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NaPoWriMo : Day 30 -The End

And last but not least, now for our final (but still optional) prompt for this year! Taking a leaf from our video resource, I’d like you to try your hand at a minimalist poem. What’s that? Well, a poem that is quite short, and that doesn’t really try to tell a story, but to quickly and simply capture an image or emotion. Haiku are probably the most familiar and traditional form of minimalist poetry, but there are plenty of very short poems out there that do not use the haiku form. There’s even an extreme style of minimalism in the form of one-word and other “highly compressed” poems. You don’t have to go that far, but you might think of your own poem for the day as a form of gesture drawing. Perhaps you might start from a concrete noun with a lot of sensory connotations, like “Butter” or “Sandpaper,” or “Raindrop” and
– quickly, lightly – go from there.


As per the prompt, I’m supposed to write a minimalist poem. That could very well be just a word. So it could be just –

The End


So that’s my poem. And here’s the rest of it. After 30 days of NaPoWriMo, I couldn’t leave without saying more :). Thanks to all those who read the poems and supported me with their likes and comments. I am extremely grateful to each one of you of being with me on this journey. Without you’ll, the journey would have been drab.

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The End

It’s come – finally

As we knew, it would

From where I stand, what do I see?

That time it stood

Neither still nor slowed

For any man here

And we, our heads, before it bowed

To keep pace, we shifted the gear-

 

And followed the prompt, day after day

Striving to do our best

Each in our own individual way

But now its time to rest

And take stock

Of where you were when you began

and all that you created, against the clock?

Whether you walked or ran-

 

What matters most

Is the lives you touched, as you stuck through the grind

So to each of us here, let’s raise a toast

‘To the journey,’; the time has come to say ‘Goodbye’ and unwind.

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14 Comments »

  1. Congratulations and very well done Smitha! I had to be away from blogging for a while so couldn’t follow it in real time, so you’ll have found lots of comments from me in one go!

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    • I woke up to your comments and that was a pleasant surprise. Thank you Andrea for the wishes. This time I really had to push myself to write. I’ve written about it in yesterday’s post ‘ Saving the writer in me’. I’m happily reading your comments one by one now😊

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    • We did Vands😊❤…trudging, pushing each other. We did and I’m glad too…shows we haven’t lost our sense of discipline. Happy you liked the ‘not so minimalist’ end poem😊. A big congratulations to you too!!!

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    • Thank you so much Elizabeth. Congrats to you too😊. Oh I’m totally tuckered out 😃. All of a sudden I feel so free…like I have all the time to do the things I love, ( poetry for now is not on the list😉)

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