Intrigante (NaPoWriMo)

Today’s (optional) prompt is to write a poem that, like “Dictionary Illustrations,” is inspired by a reference book. Locate a dictionary, thesaurus, or encyclopedia, open it at random, and consider the two pages in front of you to be your inspirational playground for the day.

This is my absolute favorite NaPoWriMo prompt!!  Last year I purchased a copy of the Webster’s New Universal Unabridged Dictionary, Deluxe 2nd Edition…for a mere $10.  So, responding to the prompt, I closed my eyes and opened it…landed in the middle of the “I’s”…where I spied a fabulous word, “Intrigante”—defined as, ‘noun, “a woman given to or involved in intrigue” (from French, fem. of  intrigant)’.  ENJOY! 🙂 Ennle♥

Every man noticed her…

Most, deep enthralled by her

Possibly even completely

In love with her…who was

That woman, gliding shadow

At twilight…dressed in smart

Midnight-hued satin attire…

‘Neath fedora with net veil

Raven hair swooped in twist

Off elegant neck, graced by

Glist’ning jet pendant, matched

Earbobs that swayed in gas

Lanterns like smoke.

What was her name? something

Foreign, exotic…it tripped on

The tongue when they tried to

Remember, fair swooned as they

Spoke it.  Oh yes, she provoked

Stunned reaction, hot quaking

As perfume trailed sensuous and

Silky, unfurling…yard after yard

Behind.  Her features were sculpted

Fine cheek bones and nose; forehead

Unlined and chin angled just so.

Mutelips tinted soft crimson…ahh

They left old men aching.

What was she doing there, clearly

Alone?  What manner of business?

Dark affair, schemer’s heart?  

She was painted in mystery…a

Masterful canvas they stared at

Insatiable, and hungered to own.  

But alas, Intrigante was enigma

unsolvable…by dawn she had

Vanished, in amethyst mist.

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.


Pond of Expectations (NaPoWriMo)


The optional NaPoWriMo prompt was for a sad sonnet.  I skipped sonnet, and have combined inspiration from 2 sources for my piece.  “In the pond of expectations” is a line from Anjali’s poem at Positive Side of Coin (click link above to read her beautiful poem, “Expectations”); and Crimson Prose (see her link above) offers the beckoning photo prompt.

Seductive pool, beauty irresistible

The Pond of Expectations…reflecting

Mirror to draw heart in, cast spell.

Oh, beneath its shimmered glassy

Waters waits spirit less benevolent

Which may catch unwary soul, tempt

Need to please repeatedly…requests

Higher, greater, ever more impossible

Till nothing’s left to give…mere dregs

Of clear identity, giver’s luster lost…

Dragged down and under, drowned.

No trace left, no hint of glimmered

Soul passes ‘cross pool’s surface…

Which now turns own face away.

Take caution, Traveler seeking small

 Eventual ‘something’ returned, mere

Keepsakehaving answered every call.

Pond beckons invitingly, entices…depth

Hardly noticed…swift-fierce, simple fall.

©Ennle Madresan, 2019 ~ All rights reserved.