OctPoWriMo, Day 10

ReclaimingI’m going to warn people in advance, compliments on this poem are likely to be met with a “thanks! I hate it” brand of reaction.

I genuinely love doing these writing challenges – I think they are going to go a long way towards helping me reclaim my creativity, and the poetry ones often introduce me to new forms and styles, some of which I end up really loving. But just as often, I find forms that just really don’t work for me.

And that’s fine.  I’m not the be-all-and-end-all of poets.  I’m sure there are poets who love this form (called the converse, today’s OctPoWriMo form suggestion) and can knock it out of the park.  But the older I get, the less fond I am of rhyming couplets. I find when I write in rhyming couplets, I just feel like I wind up sounding like I’m writing a mother goose rhyme.  I can sometimes counter this somewhat with well-placed enjambment, but even so.

Maybe you feel differently.  Please tell me what you think.


In Your Smile

There’s a lightness that beguiles
In each glimmer of your smile.

I think it’s what had most stood out
When first we met – that perfect pout

Split so wide in such a cheeky grin –
That dazzling joy that did me in.

There’s nothing in this world so beautiful
And someone loving life, so rich and full;

And you, who sees joy and beauty everywhere
Buoy me up until I almost walk on air.


This was poem was written for OctPoWriMo!  Link ups are closed, but don’t let that stop you from writing if the mood strikes!

Author: Jessica Cross

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

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