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”

  1. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    This is very beautiful, Smitha.

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  2. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    Excellent Smitha! You’ve really thought deeply about what it means to be a flower and the result is a poem full of wisdom – while also having its amusing moments, such as having to serve everyone!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      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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  3. M Jay Dixit Avatar

    Wow! Loved your take on the prompt.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much, Jay. That’s very kind of you.

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  4. Ken / rivrvlogr Avatar

    I especially like this stanza:

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

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Ken. That’s my favorite stanza too. It’s good to see you again.

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  5. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    “A flower, as patient as a monk and generous as God himself” These fantastic lines made your whole poem beautiful and brilliant, Smitha. Too good.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Kamal for your lovely comment. It is very encouraging- a good beginning to the month. 💗

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      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        You are always welcome dear Smitha. Yes a great beginning for a new month ❤️❤️❤️❤️

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  6. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Yeah! You have begun in good style. I’m on my way tomorrow. I wish us both much April poem fun.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks, Manja😘. Looking forward to going on this ride together. We need to cheer each other on through the madness❤😊

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  7. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    Smitha, Dickinson is one of my favorites. This eloquent poem replicates her voice so well, it might be one of hers. ❤ Lovely!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      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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  8. Sangbad Avatar

    Hope you’re doing good… welcome back to another year of madness…
    P.S. I hope you remember me?

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      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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  9. paeansunplugged Avatar

    “A flower, as patient as a monk
    and generous as God himself”
    So beautifully expressed!

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much Punam for visiting the blog and for appreciating the poem. You are the first person who commented on my poem, this season!:)

      Liked by 1 person

      1. paeansunplugged Avatar

        You are so welcome, Smitha! Honoured to be the first one. I can assure you many more will visit and appreciate!:) Happy writing.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Thank you again! I just read your poem. It’s beautiful. Hugs.

          Liked by 1 person

          1. paeansunplugged Avatar

            My pleasure and thanks again. Hugs.

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  10. michnavs Avatar

    Wow, just wow Smitha .this is so profound..

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Mich. It’s very kind of you. I’m very glad you enjoyed reading the poem.

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