Thursday, April 01, 2010

NaPoWriMo #1

Happy April everyone! Once again I have agreed to the challenge of writing a poem a day for the month of April. There are a number of prompt sites on the internet that offer a prompt every day for the duration of the challenge. It's the only way I'd get through it - it saves me from spending half the day dithering over what I'm going to write about. My site of choice is Readwritepoem, which I think offers great prompts.

The only problem is that we in New Zealand are a day ahead of much of the rest of the world. Last year, it was nearly bedtime before the prompts appeared. And I just can't bring myself to say that I am writing "a poem a day for the period April 2nd to May 1st." Somehow, it just doesn't seem to induce the same motivation in me. So for my first effort I pulled out a file where I have saved previous Wordles pulled from the Readwritepoem site, and used several of the words in my poem:

indigo, rust, ocean, congregation, punctuate, numinous

(All NaPoWriMo poems have now been removed for possible editing and submissions. Contact me if you would like to read them.)

9 comments:

Greg O'Connell Poet in Schools said...

Hi Catherine. 'The sea sings an old hymn' resonates well with me. I look forward to reading your daily poems. Regards, Greg.

Pip said...

I've decided to give it a go too, even though I haven't been writing much the last few months. I didn't get home until nearly 8.00 tonight and the prompt was up when I got there, so I got shuffling and posted the result. It's very unedited but I figure it's a start!

I love the imagery in this poem, and I love the word numinous. Happy April Fool!

Катя said...

I love the lines
"I believe in daybreak,
even if I sleep right through it."

Beautiful!

Rob Kistner said...

This was very warm and witty Catherine, very upbeat -- and I've slept through a few daybreaks in my time...
...rob ;)
Image & Verse

Jenna said...

I love water-themed poems. My favorite line is "A congregation of sea birds/ punctuate the waves."

Claire HM said...

"Call me gullible"...

Another member of the congregation of sea birds? :-)

one more believer said...

hope is everything to hold onto to and let go... that is a beautiful poem.... day 1 hurrah!!

joannejohns said...

Very good :) I always fall for April Fool's gags.

flaubert said...

Lovely poem!
Pamela