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NaPoWriMo + ReWild

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April 2014 is shaping up as a month of personal challenges: namely, Napowrimo* (National Poetry Writing Month) and the We Are Wildness Rewild Challenge** (30 minutes a day for 30 days of deliberate, purposeful outdoor time). So far, so good.

Rewild comes with daily prompts, if you sign up for their emails. Today’s task was to spend time with a tree. I was rewarded for my efforts with getting close to a flock of crimson rosellas. (See the above photo – if you notice the flash of red feathers amongst the leaves, that’s a rosella!)

*www.napowrimo.net
**www.wearewildness.com/30-day-challenge.html

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NaPoWriMo 1, 2014

“Look up”

The Moon was my constant companion
back then.
Her cold silver light shone kindly upon me
when no one else would.

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NaPoWriMo 2013: Reflections

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It’s finished! I have completed the 30 poems in 30 days challenge. And, boy, was it difficult.

It started out well – I had enough ideas in stock to get  me through the first week or so of impromptu poetry writing. After that, though, it became a difficult journey of trying to challenge my creativity.

It surprised me, too, to see the themes that arose. In my mind I would like to be a nature poet, more in the vein of Gerard Manley Hopkins or Mary Oliver. In reality, I am a fumbling amateur struggling to string together a sentence while heavily swayed by my inner emotional torments.

However, this in itself was a lesson. I enjoyed the accountability of having a daily task to write. I also enjoyed playing with the words. While I will not be too quick to leap again onto a “one poem a day” schedule, it did spur me to get more active with my writing. The process is quite cathartic, and good practice at developing new ideas.

I am hoping to reshare the best of my contributions to NaPoWriMo 2013 at my RedBubble portfolio, but I would appreciate some reader feedback first. If you have a WordPress account, please feel free to hit the “Like” button or even rate my NaPoWriMo posts (please be kind!) if you particularly liked one, or two. Or share/comment as you wish. I will use any positive and constructive feedback to determine which five or so pieces of writing get immortalised at RedBubble.

A big thank you to the dedicated readers who kept up-to-date with my NaPoWriMo offerings. I enjoyed exploring your contributions, too!

 

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