Happy NaPoMo 2023!

Poets, “April 1 is finally here . . .

The link above redirects to NaPoWriMo, where “30 poems in 30 days” has been hosted for 20 years and folks are already in heavy participation.

Below, a poem by Stephen Beal via the Academy of American Poets. The poem, On Becoming a Poet in the 1950s“, offers full-circle irony likely to inspire satisfaction in any poet or reader:

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National Poetry Month – Poem a Day

To read LifePoetic‘s poem of the day for April 1, 2023, visit “Blue Skies in Springtime“.

Thanks for stopping by. Happy NaPoMo!


Nature’s Course

An after-poem

I think of it, now and then . . .
   if the sun went out
how quickly life would change

Initial calamities of
realization aside,
some animals, including

some humans likely live
go underground to avoid
upcoming, everlasting  

ice age; they’d scavenge their  
fading biological resources
amid their lost purpose

Geothermal awareness
reinforcement could save—
extend lives of hundreds

here or there: Who wouldn’t rather have an
interesting apocalyptic end
than a predictable one

resulting from human weakness
resulting in catastrophe; rather,
a natural event we could not control . . .

Unknown anomaly—loss of energy
A glitch in the environment caused
merely by the unexpected . . .


Written after John Malone’s “What If on a sunny day” (linked in line 2)


Four “Ways the Earth Will Actually End” (opens to Forbes.com)
A spirit of survival (opens to science.org)
But what if the sun exploded? (opens to starlust.org)

Poems & Poetic Prose

February (1893 Poem)

A #FlashbackFriday February Poem Share (plus background supporting the likely metaphorical nature of today’s poetry selection).


Gay lucidity,
Not yet sunshine, in the air;
Tingling secrets hidden everywhere,
Each at watch for each;
Sap within the hillside beech,
Not a leaf to see.

Katharine Harris Bradley & Edith Emma Cooper
(They, as Michael Field)

Katherine Harris Bradley and niece Edith Emma Cooper wrote poetry together, and their name Michael Field “was their way of declaring their inseparable oneness”.


Awareness: The Year 1893 in LGBT Rights

Washington, United States
Homosexual activity becomes illegal (imprisonment as punishment):

Responding to STATE v. PLACE, the Washington State Legislature adopted the common law definition of “crimes against nature” and established a penalty of “imprisonment at hard labor in the state penitentiary for not less than ten nor more than fourteen years” upon conviction of sodomy.


List of American Films of the 1890s
American modernist poet Dorothy Parker born 1893

Poems & Poetic Prose

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