Happy National Poetry Writing Month – Day 9

Today marks the 9th 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 (for instance today’s is to re-write a famous poem) 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 poem is about memory and forgetting. It’s also about slowing down, about the possibility of pleasure and delay and about relationships and relating. It was born of a series of conversations had recently, a play, a talk given by Allain de Botton …and an incident just now experienced.

All of these have caused me to question – Are we forgetting each other? Missing the best bits as we rush through life?


Forget me.

I’m giving you the chance to forget me

so that

in days absent

you might remember what you once longed for

…on first wake

…as you crawled into bed at night

and in amongst the daily routine

welcomed those…

distracting thoughts.

You might remember that pause and delay were so intoxicating

absence came with delight

with enthusiasm and a quivering sense of


I’m walking away now.

I hope remembrances will entice you to

come find me.



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