NaPoWriMo 2020 Update #4 & Poem – Fight For This Fairy Tale

Hello there! I write this as a woman who has officially finished both my Freshman year of college as well as NaPoWriMo 2020 – I couldn’t be more relieved! πŸ˜€ It’s definitely been a crazy week for me, full of finals and frantic paper writing and many late nights. But it’s all done now and I’m ever so glad! It’s a weird feeling to not actually have any homework to get done – I keep catching myself thinking about if I need to get anything done! So far in my newly found freedom from school, I have baked a cake, gone on a walk, talked to people and slept a lot. All delightfully relaxing things. It’s nice to have a break before my life restarts back up, as I am anticipating it will do so after I fly home to England and get a job.Β 

I also finished NaPoWriMo 2020 this week, which is another cause for celebration. I finished this poetry writing challenge approximately 30 minutes after I turned in my last assignment of my Freshman year. I may or may not have written three poems in one day in order to catch up, but that’s besides the point. πŸ˜€ I’m really happy with myself for completing this challenge – not only do I feel that I have expanded and grown my writing repertoire, but I also feel that this has been a really helpful exercise in processing a lot of emotions that I’ve been wrestling with over this month. It’s really weird to think that I finished of NaPoWriMo 2019 while travelling around Europe on a family road trip, while this year I completed this challenge while under lock down because of the Covid-19 pandemic. My, how much can change in a year! But despite the adverse circumstances, I really enjoyed writing poetry consistently this month. And I hope that this will help inspire me to continue in the weeks and months to come!

The poem that I’m sharing today is based on a prompt that I found on the good ol’ reliable Pinterest – that ever useful fount of inspiration. πŸ˜€ The prompt was ‘fight for the fairy tale’… And as someone who has an ongoing love with fairy tales and the impact they have, I just knew I had to write something on this prompt. Here is the result… πŸ™‚

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Fight for this fairy tale, you almost grownup you.

 

Fight for the golden wonder and mystery of magic, elusive and ever present.

Fight for the dragon whose scales are dulled with the smut of smoke and flame.

Fight for the princess, beauty fading with time, now asleep and alone in a tower of disbelief.

Fight for the prince with still and heavy hands closed around the blade of a rusting sword.

Fight for the castle still standing with rambling roses and a brave and tattered banner.

Fight for the triumph of good over the encroaching darkness of evil.

Fight for winged, mystic creatures slipping away into the whispered lore of the past.

Fight for the brightness of fairy dust, the song of the nymph, and the laughter of the elves.

Fight for the once upon a time and the happily ever after.

 

Remember your childhood wonder, and fight

for this fairy tale that you once loved.

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So there you have it – this Pinterest inspired poem, and the end of my NaPoWriMo journey for this year. Thank you for following along with my writing adventures this past month. I’ve had a wonderful time writing, and I hope that these poems have encouraged and inspired you! πŸ™‚Β 

Β Does this poem ring true with you? How have fairy tales impacted you? I’d love to chat about this poem in the comments!Β 

NaPoWriMo Update #3 & Poem – Magnanimous

Hello there! Another week has passed. I’m finding that all the days are blurring into one, which is both concerning and strangely relaxing, I think. πŸ˜€ I am a mere five days away from completing my Freshman year of college, and let me tell you – I am so ready!Β The last six weeks or so have been definitely stretching, and I’m fairly mentally exhausted at this point, not to mention emotionally exhausted with all this change and uncertainty that is flying around. I’m so ready to be done with this school year and move into the summer months. I am uncertain about what these upcoming months will hold, but I do know that I will be going home to spend them with my family, which I am incredibly excited for!Β 

This week’s poetry writing has been surprisingly good actually. I’ve been able to do a lot of processing of emotions, as well as putting my imagination to good use – two very healthy things! πŸ˜€ Sure, many of these poems have been written during the wee hours of the morning… But I guess I’ve got to put those hours to some good use! πŸ˜€Β 

Today’s poem deals with the issue of forgiveness. For some reason the word magnanimous popped into my head one night and it refused to let my thoughts alone. It’s such a full and descriptive word, and I love the meaning of it. Anyways, my thoughts went with it where they wished, and this poem is the product of it. I hope you enjoy! πŸ™‚

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Magnanimously –

Is there room in my heart

for all those letters of forgiveness?

 

Lavishly –

I have received this love

and so I will bestow.

 

Graciously –

I look to see the image

that you bear behind your scars.

 

Eternally –

My heart goes out to you,

this is the beginning of forever.

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So that’s that. I hope this poem struck a chord with you – I know it did with me. I’ll see you next week, on the other side of both NaPoWriMo 2020 and my Freshman year! πŸ™‚

I’d love to hear any thoughts you might have about this poem. Let’s chat in the comments!Β 

NaPoWriMo 2020 Update #2 & Poem – Sonnet, With Brown Sugar Sorrow

Greetings! Another week has passed, full of poetry, sunshine, and of course, baking/cooking. πŸ˜€ All these things have been a welcome relief from the mass of papers that I suddenly have had due this week. Only two weeks left in the semester, so everything is ramping up towards finals week and I can definitely tell!Β 

When it comes to writing poetry for NaPoWriMo, I’m still at the same place I was last week – two poems behind. But I’m determined I will catch up before the end of the month, so I’m still not that worried. πŸ˜€Β 

This week in one of my classes I have been studying a poet called Sherman Alexie. He has a very distinctive writing style, and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed learning more about his poetry. One interesting style of poetry that he does is are his sonnets. They aren’t written in the typical, rigid style of sonnets. Instead they are written in a much more free-form style, simply kept within the confines of 14 lines (as a traditional style of sonnet would be). It’s kind of hard to explain, so feel free to click here to read a great example of one of Alexie’s sonnets. So today, in the spirit of Sherman Alexie, I decided to write my own free-form sonnet… I hope you enjoy!

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1. Jazz and laughter dances in the kitchen with butter melting and chocolate chips. 2. A house divided against itself cannot stand, but she tries to mend the break with gentle hands kneading bread dough. 3. Weary willows weep, wondering when this wild child will return from his wanderings. 4. Oh you prodigal son, return – return to your broken-hearted mother before it is too late. 5. She is a mother to all, opening her arms wide and bestowing cookies to the masses. 6. Swing dancing with the ghosts of yesterday in an empty, midnight kitchen. 7. Morning breaks again, sunlight slanting through the window in solemn lines; dust dances irreverently in its wake of warmth. 8. The salt of tears from an aching heart drop one by one into a bowl of cookie dough, seasoning it to perfection. 9. Listen to the evensong of the mockingbird and smell the incense of brown sugar baking. 10. Pause, remove your shoes – for you are standing on sacred ground. 11. Shaking hands rest on an empty kitchen table, the flour underneath the fingernails singing an ancient song. 12. Can’t you see that she tried her best? 13. This house is warm and empty, like a womb bereft of its child too soon. 14. I love you, I love you, I love you – if I say it enough will you return to my open arms?

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So there you have it – my take on a free form sonnet… I really enjoyed writing this – can you tell that baking has been on my mind recently? πŸ˜‰ I’m definitely planning to write more of this type of poetry in the upcoming days!

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this poem in the comments below! Have you ever read any of Sherman Alexie’s poetry?Β