NaPoWriMo Day 4: Engima

First Love

Two tons of iron
With a V8 heart.
She liked to break,
I’d pray she’d start.

I kept her running –
Could not lose her.
My yellow monster,
That ghetto cruiser.

Sometimes to work
Or to the store.
When she ran,
You felt the roar.

My way to school,
In snow and rain.
But in the wallet,
I felt the pain.

The wheels wore out
I lost my ride.
That was the day,
My first love died.

Any guesses as to who she was?  My “Enigma” poem is written from today’s challenge at

And now for our prompt (optional, as always). One of the most popular British works of classical music is Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The “enigma” of the title is widely believed to be a hidden melody that is not actually played, but which is tucked somehow into the composition through counterpoint. Today I’d like you to take some inspiration from Elgar and write a poem with a secret – in other words, a poem with a word or idea or line that it isn’t expressing directly. The poem should function as a sort of riddle, but not necessarily a riddle of the “Why is a raven like a writing desk?” variety. You could choose a word, for example, “yellow,” and make everything in the poem something yellow, but never actually allude to their color. Or perhaps you could closely describe a famous physical location or person without ever mentioning what or who it actually is.

Day 4 Challenge


About ewdupler

Gene is an avid outdoorsman, loves reading and is known to put pen to paper (well, he types) as an amateur poet.
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2 Responses to NaPoWriMo Day 4: Engima

  1. 1978 Ford Mustang????? Probably not, but it was the first thing that came to mind. My first car was an old Mercury Sable with a maroon interior so anything is better than that! Like your poem and love that you kept with the rhyme.

    • ewdupler says:

      Only a few years off, but sadly it was not a Mustang. Rest assured, even a maroon interior Mercury Sable would have been a beauty next to my lemon yellow AMC.

      Thanks for the comments!

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