… April has arrived. That means it’s time for National Poetry Month!
As promised, my form for the month is the Arun, the form that somehow allowed itself to be created my me. Very basic format: 15 lines, syllable count of 1/2/3/4/5 3 times. I was writing with Naima (my Girls Write Now mentee) tonight, and struggling with today’s poem. She read it when it was still missing its last line and said it felt like it needed something more, and wondered why I thought I only needed one more line. I reminded her about the form, and she reminded me that I could write more than one stanza. Oh. Right. So interesting how I can forget that every year. It’s not where I needed to go tonight, but having that pulled back up to the front of my brain is super helpful!
So, tonight’s Arun:
held by fear.
But start, despite
these shadow roadblocks,
and padlocked doors.
Only move forward.
wide open —
reaching, ready —
heart stripped naked, clean.
Happy April, everyone!
And, because it’s Tuesday, today is also a Slice of Life day!
See the rest of today’s slices at Two Writing Teachers!
My title, of course, inspired by this bit of beauty: