Daily Archives: April 7, 2019

NaPoWriMo 2019 Day 7



So here we are, one week in, one week done. Just keep going.


As always for the full post, click on the day.

Day 7

One week down!

Today marks the one-week mark for Na/GloPoWriMo 2019! We hope you feel like you’re hitting your stride with this whole write-a-poem-every-day thing.

Our featured participant today is Garten der Gerdichte, where the poem of the possible for Day 6 shows that poetry can happen even amidst distractions.

Today’s poetry resource is another TED talk, this one from Rachel McKibbens, on “Poetry as Therapy.” 

Our prompt for the day is also inspired by McKibbens, who posted these thoughts on her Twitter account a few months back:

What do you deserve? Name it. All of it. What are you ready to let go of? Name that too. Then name the most gentle gift for yourself. Name the brightest song your body’s ever held. Summon joy like you would a child; call it home. It wanders, yes. But it’s still yours.

Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem of gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else?

Happy writing!


NaPo Process Notes

I feel a little as if I am on a long haul flight, having only just finished writing for Day 6 and with the pesky Day 5 poem still needing more stanzas… but I enjoy travel and see the plane rides as part of the adventure – and it is a lazy Sunday with no other commitments and I have had more coffee than a human being ever needs… so I am fuelled and ready for more writing!

low angle photo of airplane

Photo by Sam Willis on Pexels.com

I read the featured participant poem, I enjoyed the fun of it. Then I watched the TED talk by Rachel McKibbens.

Rachel combines her personal story with her spoken word poetry to explain how the practice of sharing written words aloud in an environment of safety, encouragement and support is an invaluable, cathartic experience of emotional and intellectual re-framing.

– You Tube Descriptor. 

It was powerful performance with some cutting lines.

On Writing 


From this prompt –

… gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else?

I instantly knew what I would write about today. It didn’t take very long (that could be the coffee), it has 4 stanzas. It is called Dolcezza, here are some lines from the penultimate stanza.

My skin, touched by the communion

of your flesh,

breath hatched, our universe –



NaPoWriMo Round Up Week 1 2019



I am not sure in what world I thought I would have completed Sunday’s NaPo before this Round Up was scheduled… I will be back in a short while to post Day 7. (I have just finished Day 6. It was a slow burner but I am fully satisfied with the result.)

It is at this Week 1 stage of NaPo that your poems will become more rounded, more instant and you may start to find ones that you want to improve and share.

Congratulations! You have survived a week of writing poems and everything is still okay.

Keep going.

This week I have written  poems:

We Only Go There for Meatballs

A Box Within a Box


Forty Conversations

Me as Lovatar (from pre-NaPo prompt)



Learning – a Villanelle

If Only Melancholy Had a Release Valve



I have discovered new (to me) poets and watched a German rendition of Sonnet 66. I have collected inspiration for the future including:

Working with Sonnet 66 -Shakespeare

Answering Questions/playing with questions

Lots of researching/harvested video footage



If, like me, you are saving poem files daily now might be a good time to copy and paste them into one file. Believe me, you will glad you have at the end of 30 days of writing poems.



I am lucky that I have the time to invest in getting creative. Remember even if you are working full-time and I was the first year, try short form poetry. I am not suggesting it is easier to write, I know it is not but it will take less time as we are leaving the editing process until after the NaPoWriMo experience.