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NaPoWriMo 2020 Day 24

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When going to the grocery story feels terrifying
And your friend the chiropractor
can see only one patient at a time,
When driving through the city reminds you
of an episode of The Walking Dead
and your children are home all day, every day,
When your new normal is definitely not anything
like you ever thought normal would be—
you might be going through a global health crisis,
and you might want to give up.
But like Churchill said,
“When going through hell, keep going.”
Keep going, friends. Keep going.

Heaven and Hell

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If you search for Heaven
you will never find it
and if you try to run from Hell
it will always keep up with you.
Do not search,
and do not run,
because everything you seek
and everything you fear
is always right where you are.
Our purpose isn’t to grab as much good
and avoid as much bad as we can.
Our purpose is to know ourselves so well
that no glory
and no tragedy
can sway us from our steady breath
and the peace that waits for us
in the center of being.

NaPoWriMo 2015 Day 16: Terzanelle Hell

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Today’s prompt at NaPoWriMo.net explains what a terzanelle is and invites us to give it a try.  I was intrigued by the idea of repeated phrases and sticking to the same meter, and I was especially entranced by the second example because of my affinity for all things nature…but it is 11:05 PM, and the terzanelle is not happening tonight.  Sigh. Maybe someday.

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I’d like to write a terzanelle,
but well…
I tried to potty train a three year old today,
and what the hey…
triplets and quatrains and
and rhyme patterns and such
don’t mean as much
when I’m just plain tired.

But the terzanelle,
ah, it puts me in hell…
the idea of it haunts me
and perhaps one day
I’ll be feeling jaunty
and go for it.

Until then,
the poetry I share
is a silly cross I bear,
some free-form verse
and even if it’s the worst
you’ve ever read,
it’s mine and I’ll own it
and be happy instead
of moaning
and wishing it were something
that it isn’t.

Terzanelle,
you can go to hell.

(And I mean that in the nicest way possible.)