NaPoWriMo: Breaking a Decade-Old Writer’s Block

1 Apr

April 1: Known as April Fool’s Day, as well as the start of National Poetry Writing Month. With my joke-playing complete, I decided to be inspired my roommate — the poet and literary professor — and compose a few lines of prose.

#NaPoWriMo, or National Poetry Writing Month, is an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April.

While it has been practically a decade since such whimsical lines made it from my head to paper, it seems rather timely to spark the old writer’s block with such a challenge.

So tonight, I sat down with a blank document before me and typed away the thoughts that surfaced. (The notion that I typed rather than wrote in pen and cursive also shows how technology has adapted my creative mind from romance to practical functionality.)

Well — gulp — without further delay, here is my first poem of the month, first poem published online, first poem written in a decade:


It’s been a while.
So long.
Thoughts in a file.
As if gone.

The girl inside.
So long.
Goes to hide.
As if gone.

To melt away.
So long.
The tiresome sway.
As if gone.

Dreams anew.
So long.
A rosy view.
As if gone.

Love’s toll chime.
So long.
Finds no time.
As if gone.

Crossroads loom.
So long.
Questions groom.
As if gone.

Script etches.
So long.
Happiness catches.
As if gone.

A teardrop falls.
So long.
If destiny calls.
As if gone.

A chance to take.
So long.
Longing in its wake.
As if gone.

Letters fade.
So long.
Passions bade.
As if gone.

She tip-toes.
So long.
Over stepping foes.
As if gone.

To dance in arms.
So long.
The memories’ charms.
As if gone.

A sweet whisper.
So long.
To her partner.
As if gone.

True love.
So long.
Verities rove.
As if gone.

–Robin S. Wallace

I would love to hear your thoughts on what this poem should be titled. So if you have any suggestions, leave a comment below. And, if you would like to see more of my poems from yesteryear’s archive and new ones to be written this month, let me know, too!

Certainly, this is a bit of a different format than what is normally talked about here on Thrifty Vintage Chic. So thank you for allowing me the space to express this side of my writing self! I hope that in sharing more of myself in this deeply personal way, it will inspire you to take a couple of chances in trying something new (or old) to express yourself fully!
With Vintage Love, Robin



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4 Responses to “NaPoWriMo: Breaking a Decade-Old Writer’s Block”

  1. snazzypants72 April 2, 2012 at 12:44 PM #

    You got poetry skills.
    So Long.
    To pay the bills.
    As if gone.

  2. Dawn April 2, 2012 at 2:46 PM #

    So happy to hear from you, Robin! I was just thinking about you today, thinking that I had not read anything from your blog for a while…and then here you are with a poem!

    You must keep writing your poetry! This reminds me of something English and romantic. Are you a fan of Elizabeth Barrett Browning, perhaps?

    Hope all is well, sweetie. Thanks for letting us, your fans, know about NaPoWriMo.

    Here’s a haiku for ya—

    My friend Robin writes
    on her blog—then she doesn’t
    as if gone

  3. keripeardon April 4, 2012 at 12:59 PM #

    Good luck on your writing venture. I got into National Novel Writing Month in 2009, about a decade after I gave up writing fiction. I started out just writing for fun, then I began to take my work seriously, and now I’m looking for a publisher.

    • Dawn April 10, 2012 at 12:26 PM #

      keripeardon, what a hopeful, inspiring message! Good luck to you!

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