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Wild Violet: NaPoWriMo Prompt 9

Wild Violet’s NaPoWriMo prompt for day 9 is “Hymn.”

NaPoWriMo Prompt 9 | Wild Violet online literary magazine

Feel free to share your poem (or a link to your poem) here or at Wild Violet.


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Apr. 10th, 2015 12:00 am (UTC)
Hope Forlorn – for Sarah Graves of the Donner Party

We had nine months to teach each other about flesh
How it locks together, joined as one, and the blood heats beneath the skin
The brain implodes within; the heart beats to a near bursting
And how it feeds what is between us.

My sister and I refused the last words on our father’s lips
frozen spittle, mouth rubbed with snow
Skin chapped and drawn tight over his teeth.
We refused flesh of our flesh blood of our blood bone of our bone
Emptied by God we turned away, turned inward.

But not I you.

And did we not become one
Did I not take you inside of me and make your flesh my own?
You sustained me
In your death.

So hungry you would whisper
Voice choked with need
Of me.
So hungry for you.
In our bed
In our wagon.

So Hungry you prayed in your empty voice
The flesh I had tasted again and again
Given up in this bed of snow
I laid my own body down beside you
And hope was forlorn
On our way to God’s country.

We have to rethink God I whispered in my sister’s arms.
No we have to rethink Hell she answered.
Apr. 10th, 2015 12:20 am (UTC)
Yep, you definitely should have won therealljidol Season 9.

I love this. How prayerful it is in the midst of such a tragic, horrible situation.

This weekend, I hope to catch up with not just writing my own NaPoWriMo poems but also some personal business (like the quote I owe you).

Edited at 2015-04-10 12:21 am (UTC)
Apr. 10th, 2015 12:26 am (UTC)
This book injured me -


Thank you, A! I'm so glad it comes across as reverent.

And thank you for saying so. The first few days, I was solid....but as time passes, I've become disappointed and confused. Ah, well.

I'm glad to hear you're going to write poetry this weekend!!! I'm looking forward to that! And no worries on the quote. That novella isn't going anywhere. :)
Apr. 10th, 2015 12:40 am (UTC)
That book looks like the sort of book that stays with you. I'm always fascinated by deep historical accounts, especially when it provides further insight into incidents that have passed into the popular consciousness.

Seems like you're experiencing the normal mix of emotions that arise after being eliminated. Over time, you'll think less about the disappointment and focus more on the positive remarks you received over the course of the season. I've found it's a great way of determining what people really respond to.

I wrote one and two-thirds of a poem during my son's piano lesson and soccer class today. One is about Curious George and the other about ... a kids' soccer class. :) They are rough, but the whole point is to get back into the habit of writing. It's so easy, with an active preschooler, to let his schedule completely rule my world. That's why I like both LJ Idol and NaPoWriMo. They remind me that it is possible to squeeze in some writing time for myself.
Apr. 10th, 2015 12:46 am (UTC)
Absolutely! I'm not a super huge history buff, but when I read it I want it to carry emotional weight. Thought-provoking insight. This one did.

Ah, that makes sense! And I am definitely focusing on the positive aspects! I'm getting ready to submit two short pieces and am going to ask folks which ones of mine in Idol they think are the strongest for a female-centric publishing.

Yay for writing with little ones!!! When my first was three, I wrote in a teensy closet on a Windows 3 machine while she napped. It was the ONLY time I had and I really cherish those memories. I wrote a novel....but it is lost to floppies now. Your subject matter sounds fantastic!!!
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