NaPoWriMo: Day 30 – Final Poem

NaPoWriMo: Day 30 – Final Poem


The above image is for you to copy to your files as a reminder of your accomplishment.


and thank you.

This final prompt is going to be different. No words. I want you to find a poem, your favorite, your favorite poet, or something you wrote, or read during this past month. Something that moved or moves you. Let’s you know that being an individual who writes poetry is of importance to how you see yourself, the world in which you live, and this thing we do. Reminds you, in some fashion, of the beauty and truth to be found in doing so. Then, using a line from that poem you have chosen, write your own poem. You can use the line as your title, first line, or somewhere else in your piece. Simply italicize it and cite the author.  You are free to make it as long, or short, as you choose, and in whatever form you see fit.

Suggestion: Remember that you have written what amounts to a chapbook over the last thirty days. This last piece should be the anchor piece of that book. A publisher once called me to tell me that my poem had been chosen to be an anchor piece for an anthology. Then asked me if I knew what an anchor piece was. I laughingly said, “Not sure, but sounds like a fancy title for the last page of the book.” She laughed with me and then told me that an anchor piece is something for the reader to take away from the book, to remember it by. Something that sums up all of its pieces and parts, but also holds the truth to be found within its theme. Sort of like the moral of the story, but a bit more subtle. I stood corrected, and asked her if she was sure that my poem could carry that kind of weight.

Whether you take my suggestion seriously, or not, have fun with this final writing. Make it something you want to carry away with you to remember what you have accomplished.

And thank you again, for sharing these past thirty days with me.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 29

NaPoWriMo: Day 29

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Words:  friends, time, mistakes, fighting, through, end

Suggestions: Okay, we are close to the finish. The worst time for a runner is when she/he sees the flag at the finish line. It is believed that the sight of that flag registers as a win in the mind of the runner, so she/he slows up, because it’s all over now. So, runners are trained to push even harder when they spot that finish line. I’m not suggesting that we have won the race, but we have made it this far. And I’d like to thank each of you for sticking it out and congratulate you on making it to this point. Who would have thought?

Do you make a point of learning from your mistakes? Do you have a mistake lesson you might write about? What do your friends say when you make a mistake? Do you spend time beating yourself up, or learn the lesson and move on? How do you feel about being this close to the end of all of this? How do you celebrate a win? Have you ever patted yourself on the back for a job well done? I suggest you do that now.

Musical Inspiration:

Image is a template created from a pen and ink doodle, then colored in India Ink with fine art pens.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 28

NaPoWriMo: Day 28

ride, lost, tide, broke, water, still, divide, drop, remain


Suggestions: Have you lived another life? Different from the one you are now living? What role might you have played 300 hundred years ago, a thousand years? What is your role, purpose today, and how would that translate in the far past, or future? If you were a pilgrim, what would your destination be? Do you dream of being someone, something else?

Musical Inspiration:

Have fun with this one.

Image is a photo I took several years ago on a road trip up North with my sister.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 27

NaPoWriMo: Day 27


Words:  fireflies, lit, sleep, door, turns, fall

Suggestions: You may use the words, or choose one or two lines from the song to build your poem. This is a fun song and thought we needed something lighter. Hope you are all hanging in there.

Musical Inspiration:

Image is a bonfire photo put through the kaleidoscope app.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 26

NaPoWriMo: Day 26

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Words: music, defenses, sensation, tender, truth, imagination, night, listen,

Suggestions: A few extra words, thinking we might need them during these final days. When and how have you followed the music? What role does music play in your life, your journey? Does your mood dictate what you listen to, or the other way around? Are you a day light listener, or do you listen in the darkness?

Musical Inspiration:

Image is a photo taken in my niece’s backyard and then put through the kaleidoscope app.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 25

NaPoWriMo: Day 25


We are close to the end now. Are you as tired as I am? Thinking we might need a change of pace or even inspiration. Spent the last two hours looking for a song to pull words from, and nothing felt right. So, here’s my suggestion. This is a short and only partial list of all the music I listened to.


Jose Quarvo

Rainy Day People

Livin’ On A Prayer

Lean On Me


Ring of Fire

Hello Goodbye

Stairway To Heaven

Carefree Highway

Hey Brother

Wake Me Up

Pick one and use it as a title. Or put a few of them into your piece for today. My only hope is that you are still having fun.

Image is a photo taken in my sister’s backyard. I love a good bonfire.

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NaPoWriMo: Day 24

NaPoWriMo: Day 24 Sunday Smorgasbord



2 word lists:

Sunday’s Whirligig: Wordle #56

cooling, ascend, flesh, wine, grapes, knock,
burst, salt, nightingales, babes, prick, temples

The Sunday Whirl: Wordle #248

scar, hide, fire, prophet, vision, unholy,
naked, sin, close, hills, climb, light

Sunday Smorgasbord:

Two word lists, 24 words to choose from. Choose one or two, a few, or all 24. Have fun. Remember, if you use the words from either or both lists, please cite their addie on your post. And post at those sites, as well as here.

Musical and visual inspiration:

Image is a pen and ink sketch I was doing at the shore of Lake Michigan when I spilled water on it accidentally. Luckily I remembered that I had a soft paint brush in my purse and used it before the water dried. I really like happy accidents.

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