City of Wood (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


Be well,

Monty

A Miracle


Another good reminder for myself. Originally published in Thirteen Words.


Be well,

Monty


Thirteen Spice


I picked up a snack at the hospital lobby cafe. It’s a Thirteen Spice crawfish flavored pretzel stick (pic below). I’m a big fan of Thirteen Spice but I realized I didn’t even know what the actual spices are. So here is my idea for the day. I’m going to research the ingredients that make up the Thirteen Spice mix and then they will be my inspiration for…something. We’ll have to see what that something is.

Thirteen Spice Mix:

  • Orange Peel, Cinnamon, Cumin, Ginger, Angelica, Sichuan Peppercorn, Star Anise, Nutmeg, Galangal, White Pepper, Cloves, Licorice, Cardamom.

All In

Entice me with your aromatics, complex yet bold
Your smooth and savory tones suggest you might be an Angel(ica),
But there is a touch of Sichuan pepper heat that warns of the devil,
Peel back my inhibitions,
Pepper me with your cinnamon, cumin, cloves and cardamum
Bathe me in nutmeg, ginger and galangal
Tease me with your black licorice edge and orange zest
Loosing count of the (Anise) Stars,
Whether heaven or hell, I’m all in.


You can be the judge of the resulting poetry, but I can attest that the snack was delicious. I’m glad I only had one small pack to limit my indulgence as I’m not sure I would have stopped.

Be well,

Monty


Found Poetry x Wordle


So I have an idea that combines two of my favorite things and creates what I hope might be a new favorite thing. I love poetic forms that pull from other poems and or content (if you’ve seen my Golden Shovels or Silver Linings poetry you’ll have a sense of that). I’m also an. avid Wordleler (my mom and I exchange our results every day). So why not create a short poem or very short story including each of my Wordle guesses of the day? If multiple people were to play along we’d all share the answer word (assuming we succeeded in solving the puzzle) but the guesses would be a variable from person to person.

For this first attempt, I’m going to try to keep the words in order from my first guess to final answer. Here goes!



Seeking Words

Wordle 336 4/6

What can I do when I’ve nothing on my mind to write about?
When I reach for words and grasp nothing?
Do I use the prompt of the day and craft a story?
What if the word is pitas? Do I imagine up some humus?
Or perhaps I should scrap the whole idea?


Ok, ok. Not exactly inspired, but I’m not going to give up on this concept just yet. How about you? Want to give it a try? Just make sure to post after the Wordle day is fully over around the world to not be a spoiler).

Be well,

Monty


Escape to Red (a Paint Chip Poem)

No Love For Fatties invites us to join in on her Paint Chip Poetry by creating our own poem inspired by the paint chip colors of the week. I think this is a really creative and fun idea. Check out her original post and join in too if you feel inspired.

Paint Chip Poetry


Be well,

Monty

Life is a Detour


A good reminder to myself today. Originally published in Monty’s Very Short Shorts.


Be well,

Monty


Morphine Drip


Morphine Drip

Drip
His scorching blade
Drip
Branding signature into bone
Drip
Blistering flesh
Drip Drip
Bursting and blackening
Drip Drip Drip
Flames ascending nerve by nerve
Drip Drip, Drip Drip
Ablaze she cries out to Him
Drip Drip, Drip Drip
Drip Drip, Drip Drip
Eyes rolling
Drip Drip
Seeking
Drip
Escape


Be well,

Monty


Ars Poetica (2022 NaPoWriMo #30)

Well it took me to mid-May but here I am at the end of the prompts from NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days. Hope you enjoyed this years series. Now I have to figure out what’s in store for tomorrow.

Prompt 30

Write a cento.

NaPoWriMo.net

Ooh! I love trying out new forms. This form is essentially a poetic collage which is intriguing. I’m not in the best of minds to do deep research so let me just play a round a little bit and then I can come back to this form again to experiment further.


Ars Poetica

A poem should not mean but be
I breathed a song into the air
With your breath


I actually like the result a lot. Although, I feel bad that I can’t credit each of the poems I pulled from for this cento — my brain is a bit scattered and I didn’t take notes as I flipped through various poetry books to pick out lines. However, the first line is from Ars Poetica by Archibald MacLeish.


Be well,

Monty


Born Blessed (2022 NaPoWriMo #29)

May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late.

Prompt 29

Write a poem in which you muse on the gifts you’ve received at birth – whether they are actual presents, talents, circumstances, or “curses”.

NaPoWriMo.net

Born Blessed

Born with nothing but
The cutest of looks
A strong commanding voice
And a mother’s nourishing love.


Born with everything needed
To live
To flourish
And to thrive.


Born blessed.


‘Baby Monty’ – 1973

Be well,

Monty


Mochi (2022 NaPoWriMo #17)

May might be here but I’m still working through the NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days prompts since I discovered them late.

Prompt 17

Write a poem about dogs you have known, seen, or heard about.

NaPoWriMo.net

Today I decided to pull from one of my thirteen word poems originally published in Thirteen Words Volume II.


Be well,

Monty