NaPoWriMo Review

And another NaPoWriMo is done. This was my sixth NaPoWriMo. This year wasn’t as successful as other years but it certainly was not the worst. I ended up with 45 new poems across 4 different poetry books. I had intended to write more for Written & Whim so it would be done and ready for publishing soon.

However, life had other plans. An emergency tooth extraction on April 11th made the rest of the month kind of odd as things aren’t healing, recovering as quickly as I would like. Prior to the extraction, I had been more tired than what is typical. I suffer from Chronic Fatigue Syndrome so for me to notice this, the exhaustion was WAY intense. I suspect, now, it was due to my body fighting the infection that led to the tooth extraction. Worse than usual exhaustion remains – though not as badly – through recovery. I only have so much energy to give things, anything, in a given day. The infection, the extraction, and the recovery have been consuming most of it.

I had hoped to go to a concert during the month but fatigue vetoed that. I wasn’t a total recluse during the month though. I managed to go to the coffee shop a few times to write even if I didn’t really want to. The days I want to spend the entire day in bed, I force myself to get out even if it is for an hour at the coffee shop and I make myself write. I may go back to bed when I get home but, at least, I did something productive with my day.

I spent Easter with my niece and nephew. On April 6th, I worked a craft & art show. Sadly, the crowd was minimal at best. I sold nothing. My friend sold 2 items. It was very disappointing yet we forge ahead with getting our art out to the people.

I did quite a bit of sewing prior to the show as I constructed more drawstring backpacks out of my fabric stash as well as create an Easter-themed mixed media piece and an Easter-themed mosaic.

I started figuring out how to make things from polymer clay which was prompted by an idea for a mixed media art project but being unable to find the components in order to make it a reality. I need to finish constructing the clay components this coming week so I can start on the project. I also have several mosaics in various states of creation. Working hard to motivate myself to finish them. A few have been languishing, unfinished, for a while.

My hopes for May are:
– Complete most, if not all, of my mixed media art project
– Finish off at least 3 of the 6 mosaics I have in progress
– Finish the sewing project I have sitting on my cutting table
– Finish the clay pot art project I have sitting on my work table
– Finish Written & Whim while making more progress on Doll & Discarnate, Letters & Locks, and Tincture & Thorn
– Finish the healing process of the tooth extraction site
– Have a very successful craft show on May 11th

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NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 27

Voodoo Doll

Light the candles
Spread the herbs
Herald the night
No spell can change
What lurks beneath
Buttons over eyes
Strange devices
Holding in emotive poisons
So many ways tried
To squash back emotions
But they own anyways
Their voodoo doll
No matter how it is tried
Try to break away apart
Incantations going nowhere
Beyond breathy thought
Light the candles
Spread the herbs
Herald the night
No spell can change
What lurks beneath
Pins and needles going in
Strange devices
Holding in emotive poisons

NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 17

Succumb

Have we succumb
Madness on wrong sides
Of a shotgun promise
Redemption never to come
Only licks of insanity
Deserters choosing bullets
Choosing sides that have not
A name to claim
While we succumb
Madness on wrong sides
Of a shotgun lurking

NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 15

Creation

Breathe life into this creation
Gasp on sea water losing
Control while adrift
Clean and pure in clarity
Of the seven seas leading
It on in Death’s demons
Opening up the sores
Seeking a new cure to
Breathe life into this creation
Gasp on salted blood losing
Control while adrift
Victim and saint in clarity
Of the seven seas leading
It on in Death’s behest
Opening up the agonies
Seeking a new result to
Breathe life into this creation

NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 10

Essence

The essence of confusion
Revealed in my faults
When I desperately want
Want to heal without
Erasing who I have become
Even if it isn’t what I
Wanted in all I envisioned
Leaving me wondering
What am I in a world
Without the faults I
See as my own being
The essence of confusion
Where I do belong
Revealed in my fault lines
When I desperately want
Want to heal without
Erasing who I am

NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 8

Dark Room

A dark room gives
Fresh fire
A chance to hold
My head up higher
Than the light
Threatening slice me
Up into pieces
No other fix
Will do
A call to heart
Disguising lie rotting
Across the cuts
Beautiful in simplicity
Glorious reflection
Of the soul
A dark room gives
Fresh fire
A chance to lift
My head up higher
Than the light
Weighing heavy
On my pieces
No other fix
Will do
A blinding truth

NaPoWriMo 2019 – Day 7

Desert

It will desert this in
A desert high
Beyond what could be
Achieved if I stopped
And listened
To another song, another
Word of warning
Cascading down the sands
Like a haboob with
Life at its core
Kicking up the sands
Consuming in a rage
Yet I stay lost in the
Songs and words I know
I find comfort within
Darker sandy moments
Leaving me to desert
Everything in a desert high