Memory Banks (Rondel Grande)

Memory Banks (Rondel Grande)

we no longer build palaces
we don’t know the epics by heart
names and faces are challenges
Plato blamed writing for its start
but we don’t remember

mere parlor tricks or prodigies—
certainly not regular folks—
not commonplace, but oddities
to recall what was once well known
but we don’t remember

4-18-2020

What is a rondel grande?

NaPoWriMo #17

Following Instructions

Following Instructions

A response to Ada Limón’s “Instructions on Not Giving Up”

Sleet scarred the bark and bent the branches,
and even with the greening over, I feel the weakness
of the not-quite-broken straining. Regrown branches
and high-fiving leaves scramble against the brittle bones
like toddlers climbing before they walk. When the April
storms rattle the green tambourines, it makes me wonder:
did I speak too soon? did I bite off more than I could chew?

3-29-2020

April 2020 Poem-a-Day Challenge Countdown: T-Minus 3