#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 25

Hi everyone! Today is day Twenty-Five of the national poetry month competition.

Here’s my offering >>>

DAY  TWENTY-FIVE:

[Instructions:] From NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-Five … Today’s (optional) prompt is based on the aisling, a poetic form that developed in Ireland. An aislingrecounts a dream or vision featuring a woman who represents the land or country on/in which the poet lives, and who speaks to the poet about it. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem that recounts a dream or vision, and in which a woman appears who represents or reflects the area in which you live. Perhaps she will be the Madonna of the Traffic Lights, or the Mysterious Spirit of Bus Stops. Or maybe you will be addressed by the Lost Lady of the Stony Coves. Whatever form your dream-visitor takes, happy writing!

Bandaged woman of Ukraine with sunflowers
Image courtesy of Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/illustrations/woman-portrait-mural-face-7141590/

 

take these seeds so

when you die here

sunflowers will grow 

 

in extremis

Clytie watches near

ever golden optimist 

 

in hopes for peace

she shines her light

on wishes for war’s surcease

 

o’er fields crushed 

barren in her plight

face crumpled in disgust

 

oh but what a sight

yon sunflower goddess’s 

determined fight

 

her golden glow

seeds offered in open palm

e’en mongst mud, blood, ‘n snow

 

soft tones hide

the hard harm

when she cried

 

enemy, take these seeds so

when you die here

sunflowers will grow 

 

sunflowers will grow

 

With today’s prompt, I couldn’t write about any other than Clytie, the goddess of sunflowers, and Ukraine’s brave fight.


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

 

© Harmony Kent 2022

 

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Paeansunplugged

What a heartfelt write, Harmony. ❤️

Jacquie Biggar

The people of Ukraine can use all the help they can get- love this.

Joan Hall

You’re in the home stretch now! Good job today, Harmony.

Jane Dougherty

Perfect.

john howell

A very touching poem, Harmony.

D.L. Finn

Powerful, Harmony. May those seeds grow.

Gwen

You’ve captured the sorrow and the hope of these times, Harmony, in poignantly beautiful verses… 💗

Mich

Oh, this is just so on point Harmony..👏👏

Yvette M Calleiro

It gave me chills, Harmony! Beautifully written. 🙂

Kymber

This poem is so moving, I read it three times. Bravo, Harmony!

Jan Sikes

Oh, Harmony, this may be your best one yet. I am moved by it and especially your explanation and the relation to Ukraine. Great job!

Priscilla Bettis

Harmony, this is so powerful. Bless the people of Ukraine.