#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 14

Hi everyone! Today is day fourteen of the national poetry month competition.

Here’s my offering >>>

DAY  FOURTEEN:

[Instructions:] From NaPoWriMo Day Fourteen … Today’s challenge is a fun one: write a poem that takes the form of the opening scene of the movie of your life. Does it open with a car chase? A musical number? A long scene panning across a verdant plain? You’re the director (and also the producer, the actors, the set designer, the cinematographer, and the lowly assistant that buys doughnuts for the crew) – so it’s all up to you!

Today’s poem is a Double Etheree. A Double Etheree is 2 Etherees back to back, which make up one poem. The syllable count is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

 

mud

covered

a struggle

to push aside

this horrible weight

piled high on top of me

breathe, fight, don’t give up, go on

only I can prevail right now

folly to trust in some unknown knight

who rides a chariot of red and blue

sirens scream and make a lot of vain noise

gawpers come out to stare but won’t help

me in my miserable plight

to survive the tough trials and

tribulations of life

and brush off the filth

to uncover

the jewel

in the

mud

 

I thought this form perfect to show the diamond (or jewel) in the mud of life, which only by persistence, perseverance, and patient endurance can we uncover for ourselves.

Today’s poem is a Double Etheree. A Double Etheree is 2 Etherees back to back, which make up one poem. The syllable count is 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10-10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1.

For all syllable-counted poetry forms, I use the SodaCoffee Syllable Counter.

Have a wonderful day, everyone, and I’ll see you tomorrow with Day Fifteen on the NaPoWriMo 30 Day Poetry Challenge 🙂 

 

© Harmony Kent 2022

 

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Jan Sikes

What an incredible poem, Harmony. It is so full of emotion and angst! And great to give your book a nod!

Diana Peach

I could feel the mud, Harmony, and the persistence required to find that jewel. Powerful poem.

D.L. Finn, Author

I like the idea of perseverance and the jewel in the mud!

Annette Rochelle Aben

Brilliant! Brava, Harmony

john howell

Great lesson and lovely poem, Harmony.

Bette A. Stevens

Well done, Harmony! Captures Jewel in the Mud so well…

selma

Read this earlier, but couldn’t comment. How lovely that you made us see the jewel in the mud. Tremendous. Loved. xoxo

Staci Troilo

Jewel in the Mud is one of my favorites of your work. Nice to see a poem reflecting the same message.

Yvette M Calleiro

You did a great job with this poem, Harmony! I felt the struggle within the poem. Well done! 🙂

Arti

War and Peace or an epic war drama is what came to mind with your poetic expression today Harmony. Stunning! What an opening.

Yet another form I’ve been oblivious to till now:) Thank you for educating me.

CS Boyack

Kind of cool how this one landed upon one of your titles.

Joan Hall

I like this one, Harmony. And a great nod to your book. 🙂

Kim M. Russell

A double etheree is intense, a perfect shape to embody the weight of the mud and the struggle. I like the use of sound in the middle of the poem, the axis on which is turns.

Expressions Espresso

Beautiful, Harmony!

Priscilla Bettis

Nice one, Harmony. I’m enjoying your Napowrimo posts!