NaPoWriMo Day 23 – Serendipity

Today’s prompt (optional, as always) asks you to write a poem about a particular letter of the alphabet, or perhaps, the letters that form a short word. Doesn’t “S” look sneaky and snakelike? And “W” clearly doesn’t know where it’s going! Think about the shape of the letter(s), and use that as the take-off point for your poem. Need an example? Here is my down-and-dirty translation of Eduardo Galeano’s “The letters of the word AMOR”:

Mine for today. I found the exercise fun. There were so many words I wanted to do and then I finally selected my favorite word.


S is a road, a winding path with curves

E is a crab’s paw that’s lost its edge

R is a ballerina, dancing to the music

E is a comb with fallen teeth

N is a slide. Up, down, up again; wonder where its going

D is a slingshot that pulls back to propel forward

I is alone, standing strong on its’ own

P is a ladle that stirs the pot; so it doesn’t spill over

I is a fortress, wise and brave

T is ‘I’ with the blessings of the universe over its’ head

Y is a funnel that filters the best.

Serendipity- some call it luck, some call it chance-

Serendipity is magic, a cosmic dance

Of the universe; in your favor

that says, ‘Don’t question, just sit back and savor.’



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5 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 23 – Serendipity”

  1. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    Thank you, Smitha, for sharing this delightful poem! I never thought of the shapes of letters in that way before. ❤

    Glad you are able to get the bugs out of your blog. So annoying to deal with!

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  2. Preeti S. Manaktala Avatar

    Serendipity prompt it is indeed na Smitha … lovely ..

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much Preeti. You made my day 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

  3. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Beautifully done, Smitha. I hope you and the family are all well.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you Robbie. This was fun. Yes we’re fine. Just waiting for this to end. Dont know how much longer this will go on. Hope all’s fine at your end too.

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