Torch – Day Six – #NaPoWriMo21

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The plan for today is for us all to watch Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire on our home projector, with popcorn and Schloer.  Then there shall be hot dogs at lunchtime, liberally spread with tomato sauce.  This originally was to be tomorrow’s birthday treat, chosen by our soon-to-be-11-year-old  Eldest, but we are hoping for him to get to an event in the park tomorrow with his friends and little brother instead 😊 I am so glad we live in an age of being able to buy films to stream directly to our devices so I didn’t have to go and try and source it at Video Drive In…!

I got up about 7am this morning and I’m hoping to get this all typed up by 9am so that I can go and sort stuff out in the livingroom. So my poems today have again been kept short!


This prompt, which comes from Holly Lyn Walrath, is pretty simple. As she explains it here:

Go to a book you love. Find a short line that strikes you. Make that line the title of your poem. Write a poem inspired by the line. Then, after you’ve finished, change the title completely.

[from NaPoWriMo]


One of the first fantasy novels I ever read was The Awakeners by Sheri S Tepper.  I need to reread it because I really enjoyed it.  Hubby has been using it’s bulk to raise his stand for his work phone, so I had a flick.  Near the bottom of page 405 (in the 1989 Corgi edition) there is the line: They searched by torchlight.  So I went with that. 

(I divided what I wrote into two separate pieces because they didn’t feel right as one, although related)



Crawling about on unkempt floors,

we two forage

for truth in dusty places.


Multi-headed things

gasp in unswept corners,

throw up many arms

against the intensity of our glare.





Seize all the files!

Blot out my name,

rent my biography.


You beam in my beam,

I wake in your wake,

we’ll break if we brake.


Ok, that’s all for just now, I hope you are doing well and you’ll come back here to see me tomorrow 😊


Monty X


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2 Responses to “Torch – Day Six – #NaPoWriMo21”

  1. Jennifer Says:

    I love these. There are complex thoughts in these shorter lines.

    I hope he has a wonderful birthday! 💜💜

  2. Montaffera Says:

    Thank you! It is just past his birth time, feels so weird watching the clock tick towards it after 11 years, life is a strange business 😉 the movie went down well yesterday, so we’ll see how the park event pans out xxx

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