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NaPoWriMo: Day 30

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 thirty prompt (leave a line, take a line)

Consider today’s prompt a little like the “take a penny, leave a penny” dish at the quickie-mart. To begin, help us write a kickin’ poem by contributing a line in the comments section. It’s ok to come back often, just try not to leave two in a row.

Next, because we’re not through with you just yet … you are invited to choose your favorite line as inspiration or a starting point for a poem of your own.

NOTE: While I am simply copying this prompt from, if you'd like to do a collaborative poem in the comments of this entry, I'm game!

Divine Physician

Choose what's most comfortable for you:
arm raised in a waterfall
or stretched on a flower bed.
Examine your breasts
like a handful of feathers.
God it is who speaks through your fingers
with power to probe for a hard button,
a marble in a pillow of rice. God,
who imbues your diagnostic digits
with wisdom. Still to restore
peace, lift from us again, this month,
the burden of not knowing.

I took the line "like a handful of feathers" from the comments section at That line was contributed by Joanna Preston. For the rest of the poem, I took my inspiration from the ear-nose-throat specialist's waiting room, while my husband had a follow-up appointment about his allergies. "Examine your breasts" comes from a poster about breast self-exams. The phrases "God it is," "and lift from us," "Still to restore" and "power to probe" came from a poem called "The Choice" that hung on the wall. It was a poem about how doctors get their skills from God and asking the reader to pray for them. No author was listed.

Inspiration can come from anywhere.

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Tags: health & fitness, napowrimo, poetry

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