NaPoWriMo 2018 Two Sylvias Press April 16, 2018

This prompt is to write a poem where animals are doing something they shouldn’t.  A no-brainer here since last night on the CTV news (April 20) there was a story….


All Points Bulletin in Nanaimo

Last night in Nanaimo, a break-and-enter.
Inside the house a woman, armed with
nothing but an ice scraper, peered out, but
saw nothing, heard only the sounds of danger:
someone breaking in.

She shook as she dialed her neighbour’s number,
hollered for help. Waited for the police.
When the RCMP arrived, she sighed with relief.
The Mounties always get their man.

At the usual command about hands in the air
the perp turned around, gave quite a stare,
and slow but sure the tiny paws rose.
Nanaimo Norm, the most Canadian of perps,
a roly-poly beaver, turned tail and waddled off.

I don’t believe there’s a warrant out, but
he might want to hide out; he knows what
Canucks do with BeaverTails


Carol A. Stephen
April 16, 2018


Based on an April 20 2018 CTV news story.

NaPoWriMo 2018 Two Sylvias Press April 15, 2018

This prompt requires the use of oddly-named desserts. I have bolded the names I used for ease of identification. I didn’t manage to include fat rascals, treacle sponge, or pond pudding.



Across the table at our local café, my date
hair in a black bun, spoons into his dessert, responds
to my question with a mumbled
summer berry grunt, his attention
focused on his food, a drizzle of purple
red juice runs down his chin.

Beside us, two teens, both dressed
in matching berry-red sweaters giggle,
raspberry fools in sweaters and jeans,
tossing their heads of tight dark curls.

The server passes by, hobnobs with
the girls. Drops a plate. It lands
face down in a puddle of rhubarb mess.
A smear of fruit clings to his left
shoe’s orange buckle.

I look down at my own dessert, a fat
round slice of jelly roll. Raspberry jam
oozes out of the cake. It looks a lot like
dead man’s leg, but proof is in the taste.

This guy is a washout, but there’s
consolation here on the plate.

Carol A. Stephen
April 15, 2018

NaPoWriMo 2018 Two Sylvias Press April 14, 2018

This prompt asks for a poem where all lines begin with a country’s name. I admit this is not my favourite prompt nor poem:






Canada dresses in PJ bottoms to trek to the drive-thru at Timmy’s,
Canada orders a double-double dark roast, and a doughnut.
Canada gives me long stretches of grey pavement to drive beside
Canada’s old-growth forests burnt black and leafless in swampy ground.
Canada’s namesake goose lays down goose poop to carpet the riverbank.
Canada is not all igloos and snow.
Canada has a penchant for maple syrup, for some of us there’s poutine.
Canada has thousands of lakes, and thousands of miles of wilderness.
Canada shivers in winter, swelters in summer, bathes in brilliant
Canadian fall colours: red maples and orange, yellow birches which
Canada counterpoints with its deep emerald evergreens
Canada in spring blooms forth from the snow in crocuses and forsythia
Canada blossoms with apples, pears and peaches for pies.
Canada has science, medicine, astronauts, poets, and musicians.
Canada has it good because
Canada has Drake, Shawn Mendez, Ryan Gosling and Captain Kirk, AND
Canada has no Donald Trump.

Carol A. Stephen
April 14, 2018


NaPoWriMo 2018 Two Sylvias Press April 13, 2018

This prompt was to write a 4 stanza poem, each beginning with the phrase “Each day I choose”, which can be removed or not during revision. Here is my quick attempt:


Each day I choose

to mute the alarm, to snooze
five minutes more and then another
five, before I sit up and frown.
Another day I’ve slept too long.

to ignore the white page staring
back accusing me from the one-eyed
screen, the empty space where words
of poems were always meant to be.

Each day I choose procrastination
and delay, plan to write another day, and yet
each day is the same as the one before.
I rise intent and then ignore.

I tell myself I’ll do better tomorrow.
But tomorrow is just another version of today.

public doman per wikimedia

Carol A. Stephen
April 13, 2018