POETRY FOR 30 DAYS IN APRIL DAY 14


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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 14 Prompt

And last but not least, our (optional) prompt for the day. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that delves into the meaning of your first or last name. Looking for inspiration? Take a look at this poem by Mark Wunderlich, appropriately titled “Wunderlich.”

Day 14 Poem

Forthright

We are the Sans Detour

Those who speak plainly

There is no nuance

That is obtuse

When our words are heard

We are understood

So let me speak gentle reader

Without any obfuscation

I came upon my name

Through the one who will remain nameless

What I have taken of him

Is simply the family name, crest

And I am learning to leave the rest

The need to be direct

And not mince my words

Comes from the lineage

That has been obscured

Where others put on airs

Or develop their character

I prefer to go straight for the jugular

Make my point

And then leave you my friend

Not to wonder at what I meant

Not ponder a greater message

You already have one hundred thousand channels

And there is truly nothing on

I reject the one who brought me into this world

But the name survives

The name that defines my identity

The name that I hated in ignorance

But with enlightenment now brings me hope

Now I have a touchstone

That can lad me like he

That can be the example

That can be the father

A name, not a man

So to you viewing these words

Or heeding my voice

Know that if I don’t try to color

The poetry that has given me purpose

It is not for lack of knowledge

Rather,

It is my lineage 

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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