From 2009 Poets & Writers: "Write a poem to or about a person close to you using any of the senses except sight."
The Writer's Digest 2014 PAD Challenge: "For today’s prompt, write a monster poem. There are the usual suspects: zombies, vampires, werewolves, and mummies. But monsters can take any form and terrorize a variety of victims. So have fun playing around with this one, because we’ve only got a few days of April left."
The hay(na)ku leaves me uninspired this morning (there is so much more to haiku than syllables)? The poem about a person close to me would have to be about Gary? And the monster . . . ?
The newest member, not yet
here, coiled up and growing up,
near ready to come down to earth—
a boy, a new child, the next one
preparing to make his space within
the family. We wonder: red hair
or dark eyes and long fingers,
a furious energy, perfect pitch,
blinding smile, a way of seeing
past what is said to what is meant?
Will you run fast, dance, create,
sing, count in your head?
Something else? What new
energy or pattern will you
weave into this life? Hero
or suspect—small, this new
person will arrive in the next
weeks and declare himself—
and we wait to discover
who he becomes.