Day 30 NaPoWriMo 2021

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Day 30: I. Napowrimo: a directions poem, II. PA AprilPAD: Goodbye poem, III. The Poeming “They Were“. And that, my friends, is the end of April’s NaPoWriMo and Found Poetry Challenge and Writer’s Digest Poem-a-Day. I hope you’ve enjoyed the month.

Just Over There

It’s just over there, I said, but
if you keep your left shoulder
to the hedgerow, and walk past
where the little red fox dipped
between the fence last night,
and then take a hard left turn
at the tree that the moving van
hit 5-months ago leaving limbs
hanging off it like cat’s claws,
and then proceed beyond the
flowering cherry tree, which
isn’t blooming yet because this
April has been the coldest April
in all recorded history, which is
a very long time indeed, and
then once you pass through
the old rusty gate, turn right
and keep going past the old
elm tree that had Dutch Elm
disease and was chopped down
… oh I guess it’s 10-years now …
and then keep to the left of
the footpath because there’s
a vicious Chihuahua that barks
at everything that doesn’t
smell like Purina Kibbled Bits,
although I usually growl at
the little beastie, just ’cause
that’s the sort of thing I do,
and then you should see
the postbox right there.


When you drove me to the airport,
and said you’d not be coming in,
if I’d known I’d never see you again,
I’d have asked for one more hug,
and just a bit more time.


5 responses to “Day 30 NaPoWriMo 2021”

  1. As usual. three stellar works, Misky.
    Up here, directions are often given by landmark trees, including those that no longer exist. And folks often say, “it’s three miles down that road; no, wait; make that a good three miles,” whatever the hell that means.
    And I’m wild for the When poem (Friendly proofread note; in Line 3, shouldn’t that say “if I’d knowN…”?)

    Thanks for a marvelous April. See you around!

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    1. Good heavens, yes, many thanks for the heads-up. A good three miles here in Sussex usually means when you think you’ve gone 3 miles, just keep going because your thinking of three miles isn’t good enough. And we still include the Co-op in directions, even though it burnt to ground in the last century (which was actually 3-years ago). Ha! Look forward to seeing you at dVerse, Ron.

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  2. Exactly the sort of directions I would expect from Mrs H.


    1. Well done her! πŸ˜€

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