Happy National Poetry Writing Month – Day 7

Today marks the 7th day of National Poetry Writing Month.

An invitation has been extended to poets to ‘stop and smell the roses’. To celebrate and practice their craft by writing a poem a day for the whole month. There will be prompts from NaPoWriMo and poetry writers have been asked to submit their sites and blogs if they wish to participate.

I’m giving it a go (?!%|>**) and so for the next month I will be posting a poem a day here at Wonder.Meant.

Today’s prompt is lovely. It’s ‘…much simpler’, asking us to take a good look outside our windows. ‘Spend a minute or so jotting down all the nouns you see outside. Tree. Car. Bus. Dog. Then spend a minute or so writing down all the colors you see. Finally, think about taking place outside. Is the wind blowing? “Blow.” Is someone walking their dog? “Walk.” Spend a minute or so writing down these verbs. Now you’ve got a whole list of words from which to build a poem, mixing and matching as you go’.

The thing I like about today’s prompt is that it’s not just simpler, it’s that it asks us to observe simpler things.

Wait. I’m laughing out loud now considering what I’ve just written. The wind is simple? Colors are simple? But they are profound!

…and herein lies the reason we must all look out the window from time to time and contemplate everydayness. For then we see how much abundance there is, how fortunate we are and how little ‘stuff’ we need to feel our lives have purpose and meaning.

 

The end of night

An eternal electrical day

sees me long for

darkness

For quiet places where I can

slip

between

rhythms and

inaudible hums

Where

in the morning

I desire nothing more than to be turned

on

slowly

Not

electrified.

 

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