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The end of National Poetry Month 2013

I’ve been participating in National Poetry Month for the first time sine my freshman year of college, and I have to say it was refreshing. Yesterday, April 30th, was not only the final day of NaPoMo and the PAD Challenge, but it was the one year anniversary since I last stepped foot into a poetry classroom as a student. I took one poetry class a semester during my undergrad, which came out to be 21 credits with the same professor. Poetry was my therapy through my college years, and I never would have discovered my love for writing if I hadn’t accidentally been placed in an Intro to Creative Writing course the first semester of my freshman year.

Since my last poetry class a year ago, I’ve neglected my poetic writing, only occasionally writing for poetry readings I’ve been invited to perform at. It’s really easy to neglect your first writing love when you have a blog and social media taking up so much of your life. Writing a poem a day during the month of April was a bit stressful, yet relaxing, all at once. While I wrote way more haikus than I ever have before, it still felt good to be writing poetry. On the days where I wrote more difficult poetry forms, I felt alive. It felt so good to be writing each and every day, and to be challenging myself.

So, I’ve decided to try to incorporate my first love of poetry into my blog. I’ll be implementing “Poetry Wednesdays” because, apparently, Wednesday is the day of the week I blog the least on.

Thank you for joining me on this PAD Challenge.

Here are all the poems I wrote over the past month:

4/1/2013 – an arrival poem

4/2/2013 – bright poem, dark poem

4/3/2013 – a tentative poem

4/4/2013 – Hold that (_______) poem

4/5/2013 – a “plus” poem

4/6/2013 – a “post” poem

4/7/2013 – a sevenling poem

4/8/2013 – instructional poem

4/9/2013 – hunter/ hunted poem

4/10/2013 – a suffering poem

4/11/2013 – in case of (blank) poem

4/12/2013 – a broke poem

4/13/2013 – a comparison poem

4/14/2013 – a limerick on writing sonnets

4/15/2013 – an infested poem

4/16/2013 – an im/possible poem

4/17/2013 – express poem

4/18/2013 – an “I Am….” poem

4/19/2013 – burn poem

4/20/2013 – a “beyond” poem

4/21/2013 – a serenyu

4/22/2013– a complex poem (villanelle)

4/23/2013– a love poem or an anti-love poem

4/24/2013– an “auto” poem

4/25/2013– “Everyone (blank)”

4/26/2013 a cast poem

4/27/2013– a mechanical poem (substituted mechanical for recipe)

4/28/2013– a shadorma poem

4/29/2013– take the line of a previous PAD poem & use it as the title

4/30/2013– a finished or unfinished poem

PAD Challenge, Day 30

4/30/2013- a finished or unfinished poem

“Education lap”

I actually wrote
Changing and saving lives
is what motivates me
to be the best educator that I can be
on my final teaching philosophy
because I believe it to be true.
But nobody ever talks about
how your biggest motivation
to pursue the most worthwhile of dreams
disappears into the 3am sky
when you’ve been writing
professional development plans,
and unit plans
for non-existent students
for hours upon end
and the finish line
is within your sight
if you can just find some way
to stop time
so you can battle the procrastination
standing between you
and a triumphant victory.
The race has only just begun.