NaPoWriMo Day 8

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OTTAVA RIMA on the NaPoWriMo Creative Process

When prompted, poets write a poem each day.
They write and rhyme while daily deadlines loom.

A conscientious poet finds a way
For editing and rewrites, she makes room.

But while arranging all one wants to say,
A schedule may break down and meet its doom.

Creation of the poem at its end,
A new prompt comes; the process starts again.

by Cheryl Crockett

This is the Day 8 Challenge as it appears on

“… try writing in ottava rima — an Italian form that, in English, usually takes the form of an eight-line stanza of iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c. The most famous poem in English that uses the ottava rima form is probably Byron’s Don Juan. If you haven’t read it, it’s wickedly funny! It’s really amazing how contemporary Byron’s language is — it’s like he’s your mean-girl friend just gossiping at you in verse. But unlike Byron, you don’t have to write an entire epic in ottava rima! Just eight lines will do for now. Happy writing!”

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My daily haiku is below. I am writing one haiku per day for all of 2013.

Haiku #96

Cicadas! They’re coming!
Their sound may be brief.
Then there’s lots of sweeping.

by Cheryl Crockett

See Cheryl’s Everyday Haiku 2013

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