Poetry and personal blog – Spilling my guts to strangers


Soaked deep,
Dead on the sheet,
Virgin spring is torn, pooled:
The suicide of innocence,
My Plath.


(Note: To celebrate National Poetry Month, I am participating in NaPoWriMo, an annual project in which participating poets attempt to write a poem a day for the month of April. If you would like to join in, you can visit their website to have your blog listed among the participants. They also have prompts to give you inspiration.

For this poem I used the NaPoWriMo prompt:

1. Use a color as your title.
2. Write against what people associate with that color. If your color is yellow, write a sad poem. If your color is blue, write a cheery poem. [I thought of red as a vibrant color, so I wrote of it as a sign of death, or is that really a stretch?]
3. Invoke the name of a poet they way you’d invoke your own name in a ghazal. [Sylvia Plath]
4. Take a look at the Wikipedia page on poetic forms and choose a form. Write the poem in that form. [This is a cinquain: five lines of 2, 4, 6, 8, and 2 syllables, respectively.]
5. Use a form of water in your poem– ice, drop, drip, drizzle, mist, etc. [a spring]


Also, check out poet Rachel Hoyt at Rhyme Me a Smile. She is participating in the NaPoWriMo challenge and is linking to new posts of or about poetry or links to such posts already on your blog.

(This poem and all poems posted during April 2011 are included in the free ebook, “30 Poems, 30 Days: Inside a Poet’s Mind.”)

© Sweepy Jean and Sweepy Jean Explores the (Webby) World, 2011


Comments on: "30 Days, 30 Poems: NaPoWriMo #1" (24)

  1. Great prompt, even greater poetic response. Fabulous!

  2. Lovely! Good exercise. 🙂

  3. Thank you, @Tameka and @Sonia!

  4. Excellent flex of the muscle here Sweepy! I wouldn’t have known it was a prompt at all!!

  5. Aww, thanks, Lisa!

  6. Yes, we do think of red as all hearts and roses, don’t we?
    How much you conveyed in five mere lines…. You captured the pathos that defines her masterfully.

    • Thanks, Debra! I like to write longer poems too, but I figured if I am going to get through this challenge, I better keep it short. ❤

  7. Wow! That’s a complicated prompt! Well done. Beautiful poem.

  8. Wow Sweepy Jean, that is a powerful poem! It conveys great meaning with only 5 lines. Great job!

  9. Sweepy Jean,

    That is a heavy dark poem. made me think of my first time ;).

  10. Fantastic Sweepy : ) wish I had some time in hand for this. However, like I said before – can’t write poetry to save my life …

  11. Good luck with the challenge – you’ve had a cracking start and I’m looking forward to reading the rest of them oxox

  12. Wonderful. so sharp!

  13. Thank you, Brent! 🙂

  14. Short but sharp. love it!
    Take care
    Marinela x

    Short Poems

  15. Love your poem sweepy. Did great justice to the prompts!! You go girl!!!

  16. […] post once or twice a month on average during the spring and summer. This year, I participated in a poem-a-day challenge during the month of April. Doing so had the odd effect of being very insular and personal […]

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