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NaPoWriMo Day 2 : I Believe in You

Today’s challenge is to write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the incident from a third-person point of view. Or you might try a poem in the form of a dialogue, which necessarily has two “I” speakers, addressing two “you”s. Another way to go is to take an existing poem of yours or someone else’s, and try rewriting it in a different voice. The point is just to play with who is speaking to who and how.

I’m not sure how close I am to succeeding on this prompt but I enjoyed writing this poem and I hope you’ll enjoy reading it too.

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Get your head-phones off, put off the T.V.

Stop talking. Why don’t you study?

I’ve repeated this oft so many,

Can you do your work more carefully?

Can you not see-

A few marks can make the difference between a grade “C” and a “B”?

There are barely-

Less than 30,

Days to the G.C.S.Es!

 

Mamma please, let me be,

You’re stressing me-

Totally,

Stop reminding me continuously,

Its’ driving me crazy.

Would you rather I cry or go weak in my knee?

It’s I, who must give the G.C.S.E.s

I wish you’d understand, if only…

I’m worried too, can’t you see?

 

Oh! I wish I did see,

But if you say so, then it makes me truly happy,

I said, as she looked at me unflinching… incredulously.

You care and therefore you worry,

I explained, matter-of-factly.

“Do you believe in me?” eyes wide, she looked beseechingly.

“I do,” I said my voice steady, reassuringly,

Covering shadows of doubt I had, if any,

And her smile reached her eyes, Bold and Ready!

 

For hadn’t they said, 

“Behind every child who believes

Is a Parent who believed First”.

And hadn’t they also said,

“The four most powerful words

that one could tell a child, 

are, I Believe in YOU.”

 

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16 Comments »

  1. A very thoughtful post. You brought a great and an interesting topic through a poem.
    I adore this. Being a mother is honestly, a fabulous and a remarkable job, the skills of which you don’t know unless you become one.

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  2. Awwww thank you soooooo much Smitha 🙂 A fab writer like you got inspired by my write….Oh god this means a lot to me, You just made my day 🙂 🙂 I am on cloud 9 right now 🙂 Thank you soooooo much 🙂 A big hug 🙂 Yuupppiieeeee (Jig – Pinching myself again 🙂

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