#NaPoWriMo day 21

From the POV of a minor fairytale character … 

You water-lillies, you
jumpin’ ’bout like trained dolphins
like silky seals bobbin’ their heads for a morsel o’ fish

You lotus-blossoms, you
beggin’ her feminine favour
dressin’ yerself in pink bows and perfume-puffs

You six dwarfs, you
washing, for a girl!
Ha! Mush!

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#NaPoWriMo day 20

After yesterday’s late night, barely through the gate, entry; forgotten tags;  desperate bid to stay on track for one a day … Here comes an early one:

Echo maker
shoe sounder
creaking footsteps

foot’s cradle
laminated rows
stage tread

house liner
dust protector
splintered pathway

secret keeper
heart hider
tell-tale planks

What am I?

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#NaPoWriMo Day 19

Today’s prompt was a how-to poem.

How to keep a promise

write the words
inscribe them
burn them
commit them to heart
and to memory

commit to the action
the action of staying true
of following through
of making it happen
no matter what

no matter the time
the place or the hour
no matter the fear
let it go
get it done

let words lead action

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#NaPoWriMo Day 18

The sound of home – Day Eighteen Prompt

Let me know when you get home
I’ll be right
Text me.
Nah, I’ll be right
Just text.
Okay, okay. I’ll text.
Thank you
Get home safe
I will
I will. Promise.
Thank you


I love my family. They care. They really do 🙂



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#NaPoWriMo Day 17

When life feels storm grey
and dim. Trust.
Have Faith. Let It Go.

A short one today, with the words I needed to hear. Trust. Have Faith. Let It Go. Sometimes I stress too much when I don’t need to. Learning and getting stronger every day.

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#NaPoWriMo Day 16

When I saw today’s Almanac questionnaire prompt – I admittedly balked. It looked so long! But when you put the five minute time limit on it – it has some surprising results. Sometimes you don’t realise what is lurking just under the conscious mind waiting to be discovered. So here is a simple poem for day 16, based on my Almanac questionnaire responses.

An emerald maze
scattered with cut daffodils –
the lady awaits.



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#NaPoWriMo day 15

Happy half way mark! Feels good! 🙂 

Red skin stretched taut over crisp cream
Two hearts embedded with black eyes gleam. 

Cored and halved to share
each heart is now laid bare. 

In the shade of the apple tree
once sat my love and me. 

  I have always loved old folk tales of men and women sharing an apple. I still get a flush of love and gratitude when my love goes to halve some food for us … Especially anything with chocolate!

Thanks for the halfway prompt napowrimo.net !

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#NaPoWriMo Day 14


A writer of poetry in an old Victorian house
creaking with the weight of the travellers it bears
the dreamscape constantly shifts beneath my pen.
The journalistic writer exploded in a rouse
at the eccentric traveller who’s staying upstairs
his musical dreamscape blaring obnoxiously loud.
This old Victorian house has become a writer’s den
this dreamscape may devolve into a traveller’s shroud.


I really enjoyed today’s form challenge 🙂 Today’s prompt was a san san: rhyme pattern abcabdcd, 3 images repeated 3 times… In this case: writer, traveller, dreamscape. And yes – today is 14/4, yesterday was 13/4, I got quite ahead of myself!


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#NaPoWriMo Day 13

All that glitters is not gold/ Not all creatures with wings can fly

You made your bed, now lie in it/ But watch the penguins skid across the ice

You’re never too old to learn/ The way they dive into the ocean is a kind of flight

Doubt is the beginning, not the end, of wisdom/ Silky feathers cutting through the water with grace and ease

penguins-429128_1280I learned what an aphorism is today and I attempted cleave poetry … Not sure how successfully/gracefully I managed it. But I think #napowrimo is more about giving it a go, playing, experimenting. The left-side is a collection of aphorisms that fit together in my mind, the right-side is a poem about penguins that I think sort of fits together with the general theme of the aphorisms. Ah well – thoughts welcome in the comments…

p.s. baby penguins are the cutest!

Edit: day 13 doh!



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#NaPoWriMo Day 13

Maybe I’m missing something. Maybe I just have found-poetry-fatigue after doing the book spine poem the other day. Today’s prompt was an index poem – and I just don’t get it. Feel free to enlighten me.

What I really enjoyed from NaPoWriMo today was the poet in translation, Turkey’s Sureyya Aantmen. I especially enjoyed her poem “Birth” which you can read through the link above.

Without any further procrastination, here is my attempt at an index poem, from the AirBNB bookshelf; acrostic to give it an extra kick. At least Seven Days in Cape Town offer up some interesting place names – Anyone from SA here want to give some extra insight?

Nama hut 144
Abalone 150,153
Paarl 125 (map) Bird Sanctuary 123, 127
Okiep 140 (map), 145
Waenhuiskrans see Arniston
Railway station 16, 19 (map)
Ikhwezi Centre 123, 127
Maaierskloof Falls 144
Observatory 8 (map)

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