For NaPoWriMo Day 7 the Prompt is: writing out a list of all of your different layers of identity. These are all ways you could be described or lenses you could be viewed through. Now divide all of those things into lists of what makes you feel powerful and what makes you feel vulnerable. Now write a poem in which one of the identities from the first list contends or talks with an identity from the second list. Combining with NEKNEERAJ from MindLoveMisery’s Menagerie photoChallenge.
Credit: Vincent Bourhilon
Woman child in graceful state flounders through,
Exhausted with curves of words, ink’s flow construed.
A sweet child, and a scarred adult struggling,
Methodical but scattered, spilling tears troubled.
Poet writer, editing with distaste,
In the Sky muses flow, balloons marking pace.
Creative idealist, survivor with wings,
Intrepid dreamer, with art that thrills, sings.
Facade masks, trembling limbs — nothing left,
Free-spirit, heart-thinker, world spins bereft.
Inexperienced, too much experience,
Judgement quick, while thick walls erected fence.
A fatigue that’s indescribable; it wanes —
A day, then spontaneity — pink blooms raise.
Sheets entrap, day comforts in blissful bed,
Tomorrow I’ll flex limbs, do yogi bends.
Serenity centres, pain released,
Rising — the artist designer concedes;
Inspired empathy, words can’t define,
Freedom in art from pain; sanguine souls climb.
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