78: POETRY FOR 30 DAYS IN APRIL DAY 25



Project Details

Hello friend, I am Timothy Kimo Brien, head instigator at Create Art Podcast where we help you to tame the inner critic and create more than we consume. Every year in April National Poetry Writing Month occurs, this is a challenge to write 30 poems in 30 days and comes from the NaPoWriMo site. When you participate you are given a prompt every day for 30 days and you can choose to follow the prompt or not. Each prompt has a commentary with it and a style of poetry that you may not be familiar with. I enjoy it because it stretches my creative muscles and helps me organize my thoughts. I also really enjoy a good challenge. There is also an opportunity to read other people’s work as they post on their websites and for you to comment on their work, giving them encouragement or offering a suggestion. Care to join me on this journey?

Day 25 Prompt

Our prompt for today (optional, as always) is to write an “occasional” poem. What’s that? Well, it’s a poem suited to, or written for, a particular occasion. This past January, lots of people who usually don’t encounter poetry got a dose when Amanda Gorman read a poem at President Biden’s inauguration. And then she followed it up with a poem at the Superbowl (not traditionally an event associated with verse!) The poem you write can be for an occasion in the past or the future, one important to you and your family (a wedding, a birth) or for an occasion in the public eye (the Olympics, perhaps?).

Day 25 Poem

Needle of Freedom?

We have stayed couped up

Like scared children for over a year

Searching for hope and comfort

From any snake oil salesperson to appear

Begging for a return to normal

begging to live our lives again

And then it happens

The voices are hushed

As we cobble together

Standing in lines to receive our release

We move with swiftness without question

To each station of our new cross

Willing to try anything

That we are told will bring us back

Some of us are raging like beasts

Trying to find a shorter line

Getting what we feel is ours

Before someone else butts in line

I Am the first of the family

To test my mettle with the promise

I am swept here and there

With the others assembled,

We are grateful to be the first

Since we are the most infirm

We are to be tested upon for those who are stronger

In case the liquid burns

We murmur our thanks to the nurses

And say a silent prayer to our own accepted deities

That this will return us to society

But this return that we so prize

We are reminded of the atrocities

That we have incurred upon each other

Soon we will be back to living

Like there was no yesterday

And the practices that keep us alive

Will be forgotten on the morrow

Reaching Out

To reach out to me, email timothy@createartpodcast.com I would love to hear about your journey and what you are working on. If you would like to be on the show or have me discuss a topic that is giving you trouble write in and lets start that conversation.

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