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“Words Vanished Like Smoke” for #OctPoWriMo Day 16

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If you love to write poetry, you love a good poetry challenge, and you are missing April’s NaPoWriMo then you are in the right place. There are now multiple Novel writing months it is past time we added another Poetry month. October is a great time to challenge poets to a poem a day for thirty one days.

This October, I’m also focusing on gratitude, so each of my poems will use the daily prompt, and deal in some way with thankfulness. Come join me on this poetic journey – and feel free to comment, or link your own poems.

It’s been a bit since I’ve posted a poem here – I’ve written some that I’ll be sharing over the next days, and I have a few left to catch up (not out of a sense of obligation to the challenge, but because what life handed me will not deter me from my month-long self-indulgence with poetry, which is also a warm-up of sorts for next month’s NaNoWriMo challenge).

I’m deeply thankful to be able to return to this creative outlet!

For October 16th, the OctPoWriMo prompt is Paradelle – a form described in more detail by Shadow Poetry (click the link to learn more).

I found this prompt boggling when I first read it – but a good sleep and some other activities gave me time to think it over, and I decided to pull some lines from an earlier poem, Candlelight Commingled Kisses.

It still wasn’t easy, and the result is more than a little rough, as yet. I struggled with punctuation….but I feel like I’ve got a more universal encounter than the original version, and the mental exercise was intriguing.

So, without further ado….

Words Vanished Like Smoke

Words vanished like smoke blended into air and our breath.

Words vanished like smoke blended into air and our breath.

This breath warmed by candlelight, witnessed by chaotic space.

This breath warmed by candlelight, witnessed by chaotic space.

This breath like smoke blended into warmed candlelight space

Our breath witnessed by air and by chaotic vanished words.

Flickering uncertainty between what has been and what will be

Flickering uncertainty between what has been and what will be

The kiss a live thing known alien binding promising

The kiss a live thing known alien binding promising

The flickering live promising kiss a binding thing between

What will be known and what has been alien uncertainty.

Leaning in pulling away dancing of these small flames

Leaning in pulling away dancing of these small flames

Welcome promise demand ending of mystery beginning of knowing

Welcome promise demand ending of mystery beginning of knowing

Promise leaning in ending of mystery of pulling away

These small knowing flames demand dancing welcome beginning.

By words blended in the smoke of our live chaotic breath

Alien uncertainty vanished into dancing candlelight

This beginning kiss small demand flickering thing of air

Leaning away promising known welcome space between

Warmed by these knowing flames breath witnessed like mystery

What has been ending and what will be a binding promise.

Author:

I am myself. I own my life, and live with three other people who own theirs. My intention is to do only those things that bring me joy, and to give myself wholly to those things I do. Writing has been my passion throughout my life, and this will become the home for my writing life...because it brings me great joy!

2 thoughts on ““Words Vanished Like Smoke” for #OctPoWriMo Day 16

    1. I don’t know the sestina yet – but this was a definite challenge! I loved the way it led my mind. I had to make lists to keep track, so that I used every word, and none more than it appeared.

      I’m glad you enjoyed it. It’s my adaptation of my previous poem about Trip and T’Pol’s first time (naturally!) =).

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