Tangential (#NaPoWriMo Day 22)

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I’m gonna dive in today and explain the prompt after…

 

Tumble

 

The bubble

Was warm,

Clean and accommodating.

 

She luxuriated in it,

Feeling less angular

As time wore on.

 

woman making a giant soap bubble

Her backbone curved,

Her shoulders sagged,

Her limbs hugged to her frame.

 

An overgrown foetus

Rolling through –

No longer cornered.

 

 

Social Circle

 

Nowhere to slump,

Tossed in a constant 360;

Sick from the motion

And frantic for peace.

“I’m good ta, yeah.

And you?”

 

The prompt was for me to take one of the listed ‘impossible phrases’ and write a poem where it was proven possible.  I went with “a circle can’t have corners”, but I feel I wrote about two people conforming to the phrase, instead 😉

 

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Reflecting (#NaPoWriMo Day 21)

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The prompt asked me to look at the myth of Narcissus (a man so sure of his attractiveness that he harshly turns suitors away, then is punished by being made to fall in love with his (unattainable) reflection; eventually withering while staring at himself in a pool of water, and then being turned into the flower that bears his name).  The prompt goes on to say: “after reading the myth, try writing a poem that plays with the myth in some way”.

As I regularly traverse YouTube and Amazon looking for little positive nuggets to fill my head with, I have come across Louise Hay’s notion of ‘mirror work’.  It is a tool to garner self-love and acceptance, and it involves talking to one’s reflection.  It was on my mind a lot as I read The Self Care Project this week, so happily popped up again when contemplating this prompt!

 

Because you lied,

Because you put it all on me:

I here return.

 

I’m fighting not to look there

But I must

(The feeling of betrayal was too much)

 

swan looking down at water that bears its reflection

I now try to love reflections:

A backward little fix

To show me what others’ tricks

Still make me miss.

 

This nemesis has been there all along

Their whispers, jeers and put-downs made ‘her’ strong;

I’m not sure these affirmations

Can help us get along…?

 

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Rebellion (#NaPoWriMo Day 20)

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Today’s prompt was to write about rebellion in some way.

I have just finished listening to The Self Care Project by Jayne Hardy (the founder of The Blurt Foundation) on Audible.  The below seemed appropriate:

woman showing her muscles

 

Right on cue

Edging into focus, the

Bad thought brigade:

Exit of light!

Lampooned vigour!

Lost motivation!!

I didn’t let them in

Oh no,

Not on my watch…!

 

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Erasure (#NaPoWriMo Day 19)

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Hey 🙂

The optional prompt saw me write a paragraph and then create a poem from it by missing out some of the words…

 

Inside those gates, there was a lot of joy.  Even now I can see the old bricks that led up to the roof of the school building and remember the smell of the music room.  The corridor had two steps up, on the right, and then it was our classroom.  I can’t remember what year that was, but I loved helping to paint the giant tree that pointed the way from the wall.  I’d dipped a little sponge in green paint and watched the textured marks appear with great delight; balancing on the top step to reach higher than my friend.  The rest of the corridor was a dusky kind of blue, like a lazy Spring sky.  It always made me feel happy.drawn picture of a school

 

Inside those gates there was joy. 

Even now the old bricks of the school building

Remember the smell of the music room. 

 

Two steps

Then it was our classroom. 

The giant tree pointed the way from the wall. 

 

A little sponge,

Great delight;

Higher than my friend. 

 

The corridor

A dusky kind of blue;

It made me feel happy.

 

 

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Responsive (#NaPoWriMo Day 18)

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Hello 🙂

The prompt for today asked me to read someone else’s poem from end to beginning, responding to each line as I went.  It suggested that it should be a poem I didn’t know.  I thumbed through my copy of Modern Scottish Women Poets and chose a two-verser by Elise McKay entitled “No Answer” that I hadn’t read before:

 

Here is my poem:

 

A life emblazoned on a screen –

Rainbows – 

It spoke of things I didn’t want to see again:

Ingratitude, incongruence.

 

I bought myself some roses,

Became blurred around the edges.

 

I tiptoed into the shadows.

Sometimes I refuse to write: 

An empty vessel, screaming.

I’ll always give into the impulse eventually…

 

This pleasing mentality can blind me.

 

Sometimes a phrase can sit awkwardly on a page;

Words are only fleeting,

I’m only human.

 

Sometimes memory is better left unetched.

 

This was a surprisingly fun exercise!

 

[Page is from ISBN: 1 84195 526 4]

 

 

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Anecdotal (#NaPoWriMo Day 17)

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Today’s poem is baggily based on a legendary driving ‘lesson’ my Grandmother had, as per the prompt.

 

A day of ‘shine –

The air sublime –

I took a ride out with him;

My checkered dress

All neatly pressed,

New hat with pretty pink trim.

 

car

“It isn’t far,

You drive the car”

He said: a smile, a titter.

I took the bait

And sealed my fate

(I’m an impulsive critter)

 

I paid the toll:

I lost control!

Wheels that embarkment breached…

Him: [unimpressed]

“Was that your best?!”

Me: “What?! We ‘hit the beach’…!”

 

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Too Much (#NaPoWriMo Day 16)

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Hiya 🙂

 

Prompt: a poem that prominently features the idea of play.

 

TOO MUCH

 

A little freedom is a dangerous thing.

 

As sweet faces are kissed

And waved into rooms

Full of toys,

A hunger grows in me

For the dizzying array of opportunities

Crowding ‘round the gate.

 

There are buses into town!

(I could leave my phone on one, then

Take out all my money

And hop the next train (and the next) )

 

Or set up a life

As someone else,

Not far from here.

Deny I was me

If anyone asked.

 

My hair might look good green.

 

(Can one get a tattoo

At short notice…?)

 

“Nope, definitely not her…”

 

Joining a gym might be nice.

Or getting my ears pierced again…

 

I hear volunteers are wanted

For that shelter down the road.

 

Or should I just order a hot-tub

To arrive tomorrow?

The sun’s meant to shine…

 

Luckily: the kids are soon collected.

 

Folly averted – for another day.

 

 

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The Childcatcher’s Hat (#NaPoWriMo Day 15)

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The prompt was to write about a villain facing a tough situation that reveals they are human; while still being evil.

 

A gust of wind

Took the favourite hat

O’er the lollipop stand.

 

Aghast, he grabbed

But seized only air

(His skills seemed to forsake him)

 

The hat had been

A much prized thing

A reward at one hundred.

 

The Bomburst favour

Had put a spring in his step

And a much crueller swish in his cane.

 

It seemed to wave as it flew

Far too eager

To let him stand bereft.

 

 

 

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Diving Into Dreams (#NaPoWriMo Day 14)

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Today’s prompt was to pretend I was writing parts of an imaginary dream dictionary, for one or more of this list:

 

Teacup, Hammer, Seagull, Ballet Slipper, Shark, Wobbly Table, Dentist and Rowboat

 

I, of course, included them all 😉

 

My poem reads more like me explaining my dreams to someone else, however.  Well, it’s always an optional prompt…

 

DIVING INTO DREAMS

 

A teacup shatters:

Social connections lost

My communication

And sympathy skills

Are alien to me.

 

(Better than a lack of cake:

A forced diet

Or a bout of hard times

In my future)

 

A hammer chases

Screeching seagulls,

While I twirl in ballet slippers

Out-dancing a shark…

 

This one’s easy.

 

That shark has no real teeth

(see?)

It’s a small problem I am bigging up

Because I want to avoid it.

This is my flight reflex

(Am I not dancing Swan Lake?)

The hammer and seagulls

Were probably real:

The cacophony of good weather

And sleeping in.

 

rowing boat

Across a wobbly table,

A dentist smiles

Speaking of her childhood

Where she borrowed the family rowboat

And escaped for a bit.

 

I experience wobbly tables

Wherever I go.

I like to think they are a reminder

That nothing said

Has a stable platform…

We are always biased in thought.

 

I have no fear of dentists,

I think I have just been reading

Too much children’s fiction

Where the parents have good jobs…?

 

I always like the feeling of freedom:

That idea I could roam

Unhindered,

Return to days I never had

Of sailing out of sight.

 

I watched this TED talk by Isaac Lidsky this week, and my ‘wobbly table’ idea really gets the nod there!  What a remarkable man.

 

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Ostrich (#NaPoWriMo Day 13)

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Hello!

 

Thirteen days! 

The prompt was for me to take a well-known phrase and tweak it to give me something new to write about.

Have you noticed that there are a few sayings around eggs?!

ostrich silhouette

 

The Ostrich Of Doom takes no prisoners:

Stealth ovum stashed

In delicate places;

Leaving dust flurries

Wherever she goes.

 

 

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