Life's Crossings

Babbles, voyages and others interesting things


April 2014

Conflict Resolution

The Daily Post’s  prompt for April 22th: Showdown at Big Sky. How do you handle conflict? Boldly and directly? Or, do you prefer a more subtle approach?


Always a lady,

Never a hellcat.

Not saying gibberish,

Just stating a simple fact.

Mostly subtle,

Always direct, and

Bold when need be.

A showdown isn’t needed,

Especially if it can be interceded.

Don’t let conflict brew,

Nip it in the bud, and

cut it at the knee.

Then maybe everyone can remain drama free.


© TNL, April 2014


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Night Owl

The Daily Post’s daily prompt for April 21st: Because the Night. Are you a night owl or are you the early bird? What’s your most productive time of day? When do you do your best work?


The dust is settled,

The air is pure

The night is silent, and

Most are asleep.

A deadline is upon me,

It’ closing in.

Coffee in hand,

Armed with my laptop,

I sit on the couch,

Snuggled and settled in,

Preparing to hit my target.

I thrive at this time,

The night owl that I am.

Bluetooth headphones in,

Smooth sounds thumping in my ears.

Times passes and I’m done,

With minutes to spare.

Hours later I retreat from the couch, and

Make the journey to dreamland.

© TNL, April 2014




The Yellow Jacket

NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 20th: Write a poem in the voice of a member of your family. This can be a good way to try to distance yourself from your own experience, without reaching so far away from your own life that it’s hard to come up with specific, realistic details. But watch out! This type of exercise can also dredge up a lot of feelings. So if you think writing in the voice of your grandfather will be too heavy, maybe try the voice of your four-year-old niece. Four-year-old problems might be a little lighter in scope.

A tisket a tasket,

I stained my yellow jacket.

It makes me sad,

Because mommy may get mad.

I must go in search,

So we won’t be late for church.

Pink or blue,

Or any pastel hue.

To match my purple dress,

It’s my Sunday’s best!

© TNL, April 2014

Saturday Night

The Daily Post’s prompt for April 19th: S-A-T-U-R-D-A-Y NIGHT! What’s your favorite way to spend Saturday night?


The week is ending,

Time to unwind.

Turn up the laughter, and

Drink some wine.

Invite my girlfriends over, and

Let my hair down.

Put records on, and

Dance all around.

Cook good food.

Indulge in chocolate

While we catch up on gossip.

Take out the guitar, and

Have an impromptu concert

Then a second dessert.

Followed by more wine, and

Even more laughter.

We talk well into the night

Then promise to resume again next Saturday night.

© TNL, April 2014

Won’t Give Up

NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 18th:

Write a ruba’i. What’s that? It’s a Persian form — multiple stanzas in the ruba’i form are a rubaiyat. Basically, a ruba’i is a four-line stanza, with a rhyme scheme of AABA.

I won’t give up on you,
Even when you’re troubled and blue.
You can lean on me,
I’ll help push you through.

© TNL, April 2014



A Day In The Sun

NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 17th: Write a poem in which you very specifically describe something in terms of at least three of the five senses.

The cool breeze tickling and soothing me,
Sun warming my skin,
Out in the middle in a sea of green,
Toes digging into soft St. Augustine grass,
A lick from my fury companion and our play fight begins,
We chase each other from left to right,
Round and round until we fall to the ground,
Pouncing, playfully growling and wagging her tail excitedly,
She unleashes the full effect of her charm,
Showing the underside of her belly,
I cave and show affection,
We take in the smell of roses and the child play,
We both sigh, perfectly content to soak up the sun.

© TNL, April 2014












*This is my lovely little puppy and the photo is from our photo session we had on Easter Sunday!


Tall Tales

NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 16th:

Write a ten-line poem in which each line is a lie. Your lies could be silly, complicated, tricky, or obvious.

The world is flat,
That’s a super-fact.
The water’s pink,
It runs right into space.
Land is blue,
And sometimes see-through.
Fish talk and bears sing, and,
Humans are giants with wings.
Skeptical? It’s not a fantasy,
It’s as real as a unicorn lost at sea.

© TNL, April 2014


NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 15th:

Write a poem in terza rima. This form was invented by Dante, and used in The Divine Comedy. It consists of three-line stanzas, with a “chained” rhyme scheme. The first stanza is ABA, the second is BCB, the third is CDC, and so on. No particular meter is necessary. One common way of ending a terza rima poem is with a single line standing on its own, rhyming with the middle line of the preceding three-line stanza.

At the four-way intersection I stop,
Through the windshield I stare,
Going left in my rear view I see a sea of blacktop.
Over the radio noise, “upward and onward” I declare.

As the distance increases the affliction lessens.Crossroads_done.jpg
Coming over the overpass I whisper a prayer
“Thank you for deliverance.”

© TNL, April 2014


Who Are You?

NaPoWriMo’s prompt for April 14th:
“Twenty Questions.” The idea is to write a poem in which every sentence, except for the last one, is in the form of a question. That’s it! It can be as long or short as you like. The questions can be deep and philosophical (‘what is the meaning of life?’) or routine and practical (‘are you going to eat that?’). Or both!

What are flowers?
What are bumblebees and tall trees?
What’s rebirth and new life?
What’s the cool breeze?
What is bright green grass and clear blue skies?
What are the sun and bright clouds?
Who is the groundhog?
Why are we watching him?
Why are the days all most 12 hours long?
What’s March equinox?
Who are March, April and May?
Why March winds and April showers?
Who are you?
I am Spring?

© TNL, April 2014


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