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It’s Nation Poetry Writing Month!

Being the fabulous poetry teacher that I am, I FORGOT TO TELL MY KIDS IT’S NATIONAL POETRY WRITING MONTH, OMG.

Kids, today is the first day of National Poetry Writing Month.

I first learned about this month during my freshman year of college. I’ve taken part in the month of poetic festivities ever since, following prompts provided by different websites. This year, I decided to follow the prompts given by the OG of NaPoWriMo,

So, welcome to the fun.

Today’s prompt read:

 Today, I’d like you to go to Reb Livingston’s Bibliomancy Oracle. Clear your mind, push the button, and then write a poem based on the quotation that the oracle provides. Happy writing!


NaPoWriMo, Day 1, April 2014

NaPoWriMo, Day 1, April 2014

This quote seems appropriate since I was teaching my students about cento poems today. We had a big debate about whether or not cento poems are acts of plagiarism. (Cento poems are when you take lines from other poems to create your poem.)

So, here’s a cento poem based off of my poems from the Poem-a-Day Challenge last April.

I wanted to leave you a note,
expressing my love and thoughts
when I felt a songbird break free of its cage.
I cannot escape;
my hometown always lingers.
I still have the potential
to leap–
no, soar–
into the stars,
nestled into the city skyline
amongst the flames of
standing between you
and a triumphant victory.
I started wondering if the people who held these memories with me
still associate the
two million, six hundred, thirty thousand, one hundred and eighty-six minutes
with the little girls
emerald flats and sneakers
freedom, love, serenity
with a solar eclipse
upon the songbird’s page.


All Over

It’s been a very long time since I’ve just sat and written something other than lesson plans. Most of my life has evolved into a revolution around school, my blog, or my latest website. I’ve neglected my own writing, which you would think isn’t true with a blog, but I’ve accomplished none of what I wish I could be accomplishing.

A month ago, I turned 24. Since then, I’ve been stressed. I’ve been worrying about V’s longer-than-expected recovery from surgery. I’ve been nervous for my students, who are taking a state test next week. They need the test to graduate, but only if they’re Juniors– next year, we get a different, more difficult state test to brainwash our students into being panicked over. The second semester of school finally began after being delayed due to our 10 snow days. Spring Break was essentially cancelled, and then this week it was sort of reinstated after the school year was extended by 3 days. I’m finding it stressful to balance the demands of planning for 4 different courses, yet relaxing since two of the courses are electives.

I’m not used to having a moment to myself to just breathe and write. Max is laying at my feet, licking the top of my foot and being a little weirdo. He’s also cuddling my feet in lieu of his stuffed animals, which is a tad bizarre, even for him. I am grateful to have him as my cuddle buddy though– he’s been my little guy for almost 11 years, and I wouldn’t trade his bizarre antics for anything else in the world.

This is literally one of the worst blogs I’ve ever written. It’s a long ramble, filled with half completed thoughts and mindlessly typed words. Much like my own mind lately, it’s all over the place. I need a few days of hibernation, and then maybe I can reconnect with my ten minutes of writing.


Somehow, I’m doing the impossible–

I’m keeping my New Year’s Resolution.

I’ve written a blog post every day of 2014 so far.

I’m not exactly sure how this is actually happening, and, while it’s been extremely tough at times, it’s also been really liberating.

I’ve forgotten how important writing is to my sanity.