NaPoWriMo Day 20: I challenge to write a poem that states the things you know. For example, “The sky is blue” or “Pizza is my favorite food” or “The world’s smallest squid is Parateuthis tunicata. Each line can be a separate statement, or you can run them together. The things you “know” of course, might be facts, or they might be a little bit more like beliefs. Hopefully, this prompt will let your poem be grounded in specific facts, while also providing room for more abstract themes and ideas.
Things I know for certain:
Music and smells evoke forgotten feelings
Breathing is essential to living
Society does not allow people the time and space to grieve
Forgiveness is a gift to oneself.
Things I think I know:
Entwined fingers are more intimate than tangled bodies
Moving furniture can change one’s perspective
Buying new bedding, too
Crème brulee fixes everything for a moment
Nothing can replace hard copy books on a shelf.
Things I know for real:
I am resilient
I make beautiful children
A loyal friend, too
My grant writing is better than my poetry
I love beyond all reason.
Things I know are the real deal:
The joy of finding a polished rock
Digging in the dirt is requisite to sanity
Being gentle with oneself and others is the real golden rule
Turning 52 I have come into my season.
~Just L (April 20, 2015)