#173: On Not Writing a Poem


I don’t have to write a poem today.
And you know, I don’t think I will.
I will not write a poem.
I wrote 30 poems in a row,
a poem a day for 30 days,
so today I’m just taking a break,
doing other things, reading
the stupid news, drinking coffee,
making a comment here and there
on the Facebook, frying an egg,
discovering last night’s wine glass,
the one I looked for after everyone
had gone to bed before I gave up
and got a new one, you know,
things like that, nothing particularly
useful, worthwhile, or productive.
And then I think I understand
why it was so easy for me to
write a poem every day for 30 days:
an excuse to do something creative
instead of all the other things
I probably should have been doing,
useful, worthwhile, productive things, or
an excuse to do something creative
instead of reading stupid news,
drinking coffee, posting to Facebook,
frying an egg, searching for a lost
wine glass. I’ll admit it was good
for me, okay. But today, I don’t have
to write a poem. Today, I decide
I am not writing a poem.

Published by michaeljarmer

I'm a public high school English teacher, fiction writer, poet, and musician in Portland, Oregon

7 thoughts on “#173: On Not Writing a Poem

    1. Thanks, Lorien. It was so good to see you featured on the napowrimo site. And again, sorry about your recent loss of a beloved pet. That’s a tough one. Peace.

      1. Thank you Michael, on both counts. It was a nice surprise to be featured…my shortest poem by far and the one that took me the least time to pen. As far as our poor old Boy kitty, that is taking some getting used to. Our bedroom is so quiet and empty now that he isn’t there. He spent his last months in our room–never needing to leave because we had his food, water and litter box there for ease–and it was always so reassuring to know that he was there. Ah, adaptation takes time.

    1. Hey there! Thanks for this. Yeah, I’m numbering my poems–and I’ve only done napowrimo three times–the momentum generated by this activity has yielded almost twice the number of poems! Thanks again for reading!

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