero where I walked days, nights
Pondering, discovering as I go

The city that I had fallen in love with
With its charming sights in view
My handprints and footprints were left there
Along with my heart that is left there, too.


Taken near Crissy Field, San Francisco, 2014

Monday, October 20, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day Twenty - Running Late

Today's prompt for October Poetry Writing Month is to what it feels like to forget something or to be late. I decided to touch on how it feels to leave my house late and speed walk for a half-mile to catch my bus so I can make it to work on time - this does not happen every day. :-) Here's what I came up with.

Running Late

My head begins to race
My feet follow
Down that half-mile route

Neighbors are walking by
Blurs are all I see

Eventually I make it
To catch my morning bus

Deep breaths are taken
My feet are still
But my mind still races...


Sunday, October 19, 2014

October Poetry Writing Month - Rainfalls

The prompt for today was to write on the subject of rain. It's a sunny, yet cold and windy day here in Columbia, so I thought that I'd go on YouTube and listen to the sound of rain to see if any thoughts or feelings came. Yes, there are actual videos on YouTube with rain, ocean wave or general nature sound effects. :-) I found out about it earlier this year when I was just getting into Tai Chi exercises, and needed something relaxing to listen to while practicing those exercises (because my house can be a tad noisy with my talkative roommates, but I still love them, though!). When nothing came, I decided to go for a walk to see what I could come up with.

Last week, it did rain for a couple of days here in Columbia, and I remember taking a bus ride to the supermarket after work, and seeing a lovely rainbow. I hardly see rainbows after rain these days (since I'm indoors a lot during rainy day), so I try to appreciate seeing a rainbow when I do. To me rainbows are a sign on hope, and a reminder that beauty does come after the darkness (or a storm).

I wanted to avoid writing in rhyme (the only form I feel confident in using when writing), so I thought that I'd try a Double Cinquain, the second verse being kind of like a Reverse Cinquain.

I may change the title.


Rain just falls down
Dark clouds just all around
Is gloominess all that you see
Right now?

May be long but not longlasting
Beauty does come after
Darkness in a


Image Credit: Barb Ver Sluis via publicdomainpictures.net

Saturday, October 18, 2014

October Poetry Writing Month Day Eighteen - Colorful Leaves

I'm just coming home from a long day out, so I thought I'd write a Haiku so I don't go a day without writing a poem.

Colorful Leaves

Colorful leaves fall
Landing on the gray walkways
Decorating them


Friday, October 17, 2014

OctPoWriMo Day Seventeen - A Summer Day

Today's prompt for October Poetry Writing Month was to play or arrange words using a Word Generator or with Magnetic Poetry. I decided to try using Magnetic Poetry since I spent years avoiding it. I was able to come up with something during my lunch hour. I hope you enjoy it. :-)