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

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 –



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