The year prior to NaPoWriMo2014 was a slack year for me, poetry-wise. So, of course I welcomed the thought of setting a goal of a poem a day in April. I was so pleased with reaching that goal that I added an extra poem on the 30th. I ended the month in high spirits, thinking my dry spell was behind me. Unfortunately, I was so busy with other projects, and plans in the next eleven months that my writing dropped right off, again. I’m lucky if I wrote a dozen poems.
Fast forward to NaPoWriMo2015. I think it went very well. As in 2014, I used my own photos (with the exception of one poem – at the intersection of faith and charity), using them as part of a metaphor or, in some cases, as actual inspiration. I followed one NaPoWriMo prompt, with Abandoned Crossing, and sort of followed another, with Waymarks. I did my best to review each day’s submissions for NaPoWriMo, and sometimes a word would jump out at me, giving me an idea for a poem. I had one poem, Unspoken, that was directly inspired by a submission from the previous day.
I’m sure I won’t be writing a poem a day, but I do want to write more often than I have in the past couple of years. In fact, I took a photo yesterday and knew right away that it had a poem in it. All I had was a title, and I was already formulating Consolation, so I finished that and posted it for the 30th. The other poem came to me today, May 1st, so I’ve posted it and tagged it NaPoWriMo, because the seed was planted yesterday.
Here’s hoping the poems keep coming.
Ken G. / rivrvlogr