April is National Poetry Month. As such, I am participating in a challenge to write a poem a day. If you’d like to try your hand at poetry writing, it’s simple. Prompts are provided but you don’t have to follow them. It’s FREE (my favorite price) and it encourages me to become a stronger poet. For more information see poeticasides.com.
For Day 1, the suggestion was to write a poem about how you got here. You can interpret it anyway you wish. This was my approach.
How I Got Here
It all started with Sammy the Seahorse,
My illustrated report in third grade, when I discovered
How much I loved words.
It continued during adolescence
When my closest friend had hard covers,
Blank pages between them and a lock for safe keeping.
Then in high school, the journalism class
Won my heart for four years straight
Yet it pained me to forgo 8 years of accomplished piano playing.
Community college brought with it
More writing and though fatigued
I continued at it because journalism defined me.
And at 20, at a university known for national writing awards
I began my studies and before long
Pomp and circumstance played and I smiled.
On my own, I moved to Jacksonville, Florida
Where I worked as the youngest copy editor
And I loved the newspaper life.
Subsequent experiences came and went –
A statewide medical society, a national insurance company
And now a middle school classroom teaching expository writing.
And I love it – that’s how I got here.
DAY 2: April 2
Prompt: Write a “postcard poem.”
Snow. Stone. Trees. Sand.
Layers of history. Their beauty a mystery.
From rim to rim – anything but grim.
It’s grand. I’m at the canyon.