NaPoWriMo Day 31: Bonus

Holding On

If only we could all be

like the children 

we once were

before we were pushed

into a harsh reality 

by selfish adults. 

Our laughter and openness 

smothered by discipline, 

verbal hands

covering our mouths. 

We gathered our moments

gratefully — bits of starlight,

deep woods quiet, wild violets

and jonquils in Spring. We held them

close, like talismans for the future.

We held on until we didn’t have to.


Bonus prompt via The Wombwell Rainbow

Art by Kerfe Roig

So I missed the last two days of NaPoWriMo. I’m sad but it couldn’t be helped. I had my last COVID-19 vaccination on Wednesday and was rather sick for 48 hours after. All I wanted was to sleep or try to sleep. But I’m all better now and when I saw the bonus prompt I decided to jump in. My poem is on the sad side but we write what rises to the top, no? I hope everyone is having a great weekend. Mine is definitely on the upswing!

13 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo Day 31: Bonus

  1. I missed getting notifications of your posts. It’s not too late to do the missing ones now. It was certainly a higher force at work. So good to hear you’re much better.

    I followed the link you give and find out that April 31st is Kerfe day. 😀 Most excellent. And then I saw this: “Due to a mishap when I numbered his artwork submission I accidentally went from KR11 to KR13.” His? 😮 (One of the hit-yourself-on-the-head moments, not that I think gender or pronoun is what defines us.) I hope we will all laugh over this. 😀 I am yet.

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  2. I appreciate your post Charlotte, both picture and poem. And write when you write. That’s the right thing to do. I enjoy the many images you offer us. And and glad you’ve got your two shots now. Neil

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  3. Thanks so much Charlotte for all your wonderful poems based on my art. I’m honored.

    I’m glad you’re feeling better now. My mother’s cousin felt like she had the flu for two weeks. I was exhausted, but I seem to be always exhausted anyway. It feels good to be vaccinated though I’m not ready to ditch the mask just yet. (K)


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