NaPoWriMo 2023: Day 21- Courage

Our daily resource is the BBC’s archive of poetry-related writing, where you’ll find essays and articles aplenty, exploring different poets, poems, and poetic forms.

Last but not least, here’s today’s (optional) prompt. Begin by reading Sarah Gambito’s poem “Grace.” Now, choose an abstract noun from the list below, and then use that as the title for a poem that contains very short lines, and at least one invented word.

Here's my poem 'Courage'

Fear, knots
my gut
my heart-

a fishbone
in my throat.

It's thorns puncture
my epiglottis/
making it bleed.

The luminal surface
bears scars,

And Courage
is born.

to crashing waves.


to defeat

like the northern light
sparkles in the eye.

shatters darkness,
looms tall.

Infecting those around.

*coradens/coradening- hardening because of courage

12 responses to “NaPoWriMo 2023: Day 21- Courage”

  1. Cheryl, Gulf Coast Poet Avatar

    Courage is an essential trait, beautifully described in your poem. I admire the fact that you wrote this lovely poem when you were under the weather, Smitha! Hope you feel better soon! ❤


  2. Teagan Riordain Geneviene Avatar

    I’m glad you shared this, Smitha. How evocative. Beautifully composed. Hugs.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hi Teagan, Thank you for your lovely comment. I’m very glad you enjoyed the poem.
      Wishing you a lovely week ahead. Hugs.


  3. Sonia Dogra Avatar

    What an amazing poem, Smitha. I was trying to guess what coradening would mean and how you came about it. Loved the beginning of your poem.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you so much, Sonia. I had no idea when I wrote ‘Coradening’ or ‘Coradens’ that ‘corazon’ in Spanish means heart. Selma pointed it out in the comments. She said, so ‘coradening’ would then mean ‘strengthening of the heart muscles’. I was amazed to find out.
      I’m so glad you liked the poem. XXX

      Liked by 1 person

  4. rajkkhoja Avatar

    Beautiful write. Nice picture.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Thank you very much. I’m glad you liked them both.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. rajkkhoja Avatar

        You are most welcome!

        Liked by 1 person

  5. SelmaMartin Avatar

    Coradening — hardening because of courage — like a muscle, then.
    And did you know Cora is the first two syllables of corazón? I like it. It’s the heart reacting to courage. Beautiful.

    But that fish bone stuck in your throat— gasp! Be careful please.

    Thanks for the lovely poem. Blessings.

    Are you home now? Hope so. XoXo

    Liked by 1 person

    1. Smitha V Avatar

      Hi Selma, That’s so beautiful. I had no idea. Thank you for letting me know. I like the sound of ‘Coradening’ more now.
      As always, your words and blessings are precious. Thank you,Selma.
      I’ll be home only on the 24th. But I didn’t feel well today, so I didn’t step out and got the time to write the poem. Hugs and love to you.

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      1. SelmaMartin Avatar

        Feel better soon. Blessings.

        Liked by 1 person

        1. Smitha V Avatar

          Thanks so much,Selma. Back home now. And am glad🙂.
          Hoping you have a lovely week ahead. Xxx


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