Happyness Quote Day 11 – Communication

Life is the art of drawing without an eraser.

John Gardner


Authentically expressing ourselves is an integral part of a balanced, flowing life because it is how we share our unique gifts, talents, and perspectives with the rest of the world. At times we may feel reluctant to express ourselves openly because we feel vulnerable or exposed, yet when we hold back we limit our potential. Today remember that we are a valuable, brilliant diamond, here to shine our light to the world in our own special way.

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 24 – Wall of Uncertainty

I have walls around me
Built by the flashes of memory.
It’s as sturdy as the narra tree.
It’s as stubborn as the sea.

I have walls around me,
As hard as the iron can be.
Like a spring? No! You cannot bend me;
And like a clay? No! You cannot mold me.

“Take down your walls!” I hear a plea.
“It’s my fortress and stronghold,” says me.
“Tear it down and let it destroyed,” i hear the same.
“Yes, but not this time, when I am in pain!” I plea.


The optional prompt is an inspiration from Peter Roberts who has been participating in NaPoWriMo for several years now at his blog, Masonry Design. He has the charming and odd distinction of having only written poems about masonry. Today, the challenge is to do the same (for one day, at least), and to write a poem that features walls, bricks, stones, arches, or the like. If that sounds a bit hard, remember that one of Robert Frost’s most famous poems was about a wall.

I thought there would be something more on the poem, as that was inspired by a situation in the past. And as time passes by, it had changed, and a tremendous change has been taking place. The wall may or may not be completely destroyed, but that is something to look forward to in my future poems.

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.