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05 April, 2021: Notional Anthem

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Notional Anthem

By Zach Peckham
   yon bluing headlit driveway
dark lagoon crammed along
   the length of the interstate
we’re out here in relaxed fit
   jeans by the twilights leased
dithering until the eleventh hour
   forget what something is
called then discover
   a portal that leads to every ruin
-ed rural Chipotle
   instant mud bracking
the saltwashed stone
   walls of this building where
we worry about the future
   could you be standing on
the marble front steps of your
   self pledging never again
“Notional Anthem” by Zach Peckham. Copyright Zach Peckham 2020. Used by permission of the author.
Zach Peckham is a writer and musician from Massachusetts who quit his marketing job to study poetry in Ohio. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in The Lowell Son, Happiness Pony, @tuffpoems, jubilat, Poetry Northwest, and on the Academy of American Poets website. He is a candidate in the Northeast Ohio MFA. He works at the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.

Write a Poem

Write a lune, a three-line poem with 5 syllables in the first line, 3 in the second line, and 5 in the third line. No other rules. You can have rhyme or not, sentence or not.
I learned what "lune" is
just today.
I have now made one
4/10/2021 11:25:46 AM

Freedom defined by
A kid’s dream
Awakens sorrow
4/7/2021 10:41:18 AM

I'm in bed by twelve
today more
heavy than I'd hoped
4/7/2021 12:19:43 AM

Carol Laursen
Lake Erie dream time
rolls with ice,
wakes to masked blossoms
4/6/2021 10:13:02 AM

Margaret Proctor
Free Easter Egg Hunt!
Children smile
Found the last egg here!
4/5/2021 8:38:24 PM

On the road again
Will return
Sing, Hang on Sloopy
4/5/2021 8:00:08 PM

Jane Abbott
upturned flower pots
mounded snow
white garden graveyard
4/5/2021 5:57:15 PM

Too many loved ones
Break my heart
By leaving this Earth
4/5/2021 5:04:53 PM

Lola Farron
Halt! Trusted seasons.
Global warmth?
Spring arrives on time!
4/5/2021 3:55:55 PM

Vlad Suchan
A blue heron flew by:
“Two crowded
for us, two hermits.”


Already all maple
leaves are gone
but oak ones still grouch.
4/5/2021 1:42:33 PM

Day 5 prompt…write a Lune


(little lune chains)

Erase me? But, why…
There’s more room?
So you say; now, kneel.

Still miss me? But, why…
Moon, no sun?
So you dreamed, believed.

Wake me up? But, why…
Bad windstorms?
Face spring. Then revolt.

Don’t need me? But why…
You. Remain quiet!

(c) 2021 Tovli

4/5/2021 1:07:47 PM

sharon bell
You are the only one
who knows the
other me, under the bed
4/5/2021 11:58:58 AM

Betty kovacs
Love the prompts. Learning about lunes.............
Buried gem
Beach, sand, dig and find
Ring to wear
4/5/2021 10:30:30 AM

Sierra Polsinelli
I pledge my body, mind, soul
To find common goals
Bringing us all together
4/5/2021 10:09:51 AM

Bill Ritz
Let me see your face
Bright eyes blue.
Lead the way toward grace.
4/5/2021 10:03:02 AM

Mary M Chadbourne
Your poem reminds that we do look for meaning and allegiances, Zak, and over time our lives to date might just arrive at your question:

could you be standing on /
the marble front steps of your /
self pledging never again
4/5/2021 9:47:32 AM

sharon bell
I learned a new meaning to the word Lune today
4/5/2021 9:44:41 AM

READ + WRITE: 30 Days of Poetry is a collaboration between Cuyahoga County Public Library and poet Diane Kendig. Our thanks go to Diane and the poets of Northeast Ohio who allowed us to share their poetry.