#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 23

Hi everyone! Today is day Twenty-Three of the national poetry month competition. Only seven more days to go!

Here’s my offering >>>


[Instructions:] From NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-Three …Write a poem in the style of Kay Ryan, whose poems tend to be short and snappy – with a lot of rhyme and soundplay. They also have a deceptive simplicity about them, like proverbs or aphorisms. Once you’ve read a few, you’ll see what I mean. Here’s her “Token Loss,” “Blue China Doorknob,” “Houdini,” and “Crustacean Island.”


keep your truth

shine your light

tell your stories

if people

wanted you

to be nice


they should have


such kind


of spirit

let the waters


from the 

stagnant pool

that marks 

the mind

of the




Until today’s prompt, I remained in woeful ignorance of the wonderful poet, Kay Ryan. I will be taking a much closer look at her work from now on. Again, I went with free-style poetry as this prompt seemed to call for it.

My poem is inspired by a quote that Debby Kaye shared on one of her blog posts this week:You own everything that happened to you. Tell your stories. If people wanted you to write warmly about them, they should have behaved better.” ~Anne Lamott. This resonated with me, and I’ve tried to pay homage to it today.

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


© Harmony Kent 2022


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Yvette M Calleiro

I love that quote from Debby Kay, and your poem resonates that thought well. Great job, Harmony! 🙂

Jan Sikes

I was also not familiar with Kay Ryan, but as you say, I will be checking out her work. A fabulous response to the prompt, Harmony!

Mae Clair

Loved how nicely this one flowed, Harmony. It rolls off the tongue!

Joan Hall

I’d not heard of Kay Ryan until now. I enjoyed your poem, Harmony, and the quote from Anne Lamott is great!

Annette Rochelle Aben

Until today, I was woefully ignorant of the poetry of Kay Ryan… Thank you for your brilliant take on the prompt.

DG Kaye

I loved your poem Harmony. And so sweet of you to mention me and my post and one of the best quotes that will always resonate with me by Anne Lamott. Your poem was equally beautiful. Thank you.
P.S. I think I’ve told you I subscribed to your blog 3 times. yet never get any post. Once again I just resigned up. <3

john howelll

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john howelll

You did a great job, Harmony. I also like Anne Lamott’s quote.

Jacquie Biggar

This strikes home with me, Harmony- well done.

D.L. Finn, Author

I love that wisdom, Harmony and free verse fit it.

Molly Shea


Diana Peach

Thanks for the introduction ot Kaye Ryan’s poetry, Harmony. I’m woefully uninformed, so you’ve been correcting that. Great job with the poem! And I enjoyed Lamott’s quote as your inspiration. Well done on all counts.


Powerful writing, Harmony. Well done! BTW, I love Lamott’s quote. 💗


The quote you based your poem on really hit me this morning. And your poem did, too. I’m so glad I read this today. Thank you, Harmony.

Jane Dougherty

Yes, well put. There’s far too much ‘niceness’ around, which isn’t at all the same as honest to goodness compassion.


Love the tone of your verse, Harmony! ❤️🙂