#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 29

Hi everyone! Today is day Twenty-Nine of the national poetry month competition and the penultimate day!

Here’s my offering >>>

DAY  TWENTY-NINE:

[Instructions:] From NaPoWriMo Day Twenty-Nine … In certain versions of the classic fairytale Sleeping Beauty, various fairies or witches are invited to a princess’s christening, and bring her gifts. One fairy/witch, however, is not invited, and in revenge for the insult, lays a curse on the princess. Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem in which you muse on the gifts you received at birth — whether they are actual presents, like a teddy bear, or talents – like a good singing voice – or circumstances – like a kind older brother, as well as a “curse” you’ve lived with (your grandmother’s insistence on giving you a new and completely creepy porcelain doll for every birthday, a bad singing voice, etc.). I hope you find this to be an inspiring avenue for poetic and self-exploration.

 

Choices

The cursed child

Who feels the need

To cry “Wish I were

Never born”

So forlorn

 

The parents 

Who struggle

And blame

Heap the burden on the child

Of sacrifice and a life reviled

 

The woman

Self-reliant

First weak

Now strong

Finds a place to belong

 

The blessing

Inherent in each

And every existence

Cherish this gift

With a life well lived

 

Talent

good looks

Are all well and good

Of greater import

Is how you comport

 

Succour

Kindness

Empathy 

These truest blessings

allow all to spread their wings

 

Come what may

Gifted

Or cursed

Free your soul

Live life whole

 

Today’s poetic prompt is one I struggled with hugely. I almost gave it a miss, but I’ve come this far and only have today and tomorrow to go. In the end, I went with a broader viewpoint rather than dealing with specifics. 

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

 

© Harmony Kent 2022

 

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DG Kaye

I loved your poem Harmony – sad as it was, and much relatable. But look how we turned out. <3

Jan Sikes

I think this is so well-done, Harmony. I can see where it was a challenge, but I like the route you chose.

D.L. Finn, Author

I really related to this, Harmony. Thanks for sharing this one. Xo

Joan Hall

This one is powerful, Harmony. It speaks volumes. Great job.

Paeansunplugged

I am glad you didn’t give up, Harmony! This is a powerful write. ❤️🙂

Mae Clair

Harmony, I’m so glad you didn’t shy away from the challenge. You out did yourself with this one. The voice is so strong. This has to be one of my favorite of the month!

Gwen

I so love the last line. You’ve captured our purpose for living. Bravo, Harmony. 💗

Yvette M Calleiro

“Free your soul / Live life whole” Words to live by! Great poem, Harmony! 🙂

Ruth Klein

I love your take, especially the way you summed it up! 💗

Selma

You are a blessing to read. I bless you more. XoXo

Molly Shea

It is a blessing to live life whole. Thank you for sharing.

Annette Rochelle Aben

How blessed the world is to have you alive and thriving! You put your heart and soul into everything you do.

Diana Peach

That does seem like a difficult one, but I like where you went with it, Harmony. And the message is a powerful one. One more day to go! Congrats.

john howell

I liked your general view, Harmony. Thanks for staying with it.

Priscilla Bettis

I can’t tell that you struggled with this one. The resulting poem is fabulous!