NaPoWriMo Day 2! Zoo of the Unwritten

Hi there! It’s day two and I’m still going strong. Today’s poem was inspired by this prompt by Megan Falley. This wasn’t as hard as I initially thought it would be to write. My most significant break from writing took place during my most adult relationship. I still have questions to ask myself about this topic but for now this is what we have to work with:

Zoo of the Unwritten

When I wasn’t writing,
I was limbs wrapped
up in his sheets,

all my words caged,
my throat a zoo of
the unwritten.

Love was not a spark,
not a forest floor
of poems on fire.

When asked have you
ever been in love?
I pause.

If this thing, that grabs you
by the heart and spins you
until all the world multi-colored

swirls, is supposed to inspire,
then why did I stare at so many
unmarked pages?

Why did i not poet?
Or artist?
Or create?

I want to say, yes
I have been in love
and it was extraordinary,

I wrote ten books worth
of poems about how
marvelous it all was,

I was the poet laureate
of love, I was the one
they teach you about

in sadity writing courses at
the university where I could never
afford more than one semester.

Instead I pause. Shrug.
Say I don’t know. I think so?
I mean I loved him, but…

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5 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo Day 2! Zoo of the Unwritten

  1. 1. Awesome reading! It makes me regret even more that I didn’t drive to Atlanta when you competed there.

    2. Brilliant writing. It’s a provocative question…did you love him if you didn’t politically create when with him?

    -heidi

    1. Thank you Heidi! Hey no regrets, hopefully I’ll be performing for a long time (and across the country at that) so there will always be another chance 🙂

  2. Wow! The reading was superb! And the poem had many great lines, my fave: I was the poet laureate
    of love, I was the one
    they teach you about

    in sadity writing courses at
    the university where I could never
    afford more than one semester.

    Excellent!

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