#NaPoWriMo Day 3: Lunes – “Seconds Slip” #amwritingpoetry

For NaPoWriMo Day 3, the prompt is:

“Today’s prompt is based in a poem by Larry Levis called “The Two Trees.” It is a poem that seems to meander, full of little digressions, odd bits of information, but fundamentally, it is a poem that takes time. . . I’d like to challenge you to. . . write something that involves a story or action that unfolds over an appreciable length of time.”

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Levitating light, airy and ethereal.

Baby’s mobile spins,

As the sundial’s shadow wanes.


Ticks — children sigh, clocks circling.

Can’t read minutes,

Deduce digital numeric language better.


Somewhere neither young nor old,

Decimals on smartphones,

Grandfather chimes, seconds slip, lost.


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4 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo Day 3: Lunes – “Seconds Slip” #amwritingpoetry”

  1. I really enjoy this, Amanda. The last stanza, built on the prior stanzas, is especially compelling and engaging: “seconds slip.” (Yes, they do.) Wow. Thanks. I hope you are really well and enjoying a good start to spring. I’m okay, too much pain to manage but still here. I’m glad to be here. Peace to you–Christopher

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    1. Christopher. For the most part, I’m doing well. I’m so sorry about the pain. I don’t know what they can do for that, but perhaps further surgery or some treatment beyond opioids, is available in the near future? I’m sorry for your suffering and pray God will relieve it. Have you been able to look at any naturopathic options, perhaps even acupuncture or acupressure? I know Chinese medicine often deals with pain tolerance. Happy almost Easter, May His rising bring you hope. Also hope you enjoyed your time with the dogs, that they were easy on you. Take care my friend.


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