All posts tagged alliteration

A Math Problem

Published April 22, 2018 by kdorholt


A clever prompt asks to take a statement of fact like “A circle can’t have corners” (my choice) and write a poem in which the statement is contradicted. I learned “math” facts with this poem draft!


Actually, Arabic numerals

were, intriguingly, invented 

by ingenious Indians.

France’s horrid war

Of a hundred hard years

Was waged sixteen more.

The English calendar— 

just once—counted

eleven days less.

Windmill Hill hosts

a country crop circle

that’s a six-pointed star.

Fifty countries

across six continents 

commit to Round Square.

Ball Ground, Georgia

boldly boasts of

5.8 square miles.

And you say, certain,

you will not love me?

Such mystery!



K Dorholt

4/22/18 NaPoWriMo 2018


Petrfied Numb (A Simple Prayer)

Published April 19, 2018 by kdorholt


Erasure poems are a treasure hunt! Today I randomly chose a paragraph I had already written and used words from it, as a word bank,  to make a totally different poem. It morphed into a simple prayer.


My soul screams!

Then I am

petrified numb—


A chance to retreat,

find comfort’s peace,

clear thinking


Win worth back

when faith and

hope crumble


You are my

always solace.

Make me stronger


In life . . .

In others . . .

In me . . .



K Dorholt 

4/19/18 NaPoWriMo 2018

The Lion and the Mouse Chapter One

Published April 15, 2018 by kdorholt


This poem draft came from a prompt to write a poem about something small achieving great deeds. I thought of Aesop’s fable “The Lion and the Mouse” and wrote chapter one of the tale. Never got to the great deed part)


Oh, mere mouse of major misstep,

distractedly bounding back to den

juggling  supper’s succulent seeds 

within your scrawny jaws. Jubilant

to feed a famined family.


Can’t completely comprehend   

the singular snoozing sight—

massive muscle, mighty mane—

to you, just a clump to clamber up 

not a napping nose.


What rare rodent alive looks for lions? 

Brobdingnagian’s beginning—

Like that! The fable unfolds!


K. Dorholt

4/15/18 NaPoWriMo 2018

Morning Geese

Published April 12, 2018 by kdorholt


Morning sun beams a beacon on the spring scene . . .

The geese gathered once again to the fishing hole.

One female inches into the nest under the islet’s only tree

Its male ganders on shore, neck solidly stretched at every sound . . .

Ready to retaliate with haunting honk guilty or innocent intruder.

The pair call to one another occasionally over the slight chill

In love songs, I like to think, purely primitive in nature . . .

Intrinsic interpretation stirs my human heart.



K. Dorholt

4/12/18 NaPoWriMo 2018

Time Travelers

Published April 7, 2018 by kdorholt


Ofkells Blogspot is an interesting site for poetry prompts. This poem is an example. It’s composed of random words from book titles off my shelf—and random the poem is! But the way the these words play off each other when arbitrarily put together satisfies me.


In the museum of my inheritance

the signature pearl is a secret island

briefly balancing Paris and solitude.

Fireflies cross bodies of Neptune’s blue

and capture a world of laddering lake songs.


K. Dorholt 

4/7/18 NaPoWriMo 

Sweetness (NaPoWriMo 2018–4/1)

Published April 1, 2018 by kdorholt

Today begins National Poetry Month! Although I don’t know if I’ll write a poem a day this year, I wanted to be sure to respond to today’s prompt which ,actually included two,: April 1, 2018 NaPoWriMo poem prompt— write a love letter to a object from childhood. Write a poem based on a secret pleasure. Since it’s Easter, I wrote to my Easter basket in the limited time I had. I thought the topic fit both prompts. It’s sappy, I know. It’s a playful love letter. (Rough draft)




My only mine!
Senses still savor
Your sweet moments . . .

Ever faithful,
You would wait
In silent offering

Never wanting,
Always giving
Sacred, select secrets . . .

Each discovery
Divine, holy holiday
Celebrated, sanctified

On sight of you,
Passionate pulses
Sparkled my spirit . . .

Spring’s bright
Colors echoing
Cornucopias of joy

Hands holding you,
In nascent needing
While heart confettied . . .

Tender tulip petals
Tumbling, swirlingsens
Surrounding my soul

Easter basket,
White and wicker
My magic memory . . .

This love letter,
My thanks to you
Saccharine may be!


Invitation—a paint-chip poem

Published November 26, 2017 by kdorholt

B977CF0D-0170-40DB-A367-60DAEA19C87BI found a writing activity using a paint-chip sample card from a hardware store,so I tried it.
My words are underlined (My list also included “lime “sorbet” but one choice can be omitted)


The hint of mint—
As refreshing as this morning
Sun’s light lingering after
Last night moon’s dark—
Beckons me to breathe
To my slumbering soul.

A sigh of sweet peas,
A whisper of wisterias-
Drawing me through the dewmist—
Delights in wistful waiting
For my heart’s sudden skip
At simple perfection.

A rare May apple—
A springtime fairy tale—
On a branch above
Offered like a gift for gods,
Just out of human reach,
Not ripe nor ready.

The Bermuda grass—innocent
Of a maiden mow—caresses
My feet with country kisses
Enticing my timid toes
With taunting pastoral play
Careless of consequence.

And I live again
In my beaming .bloom of life
Bedecked with golden wonder
Bedazzled by the welcome—
Away from wearisome winter—
Bewitched by a game of leap frog.

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