Hello, all! Welcome back for Day 9.

Today’s featured participant is Colour me in cyanide and cherries, where the flower poem for Day 8, about carnations, features multiple arresting images that build into a poem with mythical feel and heft.

Our poet in translation today is India’s Mallika Sengupta. Her poetry has been called “unapologetically political”, but it can also be pretty funny. I particularly like her “Open Letter to Freud,” which can be found, along with three other poems in English translation, at the link above. Further poems translated into English can be found here.

And now, for our prompt (optional, as always). This one sounds simple, but it can be pretty difficult. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that includes a line that you’re afraid to write. This might be because it expresses something very personal that makes you uncomfortable – either because of its content (“I always hated grandma”), or because it seems too emotional or ugly or strange (“I love you so much I would eat a cockroach for you”). Or even because it sounds too boring or expected (“You know what? I like cooking noodles and going to bed at 7 p.m.”). But it should be something that you’re genuinely a little scared to say. Happy (or if not happy, brave) writing!

 

85 Responses to Day 9

  1. […] to Maureen’s Fear prompt, Day 9, NaPoWriMo […]

  2. grapeling says:

    to the prompt, as well as a Sevenling after the prompt at dVerse:

    https://grapeling.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/sevenling-silence-9/

  3. Kat Shamash says:

    Including a line I’m afraid to write?
    Best. Prompt. Ever.
    Here’s my poem for the prompt, “I Forgot to Tell You”
    http://shamash.typepad.com/shamash/2016/04/i-forgot-to-tell-you.html

  4. […] NaPoWriMo Day 9 asks us to write something we’re afraid to say; Poetic Asides prompts a “hide-out” poem. […]

  5. […] apropos that today’s NaPoWriMo challenge is to use a line that you’re afraid to write given I have spent most of the day […]

  6. Vince Gotera says:

    Okay, melding the NaPoWriMo prompt “line you’re afraid to write” with the Poem-a-Day Challenge prompt “hide-out.”
       
    NO HIDE-OUT
    by Vince Gotera
              I grow old . . . I grow old . . .
              I shall wear the bottoms of my trousers rolled.
                       —T. S. Eliot
     
    I’m getting old.
    That’s the scariest line I can’t write.
    Not “I’m getting older.”
    But OLD.
     
    Behind that line is the line I really can’t write.
    I’m going to die.
    Not “We’re all going to die.”
    No. You yourself by yourself. Wait, not “you.” ME.
     
    Behind that line behind that line is the scariest of all.
    My kids are going to die.
    I know, I know.
    We all gotta go sometime.
    No. Damn it. My kids. Forget me. MY KIDS.
     
    You know what?
    We all fantasize a hide-out from this.
    Like . . . 60 is the new 40.
    No, people. 60 is 60. That’s it.
    My firstborn is within single digits of reaching a half century.
     
    We fantasize a “man cave,” a “she shed.”
    Where Batman is still camp.
    Where Barbie is still the newest toy.
    Where the Rolling Stones are not yet 30.
    When I was a teen, you weren’t supposed to trust anyone over 30.
    Now I am double that. PLUS.
     
    Goddamn poetry.
    Why does poetry make you realize this shit.
    There is no hide-out.
    There is no hide-out.
    The Grim Reaper will find you wherever.
    This getting old is not for wimps and weaklings.
     
    Wait. YOU are the hide-out. Or ME.
    You are Death’s man cave.
    Death is hiding.
    Inside me. Inside you.
     
    Just love your kids.
    Just love yourself.
    And say it, coward. I’m getting old.
    Then you can go out with some dignity.
    Write your poems. Or whatever.
    Make beauty.
    Fuck death.
     
     
    Please come and check out my blog, where I and three of my students and my poet buddy Thomas Alan Holmes are all rockin’ NaPoWriMo and PAD Challenge. http://vincegotera.blogspot.com
     
     

  7. I agree with Mar Claudrin. I consider this the hardest prompt of this month so far.

    http://charlene-delfin.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-2016-9th-day.html

  8. […] Today’s prompt: Write something you’re afraid to say. Ouch. Although to be fair, since English isn’t my native language, whatever I say/write in it, it never really pulls the strings my native German would. (it doesn’t keep me from weeping over some dying characters on TV, though) […]

  9. […] Prompt: Write a poem that’s a hide out. Or hiding something. Or having something come out of hiding. It’s Writers Digest Day 9 Prompt. What mysterious thing? I think the heart is one that hides a lot. Why is it not more straightforward? It’s like a true force of nature, the heart is. Again I’m reminded of the Catherine/Heathcliff love story. Only a character like Heathcliff would speak like this: “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” What do you make of such passion? Could you let your poem come to terms with it somehow? Include a line that you’re most afraid to say. That, serendipitously, is NaPoWriMo’s Day 9 Prompt. […]

  10. […] Write a poem that’s a hide out. Or hiding something. Or having something come out of hiding. It’s Writers Digest Day 9 Prompt. What mysterious thing? I think the heart is one that hides a lot. Why is it not more straightforward? It’s like a true force of nature, the heart is. Again I’m reminded of the Catherine/Heathcliff love story. Only a character like Heathcliff would speak like this: “Catherine Earnshaw, may you not rest as long as I am living. You said I killed you–haunt me then. The murdered do haunt their murderers. I believe–I know that ghosts have wandered the earth. Be with me always–take any form–drive me mad. Only do not leave me in this abyss, where I cannot find you! Oh, God! It is unutterable! I cannot live without my life! I cannot live without my soul!” What do you make of such passion? Could you let your poem come to terms with it somehow? Include a line that you’re most afraid to say. That, serendipitously, is NaPoWriMo’s Day 9 Prompt. […]

  11. […] NaPoWriMo prompt was to right something you’re afraid to say so here’s an opinion that might be […]

  12. […] NaPoWriMo’s “Lines You’re Afraid to Write prompt” NotaLiteraryJournal’s “Magazine Images prompt” Imaginary Garden’s “Nature’s Wonders prompt” Poetic Asides P-A-D “Hide-out poems prompt” Adele Kenny’s “Happiness prompt” Poetry School’s “Universe prompt” Mariah Wilson’s “Last Time/TV Character Acrostics prompt” QuillsEdge Press’ “When I Step Into the ___ prompt” Found Poetry’s “Erasure poems prompt” Dear Poet: Write Me’s “Geometric Shape of Goodness prompt” Mary Carroll-Hacket’s “Where the World Ends, Or Begins prompt” Mslexia’s “Sestina Challenge” […]

  13. […] NaPoWriMo 2016 – Day 9: “A line I’d never write” […]

  14. This was a painful one for me to write. “What’s Your Name?” Day 9: NaPoWriMo – What’s Your Name? – The Product Poet
    https://theproductpoet.com/day-9-napowrimo-whats-your-name/

  15. […] napowrimo.net prompt is to write a poem ‘that includes a line that you’re afraid to write…because it expresses […]

  16. Pat R says:

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/hammock/

    My entry for today. Hello Evetyone, a good weekend to all.

  17. Angela says:

    What a prompt. I just hurried over to Twitter to delete the tweet WordPress automatically made for me. I do find this one hard to share. It’s 18+ when you believe in ratings. https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/a-poem-that-im-afraid-to-share/

  18. […] NaPoWriMo Prompt – for our prompt (optional, as always). This one sounds simple, but it can be pretty difficult. Today, I challenge you to write a poem that includes a line that you’re afraid to write. This might be because it expresses something very personal that makes you uncomfortable – either because of its content (“I always hated grandma”), or because it seems too emotional or ugly or strange (“I love you so much I would eat a cockroach for you”). Or even because it sounds too boring or expected (“You know what? I like cooking noodles and going to bed at 7 p.m.”). But it should be something that you’re genuinely a little scared to say. Happy (or if not happy, brave) writing! […]

  19. […] the National/Global Writing Month challenge asks us to write a poem that “includes a line that you’re afraid to write”. As […]

  20. All the regulars pour their own coffee,
    teasing the waitress, joking with the cook.

    Happy Day Nine!

    http://www.quiltr.com/?p=14090

  21. heidi says:

    Today was hard. I’ve become very good at ignoring the scary stuff to write about the safe stuff. I’m glad you challenged us with this today.

  22. […] reaction to yesterday’s IMPROMPTU & today’s NaPoWriMo […]

  23. […] NaPoWriMo.net prompt for Day 9 of National Poetry Writing Month, is to write a poem that is about something you […]

  24. […] prompt  was to write a poem which contains a line we are afraid to write. After an entire day of writing […]

  25. Lori Gomez says:

    This was nearly an impossible prompt for me, but not for the reason it should have been… The truth is I don’t consider any topic taboo, so I decided to write about a fear instead, and that fear would be me driving myself insane…. lunacy does run in my family. ;) Thanks as always for providing the forum.

    https://ccthinks.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/frangible-day-9-of-napowrimo/

  26. […] one of those “whatever-you-do-it-won’t-be-good-enough” days.  Today’s poetry prompt for a poem that “includes a line that you’re afraid to write”. What to […]

  27. […] out NaPoWriMo for the original prompt and find more great […]

  28. Ah this was scary but a lot of fun – even though I now feel a little scared of myself *grins wickedly*

    https://ginnibites.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/napowrimo-say-what-scares-you/

  29. […] NaPoWriMo prompt for today is to write a poem with a line you are afraid to write. There are a few in this […]

  30. Great prompt today. I didn’t go with the scariest thing I could write, but did write something I was afraid to have people know.

    https://lindakruschke.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/nobody/

  31. […] This is a poem for the Low on NaNoWriMo day 9. […]

  32. David Ellis says:

    I went off prompt and wrote another romantic poem from a prompt called “This Is Your Song”

    https://toofulltowrite.com/2016/04/10/napowrimo-day-9-every-dawn-youre-surprising-by-david-ellis/

  33. […] Day nine’s prompt is to “write a poem that includes a line you’re afraid to write.” […]

  34. […] write a hide out poem Prompt: I challenge you to write a poem that includes a line that you’re afraid to write. (in […]

  35. emangarduque says:

    It was not an easy prompt for me but it was fulfilling.

  36. […] Day 9 of NaPoWriMo calls for something I’m afraid to write.  I struggled with this prompt this morning.  This evening, I decided to write about things I fear losing.  Namely, my health, my love or my peace of mind.  I doubled down by trying my hand at a sevenling, a unique poetic form I had never heard of until today.  The form was inspired by the challenge I found at dVerse. […]

  37. Gene says:

    I thought that this challenge was particularly difficult. Choosing the sevenling gave enough structure to me to come up with something.

    https://genesmusings.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/fearful-confrontation/

    I’m impressed by the works of the many poets that met the challenge earlier in the day – well done.

  38. Vijaya says:

    Hi!

    I already posted my response to the prompt for today, but thought I’d send this one along, as well:

    https://magicsurrealist2013.me/2016/04/09/green-to-grey-to-gold-to-day/

  39. TJ Paris says:

    This is my first foray into the land of NaPoWriMo and like your other writers found this prompt challenging but it did give me a chance to say something about a difficult issue so thanks for making me think! Best wishes and bon weekend! TJ Paris
    https://amaviedecoeurentier.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/diagnosing-normal-napowrimo/

  40. J Luukkonen says:

    Not easy, and I still cheated a bit and took the easy way:

    “Backyard Twigs”
    http://jluukkonenpoetry.tumblr.com/post/142551216217/backyard-twigs

  41. […] post, and now I’m too tired to dredge up a line that scares me to write, as the NaPoWriMo prompt for today suggested.  Ah, whateva, whateva, I do what I want, I do what I […]

  42. I just couldn’t think of anything that I would be afraid to write….so, my poem for today was titled “No Fear” https://leonaslines.com/2016/04/09/no-fear-3/

  43. […] In response to Daily Post: Superstition and Napowrimo Day 9. […]

  44. Allie says:

    Sorry this went up later then I planned… But better late than never, right!!! https://abm97.wordpress.com/2016/04/09/9-napowrimo-a-long-term-love/

    ~Allie <3

  45. […] credits for the prompt goes out to napowrimo […]

  46. […] Day 9: Today, I challenge you to write a poem that includes a line that you’re afraid to write. This might be because it expresses something very personal that makes you uncomfortable;  something that you’re genuinely a little scared to say. […]

  47. […] Day 9 of NaPoWriMo. Prompt: Write a poem that includes a line you’re afraid to write.  […]

  48. […] for Day 9 of NaPoWriMo and H-Day of Blogging from A to Z […]

  49. […] prompt used from NaPoWriMo.net Day 9 – written 4.11.16 *click the link to listen to “Flaws” by […]

  50. A week behind, so I’m going off-prompt to give myself some time. That’s ok, though. Wrote about Man in Tree.

    http://aznseddie.blogspot.com/2016/04/napowrimo-day-9-off-prompt-in-trees.html

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