Rhyme Time (#NaPoMo)

15 Apr

April is National Poetry Month, across the cyber world people attempt to grapple and wrangle with their language to conjure something of power, of poignancy, or amusement. Poetry is one of those forms that has many variations, from the syllable structure of hiaku, tanka and fib, the free form structure (isn’t that a contradiction terms, an oxymoron), limerick, sonnet, the list goes on.

Many moons ago in the blogging days of the defunct a group of us would game play with words, write short stories, poems, enjoy the weekly Friday fives, Wednesday wordle and alike. A few of us are in a private Facebook group and have been enticed (read cajoled) into taking part in the write a poem everyday.

Now I am no bard, I struggle enough just writing a blog. My levels of imagination swing between non-existent to fleeting sparks. Yet somehow I seem to have ended up joining in and I might admit begrudgingly that one or two of my attempts ain’t too too bad. I shall now proceed to bore you all with a few, please feel free to vacate now if you wish.

Let’s start with a light limerick

There once was a man from Nantucket 
Who was troubled by the hole in his bucket
Eliza suggested
Henry then tested
Until they conceded to chuck it

A haiku follows a syllable pattern of 5-7-5.

Is my new occupation
Until tomorrow

A fib poem follows the syllable pattern 1-1-2-3-5-8, and I was attempting one when the death of HRH The Prince Phillip, Duke of Edinburgh was announced

Such a brain
Such a character
None like him will be seen again

The acrostic style is where the first letter of each line spells something out

Openly inquisitive
Through my window creeps
Mannered and quiet
Yet expecting
Chair, blanket or lap
And caresses on head and chin
This cat of not mine

There there is the more traditional comfortable style

Fight The Rhyme, is the new rallying call
We'll storm the libraries, we'll march to Whitehall.
April has been high jacked, It's becoming quite the strain
More addictive than hippie crack, the effort quite the drain.
It's sneaky and enticing, You're teased with a simple ploy
Just a few to start with, to release those endorphins of joy.
A little harmless game, it's fun, a poem a day
Before you know it you're caught, and with headaches you pay.
I am here to make a stand, to stop this engulfing all of us
If you need help, reach out, to Poets Anonymous.

Websites like, and have seen their hit rate sky rocket into the stratosphere.

Right then, off to wrestle with tomorrow’s attempt.


Posted by on April 15, 2021 in General


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8 responses to “Rhyme Time (#NaPoMo)

  1. menhir1

    April 15, 2021 at 3:28 pm

    Who would a poet be,
    Lack of rhyme and reverie,
    what of playing somewhere new,
    Wide-eyed, parsing with the few.
    Inspiration expired.


    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      April 15, 2021 at 3:36 pm

      Brilliant! We’ve a pretty smutty bunch so our rhymes have been quite hilarious

      Liked by 1 person

  2. menhir1

    April 15, 2021 at 7:55 pm

    Couldn’t resist it.
    I believe I would get a mental block if I tried to veer in, what for me, would be areas of discomfort.

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      April 15, 2021 at 8:01 pm

      I’ve struggled. No doubt I will before the end of the month. The haiku has been an interesting diversion.


  3. menhir1

    April 15, 2021 at 10:38 pm

    We used to play with Haiku, almost got fluent with the form. I haven’t tried jt for some time. There is a disciplined knack. Xxx

    Liked by 1 person

  4. snowbird

    April 19, 2021 at 10:40 pm

    Well, well well! Who knew you were are poet! Loved all of these, very

    Liked by 1 person

    • AnneMarie

      April 20, 2021 at 10:37 am

      Thank you. It’s becoming a struggle to manage one everyday.


  5. menhir1

    April 25, 2021 at 12:58 pm

    Every day😯 !! A poem a day, I would struggle with that too. Have a care, it might increase to two daily….


    Liked by 1 person


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