#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 22

Hi everyone! Today is day Twenty-Two of the national poetry month competition. Two-thirds of the way through, already!

Here’s my offering >>>


[Instructions:] From NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-Two … In honour of today’s being the 22nd day of Na/GloPoWriMo 2022, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that uses repetition. You can repeat a sound, a word, a phrase, or an image, or any combination of things.


Leaf, Maple, Autumn, Foliage, Botany, Growth, Season
Image courtesy of Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/photos/leaf-maple-autumn-foliage-botany-3865014/


Leaves of Absence


by your leave

I’ll take my leave

leave me be

leave no legacy


stains of love you left

stains of loss you left

left me in the lurch

left me all alone


by your leave

I’ll take my leave

leave me be

leave no legacy


what you left

other than your earthly remains

remains to be seen

I search up, down, right, ‘n left


by your leave

I’ll take my leave

leave me be

leave no legacy


bitter leaves of memory

litter leaves of the mind

leaves everywhere foggy

leaves all in shades of grey


by your leave

I’ll take my leave

leave me be

leave no legacy


leave no legacy


For today’s prompt asking for repetition, I chose to try an Antanaclasis. Antanaclasis is wordplay characterised by the repetition of the same word in a poem or specific line, but having a different meaning each time. I had fun playing with the many meanings of “leave” and it’s variations. Interesting that I’ve come up with a down-beat poem on a morning I’m feeling upbeat. I hope you enjoy today’s poem, which I left free-style for a change.

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


© Harmony Kent 2022


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I loved reading your ‘leave’ collage Harmony–very evocative.

Joan Hall

This may be my favorite yet. Wonderful way to use repetition. You’ve done it in a way that makes the reader aware yet doesn’t distract. Great job!

Mae Clair

You did a great job with using repetition for amazing effect, Harmony.


This is such an interesting form, Harmony. Your poem was sublime- I loved the choice of word, refrain and the theme.


The repetition is amazing, Harmony! So beautifully crafted. ❤️😊

D.L. Finn, Author

I like the fun word play in this, Harmony 🙂

Priscilla Bettis

I enjoyed this, Harmony. Like some other commenters have mentioned, the repetition makes it very song like.

Yvette M Calleiro

Very cool, Harmony! I like the repetition and word play. 🙂

Jane Dougherty

The repetition gives it a song-like quality.

Jan Sikes

Fantastic, Harmony. I could hear this as a song with the chorus repeated. Even though it’s sad, I love it!


Interesting and organic levels of deep wordplay.
I like this, but it is also very sad . . .

Annette Rochelle Aben

I just love how you are always introducing me to poetic styles that are new to me! Great job here!

john howell

This is wonderful, Harmony. The repetition was superb.


I really love how you wrote this, Harmony. Beautifully done!


I sure love your freestyle, Harmony. So cool. But then again, when haven’t I loved something you wrote? Never. You’re so cool (repetition) *wink*

sonia dogra

This is very very cleverly done. I loved how you used leave to convey so many different meanings.