Day One: Lifelike

Here it is, Day One of NaPoWriMo (National Poetry Writing Month), my third in a row. Happy poeting, everybody!

Prompt 1: “I’d like to challenge you to write a self-portrait poem in which you make a specific action a metaphor for your life – one that typically isn’t done all that often, or only in specific circumstances.”


You know how sometimes
you put on an article of clothing
that you haven’t worn in a while
and find a bill?

A bill to pay with,
that is,
not a bill to pay.

And it’s just before pay-check,
others are thirsty,
they give you ugly looks,
but look, another twenty!

Bukowski knew it,
and I know it
how mad
some get
to learn where I live now.

My life is the eyebrow
shooting up
when I say

Now you,
who know life,
tell me:
If it’s true –
is it still a metaphor?

The link in the poem leads to one of my favourite poems of all times, and I thank him.

Here are the links to my Aprils last year and the year before on my two previous blogs. Both times I made it through. I hope the same for this year.

For Day 1 of NaPoWriMo 2020

14 thoughts on “Day One: Lifelike

  1. Hi MMM,

    Poetry at plague time. Yes, this is a good moment to begin a poem. The question is, will we finish? Everything compressed in our new-found vise. The images showing us what has always been, but now they knock at our door, they want to sleep in our bed, they want to breathe on our spirit. Thanks. Duke

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Happy to learn the first thing on your mind.

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