NaPoWriMo Apr 6, 2018: Fledgling


Nobody knew
when she stood Sunday still
and held her breath
and pumped her arms
really hard
with total concentration
that she could fly,
rising straight up
until she reached the place where she could swim the air,


even when she did it
in their presence,
they were always looking
in the wrong direction.

Until that night
at the dinner table
when everyone
had someone
to talk to
except her,
and so she rose into the busy air above the table
to hover
mashed potatoes

The NaPoWriMo  prompt was to write a poem that stretches your comfort zone with line breaks. That could be a poem with very long lines, or very short lines. Or a poem that blends the two. You might break to emphasize (or de-emphasize) sounds or rhymes, or to create a moment of hesitation in the middle of a thought.

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About lifelessons

My blog, which started out to be about overcoming grief, quickly grew into a blog about celebrating life. I post daily: poems, photographs, essays or stories. I've lived in countries all around the globe but have finally come to rest in Mexico, where I've lived since 2001. My books may be found on Amazon in Kindle and print format, my art in local Ajijic galleries. Hope to see you at my blog.

13 thoughts on “NaPoWriMo Apr 6, 2018: Fledgling

  1. Ron.

    A good one, J. Regarding the effectiveness of line breaks to help tell the story, this one’s particularly effective because it’s centered. Left margin alignment would detract from that effectiveness. Good choice.


  2. lizMc

    “She stood Sunday still” — Love that! This poem beautifully speaks the heart of a fledgling girl. I have a 12-year old granddaughter who would fit this to a ‘T’.


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