#391: Poem on April 18, 2021

Today’s suggestion from Napowrimo is to write a poem based on or inspired by a chapter title from a book called Poemcrazy: Freeing Your Life With Words by Susan G. Wooldridge. The Look Inside feature from Amazon gives us a peek on to the contents page and it contains a surprising and evocative list of starting points, a table of contents so good that you really want to read the book. I’ve not heard of this text before, which seems to be a kind of inspirational tool for would-be-poets, à la Bird By Bird, or Writing Down the Bones, or any number of “how-to” books about writing–not so much a craft study as a kind of self-help genre designed for writers who are not writing and who need purely generative sustenance. Running a little bit low on energy this evening, I found a title I liked from this contents page, and, while it made me think of a whole host of things to write about, it really all came down to this haiku.

Poem on April 18

Please don’t understand
that what I most want to say
I’m afraid to say.

Published by michaeljarmer

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

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