NaPoWriMo 2022: Day 0- God’s chosen one

It’s that time of the year again when people like me start churning poetry, almost like machines – one each day. And yet, unlike machines, these are customised to the prompts given on the NaPoWriMo site.
Without further ado, here’s the prompt for today

Today, I’d like to challenge you to do the same! Here are a few lines of Dickinson’s that might appeal to you (the slashes indicate line breaks):

  • “Forever might be short”
  • “The absence of the Witch does not / Invalidate the spell”
  • “If to be ‘Elder’ – mean most pain – / I’m old enough, today”
  • “The second half of joy / Is shorter than the first”
  • “To be a Flower is profound / Responsibility

I have chosen the line – ‘To be a Flower is profound’ to write a poem on

I have oft wondered how it is to be a flower-
soft as a baby's skin
as tender and as vulnerable
And yet shouldering such weight -
as to beget
or bear the burden of extinction 

To be a flower is profound
responsibility- like a mother's;
Only much more.
For no sooner does it wake up and
turn its face up to the firmament

It must be prepared
to serve not one
But every guest
that comes to it
And it must show no difference

A flower, as patient as a monk
and generous, as God himself
Makes me think
that to be a flower,
must mean, 'To be His chosen one'

For who is more gracious, more sweet,
More unassuming,
More giving
And most celebrated
than a dainty bloom?


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23 responses to “NaPoWriMo 2022: Day 0- God’s chosen one”

    • So glad you liked it, Andrea. ‘Thank you for taking the time to read the poem.
      To serve everyone,’ is something that comes to my mind each time I see bees and butterflies hovering over flowers. I was happy to be able to use it in a poem, this time. I’m so pleased you pointed it out.

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    • Cheryl,I don’t know what to say but 🙏’Thank you’. This feels so great coming from someone who loves Dickinson. I couldn’t have asked for a better beginning to this month of poetry. Thank you so much❤🤗

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    • Ha ha…yes,another year of madness. Sangbad, how can I forget? Welcome back. Happy to see you here again…I’m doing well, thank you! Hope the same is with you.

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