#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 6

Hi everyone! Today is day six of the national poetry month competition.

Apologies to those of you who received a post alert for today, which I hit the button way too soon! That one, I deleted as quickly as I could. Thanks for bearing with me! (One of those days 😁) Here’s my offering >>>


[Instructions:]Β Write a variation of an acrostic poem. But rather than spelling out a word with the first letters of each line, I’d like you to write a poem that reproduces a phrase with the first words of each line. Perhaps you could write a poem in which the first words of each line, read together, reproduce a treasured line of poetry?Β 

Stress, pain, anxiety, word graphic
Graphic courtesy of Pixabay: https://pixabay.com/vectors/anxiety-word-cloud-word-chronic-1337383/


Paddle your own canoe

A bit too much

In a nutshell

No dice


In the nick of time

Safety in numbers


In one fell swoop

Nip it in the bud

Every cloud has a silver lining

Vicious circles

In spades

Tail wagging the dog

A fresh pair of eyes

Better late than never

Left to your own devices

Easier said than done


Scales fall from your eyes


Face your demons

Fair and square

Easy does it

Recharge your batteries

If at first you don’t succeed

No great shakes

Game on


If worst comes to worst

Sail on


Once bitten twice shy

Pride goes before a fall

Tables are turned

In the face of the

Other side of the coin

New lease of life

Alive and kicking

Landslide victory


Today’s acrostic poem spells the phrase: “PAIN IS INEVITABLE, SUFFERING IS OPTIONAL“. Pain can be psychological, physical, and/or emotional, whereas suffering is always a psychological affliction. I decided to use a phrase to make each line, as well as the beginning letters of the lines, and wanted to show that, often, two heads are better than one. If I’ve learnt anything from life, it’s that while it’s good to be independent, we all need a little help along the way. Also, there’s no point in beating ourselves up for those times we fall down. The important thing is we climb back to our feet. Here’s sending hugs out to the worldΒ  πŸ€—



Have a wonderful day, everyone, and I’ll see you tomorrow with Day Seven on the NaPoWriMo 30 Day Poetry Challenge πŸ™‚Β 


Β© Harmony Kent 2022


28 Comments on “#NaPoWriMo: A Poem A Day – Day 6

  1. This is brilliant, Harmony. And you said SO much. My heart goes out to all those suffering. Great job!

  2. Hi Harmony, how interesting that you also wrote about pain today. This is a most intriguing poem.

    • It seems a few folks in the blogosphere have written along similar lines today. So interesting! Thanks for all your support, Robbie πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  3. What a great message and way to express it, Harmony πŸ™‚ It is how we handle that is so important. Xo

    • Thanks so much, Staci. This one is rooted in surviving all life has thrown my way over the last almost half a century. Hugs πŸ’•πŸ™‚

  4. Powerful writing, Harmony. You’ve pulled open the blinds to a reality often not seen. When pain is unrelenting, it shadows the horizons and haunts with questions. πŸ’— The courageous see possibility across the darkened horizon and bravely face all that lies ahead. You are an inspiration, my dear. Always have been. πŸ’—

    • I appreciate your words deeply. Thanks so much, my friend. Love and hugs πŸ’•πŸ™‚πŸ’–

  5. So cleverly done, Harmony, and the message is uplifting. Even in the face of pain, we don’t have to wallow in suffering. Especially if we lean on the support of others.

    Thanks for the beautiful share.

  6. Mystery solved! I wondered why I couldn’t leave a comment or tweet it out.

    As one who has had to adjust to being in pain and admitting that I sometimes need help, this resonates with me. I love the optimism you portrayed here. I remember my mom saying there wasn’t a day that went by when she wasn’t in pain, but she never let it get her down.

    Thanks, Harmony, and sending you a virtual hug.

    • One thing hubby commented on to the doctor recently is that I never complained, and now I do. Shows how bad things got, and I finally (took long enough, ha ha) admitted I needed help.

      I don’t like to share misery, but actually, that sharing allows caring.

      Thanks for your lovely comment, Joan. I love your mom’s attitude. Hugs πŸ’•πŸ™‚