Happyness Quote Day 21 – Power

 

When a person really desires something, all the universe conspires to help that person to realize his dream.

Paulo Coelho


When we harness our true inner strength, we nourish everything we touch in a balanced way. The expression of our true power becomes the means through which growth and structure unfolds. We become a strong field of organizing power in our environment—like a powerful magnet. Our influence does not stem from an ego need for power or control. Instead, we connect our individual strength with cosmic power and intelligence, thereby becoming a strong conduit. We manifest this way of self-expression naturally, as a conscious participant in nature’s grand orchestration of life.

NaPoWriMo Day 30 – Cruising with Words

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Hail, ye, the fulfillment of this dare filled my very soul
Euphoric passion and lavished praise for the 30 poems
Letting the seed grow in the grounded heart
Liberated the words for jewels to flaunt, and
Orchestrated a chain to entangle my thoughts.
 
Good Lord, grant me the wisdom to pursue
On this cruise I set out to the ocean of words
One prompt to another was like a mystery solved
Deliberately rhymed and versed to satisfy my whim
By and by, next April spring will come too soon
Yearning that the seed has grown with a solid trunk
Earnestly I wait, and patiently I learn.

With over 1500 participants for NaPoWriMo this year, it was indeed a very good season.

And so now for our final prompt, we are challenged to write a poem of farewell since today befits the final poem. It is not necessarily a goodbye-forever poem, NaPoWriMo will be back again next year. For a little inspiration, here’s selections of goodbye-and-good-luck poems from the Poetry Foundation website.

NaPoWriMo Day 29 – Into the Sun

Sunrise Nature – Credits here

Sun rises like a candle flame that blankets the heavens
And steps are laid upon the mountain range where I run.
I smell the misty scent of the morning breeze
That cause me to hear the chirping birds around,
And hear the winds dancing through the clouds.
Is Nirvana the heavens we call?

Sun emerges with the flame of fire that consumes the horizon
And stones are formed of the cottons grey where noise I heard.
Scorching wind start to race to bathe Sodom with its hate.
From ashes to ashes, dust to dust, the city is doomed not to last.
You hear the cries with the voices creep, Sylviana was there.
Is this Nirvana, the heavens we call?

The motley faces of emotions embody the sun -
With a heart-pouring temper, balloon can burst,
Or with its gentle-touch of rays tame a raging waves.
“Fly up to the sky, WoMM, and reach for the sun,”
She notes to herself while strangely subdued.
Make a wish in the money tree so your troubles go away.

With the sun as an angel, the guiding light.
Act on your visions, and see your dreams coming by –
Heavens rejoice and your angel triumphs.
Flap your wings - wide and strong, then soar up and high,
When find yourself flat on the ground
Never let the raging fire consumes your soul.

“Nur wer es wagt, gewaltig zu scheitern,
kann je wirklich groβen Erfolg haben.”
If you look towards the sky, the heavens never move.
Get-up! Hold onto your wheel and drive through distance
Gain that sacred momentum while you’re below,
Keeping your eyes to that crystal of light where dreams reside.

It’s Day 29 of the NaPoWriMo and we are working on a prompt called “Twenty Little Poetry Projects,” originally developed by Jim Simmerman. It really forces us into details, and to work on “conducting” the poem as it grows, instead of trying to force the poem to be one thing or another in particular. And here are the twenty little projects themselves — the challenge is to use them all in one poem:

1. Begin the poem with a metaphor.
2. Say something specific but utterly preposterous.
3. Use at least one image for each of the five senses, either in succession or scattered randomly throughout the poem.
4. Use one example of synesthesia (mixing the senses).
5. Use the proper name of a person and the proper name of a place.
6. Contradict something you said earlier in the poem.
7. Change direction or digress from the last thing you said.
8. Use a word (slang?) you’ve never seen in a poem.
9. Use an example of false cause-effect logic.
10. Use a piece of talk you’ve actually heard (preferably in dialect and/or which you don’t understand).
11. Create a metaphor using the following construction: “The (adjective) (concrete noun) of (abstract noun) . . .”
12. Use an image in such a way as to reverse its usual associative qualities.
13. Make the persona or character in the poem do something he or she could not do in “real life.”
14. Refer to yourself by nickname and in the third person.
15. Write in the future tense, such that part of the poem seems to be a prediction.
16. Modify a noun with an unlikely adjective.
17. Make a declarative assertion that sounds convincing but that finally makes no sense.
18. Use a phrase from a language other than English.
19. Make a non-human object say or do something human (personification).
20. Close the poem with a vivid image that makes no statement, but that “echoes” an image from earlier in the poem.

For beginner like me, some are easy to follow, while some others I’m very much confused. I may need to study all the literary devices to understand them. I may have completed the Twenty or not, I am having fun while writing it.

~MyMae

NaPoWriMo Day 26 – Sonnet for my Knight

Once I was dreaming to meet a knight
  To save me from the dungeon of Ghoul
    Where murky fetid air eddied strong;
Knight I thought come on day or night
  To fight the villains all and to dispel
    The bond of deep fear for horrid throng.

Dreams. Wishes. They are supposed to be true.
  When mind is to seal, and words are to tell
    To hope for the best, and to expect nothing
Knight of my heart save me to get through
                  ... Lifetime of love I bring.

For NaPoWriMo prompt, it comes to us from Vince Gotera, who wrote his “family member” poem for Day 20 in the form of a curtal sonnet. Curtal sonnet is shorter than the normal, fourteen line sonnet. Instead it has a first stanza of six lines, followed by a second stanza of four, and then closes with a half-line. The form was invented in the 1800s by Gerard Manley Hopkins, who used it in his famous poem “Pied Beauty”. So for today, the challenge is to give the curtal sonnet a whirl.

Pied Beauty

Glory be to God for dappled things —
  For skies of couple-colour as a brinded cow;
    For rose-moles all in stipple upon trout that swim;
Fresh-firecoal chestnut-falls; finches' wings;
  Landscape plotted and pieced — fold, fallow, and plough;
    And áll trádes, their gear and tackle and trim.

All things counter, original, spare, strange;
  Whatever is fickle, freckled (who knows how?)
    With swift, slow; sweet, sour; adazzle, dim;
He fathers-forth whose beauty is past change:
                Praise him.
         "Pied Beauty"
Gerald Manley Hopkins
         written 1877

NaPoWriMo Day 13 – Roasting Coffee to Dreaming Life

Dreaming – an integral step in
Crafting the highest quality cup of life.
Characters solely organic certified,
Most importantly, all Fair Trade.

Sustainability is very important.
Dedication and Hard work of
Life growers and their families
Make the life what it is.

Efforts of farmers and careful selection
of each and every individual character
live on through every batch of
‘Death Wish Life’.

Dreaming process itself is a
culmination of over 100 years
of combined dreaming techniques
and experience by the dreaming experts.

These years of experience equate to superb
Dreaming results paying particular attention
to the nuances – profiles, dream shades,
and the blending of varietal characters.

Like fine wine, a perfect dream is not produced
in massive quantities. Micro-dreaming the characters
For customers to receive the freshest, most flavorful,
and strongest life in the world…. Guaranteed!


Here’s my attempt for the NaPoWriMo prompt of “Replacement” poem. Because of my location, I may be behind one day in applying the writing prompts. Though it’s optional to use them, I am apt to follow them.

Okay! Because I love coffee, most especially one that has the strongest blend, i found this “Death Wish Coffee” brand website as I googled. I liked what I read about the Roasting Process, and so decided to use it for today’s poem. There are three tangible nouns that I replaced with intangible ones –  roast, coffee, and beans to be replaced with dream, life, and characters, respectively.

Happy reading, and please share your thoughts on the comments below. 🙂

NaPoWriMo Day 5 – Invisible Friend

Melodic and whispering Birdsong,
Joined by the enthralling sound of wind,
I escaped the night into the
Bewilderment what’s causing the water’s
Outpouring in my solemn face.
Spring has come and for Each
Blossom of this delicate alluring flower,
Every part is a journey of remembering
That in my brokenness, a wandering stranger held the
Pieces of my shattered self, and jointly smell:
The essence of the delicate life that I
In my solitary distant world, know
Be set free. I take my time, and Yes! you’re
Intriguing, yet jaunty presence so very close
I can tell you’re with me by-and-by.


I am personally enjoying today’s writing prompt for NaPoWriMo – golden shovel. This form was invented by Terrance Hayes in his poem, The Golden Shovel. The last word for each line of Haye’s poem is from Gwendolyn Brook’s poem We Real Cool.

Well, it’s a bit of tricky form to follow for a poem, but it can be made simpler by choosing a short poem to shovel-ize. In recognition to one of my favorite poets, I picked a Rumi’s translated poem from Coleman Bark’s – Rumi: The Book of Love. If you read the ending word of every line from the poem written above, you are reading this Rumi’s poem – Birdsong, Wind …

Birdsong, wind,
the water’s face.
Each flower, remembering the smell:
I know you’re close by.