Tuesday, April 05, 2022

NPM 2022 - Day 5

Today's poem is written to the receipt for my mother's engagement ring. I was surprised to see that the store where my father bought the ring sold jewelry AND appliances. I have to believe that $145 was a big investment for my dad at the time. The Dollar Times calculator shows that when adjusted for inflation, $145 in 1951 is equivalent to $1,617 today. That sounded like a lot to me until I read a recent survey that found the average engagement ring cost in the United States is $5,900. Yikes! I paid less for a 2010 Mini-Cooper with 77,000 miles in 2019.

In any case, I found a lot to ponder when I saw this receipt. It certainly wasn't burning a hole in my dad's pocket, as he proposed the next day. Here's the poem I wrote.

This poem is written as a Gogyohka. Gogyohka simply means verse which is written in five lines. This is a non-syllabic form, with each line generally representing one phrase. Invented in the 1960s, the idea was to "take the traditional form of Tanka poetry (which is written in five lines) and liberate its structure, creating a freer form of verse." You can learn more about this form at Writer's Digest Gogyohka: Poetic Form.

I hope you'll come back tomorrow and see what new inspiration I've found for a poem. Until then, you may want to read previous poems in this series. I'm also sharing these poems on my Instagram in case you want to see them all in one place. 

April 1 - Senryu to a photo of my grandmother as a child
April 2 - Haiku to my mother's recipe
April 3 - Dodoitsu to a war memento
April 4 - Choka to my mother's engagement announcement


  1. I'm loving all these short forms you're exploring and all the art you're making out of your history. It's a beautiful project, and the humor is wonderful.

    1. Thanks, Tanita. I'm enjoying looking through all this stuff that normally just sits in a drawer.

  2. I was waiting for you to say that your mom and dad got married on Tuesday! I love that you have so many special mementos from your family!