Personal Journeys: NaPoWriMo Apr 2, 2018: Point of View

Personal Journeys

I am the emptiness in you that glues the parts of you together.
I form those other worlds that are the universe inside of you.
I have a language all my own that speaks through your voice.
There is something holding us together, something keeping us apart.

You are that part of me that only I can search for.
You are the part I wrap myself around.
You are the mystery that forms the game of my life.
When I am alone, you create in me the opposite of loneliness.

They are the full cast of her life.
They  come together when she is willing to let both of them go.
She lets them take turns being her guide.
It is in getting lost in them that she lets herself be found.

The NaPoWriMo assignment: Write a poem that plays with voice. For example, you might try writing a stanza that recounts something in the first-person, followed by a stanza recounting the same incident in the second-person, followed by a stanza that treats the incident from a third-person point of view. Or you might try a poem in the form of a dialogue, which necessarily has two “I” speakers, addressing two “you”s. Another way to go is to take an existing poem of yours or someone else’s, and try rewriting it in a different voice. The point is just to play with who is speaking to who and how. 

16 thoughts on “Personal Journeys: NaPoWriMo Apr 2, 2018: Point of View

  1. Manja Mexi Movie

    I’m glad you’re doing this challenge. I’ll do a better job at following you through it. Oh, I had a moon in my first day’s poem too (I saw yours even if it was not for this challenge but for another). Well done with the voices today.

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      Hi Manja. So weird how we connect, disconnect and connect again in blogs as in life. I’ll look for your daily post. If you read mine, okay to give links to yours in your comments. I know some people don’t like that but I don’t mind and in fact appreciate it as I sometimes miss things in searches. xo J

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      1. Manja Mexi Movie

        Oh, thanks for allowing this, Judy. I will link to my second poem after I have posted my second and read yours.

        The reasons for these (dis)connects is that once I stop following a blog on a daily or at least weekly basis, I panic and just leave it with the hope and intent to start again where I left off. It happens to the best of them too. I know, it’s silly, but my OCD or something doesn’t allow me to just skip a bulky portion of posts in between. Rips my heart!

        Anyway, I’m never far. I’m curious if the kitties have won over you yet. 😀 I posted a cat photo story just recently if you don’t have enough of cats already, let me find it. Here it is:

        https://manjameximovie3.wordpress.com/2018/03/14/wpc-the-story-of-a-dog-walking/

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  2. Oloriel

    Wonderfully penned, it is perhaps a weird thing that I think I read this poem in my mind in a voice that was entirely my own yet not my own, if that makes sense.

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  3. Anton Wills-Eve

    The lovely thing about this poem, Judy, is that the reader is free to populate the cast themselves. Great fun and very true to life. I’d like to have a go myself, how and where does one enter??

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    1. lifelessons Post author

      I always put a link to whatever prompt I’m following in case people want to follow it as well but that isn’t always obvious. Are you going to do a poem a day for NaPoWriMo? That’s what really got me into blogging in the first place. I might have never become addicted otherwise.

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  4. Rita Holland

    Judy: love your blogs!!!!

    Could you send me some of the Mexican Train rules!! Dianne, Dave , John and I played last night and questions came up!!!

    Thanks RitA

    On Sun, Apr 1, 2018 at 11:18 PM lifelessons – a blog by Judy Dykstra-Brown wrote:

    > lifelessons posted: ” Personal Journeys I am the emptiness in you that > glues the parts of you together. I form those other worlds that are the > universe inside of you. I have a language all my own that speaks through > your voice. There is something holding us together, som” >

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  5. Peggy Bilbro

    Thanks for this link to NaPoWriMo! Just what I’ve been needing to kick start my writing again after a fallow period. I won’t post my poems anywhere since I don’t have a writing blog but I’ll enjoy reading yours!

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