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Day 9 | April Poetry Month Challenge | Plan Gone Astray

WFSC Creative Writing Facilitators, Mike Deregowski and Kelsey Hoople, challenge you to participate in national poetry month. 1 poem per day for 30 days with no working ahead. 😉

Overall theme 'When Life Changes'.

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Day 9 | April 9th | Plan Gone Astray

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Kelsey Hoople
Kelsey Hoople
Apr 11, 2021


Linda Pedley
Linda Pedley
Apr 11, 2021

Wow, isn't that the truth! And here we go again. Great job, Lana.


Linda Pedley
Linda Pedley
Apr 11, 2021

April 9th – Plan Goes Astray


It seems my plan has gone astray

Too long I lingered in my bed

The sky has turned a dismal grey.

Sunrise of promise yet I lay

Pastel shades shift to crimson red

It seems my plan has gone astray.

Best rise early to greet the day

Outlook fine the weatherman said

The sky has turned a dismal grey.

Good lighting is the sun’s warm ray

My photo taking opp is dead

It seems my plan has gone astray.

For blank pictures no one will pay

Ashamed I feel – I hang my head

The sky has turned a dismal grey.

Instead of fretting, home I stay

No one will find me in…

Lana O'Neill
Lana O'Neill
Apr 11, 2021
Replying to

Great villanelle Linda. The two main sentences are so cohesive to the others.


Plan Gone Astray

Future so clear

When viewing from the past

Plans I held so dear

Saddened they couldn’t last.

Not sure where it went wrong

Where it all went astray

Dreams of my youth are gone

New ones will come, I pray

Life moves too fast

Plan for the future, but live for today

Don’t live in the past

Wondering where your plans went astray


Lana O'Neill
Lana O'Neill
Apr 10, 2021


News from Wuhan. Where? Google Wuhan.

Far away. Good. Let’s see now…flights to Vegas.

More out of Wuhan. Europe? Jeez.

Let’s see now…hotel prices in Vegas are inflated.

Google Events. March madness! Try the weekend after.

Everything’s booked. Billy Idol tickets in the mail.

Let’s see now…someone recommended dinner at

Battista’s Hole in the Wall. Wait. What? A case in Canada.

What now? Still time to get refunds.

Billy Idol tickets arrive. Damn. Maybe.

Can’t do it. Cancel.

A case in Alberta. Shutdowns begin March 12.

Billy Idol concert still on, Friday the 13th. No refunds.

Small price to pay. We’re stuck here, not there.

Relief? Regret? Let’s see now…time for a new plan.


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