Here it is again… April! That means National/Global Poetry Writing Month. National Poetry Writing Month (NaPoWriMo as it loving refers to itself) is a national and now global movement that encourages poets and anyone that wants to actually, to write a poem every day in the month of April. There are no rules (blog it, don’t blog it, share it don’t share it, write every day, or don’t… just try it on and see how it feels) but some structure and resources are available for you to use if you need a push to get those line-writing wheels turning. New prompts, featured poets, and resources are available every day from NaPoWriMo. In the past I’ve both written on my own and used the daily prompts. I’ve found that although they may feel clunky or silly or weird at first, the daily prompts can really help you think in a new way and help you construct some really nice lines.
If you’re curious about what I’ve written in past years, all my National Poetry Writing Month poems have been archived with the tag, “NaPoWriMo”. Sometimes the year is included.
Day one’s prompt was to write a poem using instructions. So here it is!
What to Do with An Uninvited Guest Named Doubt
Open the door when you hear it knocking—you can let it in
Greet it with an open smile, like:
“Why hello doubt, I wasn’t expecting you”–but maybe you were
Thank doubt for dropping by
Don’t lose your cool, you’ve been interrupted by doubt before
Ask doubt how it’s been, where it’s going
Fully listen to doubt’s answers
Offer it a seat on the couch, maybe something to drink
Sit with doubt awhile
Watch doubt drink it’s drink—
Happily, with one leg slung over the other—casually and crossed
—assured—confident—doubt’s been to your house before
Keep calm, courteous even
But when the time is right, and you’ll know when that time is—
–Usually when doubt starts asking the questions
That’s your cue to stand up and say,
“Okay doubt, thanks for stopping by”
Take doubt’s empty cup, with a smile
Show it through the door, and watch it walk away