Day 9 Sonnet on love, PAD 2023

The prompt for today, Easter Sunday, was to write a sonnet about love. Sounds easy, right? Not after the prompt for yesterday took all the creative juices, but the show must go on, so we poets keep writing as much as we can. I got the lines, the syllables, but not the iambic pentameter or the rhyme. Still, I am sharing this sonnet about love inspired by Joni Mitchell’s “Both Sides Now” quote.

When Warm Embrace Turns Chill: A Sonnet

                        “It’s love’s illusions I recall.” ( Joni Mitchell)

Of all memories we carry inside,                               

why do our hopes and anticipation              

fade away like an elusive moonrise

obscured by a thunderhead cloud at night?

Why forget the times when the horizon                    

opened bright the path clear in front of us                

beckoned birds to light and trill songs of joy                        

our words flowed; our embraces wrapped us home.

Instead, it’s disappointments we recall                     

when hope unpredictable like sudden                      

cold rain and blustery wind on spring days                         

turn skies dark and paths rise steep ahead.              

Words don’t fit like a puzzle but drop like               

a stone when your once warm embrace turns chill.

            Jacquelyn Markham (4/9/2023)          

Day 5 Hyena PAD 2023

Laughing Hyena
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For day 5, Maureen’s prompt challenged us to “write a poem in which laughter comes at what might otherwise seem an inappropriate moment.” Read more about the prompt here. Don’t miss all the great poetry resources she provides and the many poets who are taking on this challenge of 30 poems in 30 days!

Below is my offering of “inappropriate” laughter (or is it?) for day five!


            “Laughing and crying, you know, it’s the same release” (Joni Mitchell)

laughing like a hyena

laughing it all away—

sadness deeper than Lake Superior

or a gold mine or an oil pump

at the bottom of the sea

you said this is the last time

you can come home

the last time I will let you in

I laughed!

told myself I laughed to keep

from crying

I waved goodbye from

the closed car window

laughing loud down the driveway

laughing louder than the wheels

humming on the highway

laughing it all away

Jacquelyn Markham (4/5/2023)