NaPoWriMo Day 10: Warren Decker – Homophonic poems

Today Warren Decker invites you to have fun with homophones. Remember to share you poems either in the comments or email. As your poems today might be quite short you could share them on Twitter. Remember to tag @poetrynonstop #poetrynonstop.

Write a very short poem that makes use of homophonic words or phrases to create multiple possible interpretations.
(Remember, homophones are words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings, for example “flour/flower” and “right/write.” In the first poem below, “alpaca lips” is a near homophone for “apocalypse.” I recommend beginning with a familiar or logical phrase, such as “zombie apocalypse,” then finding homophones to recreate the sounds of parts of that phrase in a unique and unusual way.)

zombie alpaca lips

pour me
some mosquito wines
in my ear

Warren Decker, also known as Enjambmental, is an Osaka-based writer, rhymer, performer, and teacher. He is the author of “The Long Side of the Midnight Sun” from Isobar Press, and has published poems in The Best American Poetry, Modern Haiku, Frogpond, THINK, and other journals. Find out more at his website: 

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