Tuesday, April 09, 2019

Things That I'm Drawn To (Even Though I Try Not To)

I am participating in National Poetry Writing Month 2019. 30 Poems in 30 Days is the target.

The Day 9 Prompt for #NaPoWriMo is to engage in another kind of cross-cultural exercise, as it is inspired by the work of Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote a journal that came to be known as The Pillow Book. In it she recorded daily observations, court gossip, poems, aphorisms, and musings, including lists with titles like “Things That Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things,” and “Things That Make Your Heart Beat Faster.” Today, the challenge is to write own Sei Shonagon-style list of “things.”

I decided to have some fun with the prompt, writing of things that one might be drawn too, unwillingly. We are all confused souls. However hard we may try not to chase something, the quicker it comes to us.


there are things that I am drawn to
even though I try, not to - 

like the fall of a cliff
and the echoing voices
darkness around the lamp
and solitude around noises

laughing at my fall
and all my passionate vices
still stuck in a loop
I'm a failure among choices

why am I still drawn to
those now defunct wishes
am I too weak to move on
sigh! her long dark lashes

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  1. Thanks for being part of FBF.

  2. Long dark lashes. Well, of course you cannot resist. Good one, Amrit!

  3. Oh, those long dark lashes........lovely to read you, Amrit.

  4. Oh, the long dark lashes do tempt

  5. Oh, that last line is such a clincher!

  6. I remember a person with long dark lashes as well... sigh