Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Today Begins the Official NaPoWriMo 2015!

I'm so excited for April.  Every year I challenge myself to write a poem a day for the duration of April.  I've been undertaking NaPoWriMo since 2010 but this is the FIRST year that I have decided to blog my poems rather than just scribble them in a notebook.

I also am attempting to read one book of poetry a day throughout the month of April.  That's quite a bit of poetry, I know.  The book for today is Instructions For The Wishing Light by Ann Staley.  I found this author while perusing poetry books on Oyster.  If you have not yet heard of this amazing app (online and for android and apple products), it works pretty much like Netflix for books.  For just $10.00 a month you can read as many books as you want, they have literally over a million books in their database!  

As for the NaPoWriMo, I searched the web far and wide, and chose to do the April challenge from the official NaPoWrimo site.  

The Prompt for today went something like this:  ...I challenge you to write a poem that involves describing something in terms of what it is not, or not like...

Below is the concluding poem created from this prompt:

For The Leavers and the Left

Moving on is not like scanning
The newsstand and reading the tabloids.
You don’t get to choose
The most exciting headlines
And omit huge chunks of text
Deemed unpretty.
There’s no such thing as
As speed-reading through a memory,
And fate is not a misspelled word
Or a story just as easily erased
By the keystroke of some glitzy writer
In the sky-rise building of some
Big city you’ve never stepped foot into.

No, freewill isn’t always
an invaluable choice,
Not unlike how I opened an old book
The other night, a favorite
From my early college years,
To find a note from an ex
Scribbled across the inside flap.
Words I don’t recall ever reading,
Their surprise meaning now dead,
It read much like a eulogy
To all the dreams lost to old lovers:
“Just something to say I love you…”

Maybe old flames really
Do calculate like typos in
Investment score-sheets,
You misread a tally, you cheat yourself.


  1. Absolutely fantastic! Loved your work :D
    Inspired :)

  2. This is a marvelous write. I enjoyed reading it.....oh, the surprise of finding that note, without the memory the "no such thing as speed-reading through a memory." Brilliant!

  3. Somewhat brilliant this I'd say, well done. You've captured the essence of living and losing really well.


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