Mind Fullness NaPoWriMo Day6

Day 6 of NaPoWriMo/GloPoWriMo and it is all about line endings. The short and the long of them. Enjambment! Yes, the mind boggle of the poet in revision. To enjamb or not to enjamb? That is the question that has you shifting words up and down a line ad infinitum.   A workshop at Lumb Bank with Carola Luther helped me with this quandry, but it still bedevils me.

To quote today’s prompt:

Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. You might break to emphasize (or de-emphasize) sounds or rhymes, or to create a moment of hesitation in the middle of a thought.

And what came to my mind was the Mindfulness Meditation evening group that my husband is running at the local open prison.

Mind Fullness


Breathe in




Breathe out


That’s the height of this mindfulness lark just thinking of nothing

Which my mother always thought the sixth impossibility of breakfast


Porridge and toast


Breathe in


Breathe out



That parcel wants collecting the tax needs paying my teeth are due cleaning

I hate my dentist


Breathe in

Buzz bizz whizzzzz Spit!


My stomach isn’t popping up and down like the nice man encouraging everyone says should happen

Deep belly breathing

My chest is tight


Breathe in

Go back to the breath

Breathe in

He says not to cork it. I’m corking. I’m sure I’m corking it


Breathe out



Breathe in



Breathe out



Just watch your thoughts as they crop up

Marrows, peas, comfrey, compost




Step into the gap

Mind The Gap!

(London Tube sound effects now playing in my head)


Breathe In



Breathe out



Breathe in


Some guy to my left just snorted like a pig.


Breathe out


Breathe in



Breathe out





Time up


Shoulder roll. Look around.

Be present

It was definitely Dermot who snored

Had to be


Kettle on



See you next week!


© 2018  Bee Smith


7 thoughts on “Mind Fullness NaPoWriMo Day6

    1. My husband encourages to not view it as a failure. Just go back to the breath. Just witness the thoughts and go back to the breath. Really, really hard. But as an evening’s structured activity for a Monday this group is currently more popular than the poker school! Or so we are told.

    1. I know! It’s been 20 years since I was in London. But they used to have recordings of ‘MIND…the Gap!’ Also lettered on the edge of the platforms at some stations. It really sticks in the mental junk cabinet.

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