NaPoWritMo – Day 3: “Cold Rain”

April is National Poetry Month! The idea is to write 30 poems in 30 days. On, you’ll find a daily challenge for the month. I don’t follow their challenges, but I try to write a poem a day. Here’s today’s challenge:

“…It’s a Spanish form called a “glosa” – literally a poem that glosses, or explains, or in some way responds to another poem. The idea is to take a quatrain from a poem that you like, and then write a four-stanza poem that explains or responds to each line of the quatrain, with each of the quatrain’s four lines in turn forming the last line of each stanza. Traditionally, each stanza has ten lines, but don’t feel obligated to hold yourself to that! Here’s a nice summary of the glosa form to help you get started.”
Photo by Sam Willis on
cold rain
coats frosty roofs
icy glazed city streets
mirror stop light's cherry-red glow
spring's fight to win over winter
a battle to the end
gray clouds hang low
dawn breaks

Colleen M. Chesebro

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Colleen M. Chesebro is a Michigan Poet who loves crafting syllabic poetry, flash fiction, and creative fiction and nonfiction. Colleen sponsors a weekly syllabic poetry challenge, called #TankaTuesday, on where participants learn how to write traditional and current forms of syllabic poetry. A published author, Colleen is also an editor of “Word Weaving, a Word Craft Journal of Syllabic Verse, also found on Colleen’s mission is to bring the craft of writing syllabic poetry to anyone who thinks they can’t be a poet. Recently, she created the Double Ennead, a 99-syllable poetry form for the Carrot Ranch literary community at Colleen’s poetry has appeared in various anthologies and journals including “Hedgerow-a journal of small poems,” and “Poetry Treasures1 & 2” a collection of poetry from the poet/author guests of Robbie Cheadle on the “Treasuring Poetry” blog series on “Writing to be Read." Colleen published “Word Craft: Prose & Poetry, The Art of Crafting Syllabic Poetry,” which illustrates how to write various syllabic poetry forms used in her Tanka Tuesday challenges; and a collection of poetry, flash fiction, and short stories called, “Fairies, Myths & Magic: A Summer Celebration,” dedicated to the Summer Solstice. She contributed a short story called “The Changeling,” in the “Ghostly Rites Anthology 2020,” published by Plaisted Publishing House. Find Colleen at Word Craft: Prose & Poetry at
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  1. Your captures this time of year for us in northern states very well!

  2. your captures is indeed beautiful.

  3. Nicely captured, Colleen. We had cold rain and grey clouds today–with sunshine in-between the periods of rain. Crazy weather!
    I’m doing a poetry month ekphrastic challenge.

  4. Mizzle – a fun word. Stay dry. We had some mizzle and drizzle today too!
    I did take in some purple Hyacinths in today. Three are enough – they have a powerful sent!

  5. You have embraced the world of poetry with such passion. Your work reflects this energy, beautifully!

  6. As Merril noted, spring keeps changing its mind here too! But the birds are back, no matter the weather. (K)

  7. Cold and wet? No, thank you! Your poem is beautiful and makes me very happy I live in South Florida. Lol! Good luck on writing 30 poems in 30 days. It technically sounds easier than NaNoWriMo, but I know what goes into writing a poem, so it truly can be a challenge. 🙂

  8. Good luck with the month’s poetic challenges, Colleen. Love this response. So apt for right now! 💕🙂

  9. All the best, Colleen. Yay.
    And that glosa challenge was fun. Just sayin’ 😉

  10. This is just too cool Colleen 💜💜💜💜

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