NaPoWriMo: Day 9- Things that make me run

Our (optional) prompt for the day asks you to engage in another kind of cross-cultural exercise, as it is inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it she recorded daily observations, court gossip, poems, aphorisms, and musings, including lists with titles like “Things That Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things,” and “Things That Make Your Heart Beat Faster.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to write your own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.” What things? Well, that’s for you to decide!

I found the challenge today interesting and I think I will come back to it once the 30 day challenge is done because today’s prompt serves as an introspection. Among the many lists that I made and erased, I finally decided to share this which truly defines me.


My poem for today is – Things that make me run

Small talk, Pasted smiles

Sweet lies, Narrow minds

Condescending tones, Messy homes

Screeching sounds and Uncultured folk

Are a few of the things that make me run

Meanness and hypocrisy,
Suspicion and doubt

Greed and dishonesty

Throwing around of clout

When friendship means partying

And simplicity- an unkempt look

When lively chatter is backbiting,

And a woman’s role is to clean and cook

Are a few of the things that make me run

When I need space

And I feel like the horse in a race

When love means control

And I’m losing sight of my goal

These are a few of times that make me run

And when I run

I run so far

I run so fast

I don’t look back.


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    1. Me too…am definitely going to make a pillow book. Thanks Namratha for your comment. Am glad you agree😊. Imagine having a sign-board with this out side the house. Most people would walk away😀


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