Welcome to Day 15 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!
HALF-WAY! WOO HOO! (sorry, just need to celebrate this little milestone…)
Comment on today’s poem to win a copy of my poetry book, “(After) Confession… I’m giving away a copy every day. Scroll down below the poem for more details about this Poetry Challenge.
But first, congratulations, Pamie, for winning a free copy of my poetry book! (I do a raffle from those who commented on yesterday’s post.) Pamie, please email me your address so I can send your prize: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now onto today’s poem. Don’t forget to comment, and check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!
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The weather seems to be affecting my topics lately, as we are in the midst of a crazy mega-blizzard weekend in Minnesota, in April!
My Skin Forgets
When the snow piles high, burying the world
under Nature’s cold white blanket, I freeze.
My fingers are icicles, my toes nubbins
of numbness. I wear fingerless gloves
as I write, a 17th century poet huddling
around a candle. I too am buried, layers,
sweaters, blankets, tea mug in hands,
sure I will never, ever thaw.
I try to remember the feel of mid-July,
the blazing burst when stepping outside
of a/c heaven, how quickly it makes me
sizzle, wilts my will. Humidity waltzes in,
all sultriness and swelter, me sweating just
lying still, naked on my sheets, praying
the fan will have some effect. Skin glows,
radiates, bakes, parched, yearning for water.
How sometimes you are trapped in it, outside,
no escape, waving a paper at your face
for a breeze… This future-you will try to
remember how it felt to be so bone-deep
frozen in January, but can’t. Willing or
unwilling, we are always partnered
with this own Season’s sensual dance.
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- I’m writing and posting a new poem every day through the month of April (yikes!), for better or worse.
- AND, as a gift, I’m giving away a copy of my poetry book EVERY DAY this month. FREE!
- Sign up to WIN a copy of (After) Confession by just leaving a comment beneath the poem of the day.
- I will pick a winner every day in April! So comment every day for a new chance to win.
This month’s posts are part of the NaPoWriMo challenge — that’s National Poetry Writing Month. At NaPoWriMo.net, you’ll find links to other participating writers and their poetry. AND daily writing prompts for inspiration to write your own poems. Check them out.
I’m so looking forward to your comments– it doesn’t have to be about the poem. Write anything, share the name of your favorite poet or poem, write about the weather, whatever! And thanks for reading.
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