Friday, April 13, 2012

PAD Challenge Day 13

Happy Friday the 13th! Today's dual prompts from Poetic Asides and NaPoWriMo: (1) Write a poem about luck, and (2) write a ghazal. Joseph Harker's blog Naming Constellations has a good primer on the ghazal, and I tried, more or less, to follow his guidelines. So here's a short ghazal about luck:


Why should the date and day of the week dictate

whether or not our day will be full of poor luck?

So many talismans – the broken mirror, the ladder,

the crossing black cat, the rabbit’s foot we rub for luck.

Being in the right place at the right time – or

the wrong place at the wrong time –makes your luck.

Not getting on the Titanic or Buddy Holly’s plane;

Being the one millionth customer – that is sure luck.

Meeting you the way I did – in the dorm lounge

that September day – I couldn’t have asked for more luck.

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