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our starting point
point of view
view from the top
top of the bill
bill of rights
rights of way
way too complicated
complicated matters
matters over minds
minds unlocked
unlocked secret
secret view
view, hidden
hidden thought
thought, remember?
remember our starting point
our first step
step into the unknown
unknown fields of pleasure
pleasure of getting to know each other
other senses, other bodies
bodies in motion
motion of the heart
heart in wonder
wonder of wealth
wealth of touch
touch our core
core revealed
revealed emotion
emotion bared
bared our love
love our first step

One of the suggested forms today at OctPoWriMo was loop poetry. I wrote a poem, noticed it was from the head, realised we were asked about the heart too. So I wrote a second one, from the heart. Combined them in a table. Only in the process of putting them together, I realised this was going to be a cleave poem too if I played my cards well… A cleave poem is a poem that’s split in the middle, where the left part forms a poem, the right part forms a poem, and together they form a third poem.

So with a surprised face, I present to you for #OctPoWriMo day 9 my loop cleave table poem – or something like that 🙂 The right column should be outlined to the right but the block editor and I are no friends yet.

April 14, inspire me

April 14th, inspire me

scattered everywhere take two

the ghost of I’m not good enough

you won’t like it

you won’t like it

lost property, prompt not included

fracture strength to the none

April 14th, inspired me

The prompt at napowrimo.net today was “to write a poem that deals with the poems, poets, and other people who inspired you to write poems.” After ample consideration, I realised that my biggest inspiration is #NaPoWriMo, and specifically the prompts and community at napowrimo.net.

The poem combines some of the things I learned and developed during 7 years of National Poetry Writing Month:
– The lines are a compilation of titles of poems (in this case all of them published on napowrimo day 14)
– The formatting is a table
– The poem is a cleave poem

Just to be clear: I’m not claiming that I am my biggest inspiration 🙂 I’m just celebrating today’s prompt by leaning into 7 years of napowrimo inspired writing. I was surprised to find out that some of my favourite ones (The ghost of I’m not good enough, Fracture Strength and You Won’t Like It) were born on this very day.