May Powers

Before last month, I’d never written to prompt. Although much of my muse’s inspiration drew naturally from ongoing events that were in some ways like a prompt — for instance, the tsunami in Japan — there’d never been the same ritual experienced with an April PAD regime. I found writing to prompt to be nowhere near as mechanical as I’d feared, nor ought it be disparaged by anyone any more than following an instructor’s moves in a Zumba drill or a priestess’ responsive prayers in worship. Maggie has agreed to assist my muse out by giving me daily prompts through May, then I’ll reciprocate for her in June, then Denise says she might do a month of prompts for us, then we’ll see after that has sufficiently addicted us. So, empowered by Maggie’s prompting for May

  • Promptly Administered

    [’12-Tina’ (using Sara’s weaving) • May 2, 2013 at 9:27 pm • May Day 1: prompt] — the earlier the healing begins

  • Breakneck

    [Open Form • May 3, 2013 at 12:14 am • May Day 2: acceleration] — facefirst

  • [Orange rust crusted]

    [Haiku • May 3, 2013 at 3:03 pm • May Day 3: color] — aged well

  • Booties Off, Booties On

    [Nonce • May 4, 2013 at 7:54 pm • May Day 4: clothing] — for Zoë

  • Silken Abandon

    [Sapphics • May 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm • May Day 5: sex] — for Denise

  • Moon’s Back Yard

    [Open Form • May 6, 2013 at 8:46 am • May Day 6: back] — familiar space

  • Moonlit Regret

    [Pantoum • May 7, 2013 at 6:39 am • May Day 7: apology] — would do it all again exactly the same

  • Thumbprint

    [Open Form • May 8, 2013 at 3:40 pm • May Day 8: trigger] — evidential

  • Annulus Perierus

    [Ottava Rima • May 9, 2013 at 1:33 pm • May Day 9: speculation] — best guess

  • I Matter

    [Nonce • May 10, 2013 at 8:31 am • May Day 10: important] — for Iggy

  • Catch the Kitty

    [Nonce • May 11, 2013 at 11:19 am • May Day 11: trap] — for Iggy

  • Why the Turtle Was Crossing the Road

    [Open Form • May 12, 2013 at 11:56 am • May Day 12: dream] — for those who knew him for what he was

  • Because Mommy’s Been Dreaming of You

    [Nonce • May 12, 2013 at 2:12 pm • May Day 12: dream] — for Iggy

  • Private Poem

    [Pantoum • May 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm • May Day 13: key] — password protected

  • Get Lost

    [Terza Rima • May 14, 2013 at 4:38 pm • May Day 14: flight] — a sensuous fugue for Denise

  • One-Note Chord

    [Terzanelle • May 15, 2013 at 10:22 am • May Day 15: harmony] — fitting

  • Past Due

    [Triolet Redoublé • May 16, 2013 at 10:22 am • May Day 16: panic] — potentially lethal

  • Who Broke Button?

    [Nonce • May 17, 2013 at 11:03 am • May Day 17: animal] — for Iggy (and A)

  • Unseasonably Cold

    [Sonnet • May 18, 2013 at 4:56 pm • May Day 18: normal] — tends to rub off

  • Spontaneous Silence

    [Open Form • May 19, 2013 at 10:09 pm • May Day 19: impulse] — suddenly so

  • Against the Current

    [Open Form • May 20, 2013 at 9:33 pm • May Day 20: traffic] — instinctive

  • Untwisted

    [Pantoum • May 21, 2013 at 6:25 pm • May Day 21: inside out] — for Sara

  • Sara’s Shade

    [Blank Verse • May 22, 2013 at 2:51 pm • May Day 22: shadow/shade] — as forecast

  • Fourteen Holy Helpers

    [Quatrains • May 23, 2013 at 4:30 pm • May Day 23: intrusion] — faithful friends

  • The One Missing Ingredient

    [Nonce • May 25, 2013 at 6:03 pm • May Day 25: missing] — on doing without

  • Lilith’s Milk

    [Sestina • May 27, 2013 at 9:47 am • May Day 24: pitch] — black as ink

  • A Penny for Zoë

    [Nonce • May 27, 2013 at 12:02 pm • May Day 26: money] — saving it for luck

  • Friendly Fire

    [Petrarchan Sonnet • May 27, 2013 at 9:27 pm • May Day 27: Memorial Day] — proof of honor

  • Simple Sestina

    [Sestina • May 29, 2013 at 4:10 pm • May Day 28: simple] — easy as dance

  • One on One

    [Ghazal • May 30, 2013 at 2:27 am • May Day 29: mathematics] — counting on myself

  • Extended Stay

    [Curtal Sonnet • May 30, 2013 at 6:36 pm • May Day 30: draw] — stretched out across the bed

  • Sterile Halls

    [Blank Verse • May 31, 2013 at 8:14 pm • May Day 31: clean] — disinfected

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