musings, life lessons & poetry from Theresa Jarosz Alberti

Poetry Challenge – Day 6

 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.

OR, you can purchase your own copy of (After) Confession for the new low price of $9.00 USD, shipping and handling included! Click here to read sample poems and purchase a copy.

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:  (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
here, rectangle
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,
their necessity
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?
Some ancient
soul tied clay
tablets of marks
and drawings
together, some
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
particular version,
vision, with me, of
something deeply
felt: fiction, nonfiction, memoir, children’s lit, self-help, fantasy, mystery, classics, poetry…

So easy, chuck
into a bag, take
anywhere, dog-
ear, crumbs,
Books are
so forgiving,
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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April is National Poetry Month, which was inaugurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996.

This month’s posts are part of the  NaPoWriMo challenge — that’s National Poetry Writing Month. At, 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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  1. Jennifer D-K

    You nailed it , book girl! I swoon, you swoon, we all swoon for books!!

    • Theresa Alberti

      🙂 Oh, so many books! Thanks, Jen!

  2. Terri

    When someone shares a book they love with me it feels like they are sharing a part of themselves.

    • Theresa Alberti

      I really love that, Terri.

      • Jennifer D-K

        Oh, me too! Lovely thought.

  3. Mary Lee Krahn

    This poem reminds me of how much I love books.

    • Theresa Alberti

      You and me both, Mary Lee!

  4. Aimee

    Beautiful words! You’ve captured so much book love here. A very good thing!

    • Theresa Alberti

      Great to see you here, Aimee, and in person this week! And so much to love about books. 🙂

  5. Ann Rolle Kreider

    Love of books led me to my first profession: a children’s librarian. I still love books and a good story. (Or poem!)

    • Theresa Alberti

      Yes… I’m sure you were a great librarian too. Thanks, Ann.

  6. Ann Hobbs

    Love, but brings guilt. My three large bookcases are over flowing. Must cull, surely there are some I can let go.

    • Theresa Alberti

      Oh yeah, me too! If I don’t think I’ll ever re-read it, then I’m trying to let it go. There are many good places to donate!

  7. Ann Agrimson

    ?? ?

    • Theresa Alberti

      Say more, Ann… what’s your question?

      • Theresa Alberti

        I know! It’s like this whole false belief system we learned as young girls. And have to unlearn later!

  8. Serena

    You know, I am beginning to think that all poems should come with an introductory paragraph letting the reader know why the poet chose the structure or even content… I find I’m enjoying, even looking forward to see how you, the poet, will solve the next puzzle/challenge. AND I get a lovely piece of literature in the process!

    PS: I could go on and on about all the things I LOVE in this one, Theresa. The long last line structure all by itself is delightful. But add the pattern and patter of the words in that last line…. and I swoon for real! And the topic, well. That stole my heart in the first stanza.
    Thanks again, my friend!

    • Theresa Alberti

      Aw, shucks! 🙂 And I like the idea of an intro paragraph for poems, at least some of them. For me it’s like recipes that have intros or notes… then I get lured into wanting to cook them.

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