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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

NaPoWriMo Day #13

Moving onto Day #13. Today's prompt is:

And now for today’s (optional) prompt! The number 13 is often considered unlucky, so today I’d like to challenge you to beat the bad luck away with a poem inspired by fortune cookies. You could write a poem made up entirely of statements that predict the future (“You will meet a handsome stranger”), aphoristic statements (“The secret to getting ahead is getting started)” or just silly questions (“How much deeper would the ocean be without sponges?”) Or you could use a phrase you’ve actually received in a real fortune cookie as a title or first line. However you proceed, I hope you will feel fortunate in the results (do you get it? Do you get it? Rimshot, please). Happy writing!

Snow Flake Welcome

Snow falls
fluttering in night:
welcome to Toronto!
April greets inside the door;
and warmth in her tabby cat fur;
the fireplace flickers
against the wall,

Dreams are the touchstones of our character. - Henry David Thoreau

Dreaming Awake

Our truest life is when we are in our dreams awake,
sun reflecting from stark tall buildings, gray glass;
I’m happy that the day is sunny, however, as I walk beside you,
a week ago they were predicting a huge snow mass
and while it is still cold, your embrace was a warm welcome,
the April sun glaring into our eyes, it’s nice to see you
finally after six years, Skype and social media can’t compare.
Yet despite living in Saudi Arabia, your Canadian accent is true:
“you went to the Jays game, eh?” I like the sound of your voice,
as you poke fun of me trying to figure out the loonies and tunies—
but you’re patient too. As we walk the financial district
on our way to the CN Tower and past billboards of George Clooney,
you talk about how you owned every Raptor shirt as a child,
not because you liked the team—you hate sports—
but because you loved dinosaurs and loved drawing them,
you could spend hours scribbling, colouring their shorts.
We walk closer together now, just laughing,
then you thank me for visiting, and you hope to visit me
because it would be nice to see my hometown,
though not in early Spring with nothing in bloom and you need tea.
We arrived to our destination next to the aquarium, wind-blown,
and as we ascend to the sky with the city so far below us,
I hold onto you for dear life, the pressure settles with your reassuring tone.


  1. Hi, dear Jessica Marie!

    I see that you've been doing some traveling again. I have another blog friend who lives in the Toronto area and also posted pictures of the CN Tower. I would love to visit Toronto, go to the top of the tower and get a panoramic view of the area. I enjoyed both of your poems. I loved dinosaurs as a child, collected plastic models of them and spent hours drawing them.

    Enjoy the rest of your week, dear friend Jessica!

    1. Hi dear friend Shady,

      Yes! It was nice to get away and I met with a blog friend while there for lunch. First time face to face after skyping, writing, and social media-ing for 6 years. It was awesome! :)

      You should definitely visit Toronto! It's a friendly city and very clean! You would love it.

      You too, dear friend!