OctPoWriMo, Day 9 (Poem 8)

ReclaimingHere we are – today is the day I catch up!

After playing with the blitz form yesterday, I decided to give it another go and combined it with the “love” prompt from today.  The blitzes I’ve written still don’t feel, to me, like proper poems – which isn’t to say it’s not a worthwhile form to write, nor that there aren’t poet outs there capable of writing ones that could blow me away, only that it continues to feel like a writing exercise, like a warm-up.  And honestly, as a warm-up, or a creativity booster, or a springboard, I’m sold on it.  I’m just not sure how I feel about it as a product rather than a process, you know?

Anyway, here’s today’s blitz.  My “catch-up” poem – putting me at nine poems on day nine – will come later tonight.


Together to Choose

Gather the nest
Gather together
Together is a beautiful place to be
Together we are strong
Strong women beget strong women
Strong bonds beget strong bonds
Bonded as family
Bonded by blood
Blood of my blood
Blood is thicker
Thick or thin
Thick as thieves
Thieves’ trust
Thieves’ honor
Honor thy father
Honor thy mother
Mother knows best
Mother may i
I have my father’s pride
I have my mother’s laughter
Laughter is the best medicine
Laughter fills this house
Houses my body
Houses my soul
Souls bonded by name
Souls bonded by love
Love is all you need
Love makes a family
Family is where you come from
Family is to where you return
Return home
Return to the good old days
Days of my childhood
Days playing in the sun
Sunlight warmed my skin
Sunlight lit my room
Room by the fire
Room for one more
More mouths to feed
More here to love
Love is love is love is love is love
Love keeps us alive
Alive in these honeyed hours
Alive in the ever present present
Presents us with opportunities
Presents us with choices
Choose your family
Choose your path
Path
Family


Almost caught up with OctPoWriMo, 31 poems in (ideally!) 31 days.  Link ups are closed, but mark it on your calendar for next year, and feel free to “unofficially” participate this year.  All writing is worthwhile writing, whether you’re linked up or not.

Author: Jessica Cross

Writer, maker, geek, feminist, mom. Not necessarily in that order.

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