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Friday, April 15, 2016

NaPoWriMo Day #15: Couplet of the Jays Home Opener 2016

Welcome to day 15 of NaPoWriMo. It's hard to believe we're halfway through! My book is coming along nicely and it will be done by the end of May. No ifs, ands, or buts... that's my deadline and I'm sticking to it. I've been writing it for a year and it's time. Anyway, the prompt for today:

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). Because today marks the halfway point in our 30-day sprint, today I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that incorporates the idea of doubles. You could incorporate doubling into the form, for example, by writing a poem in couplets. Or you could make doubles the theme of the poem, by writing, for example, about mirrors or twins, or simply things that come in pairs. Or you could double your doublings by incorporating things-that-come-in-twos into both your subject and form. Happy writing!

Jays Home Opener 2016

Welcomed by the smell of freshly cut grass;
although the dome is closed so no wind can pass

since Toronto is below freezing tonight—
the artificial feel of Spring is just right:

my brand new Blue Jays blanket sits unharmed in the bag,
as people make way to their seats with so much swag

that getting through causes such chaos and despair;
yet when all settles, we can hear practice balls flying through air…

Bautista takes the field, it’s a perfect hit,
the field brand new, the players a perfect fit.

“Opening Day 2016” stenciled in fresh paint,
as Bautista exits left, field crews acquaint

their brooms to the dirt, to smooth for the game
and for tonight’s festivities: the MVP named.

Much excitement is in the air, even if Toronto’s skyline can’t be seen,
my first home opener in a brand new city, the grass so green;

cameras everywhere, Drake playing in the background,
I’m loving this, even if he’s mixed in with other noisy sounds.

The crowds grow quiet as the announcer calls:
lights dim, the National Anthems sang, play ball!


  1. Keep going, Jessica! You can do it. Your book will come out on schedule if you stay focused. :)