After All

NaPoWriMo Day 27: Because the prompts are optional as always, I am bad at taking direction day after day, and would rather follow my heart.Faceless Girl

I know things left unsaid

  remain absolutely between us

Joy, inspiration, and happiness

More support than struggling

  with one another or questioning things

Never confusing intensity with truth

This is when you know it’s real. It’s right. It’s love.

I can’t imagine holding my breath,

Or ever letting go

                             After all.

~Just L (April 27, 2016)


Published in the May 2016 Blender of Love Digest

The original prompt for NaPoWriMo Day 27: Today’s prompt comes to us from Megan Pattie, who points us to the work of the Irish poet Ciaran Carson, who increasingly writes using very long lines. Carson has stated that his lines are (partly) based on the seventeen syllables of the haiku, and that he strives to achieve the clarity of the haiku in each line. So today, Megan and I collectively challenge you to write a poem with very long lines. You can aim for seventeen syllables, but that’s just a rough guide. If you’re having trouble buying into the concept of long lines, maybe this essay on Whitman’s infamously leggy verse will convince you of their merits. Happy writing!

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