Poem a Day – Day 23 – Prompt is Next Chapter

We are rocking and rolling through the month now. Day 23’s OctPoWriMo prompt and the image below are from Julie Jordan Scott.

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We were challenged to think of new chapters, new beginnings, and what comes next. I had to think a bit to find a new approach to an idea I seem to touch on a lot. I saw a really good movie, Begin Again, this summer and loved the idea of it never being too late to begin again. I
posted my response to the movie afterwards.

An earlier poem in this challenge, Day 20 – Better Late Than Never touched on starting now our new chapters.

So for tonight’s poem I thought about where I have been, where I am now and where I am going. This is what came to me. I hope you enjoy. 🙂

Chapters
By CJS

It felt like
“The End”
It seemed
unbearable
at the time
to accept the idea-
that version of my life
was being left
unwritten.
I wish
I had known
that you would be
my next chapter
my best chapter
my “Happily Ever After”
I love
this story
we now get
to create
together.

Poem a Day – Day 22- Prompt is A Challenge

Our prompt for today was a challenge.  The challenge was to post audio or video of us reading one of our favorite poems from the month so far.  I love poems read aloud and while this recording is far from perfect, I just love the sound of the words read out – not just on the page.

The challenge for me turned out to be just finding a way to upload the audio file that I recorded.  I am not tech savvy enough apparently.  Ha!  But I *think* I have attached the file here.  You can let me know if it’s not working and I can try again.

The poem that I chose was one of the first I did during this challenge from the Revolution prompt.  It’s called “Listen”.  It was inspired by Emma Watson’s #HeForShe speech before the UN.  I blogged about the speech and the campaign, and while this poem wasn’t specific to #HeForShe, I was thinking about it when I wrote this.

Listen

A revolution doesn’t have to be
bloody and full of martyrs
A revolution doesn’t have to be
loud and all about the noise
A revolution doesn’t have to be
about God or Country

A revolution can be a quiet,
slow spreading wildfire of an idea, if powerful enough and the moment
kindles the spirit of the movement.
If the voice that is raised is strong,
brave and speaks a truth.

If you listen you can hear it…