April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 11

Write a poem of origin. Where are you from? Not just geographically, but emotionally, physically, spiritually? And having come from there, where are you now? I was born with sand caught in my throat like the other Asian-American kids in my hometown we dared not speak too loud and voiceless, we strived for perfection straight…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 10

Napowrimo Day 10: Write a poem that starts from a regional phrase, particularly one to describe a weather phenomenon. thought I was the chosen one. the Sun would serve me lemonade, slather coconut sunscreen on my golden skin, but the sky had other ideas. Heaven cast May Gray into the leading role. she ruled my…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 9

Napowrimo Day 9: Write a poem inspired by Sei Shonagon, a Japanese writer who lived more than 1000 years ago. She wrote lists like “Things That Have Lost Their Power,” “Adorable Things,” and “Things That Make Your Heart Beat Faster.” a family sized bag of potato chips after 3 months of clean eating people him…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 8

Napowrimo Day 8: Use the jargon/slang of a particular job or profession, and see how you can incorporate it into a metaphor that governs or drives your poem. Since I do product development as a food scientist, I decided to use my job as the metaphor and incorporated nutrition lingo. sometimes I’m asked to formulate…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 7

Napowrimo Day 7: Write a poem of gifts and joy. What would you give yourself, if you could have anything? What would you give someone else? Be kind to yourself, my girl And listen to the songs Of sunrises and dreams you’ve missed Find that child you were She was never lost She may not…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 6

Prompt: write a poem that emphasizes the power of “if,” of the woulds and coulds and shoulds of the world. If words would make you love me I’d write a thousand songs A million poems Until you fell under my spell If dreams would make you see me My ghost would continue To haunt your…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 5

Napowrimo Day 5: Write a poem that incorporates 1)the villanelle form, 2)lines taken from an outside text, and/or 3)phrases that oppose each other in some way. For the 2nd requirement, I borrowed from my favorite, Taylor Swift (of course) and Ava Max. Never trust a narcissist. He called me sweet til I turned psycho. I…

April 2019 Napowrimo-Day 4

Write about sadness through simplicity playing with sonnet form. I should just delete those photos from my birthday Getting old has become more cursed than blessed Last year, I realized no one and nothing stays the same When the candles were blown out and everyone left He left. And so did my childhood. My birthday…

April 2019 Napowrimo Day 3

Day 3 of Napowrimo. Prompt is to write a story or action that unfolds over time. This one’s a little long because it got a little personal. Honestly, I’m a little petrified of posting it, but I am a believer in sharing my truth so others who might have a similar experience know they aren’t…

April 2019 NaPoWriMo-Day 2

Day 2 of Napowrimo. Prompt is to write a poem that ends on a question. I wear my best invisible reflection through the mirror read the invitation and show to the party 44 minutes too late I whisper hello but they laugh loud voices absorbing my energy so I wave and try and try to…

My Struggle with Nice

Admission: I’m a struggling, but recovering, Nice-oholic. I never thought being nice would affect my mental health. But here I am, being honest about this addiction for the first time. Being nice all my life has led to major self-esteem issues, loss of confidence, and allowing myself to be bullied and to become a martyr…

ethereal princess of midnight

in the moonlit forest she daydreams of distant lands and mystical seas clothed in a halo of shimmering gold spinning stories that must be told. he sees her waltzing, alone and free enchanted by her ethereal beauty and fairy eyes of mysterious midnight her innocence beckons, her untamed spirit incites watching in wonder, he approaches…