NaPoWriMo Update #1 & Poem – For Such a Time as This

Greetings friends! It’s Saturday once again (funny how that happens every week :D) and I’m excited to be back! Oh, remember that sunny Spring weather I was talking about last week? Well it decided to leave as quickly as it had come, and grey skies and rain has come to take it’s place… You know the whole ‘April showers’ thing? Yeah it decided to come true. 😦 Which is rather tragic, because after that delicious taste of Spring it’s rather disappointing to go back to boring, ‘blah’ end of Winter type of weather.. Oh well, I’m not here to complain about the weather today. 😀 I’m here to update you guys on my first week of NaPoWriMo 2019! 

So, we’re now 6 days into April and 6 days into NaPoWriMo 2019, which means that I should have 6 poems written… And I do! I’m quite suprised at myself, because this is the first time in a long time that I’ve actually been consistently writing every day. But I’m loving it! I will admit it has been a series of late nights, due to my only free time to write coming after about 11 pm. Buuut it’s been worth it! My ‘poetry ideas’ word document has already come in handy, as have some Pinterest inspiration sprees. 😀 But here I am, with 6 poems under my belt, and I’m very excited for the next 24 that are yet to come!

I’m thinking I’ll probably stock up and write some extra poems for the future as well, as I’ve got a very busy few weeks coming up for me, culminating in a road trip across Europe right after Easter. So I figure that if I write 2 a day when I can, then I ‘ll have some wiggle room for when I’m faced with 10 hour shifts at work and long days of sightseeing. I’ll let you know next week how I do on that goal. 😀

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Today I thought that I would share with you the very first poem that I wrote for this poetry challenge… Late Monday night I sat down and wrote it in one sitting. You may not be suprised at the content… Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows that I really enjoy writing poetry/fiction based on Biblical characters and events. This poem is based on the character of Queen Esther, whose story can be found, funnily enough, in the book of Esther in the Bible. I hope you enjoy! 

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The stars are bright tonight as I gaze upwards into the darkness,

My silken prison scented with spices feeling more and more as if

It will suffocate me as fear threatens to engulf me in its cold hands.

 

Fear.

Darkness.

Screams.

Hopes shatter like precious bottles of perfume.

Memories tumble in my mind

As the stars shine bright above.

 

Taken from obscurity,

Locked in a royal prison

Which any girl would envy.

Any girl

But me.

 

Home.

Parents.

Heritage.

Lost and hidden amidst the fear that washes up and down like the tide,

Wetting the corners of my mind as I pray that I won’t fall,

Trapped in the golden quicksand of intrigue and deceit.

 

The desire for revenge burns hot in the breasts of men

Who look on me with a desire too evident to conceal,

My body a pawn in the game played by all who enter this place.

 

The stars shine like sparks of fire in the deep darkness,

And once again the old fear returns

With sackcloth and ashes to wail a dirge in the depths of my mind,

And over and over again the sound of his voice rings in my ears:

Do not think you will escape…

Outside this golden cage my people lay helpless as lambs before the slaughter,

Their blood will be shed.

Do not think you will escape…

Inside this marble prison I am silent as a sheep before the shearer.

 

The echo of screams,

The scarlet of blood,

Despair crouching among the shadows.

Can the light of stars pierce the deepest dark of night?

 

Fear strikes me dumb as I wait for the golden sceptre.

Life and death hangs in the balance and I watch them swing slowly

In the stars that wheel their courses above the sleeping world.

Perhaps…

Perhaps I am put here for a reason,

Held fast with jewels and a king’s desire

– am I more than a pawn being handled by mortal men?

Perhaps…

My life is held by a far greater hand,

Who, with one hand scatters the stars far and wide,

And with the other, cradles fragile beating hearts

Like mine.

 

Fear and hope wage war in the silence of the night.

Can deliverance arise from the very den of lions who threaten

My people with their golden fangs?

Is it possible that I –

I am to be that one put in this den of darkness

For such a time as this?

Am I come to this kingdom of false hearts and deep desires

For such a time as this?

Am I crowned with the highest honour

For such a time as this?

 

A diadem of jewelled stars encircles me,

A crown of favour placed upon my brow.

Deliverance will arise – if not from this palace

Then from another place.

But as for me,

I will go in to the king

With the prayer of my people behind me

And the golden sceptre before me.

 

If I perish,

I perish.

But as for me – I trust in the One who breathed the stars into being

And so I will go

For who knows?

Perhaps I have been placed here for such a time as this…

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And that’s it for this week! I hope you enjoyed reading my update and poem. 😉 And now, onwards and upwards into week 2 of NaPoWriMo 2019!

Are you participating in NaPoWriMo this month? How are you finding it? Have you ever read any good fiction based on the story of Queen Esther? Let’s chat in the comments! 🙂

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6 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo Update #1 & Poem – For Such a Time as This

  1. Wow! I really liked that poem! Esther is one of my favorite Bible characters. Some of your phrases really grabbed my attention and made me think, that’s pretty!

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  2. This poem made me weak.
    Just last week I took the time to do a Bible study on the book of Esther, and I taught on it in my Sundayschool class, so it related perfectly. I love the way you portrayed the emotion! It’s Esther as a girl, and a human, going through human things. So often we forget that the people in the Bible were people just like us. It’s amazing.
    Thank you for this post!

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