And now for our (optional) prompt. Have you ever heard or read the nursery rhyme, “There was a man of double deed?” It’s quite creepy! A lot of its effectiveness can be traced back to how, after the first couplet, the lines all begin with the same two phrases (either “When the . . .” or “Twas like,”). The way that these phrases resolve gets more and more bizarre over the course of the poem, giving it a headlong, inevitable feeling.

Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that, like this one, uses lines that have a repetitive set-up. Here’s an example I came up with after seeing this video of . . . a bucket of owls.


My poem : ‘Today, I’ll tell myself’

Today, I’ll let time slip through my fingers

and lose myself in a swirl of vaporous thoughts

Today, I’ll tether those thoughts with a string of words on a open field

and tell myself I’m feeding my muse

Today I’ll dress my muse in flowy metaphors and alluring alliterations

and tell myself I’m creating poetry

Today I’ll toss my poetry in an engulfing ocean of emotions

and tell myself it’ll serve as a beacon

Today, I’ll use the beacon to light a torch that ignites sensitivity and amazement

and tell myself that it helped make a more appreciative world

Today, I’ll hope that the world immortalizes my words

and tell myself that I am a poet

Today, I’ll dream that the poet in me is remembered long after I’m gone

and tell myself that I hadn’t let time slip through my fingers All Rights Reserved.


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!

22 replies on “NaPoWriMo Day 21: Today, I’ll tell myself

    1. I suppose it’s just that the lockdown’s weighing on me and at times I wonder if I’m wasting time writing poetry and then the nagging doubt if what I write is poetry. Thank you for Andrea for being so supportive. It’s people like you whose words I hold on to.💛🤗

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  1. Glad you decided to make today into something so wonderful. You and your poem made me smile. Thanks so much for sharing this.
    ((um, noticed you’ve been looking for me and I do not comprehend why WordPress doesn’t send you directly to the right place. In that regard, allow me to send you where you can find me: )) Thank you for being you. I appreciate you and wish you miracles.

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