Catching Myself – Day Eighteen – #NaPoWriMo21

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Hope you are all well?

The prompt for today was:

to write a poem based on the title of one of the chapters from Susan G. Wooldridge’s Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life with Words. The book’s table of contents can be viewed using Amazon’s “Look inside” feature.

[from here]

I chose the title “catching myself” and actually wrote a few poems trying to ‘catch’ a thought.  None of them please me, but the below is probably the best of a bad lot:


I can’t trust my reality:

staring into eyes that are not mine.

Wearing dull clothes.

And a generic, pouched skin

(as if I bought it

with some giftcard)

My movements: backwards.

My motives: blurred.

Catching myself thinking: “that reflection must be me…?”

I gravitate instead

into the arms of my children’s chattiness.


I drink them in,

wishing 40 years could fall from me.

Running wild and free,

two madcap big brothers

showing me the ropes.


I’d still be a third wheel,

but I’d probably squeak less.


Annnnnd tomorrow is another day 😊


Take care, and hopefully I’ll get the rest of the week’s posts out before lunchtime each day as the kids are back at school as from tomorrow!  I can’t really believe we’re going into the summer term already, the last of P3 and P6 for our boys ☹ They are getting far too big…


Monty X

[author’s own pics]

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3 Responses to “Catching Myself – Day Eighteen – #NaPoWriMo21”

  1. Manja Mexi Says:

    Ahh, this one is so sweet! And I love both photos of you. 🙂

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Shucks, thanks 🙂

  3. Montaffera Says:

    🙂 thanks!

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