NaPoWriMo: Poem – Afraid to Say – Quatern – “Worth” 



And now, for our prompt (optional, as always). This one sounds simple, but it can be pretty difficult. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that includes a line that you’re afraid to write. This might be because it expresses something very personal that makes you uncomfortable – either because of its content (“I always hated grandma”), or because it seems too emotional or ugly or strange (“I love you so much I would eat a cockroach for you”). Or even because it sounds too boring or expected (“You know what? I like cooking noodles and going to bed at 7 p.m.”). But it should be something that you’re genuinely a little scared to say. Happy (or if not happy, brave) writing!

For more information please see the website for NaPoWriMo.  Also from The Daily Post I will be using the word prompts Green and Superstition. For more information on a Quatern please see Shadow Poetry.



Green days gone by, fleeting and lost,

Remember, I felt like a hot live wire,

Pushed into your skin, so alive.

Time moves, I blame God for life’s cost.


Memoirs of our younger days,

Green days, gone by, fleeting and lost.

Superstition, souls embossed.

Magical times new, flowing this way.


Life is a dream, a fast moment,

I keep hoping time won’t accost,

Green days, gone by, fleeting and lost.

Count your seconds, don’t relent.


Facing our challenges exhausted,

Each minute has value and worth.

In life there’s time for our rebirth.

Green days gone by, fleeting and lost.


©Mandibelle16. (2016) All Rights Reserved.


18 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo: Poem – Afraid to Say – Quatern – “Worth” ”

  1. I really loved how you worked the main line, “Green days gone by, fleeting and lost” through the first, second, third and fourth line of each stanza (I’d never heard of a quatern before – thanks!).
    Some beautiful imagery in there, and a lot of regret. Nicely done.


    1. Oh sorry do you mean difficult to understand? The theme was a line we were afraid to say and the poem form was Quatern. Basically a quatrain, but the first line repeats in each stanza moving down one line until it’s in the last line in the last quatrain if that makes sense. It is important you are right, the line I highlighted – the one I’m afraid to say makes me ashamed to write it. Thanks for your comments and glad you liked this one.


      1. You’re welcome, I’m glad I could make your day brighter, Mandi. You’re a sweet friend. I’m a bit behind on reading you, please bear with me. I will catch up. ❤

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