Glo/NaPoWriMo: Day 4, A Prompt

a girl on an owl's back, flying

For Old Women Who Find Their Wings

  1. You wake up, and leave the curtains closed.
  2. What will the neighbours think:
    a. you’re still sleeping,
    b. you died in your sleep.
  3. Listen to the weather.
  4. Give it a colour.
  5. Sit on the edge of the bed, feel your weight.
  6. Give your weight a colour that clashes with the weather.
  7. Straighten your spine, and wait for your joints to catch up.
  8. Press your toes against the floor, and
  9. Propel yourself into the weather. You can –
  10. Because you discover you have wings.
  11. Don’t look up, look down.
  12. Your target is a cloud.
  13. Your poem is catching up with that cloud, because
  14. The joy is chasing it, not catching it.

Day 4 of Glo/NaPoWriMo: Write a poetry prompt, and for Writers Digest Poetic Asides, write a catching up poem. ©Misky 2022 Shared with #amwriting #glopowrimo #napowrimo on Twitter

19 responses to “Glo/NaPoWriMo: Day 4, A Prompt”

  1. I love this Misky, but let’s face it, she’ll never catch it on that owl. It’s flying bottom first! 😂

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    1. It’s one of those raised-in-a-barn type faces. 😂

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  2. lovely. You made me laugh out loud – that the neighbours might think you’re dead 🙂

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    1. BTW, have you read Fandango’s latest post today about WordPress’s new plans? Bad news.

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      1. Yes, I read it, but we’ll see.
        They’ll see a big drop in revenue if they abolish the smaller plans, because I think thousands of people will just evaporate, and these people seem all about making money. It’s not the end of the world if I can’t write a blog any more, enjoyable though it is. I came from Blogger; I can always go back.

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        1. I’ve been on WP since 2008 (opening/closing several different blogs), and I’ve made a lot of friends. I fear many will just disappear if WP goes ahead with these plans.

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          1. True. The community was what made me stay with WP. But as of this morning, the personal plan is still showing to buy. So I’m not sure about timescales.

            KK used to talk about AllPoetry, but not quite the same kind of thing.

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            1. I have a private blog that I use for testing, and it’s the free plan. On that one, there’s only the Free or Pro option showing under plans. My Personal plan for Still Life still shows all the various plans.

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              1. ah, that’s interesting. I have a test site too but I host my own instance of WordPress. If they pull the plug, that’s what I might do. wp.com is already the most expensive of my sites.

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  3. Oh, Marilyn, this is right up my street! I found my wings on day one and I’m so happy to be flying again!

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    1. I knew you had wings!! 🥰

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      1. And I’ve never drunk a drop of Red Bull!

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        1. Nor have I. My heart wouldn’t cope!

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  4. This phrase: Straighten your spine, and wait for your joints to catch up, hah I so relate
    And i love “the joy is chasing it, not catching it” It’s why we keep writing.

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    1. Glad that you enjoyed reading it, Xan. Thanks.

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  5. Yep, just about hits the mark

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  6. Yesssssss. LOVE this, Misky.

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  7. Fabulous! Don’t know how I missed this before

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