NaPoWriMo Day 27 – Adapting

 “Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a “duplex.” A “duplex” is a variation on the sonnet, developed by the poet Jericho Brown. Here’s one of his first “Duplex” poems, and here is a duplex written by the poet I.S. Jones. Like a typical sonnet, a duplex has fourteen lines. It’s organized into seven, two-line stanzas. The second line of the first stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the second stanza, the second line of the second stanza is echoed by (but not identical to) the first line of the third stanza, and so on. The last line of the poem is the same as the first.”

I wasn’t sure what to do with this prompt and I just began writing. But I loved how it turned out. Would love to know what you think.

I'm great at adapting 
It's what happens when you move schools.

        I moved ten schools and that's what happened-
        I got comfortable meeting new people and shifting homes

You get comfortable with moving homes and with new experiences;
You learn to laugh easily, talk and make friends.

        I learned to laugh, make small talk, and friends, easily .
        It's meeting the old and the pain resurfacing, that scares me. 

Old memories scare me and the pain, the past brings with it.
I'm used to forgetting and being forgotten.

        Forgetting and being forgotten takes time to get used to
        No matter what, everybody wants to be remembered, in a good way.

Remembering the good, no matter what, isn't what everybody does. 
I'm great at adapting.

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43 responses to “NaPoWriMo Day 27 – Adapting”

  1. gssubbu Avatar

    I have read all the comments on this post and obviously it has resonated and stirred the inner feelings of all. For me it is a philosophy of life. Adapting is accepting the reality of change. It is like a river which meanders its way around adapting to the realities of the landscape before finally merging with the ocean. Yes adapting is learning. A very deep and philosophical poem expressed in very simple way.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you for reading and writing back. It’s a pleasure to read your perspective on the poem. I especially like that you see it as a ‘deep and philosophical poem expressed in a very simple way.’ Yes, adapting is ‘like a river which meanders its way’. Thank you for a beautiful comment.

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  2. Andrea Stephenson Avatar

    This is positive and sad at the same time Smitha, it obviously comes from a deep place and the emotion runs deeper as the poem goes on.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, dear Andrea. Your analysis of the poem is perfect- it does come from a deep place. And I’m glad to let it out.

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    […] I am not linking their blogs here. This year’s NaPoWriMo was all the more special because my poem, ‘Adapting’ got featured. Last, but, not the least, I leave you with this beautiful […]

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  4. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    Smitha, I also spent my childhood in a series of schools. Leaving my friends after the third grade was very traumatic. After that, I was reluctant to get close to anyone again. As a minister’s daughter, I interacted with others as I was expected to do at a fairly superficial level, knowing nothing would last. I have written about that experience and will post it later.

    Your well-written poem brought back a lot of memories. How much more positive your response was! I wish I could have adapted as you did! ❤

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Cheryl, I’m sorry I took so long to reply but I’ve been having trouble with my site.
      It’s wonderful to know the poem resonated with you and that you too changed schools. I suppose that’s one reason it’s so easy to talk to you. I understand what you’re saying about speaking superficially. I suppose that’s what we think we are doing because we are so used to adapting. But, that’s not how others around us see it. I know that for sure.
      I’m looking forward to reading your post dear Cheryl. I’m so glad we met and you shared your experience with me. The important thing is you made it through and you’re able to look back and talk about it. Sending you a warm hug and love❤️.

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  5. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    Well done, Smitha. I moved schools 14 times in 12 years so I can relate to this. I think it makes your friendships a bit transitional.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Omg, Robbie, we found another thing in common between us. No wonder we connect so well:)… or just one of the many reasons, we feel the same way about a number of things.
      ‘Transitional’- that’s the perfect way to describe the relationships made.
      Thank you for your appreciation of the poem,Robbie🧡

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  7. Vineetha Brijesh Avatar

    You nailed it Smitha. Loved it. Congratulations

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you dear Vineetha so much for reading me,the constant support and the good wishes. ❤️

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  8. Romana Iorga Avatar

    Congratulations on being featured, Smitha! I’m just catching up with my reading and I’m so glad to read your poem. I’ve had to move around a lot as well and I recognize bits of my experience in this piece. I love this line in particular: “I’m used to forgetting and being forgotten.” Just wonderful.💜🍃

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Romana:) I’m so glad you liked the poem and in some ways you could relate to it. Only a person has moved will understand that the poem is not sad. It’s just the way it is. X

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    […] I share today’s prompt and poem, let me share a piece of good news. My poem NaPoWriMo Day 27 – Adapting was the featured poem for Day 27’s prompt. I am obviously elated that it got selected. […]

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  10. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Honest, deep and true. Well done for being featured. “Forgetting and being forgotten takes time to get used to.” Ahhhh!!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, dear Manja. I’m delighted that the poem got featured. It’s one of those thoughts that had been brewing in my mind since a long time but hadn’t known how to express it. When I did yesterday, I was pretty pleased. XXX

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  11. Sonia Dogra Avatar

    Congratulations Smitha. There’s an underlying pathos in this duplex that comes across beautifully.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Sonia. I’m so glad you liked how it turned out. Have you moved schools?

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      1. Sonia Dogra Avatar

        No Smitha. I was lucky, should I say that? Hard to define really. My children have moved schools, so many of them. I don’t know what’s better. The latter is tougher though.

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        1. Smitha V Avatar

          I thought so :). Because you said ‘pathos’. It isn’t bad, honestly. It changes you and it’s just what it is- you get great at adapting. You’ll see the difference when your children are older and you’ll see they turned out just fine. Both have their merits and demerits. I’m so glad we had this conversation, Sonia. It breaks the walls.

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  12. Arti Jain Avatar

    Congratulations Smitha:)

    So well deserved.

    This duplex hits home at so many points. This: “I’m used to forgetting and being forgotten.” reads like a tag line for a memoir.

    Visiting from: https://artismoments.blogspot.com/

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Arti. I got to know only after reading your comment. Writing this poem felt like finally saying what I had to.
      I know what you mean about the memoir:). I told my daughter yesterday, this is the poem you should read in my name when I’m gone 🙂

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    2. Sangbad Avatar

      Congratulations Smitha…

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      1. Smitha V Avatar

        Thank you so much, Sangbad!🙏

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  13. […] featured participant is yet again, two participants! First up, we have Eunoia, bringing us a duplex that I certainly found meaningful, having grown up as a navy brat (and moving […]

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much,Maureen for the feature. It’s a huge honor to be selected amongst a pool of talented poets🙏 and It’s wonderful to know the poem resonated with you.

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  14. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

    Very well written post, Smitha.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much,Kamal❤️

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      1. boundlessblessingsblog Avatar

        Welcome dear Smitha 💖

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  15. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Fear not. I’m an elephant and I remember you because an elephant never forgets. Xoxo

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Awww Selma…you are so kind and blessed with a giving heart. Your comment warmed my heart. Sending you one big hug🙂🤗

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  16. paeansunplugged Avatar

    You captured that feeling of adapting go new environments so well, Smitha!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much, Punam. This form helped me share a feeling that I’ve been thinking of since a long time.

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      1. paeansunplugged Avatar

        You are welcome. You shared it beautifully.

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  17. VJ Avatar

    Boy, does this hit home! We moved frequently too.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Wow! Its wonderful to hear you say you totally get this, VJ. This prompt helped me to write about something that I’ve long wanted to talk about but I always fell short of words. I’m glad I was finally able to put it down.

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      1. VJ Avatar

        You nailed it. I discovered I adapt to change easily, but taking the risk of actually confronting is hard.

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  18. harmonykentonline Avatar

    Fantastic! So very well expressed, Smitha 💕🙂

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you, Harmony. It’s wonderful to know how you feel about the poem. Especially, since I was pretty pleased with it 🙂 Hugs.

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  19. Feelings and Freedom Avatar

    Truly turned out well and reflects your persona so well too! You are great at adapting 🙂 Great job with the prompt Smi!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thanks so much Vands. I’m so glad to hear you liked how it turned out . Yes, it does. When I was midway, I realized, it was so me 🙂 .

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