NaPoWriMo Day 22 – I’m eating the head

Our (optional) prompt for the day asks you to engage with different languages and cultures through the lens of proverbs and idiomatic phrases. Many different cultures have proverbs or phrases that have largely the same meaning, but are expressed in different ways. For example, in English we say “his bark is worse than his bite,” but the same idea in Spanish would be stated as “the lion isn’t as fierce as his painting.” Today, I’d like to challenge you to find an idiomatic phrase from a different language or culture, and use it as the jumping-off point for your poem. Here’s are a few lists to help get you started: Onetwothree.


I honestly have no idea what to write

I’m trying to think

‘I’m eating the head’

My brain’s flickering like a old tube-light

This prompt does stink


My daughter says, ‘Its not the prompt that’s the problem here

It’s day twenty-two! Mamma, not now- don’t put the fiddle on the roof’

So, ‘I’m eating the head’

I’m not giving up. Not now, when the end is near

This is the proof!


Just need to get this thing done

By hook or by crook

I’m eating the head

Whoever said, ‘Participating is fun’

Should come take a look!


Go on now; ‘I’m trying to think’

me estoy comiendo el coco

As the Spaniards say, ‘I’m eating the head’

With this I sign off this thing

and say, ‘Goodbye,’  and off I go!



In Spanish, ‘I’m eating the head,’ means ‘I’m trying to think’ – me estoy comiendo el coco

In Welsh, ‘To put fiddle on the roof,’ means ‘To give up.’ – rhoi’r ffidil yn y tô All Rights Reserved.

Today, our poetry resource is the South Asian Literary Recordings Project, where you will find audio files of readings given by prominent poets, playwrights, and novelists from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, in twenty-two different languages.




2 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 22 – I’m eating the head”

  1. lynnfay73 Avatar

    It’s great to see you going on with your writer’s prompts. I’ve just now managed to get a bit focused since I am full time care-giver now and then this virus. I admire your fortitude and enjoy reading them even if I can’t participate at the moment. I AM writing, though, finally. Nice.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Lynn for the motivation. I hope you’re doing well. It’s great to know you’ve found the time to write in between all your responsibilities. I look forward to reading you again. Take care and stay safe and thank you for writing back. It means a lot to me. XXX


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