You might call it NaPoWriMo. It started that way. But given that the globe is experiencing such a collective shared experience, I prefer the GloPoWriMo label. This April is prime for getting the globe to write a poem a day. While many things are uncertain and stressful, I am sticking to the same site I have used for daily inspiration for the past three years. I began NaPoWriMo in 2017. In September of 2018 I thought I would push the boundaries and see how long I could go with writing a poem a day. I completely that 365 day journey in September 2019. With the urgency of staying in situ, on weekdays I have been posting photos from my garden with a haiku on Instagram (look for Word Alchemy to follow me.)
So this is Day 1’s prompt:
Forrest Gump famously said that “life is like a box of chocolates.” And there are any number of poems out there that compare or equate the speaker’s life with a specific object. (For example, this poem of Emily Dickinson’s). Today, however, 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. For example, bowling, or shopping for socks, or shoveling snow, or teaching a child to tie its shoes.http://www.napowrimo.net/
Lift Off I am the granddaughter of a New York City elevator operator, which is one step above bellhop. He went from labourer to janitor and on up. But for his foreshortened life span, all forty-five years, well... who knows. The skyscraper was his own limit, though his sons did better than expected. They had the GI Bill, were educated beyond Depression expectations. I press the buttons myself for lift off, and let myself down. I must rely upon myself, though sometimes a fellow passenger will ask which floor I want and do the honours. Or I am the one doing that particular chore, pressing for five, eleven, nine or going to ground floor. I am not smartly uniformed like my Grandpa. Mostly no one knows my business or if I am going up, or if I am going down. Copyright ©Bee Smith, 2020. All rights reserved.