Hush/ Day 13

Today's NaPoWriMo prompt suggests that we simply - relax. Your prompt for today is simply to take a walk. Make notes — mental or otherwise — on what you see on your walk, and incorporate these notes into your poem. My whole day actually included a series of long walks (in intermittent rain), so I …

Haiku/ Day 12

Today, I decided to just settle for a haiku. Haiku is another one of my favourite forms of poetry - deceivingly short and uncomplicated, it is actually never easy to write. Sure, it's not difficult to come up with a bunch of trite 5-7-5 syllable lines, but to somehow fit a whole lyrical world into …

Ascension/ Day 8

Phew! Long day today. Very long. And not over yet, as I've still much work to do. The day 8 prompt invites us to try writing in ottava rima — an Italian form that, in English, usually takes the form of an eight-line stanza of iambic pentameter, with a rhyme scheme of a-b-a-b-a-b-c-c. I can't …

Thirst/ Day 7

Here we are on day seven of NaPoWriMo - every time I realise a full week has actually gone by, I end up asking myself: where has it all gone to? what do I have to show for it? And I guess NaPoWriMo helps to make me feel slightly better about myself, because no matter …

Silence/ Day 6

The NaPoWriMo website suggests that, for day six, we write a valedictory poem. Well, I suppose mine could be that, after a fashion. (And so far, the birds/flight obsession still holds! To be honest, though, I haven't even tried to avoid it. I figured - if I'm going to keep this up for a whole …

I remember summer.

Short nonfiction piece, triggered by my nostalgia for childhood summertime. It was inspired by this post, which I heartily recommend. In fact, I recommend the whole On the Borderland blog, it is a fabulous read. I remember summer. The slow breeze of the hillside, the warm rain, the soothing perfume of linden flowers and playing …