The (optional, as always) prompt for the day is taken from one of the prompts that Kwoya Fagin Maples suggests in here interview: a poem that addresses the future, answering the questions “What does y(our) future provide? What is your future state of mind? If you are a citizen of the “union” that is your body, what is your future “state of the union” address?”

The prompt for today was a wake-up call. If I had to give an address to my future body – the “state of the union”, I better be in a position to give it, looking straight in the eye. Which would mean that I would need to love, respect and care for the ‘union’ so that there is neither regret not remorse in future. This challenge kind of makes you accountable to your body.

To all my readers, it’s one of those challenges, you could try yourselves too. 


Address to the Future “State of the Union”

It is an honor and a privilege 

To stand before you today.

I apologize for the sacrilege

done. Youth and ignorance, obstacles on the way…

But You, “the union” stood its ground

And for that You have my gratitude,  abound.


The faith in this “Union”, not mine alone

Your strength and  courage is widely known

You deserve all the respect 

For your stronghold, despite, the not-so-perfect

checkered past. Grave choices made

where more often than not, no heed was paid

to the tell-tale signs…


Over extraction of the blessed mines,

causing a slow depletion,

guaranteeing degradation.

This “Union” however did neither break,

nor shake.

For the strength displayed, in that not-so-distant past

and the changes made for a future that may last,

for the journey so far, I thank

the ” State of the Union”. Coming days, let’s be frank

there will be issues; not because we haven’t cared enough but because of age… realistically

but we hope and pray that the curtains will be drawn (on us) graciously

Once our job here is done

Strong live the “State of the Union!”

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Posted by:Smitha V

A banker by profession, a blogger by choice, a poet by accident, and an artist at heart. Imperfectly perfect - that's me. Welcome to my world!

17 replies on “NaPoWriMo 2018: Day 11 – To love and to respect till death do us apart…I promise

    1. First a big thank you to you😊 for your appreciation. The truth is by day 10, I thought I must have been crazy to take up this challenge. Then received a comment from another blogger which gave me the strength to write this one. But yes, this has been keeping my brain occupied.

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    1. Thanks Angela. We often get carried away by the present and follow goals that probably will not lead to the future we’ve envisioned. Writing it was a reminder to myself. I’m so glad you liked it.

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  1. When I was a very little girl, I heard a woman’s voice saying, “Judy, Judy.” just before I fell asleep. I always thought it was myself, at a later age, comforting me.


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