edgar Alllen Poe grave

April 7th Poems

April 7th, 2022 Poems

Welcome to Cosmos’ annual April Poetry Madness.  Last year I wrote 300 poems in one month, this year I will write less as that was just way too much to deal with.

Today’s poems will be April  6th poems followed by April 7  to 10 in separate postings, one per day.

I will post them as I write them, and try to update them every day or so.  I will finish May 1 US time, as that will still be April 30 KST (Korea, where I currently reside.)  Most will be G rated but a few may not be. I will try to label those or not post them. The topics will be wherever my mad muse takes me, and I usually don’t have a clue until I write them.

I will post here the poems I wrote based on prompts from NaPoWriMo, (the poetry’s world’s equivalence to the annual NaNoWriMo novel competition which I will enter again in November). Writers’ com’s Dew Drop-in, Poetry Super-highway, Writers Digest, and occasionally other prompts. I will write a few more each day, but not post them, as I need to build up more “unpublished poems” for future submissions.

Daily posting All poetry, Anchor, this blog, FB, Medium, PSH, Wattpad, Writing com, and Writer’s Digest.

I will post each poem, followed by the prompt, occasional author and notes, and photos. I will convert it to a podcast later, available on anchor, radio public, blog radio, Spotify, and elsewhere under the name “The World According to Cosmos: or Jake Cosmos Aller. See the following for more information on the podcasts.

Podcast update

At the end of the month, I will add up the total poems written this month, total posted, total not-posted, and total YTD.

I have found that this annual exercise has been a big help in helping me hone my craft as I am entirely self-taught except for having taken the Mod Po class several times. It helps me stretch my poetic muscles. It has been a lot of fun but a challenge.

Here are links to my previous April poems

Ten Best April 2021 Poems

April 25 to April 30 2021Poems

April 16 to April 20 2021 Poems

April 16 to April 20 2021 Poems

April 10 to April 14 2021 Poems

April 1 to April 5 Poems

April 6 to April 9 Cosmos’s Poetry 

April 6 to April 9 Cosmos’s Poetry 

April 6 to April 9 Cosmos’s Poetry

 Cosmos’s 2020 April Poetry Part One

Cosmos’s 2020 April Poetry Part One

April 2019 Poems

April 20 to April 25th 2021 Poems

2022 April Poetry Madness April 1 to 3 poems

April 5 2022, Poems

April 4th 2022, Poems

April 6th, 2022 Poems

Begin Poems:

Oil and Water Do Mix NaPoWriMo

Sam Adams Was Pondering
The Old Adages
Oil And Water Don’t Mix
Opposites Attract
When It Dawn on Him
The Secret of a Long Marriage
Is The Marriage of Opposites
That Oil and Water Do Indeed Mix Well.

Today’s featured online journal is Thrush, which has been publishing six issues a year since 2011.  Each issue is fairly short, giving you plenty of opportunities to savor the poems. In their latest issue, I’ll point you to Tennessee Hill’s “WE BUY BROKEN GOLD” and Chisom Okafor’s “hymn to the bowstring.”

And now for our (optional) prompt! Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that argues against, or somehow questions, a proverb or saying. They say that “all cats are black at midnight,” but really? Surely some of them remain striped. And maybe there is an ill wind that blows some good. Perhaps that wind just has some mild dyspepsia.  Whatever phrase you pick, I hope you have fun complicating its simplicity. Happy writing!

Love is Blind Dew Drop Inn

 

 

 

 

 

Love is blind they say
I say that love is not blind.

Love is openness
Love is richness
Love is visionary.

Love is the smell
Love is the sound
Love is the sight
Of one’s beloved.

And when one is in love
The blind begin to see
The deaf begin to hear
The mute begins to speak
The lame begin to dance.

With love’s embrace
All the senses
Come to life.

April 7—“Play the opposites”—a theatre term I sometimes don’t like! But here I mean do something unexpected in your poem, once or more than once. Any time you spot a cliché of feeling or words, try its opposite, and somehow make it work!

You PSH

two lovers
two lovers

 

 

 

 

 

You are everything
That a man could ever
Dream of having,

You are the one
The one true love
The eternal soul mate.

When you first came
I knew that the struggle
For love was over.

For you were the one
And will be
Until the end of time.

April 7, 2021: Poetry Writing Prompt – Dick Westheimer
This poetry writing prompt was submitted by Dick Westheimer:

Write a poem where the only pronoun is “you.”

If you write a poem from this prompt, post it as a comment underneath the prompt in the Poetry Superhighway Facebook Group.
#napowrimo #poetry

The Abundance of Love and Money Writers Digest

many packs of us dollars
many packs of us dollars

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

how to say I love you

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I have had an abundance
Of love in my life
My cup does run over
Ever since I met you

My life has been filled
With love and happiness

I have had
an abundance
Of money in my life

When I met you
You were
my lotto ticket

You were my golden pig
You were the jackpot
Of the casino of my life

And now that I am an old man
I am overwhelmed
With such an abundance

Of love, happiness, and wealth
What if I die tomorrow
I will die content

With the abundance
Of everything I enjoyed
In my life with my golden pig.

Write a poem every day of April with the 2022 April Poem-A-Day Challenge. For today’s prompt, write an abundance poem.

So believe it or not, and for better or worse, we’ll be a full week finished with this challenge once we write today’s poem! Are you excited? If so, would you say you have an abundance of excitement?

For today’s prompt, write an abundance poem. There can be an abundance of things, both good and bad. An abundance of sunshine, money, and chocolate. Or an abundance of rain, debt, and liverwurst. Today, I hope there will be an abundance of poeming!

No Longer Alone from the First Moment Local Gems

 

edgar Alllen Poe grave
“Composite image of the marker in the grave yard at Baltimore’s Westminster Church. Edgar Allen Poe died in 1849, the church was built in 1852. This marker was erected in 1875 when his grave was moved about 200 feet.I invite you to view some of my other Baltimore photos:”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From the first moment
At that date
At that place
Met my fate

Fate intervened in my wife
Meeting her changed my life
All of it.

That was the date
On which I met my fate
The mystery which binds me still.

From that moment forward
From that date forever

From then to now.
We have been together
Onward we fall in love

As you were the angel
In my view.

BY EDGAR ALLAN POE

From childhood, I have not been
Like others were—I have not seen
As others saw—I could not bring

My passions from a common spring—
From the same source I have not taken
My sorrow—I could not awaken

My heart to joy at the same tone—
And all I lov’d—I lov’d alone—
Then—in my childhood—in the dawn
Of a most stormy life—was drawn
From ev’ry depth of good and ill
The mystery which binds me still—

From the torrent, or the fountain—
From the red cliff of the mountain—
From the sun that ’round me roll’d

In its autumn tint of gold—
From the lightning in the sky
As it pass’d me flying by—

From the thunder, and the storm—
And the cloud that took the form
(When the rest of Heaven was blue)
Of a demon in my view—

Day 7: Rewrite A Famous Poem  Alone

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