NaPoWriMo Day 28: The things He taught me and How?

NaPoWriMo Day 28: The things He taught me and How?

Before I share today’s prompt and poem, let me share a piece of good news. My poem NaPoWriMo Day 27 – Adapting was the featured poem for Day 27’s prompt. I am obviously elated that it got selected. Because, like I said yesterday, the thoughts that I have expressed in the poem are something that I’ve always wanted to write about but somehow the words never shaped up as I wanted them to. Yesterday’s duplex sonnet structure proved to be the perfect way to share my thought. I was very happy with the way it turned out and now I’m even happier that it resonated with Maureen (the founder of the NaPoWriMo challenge). Thank you, Maureen, for featuring this poem. With today’s poem, we will have just two days more.

Now, for today’s prompt– to write a concrete poem. Like acrostic poems, concrete poems are a favourite for grade-school writing assignments, so this may not be your first time at the concrete-poem rodeo. In brief, a concrete poem is one in which the lines are shaped in a way that mimics the topic of the poem. For example, May Swenson’s poem “Women” mimics curves, reinforcing the poem’s references to motion, rocking horses, and even the shape of a woman’s body. George Starbuck’s “Sonnet in the Shape of a Potted Christmas Tree” is – you guessed it – a sonnet in the shape of a potted Christmas tree. Your concrete poem could be complexly-shaped, but relatively simple strategies can also be “concrete” —  like a poem involving a staircase where the length of the lines grows or shrinks over time, like an ascending (or descending) set of stairs.

Here’s my concrete poem- I’m really not good at it. I had to look through Google to see how to retain the shape once I’d done it. Well, if it isn’t obvious, the shape is hands joined in gratitude. To read the poem, you need to read one hand first, then the other (I’m just saying…:))

17 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 28: The things He taught me and How?”

  1. Can I be honest? It’s more butterfly to me then Hands. I think the spaces at the top if can be removed it’ll look like more of what you want to be conveyed…I hope you’ll not mind

    • Thank you so much,Pragalbha. I was very satisfied when I wrote the poem…like there was nothing more I had to say. The form was very helpful in expressing my thoughts. I’m so glad to know you loved it.🧡

    • Thank you so much, Andrea. I was waiting for you to read the featured poem. I’m so glad you liked my attempt at creating this shape and the poem itself. The shape was quite the struggle.

    • Thanks so much,Robbie. I’m not sure if anyone read it but you, thanks to the shape I struggled with. So, I’m truly happy you did and liked it too. Thank you so much.

  2. I couldn’t use the reply button for some strange reason. I read this poem very carefully as it was a summary of your life journey. I particularly enjoyed your words about your father and the hopeful ending. I am still catching up on your April poems.

    • My blog has been giving me some trouble. I’m so glad you tried it. I’ll raise it with the wp support.
      Thank you for such a lovely comment on the poem and for patiently reading it🧡. Looking forward to knowing what you think of the rest of the poems. As always, thank you for sticking around with me.

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