#NaPoWriMo (It’s April)

April being the cruelest month, and me being cooped up inside for what feels like my entire life, I decided that I wanted to continue writing every day after the March Slice of Life Story Challenge ended, and I wanted to write poetry. Today did not get off to an excellent start on the poetry front, as I had to do my second day of working from home instead of not working, I left the house for the first time in two weeks to pick up supplies from my school to start online teaching next week and pick up supplies from my son’s teachers so he can also start online school next week, and my cooped up 9 year old got increasingly depressed until he was so worked up at bedtime that he felt sick. So it is now 10:45pm and I am exhausted and not feeling very poetic, but I will give it a stab anyway. I am not willing to give up on the very first day!

Day Nineteen

Rain dripping
Spirits and skies gray
Cats pacing

Toys boring
Learning distant
Working a memory

Breaks my heart
to tell a child
No – no
      ...to playdates
      ...to the park
      ...to the zoo
      ...to the forest
      ...to the playground
      ...to the beach
      ...to a hike

No school, no classes, no friends, no plans

How do you tell a child
No to life,
In order to 
preserve life?

Please let this be an April Fool.

4 thoughts on “#NaPoWriMo (It’s April)

  1. I’m sorry you’re having a rough day (I am too, today). This whole thing is rotten. I’m glad you wrote though. That’s good to stick with it and keep this memories. I completely feel and agree with your whole poem, but the line I found most brilliant was “Spirits and skies gray” Ain’t that the truth!? Keep your chin up, my friend!

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    1. Ironically, they also reflect the weather here in Oregon, which, on the one hand, makes it easier to stay home, and on the other, affects everyone’s mood so severely that it is much harder to cope. I worry a bit about what happens to the stay home rules when the sun comes back out. Oregonians tend to get a little nuts when the sun comes out. I imagine you have much the same thing when winter is finally over!


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