Response to NaPoWriMo #18

18 Apr

Hello dear regulars. It is not Tuesday come early, but a poem posted in response to a prompt for NaPoWriMo [this is the original site]. It is one of my favourite types of prompts to play with, so if you want to play too: Visit this page that lists the sites of all the poets who are participating on NaPoWriMo this year. Without clicking on any of the sites, use the site titles, color schemes and visuals as inspiration for a new poem. Think of it as a found poem.

I used 17 of the site names, leaving out those named with proper names, and here is the result:

Para Encantarnos

Today has been okay,
Em Jay says. Poetry,
she wrote, is hard
to find, some rhythmic
words, or maybe just
words, were the best
she could do.

She had the germ
of the idea after mathoms
of thought, or maybe just
31 moments in time, that
feeding the geek inside,
eggs scrambled, not
fried, and served with
coconut chutney…the stuff
of her black satin side,

might take her writing
from its earthbound essence
from its inanity to insanity,
or somewhere in between
and give it butterfly wings
from the flames of a bird.

Until then, roseveiled
and hidden in her ihedge
she could only semaphore:
today has been okay.

I shall see you tomorrow to learn about a new form, and Thursday for more discussion of the words writers should avoid.


Posted by on 18/04/2011 in exercises, poetry, writing


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8 responses to “Response to NaPoWriMo #18

  1. Annette

    18/04/2011 at 10:57 am

    That was a fun poem to read! I’m relatively new to your blog – found it through Writing Our Way Home – but am enjoying it! Your posts are so helpful. They bring back things I learned and forgot (or never learned at all). Thanks!

    • margo roby

      18/04/2011 at 11:05 am

      Thank you! I always have fun with that type of prompt. I am glad you found me. I write about the things that I also have forgotten and re-forgotten, so I figure writers, new and old, can gain something. I hope to see you again. And, you are welcome.

  2. Tony

    18/04/2011 at 5:28 pm

    Great poem, Margo. And even greater knowing that it followed the prompt.

    • margo roby

      18/04/2011 at 5:39 pm

      Thank you, Tony. I just returned from your site to find your comment. I love your poem even if it isn’t to prompt. I think the poem embodies the concept of gomboc. I enjoyed reading through several of your poems, but my favourite is the Terminal Moraine. Wow!

      • Tony

        18/04/2011 at 5:58 pm

        Thank you, Margo. I’ve enjoyed the whole poem-a-day thing: I’m just hoping I can transfer the energy to writing *and rewriting* poems after the end of the month.

        • margo roby

          19/04/2011 at 8:18 am

          Tony, even if you don’t have the energy in the short term, you can still rework, rewrite, revise, with the end in mind of submitting to journals.

  3. Jason Zions

    19/04/2011 at 2:29 am

    Loved this. (And not just ’cause you used my site’s name). Love the internal rhyme and the energy of the whole thing.

    • margo roby

      19/04/2011 at 8:17 am

      Thanks, Jason. Your title was fun to work with, as was the poem.


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