Welcome to Day 6 of my 30-Day Poetry Challenge!
- 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.
Congratulations, Mary Lee, for winning a free copy of my poetry book! (I do a raffle from those who commented on yesterday’s post.) Mary, please email me your address so I can send your prize: firstname.lastname@example.org (or I can just hand-deliver it to you!).
Now onto today’s poem. Don’t forget to comment, and check back tomorrow to see if you’ve won!
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Today’s prompt: write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. (Note: my line breaks will probably only be evident on a computer screen.)
Books, A Curiosity
They surround me
bricks on shelves,
hundreds dare I
say? Row after
row, spines of
color: vermillion, chartreuse, teal, cerulean, violet, puce, terracotta, taupe, mauve.
Why? What are
they? I have
grown so used
to their presence,
in my life. But
why? I pause
to think: how much of my life is built around these bricks of paper, pages, words.
And how did
they get here?
soul tied clay
tablets of marks
5000 years ago,
paving the way
for books of papyrus, bone, wood, shell, silk, fibers, animal hides, parchment, paper.
I swoon for books,
love the voices
I hear in my head
as I read, tuning
in to some mind,
past, present, who
shares their own
vision, with me, of
felt: fiction, nonfiction, memoir, children’s lit, self-help, fantasy, mystery, classics, poetry…
So easy, chuck
into a bag, take
so full of life,
They spoke to
me so long ago,
and I answered:
I will read you and feel you and have you and find enough words inside me to write you, too.
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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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