Gifted – #NaPoWriMo22 – Day 29

#NaPoWriMo22, Childhood, Mental Health, Other Poetry Add comments

Hi 😊


Here we are on the second last day of Maureen’s poetry prompts, again!  My fifth year of writing a poem a day for the month of April is nearly at an end…I really do think it goes by faster every year.


“Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in which you muse on the gifts you received at birth — whether they are actual presents, like a teddy bear, or talents – like a good singing voice – or circumstances – like a kind older brother, as well as a “curse” you’ve lived with (your grandmother’s insistence on giving you a new and completely creepy porcelain doll for every birthday, a bad singing voice, etc.).” []


Being in my mid-forties, and addled by hormones as I almost-permanently feel at the moment, I’m not sure these are very wise probes into how I think about my life.  But I tried to keep the poem from extending into several pages 😉


blonde child in a pretty dress walking away from the camera across grass


An innocent, taken to heart

Such a safe, auspicious start:

Many adults to flow between,

Her cute appeal seemed evergreen.


But all good roses have their thorns,

School and life can leave you torn

And, through the holes, we sometimes see

A darker core reality.


Though blessed with blonde and bouncy curls,

And soon creative bent unfurled;

So too did she often possess

Bottomless grief, hard to express.


This melancholy in her soul

Liked whit’ling at her hopes and goals;

Haunted this pretty, lively girl

And kept ‘potential’ in a whirl…



Last day of NaPoWriMo for 2022 tomorrow, meet you back here for that!

Take care, all 🙂


Monty X

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2 Responses to “Gifted – #NaPoWriMo22 – Day 29”

  1. Jane Wright Says:

    Well done for completing the challenge so competently and entertainingly. But time to dump the ‘approaching middle age’ angst, my love. You are in your prime with loads of potential and lots of achievements lie ahead of you, I am sure. Just grab each opportunity as it comes along.

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Thank you for reading my April poems, Jane. I am glad you have enjoyed some of them.

    There are many of my lines, full poems, other creative projects and ideas that haven’t made it to light as it is…if outside observers and people in my life sincerely want me to grab opportunities and fulfil even a fraction of my potential, then I should be ‘allowed’ to show up as every facet of my authentic self in the world. There is no place for anyone to arbitrarily decide particular topics and feelings are to be pushed aside and not channelled through my work. Every artist of any ilk goes through phases, and their experiences shift and flow and inform their next transition, and so forth.

    If I “dump” parts of my human experience then there will be no art.

    Please remember, too, that all poems are subjective – sometimes what you glean from a piece and decide is being expressed or portrayed may not be true; either for the creator of it, or on your own subsequent reading.

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