alycewilson (alycewilson) wrote,

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NaPoWriMo: Day 6

I am participating in National Poetry Writing Month, where the goal is to write one poem a day for 30 days. During the month of April, I will be using the writing prompts at and posting the results.

Day six prompt (image)

This is your image prompt for this week. If you decide to write a poem to this image, or another one that sparks your creativity, leave a link on our Thursday Get Your Poem On post. And, since it’s April, you can also choose to leave a link right here, in the comments section.

This photo, Next Destination, comes from Flickr, uploaded by pensiero. If you’d rather, browse pensiero’s other photos, but make sure it is labeled with a creative commons symbol. Also, if you’d like to include pensiero’s photo with the poem on your blog, be sure to add a link to his Flickr photostream.

Next Destination, pensiero

Blood Test Flight

The phlebotomist
puts down the padded arm —
like a safety latch —
across my chair.
She has me roll up
my sleeve, ties a blue strap
above the elbow. With gloved hand
she pushes on skin: It's small, but
it will work
. Before
the needle's bee sting, I

launch my mind
to the red & gold swings
of Knoebel's Grove. My brother is 8;
I am 10. We lift up, spin. The nearby oak
blurs and our feet
kick sky.


I looked at this picture before heading to the health center at my local hospital for a doctor-prescribed blood test to check for cholesterol. In the waiting room, I did a little free writing, but the wait wasn't long. Sitting in the chair, I found my mind drifting away to the picture as she took the blood.

There's nothing like a little mental escape.

Tags: napowrimo, poetry, writing

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