NaPoWriM0 2023: Day 6 – I write the life I like

Our daily resource is Poetry International, a wonderful source of contemporary poems in many different languages. Besides hosting so many poems online, Poetry International also puts on an annual poetry festival. This year’s will take place in Rotterdam in June.

Today’s (optional) prompt is again drawn from our archives, and builds off our daily resource. Take a look around Poetry International for a poem in a language you don’t know. For example, I grabbed this one in Finnish by Olli Heikkonen. Now, read the poem to yourself, thinking about the sound and shape of the words, and the degree to which they remind you of words in your own language. Use those correspondences as the basis for a new poem.

I’ve taken a poem written by poet, Massimo Morasso, called, I thought about the life I’d like to have

The poem in Italian is-

Ho pensato alla vita che vorrei.
Non diversa da questa.
Oppure no.
                  Più turbinosa,
                                        più rigorosa
nel suo slancio verticale.
Ora che gli spettri li vedo
e la mia mente insegue i modi dei profeti,
e il più profondo è un dono che traspare
all’improvviso, come niente,
           nell’appararenza delle cose,
           nei geroglifici del senso ,
senza saperlo esprimere io, il senso,
per carenza di luce
                         di nomi
                                     di divinità
e dunque, in breve, di visione-
                         confesso che va bene,
                         che il tempo ha fatto il suo lavoro
adesso che mi aggiro come un falco
intorno alla conchiglia che io sono, io


I have no clue what it means but I love the sound of Italian ( more probably because of ‘Eat, Pray, Love’ and the more recent ‘From Scratch’. Anyway, here is what i think the words sounds like. I hope Massimo Morasso forgives me for butchering this poem. And to all those who know Italian, have a laugh. Enjoy!

With a pen I write about a life I like.
Not diverse or questionable.
No opportunities.
turbulence is fine,
rigor is fine
My letters are vertical with a slant.
I see an aura glittering in the window
I was meant to be insignificant as per the prophesy,
I kneel at the pew, I don't know this profound feeling of transparency
I will improve, come night,
It's not apparent if I will be delighted or feel cosy,
The geography does not matter,
I sense separation especially now, I sense,
a care for light
for name
for divinity
Oh, Thank you! I must be brave and have a vision-
I confess I feel good,
The tempo is fast, I feel love
like I am in a gondola,
Address me, dear; come, on a falcon
Internally, I hear the sound of the conch, or is it a
mollusc. All Rights Reserved.

12 responses to “NaPoWriM0 2023: Day 6 – I write the life I like”

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  2. Manja Maksimovič Avatar

    Haha! You gave me much joy with this. So well done! I love it how you took a few hints from the original, but then inserted gondola where there wasn’t one. 😀 My favourite line is “I will improve, come night,” where the original say “suddenly, like nothing.” Thank you for including the original so that I could compare. Really cute and open-hearted.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      I’m so happy you read this poem,Manja, and had a good laugh at my translation. The ‘gondola’ was because there was an Italian word with ‘g’😃.
      Oh wow… I should read what the original really means. Thank you so much for your warm words. It’s always a pleasure hearing from you, my friend.

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  3. rajkkhoja Avatar

    Very interesting poetry prompt. Beautiful written words.

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      1. rajkkhoja Avatar

        You’re welcome 🤗


  4. Infinite Living Avatar

    Wow this is an interesting prompt and your poem is wonderful!!

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Pragalbha, it was literally like walking around in the dark. Thank you for your kind words❤️☺️

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      1. Infinite Living Avatar

        You are vey welcome Smitha 🙂


  5. robbiesinspiration Avatar

    HI Smitha, what an extraordinary way to write a poem. You did a good job of this challenge.


  6. lynnfay73 Avatar

    When I was reading your blog here, my computer popped up this message saying “report phishing” and then it often just goes off on its own which it did. I didn’t click on it. Man. I don’t know if that means it reported YOU or not. I’ve never had that happen before with this message popping up. And I don’t know how to correct it if it DID do that. I’m sorry if anything weird happens because of it!! I can’t believe that.

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    1. Smitha V Avatar

      It’s fine, Lynn. Nothing happened. Don’t worry. Waiting for your comments on the posts❤️. Wishing you and your family a blessed Easter Sunday.


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