#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 >>>


[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.



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


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



good looks

Are all well and good

Of greater import

Is how you comport





These truest blessings

allow all to spread their wings


Come what may


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


29 Comments on “#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 29

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

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

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

  4. 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!

    • Oh, Annette! Thank you from the depths of my being for such kind and wonderful words. Hugs 💕🙂

  5. 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.