NaPoWriMo Day 1

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LATE WINTER’S ANTI-ROMANCE

Inspired by: “Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?”

Dare ye compare me to a summer’s day
When frigid chills have not begun to wain?
Before my coat and hat are put away
Your careless dreaming I won’t entertain.

We wonder why the Winter stayed so late.
The warmth of Spring’s arrival took too long.
Cold wind gusts blew my curly tresses straight.
Will someone tell the groundhog he was wrong?

With woolen mittens covering your hands.
Perhaps you’d like to offer me a rose.
My sense of smell’s impaired, you’ll understand
For frozen boogers hang below my nose.

So sadly, spring romance will have to wait.
Regretfully, we must postpone our date.

by Cheryl Crockett

Back to Cheryl’s NaPoWriMo 2013 Main Post

Below is the Day 1 Challenge as it appears on napowrimo.net.

Write a “poem that has the same first line as another poem. You can use a favorite poem, pick up a random book of poetry and get a first line that way, or perhaps use one of the following:

Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

She walks in beauty, like the night

Slowly, silently, now the moon

anyone lived in a pretty how town

I have written some poems of this type in the past, and it can be fun to take a well-known first line and do something totally different with it! But if it’s hard for you to shake the original, maybe using a first line from a random poem would be best for you.”

CREATIVE PROCESS BELOW (ALL THAT BROUGHT ME TO THE FINISHED POEM IS BELOW):

For APRIL 1st (Started APRIL 4th – finished APRIL 8th)

A SONNET MAYBE ?

Dare ye compare me to a summer’s day
When frigid chills have not begun to wain?
Without my coat and hat I wish to play
For careless dreaming you would entertain.

Will someone tell the groundhog he was wrong?
Cold breezes blew my curly tresses straight.
The warmth of Spring’s arrival took too long.
We wonder why the Winter stayed so late.
……

Many of my late March 2013 daily haiku were about the slow transition from Winter to Spring (it was snowing just to the south of my region on the day of this writing – April 4th), so how can anyone compare anything or anyone to a summer’s day? The temperature forecast was 35 degrees overnight that night.

Shall I compare you?
To what shall I compare you?

Will you compare me?
To what will you compare me?

Harsh March winds have overstayed
and blow my hair horizontal (curls straight)

brisk breezes burn my cheeks
and sting my eyes I lose my breath

If you could see me at my best
in my sleeveless top and sun-tanned skin
sun-kissed shoulders

(Thank you to the people have started “liking” my posts, before I had written any poems yet! Because I started late with NaPoWriMo, I decided to develop and finish my poems for the first four days of the month in the posts where they ultimately will be displayed. You will see my creative process with the finished poem.)

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