Day 22 Poem-a-day challenge

Kudos to all the poets out there, hanging in on the 22nd day and Earth Day at that! Also, thanks to the poetry appreciators for reading, commenting, and liking the work!

So, here we go: “And now for our prompt (optional, as always). In honor of today’s being the 22nd day of Na/GloPoWriMo 2022, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that uses repetition. You can repeat a sound, a word, a phrase, or an image, or any combination of things” (compliments of, also known Na/GloPoWriMo.)

California poppies & bluebells

Yellow & Blue

California poppies flutter yellow on the hill,

wave like golden sun in sky blue.

Ukraine’s flag, yellow & blue,

billows in the saffron sun,

floats in sapphire sky,

tatters in the fire & smoke.

California poppies flutter free,

a yellow flag of nature in blue sky.

Lemons, yellow on the tree, in the bowl,

in lemonade, a glass of sunshine

on a cerulean day. Cadmium yellow

lemon in a bowl, a blue vase of poppies

doused in yellow light.

Candle—yellow—cobalt votive

vigil for Ukraine. California

poppies flutter free.

            Jacquelyn Markham (4/22/2022)

Ukraine flag, stock photo

photo credit:,mp176989/

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