30 poems in 30 minutes {not really} #NaPoWriMo + #giveaway


i was unable to post a poem a day for NaPoWriMo  (National Poetry Writing Month)  so i decided to challenge myself to write 30 poems this morning to post on the final day of  National Poetry Month.  some are using prompts provided throughout the month at  napowrimo.net  which will be shown in  { } after the poem.  ( i know that’s not how it works,  but better late than never… )   i hope they’re not all terrible!  {smile}  i realize this is a long post ~ i’d be pleased if  you just read the first poem.

the chaos of  the stars

echoes in my blood

a siren’s song

leading to destruction

but,  oh,  what a  glorious sight it will be

{ write a poem about the stars }

fear feeds on itself
to go hungry

but so ex…cited
at the meal  i will provide

Fear shadows me
it will eat before long

always trying to move forward
to tomorrow and beyond
grateful for the bridges
built by those who came before

{ write a poem about bridges }

birds  singing

welcoming  the  sun

happy  to  see  his  return

out of  my mind

out of  control

out of  chances

out of  time

before  you

my  world

was  a  sad  and  lonely  place

filled  with  nothing  but  grey

And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea;–
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?

excerpt from ‘Love’s  Philosophy’
Percy Bysshe Shelley

and the sunlight clasps the earth
like a mother holds her babe to her breast
giving warmth and comfort
bringing  joy to them both

i  lost my faith
before my virginity
or did i ever have it?
i  don’t remember
impossible to get back
if  it was ever there

maybe that’s why
there’s an emptiness
deep inside
begging to be filled
yet knowing
it never will

sing  to  me

a  sweet  lullaby

carry  me  off

to  the  land  of  dreams

i  will wake to this life
again and again and again
grateful each time i do

i  want to truly live this life
again and again and again
open to all that comes my way

i  wonder at this life
again and again and again
so much love and joy to be found


more  powerful

than  life  itself

{ hay(na)ku ~ three lines:  first – one word,  second – two words,  third – three words }

whispers on the wind

just beyond understanding

running after them

trying to catch the meaning


they are meant for me

oh!  joy!



all lovely as can be


none can touch

the beauty
of  someone seen
through the eyes of  love

{ traditionally,  pastoral poems involved various shepherdesses and shepherds talking about love and fields,  but yours can really just be a poem that engages with nature }

every time i look at you

i fall into love again

hop a train
don’t care to where
all the same to me

clickety clack
clickety clack

don’t look back
can’t look back
never look back

rock and sway
the night away
all my life

don’t come back
never go back
take me back
wanna go back

clickety clack
clickety clack

when the whistle
makes me lonely at night
the tracks keep me company

if the whistle
gives me a fright
the track reassures

that it’s all right
it’s all right

the rhythm
of the rails
lulls me to sleep

clickety clack
clickety clack

“Fill your paper with the breathings of your heart.”
― William Wordsworth

i  have a purpose
to bring smiles or tears
without one or the other
i  have failed

…i  am a poem

{ personification ~ writing in the voice of  someone/something else }

i  cannot sleep
…i  will not
lest the ghosts
of  my sins
come to haunt me

i  know…

the sun will come up in the morning
the birds will sing in the trees they are adorning
some days rain brings rainbows
other days i’ll wonder why i even arose
true love must be given a chance
you,  love,  make my heart dance

{ write a poem that states the things you know }

air warms and sweetens

with the scent of new blossoms

sunbeams brightening the day

non,  je ne regrette rien

no,  i do not regret anything

all of  the mistakes i have made

all of  the opportunities i have missed

all of  the obstacles in my path


have brought me here to you

i used to think love was for fools
pain was guaranteed
no one could be trusted

you came into my life
opened my heart
i gave it to you completely

because the love in your eyes
is undeniable

{ write a poem in which you explain your reasons for changing your mind about something }

darkness  deep  in  my  soul

awaiting  a  chance  to  come  forth

craving  destruction  and  chaos

time will wash it away

if  you believe that

   …..you’re a fool

you  bring me smiles
you  make me laugh
with  you i  feel safe
with  you i  know  i’m desired
you  show me things in a different light
you  draw the best of  me out of  the dark
i  gave you my trust
you  gave me  yourself
is a wonderful place to be

{ write a “loveless” love poem ~ without using the word love }

she wears moonbeams

and starlight in her hair

the dawn patiently waiting

until her dance is through

{ write the form known as the aubade which are morning poems about dawn and daybreak }

You can’t do that.

Why not?

Because you’re incapable.

Says you.

You can’t even come up with a mature response.

Why should I?

You can’t do that.

I  just did.

( me, talking to myself )

{ write a poem using dialogue }

‘It’s never too late to be what you might have been.’

–George Eliot

if  i wake up tomorrow

and make the decision

to do whatever it takes


can i  become

what i  might have been?

the me

i’d  rather be?

everything  i’ve dreamed of
everything  i’ve longed for
everything  i’ve needed

is in your eyes

boom dee ya da
boom boom

boom dee ya da

sing along with me

boom dee ya da
boom boom

boom dee ya da

i  promise
it’ll  leave you with a smile

boom dee ya da
boom boom

boom dee ya da

“I Love the Mountains”  {boom dee ya da}   Houaida Goulli

this is my submission to ~

Poetry Pantry #250     at     Poets United
submit a new or old poem

thank you,  Mary!

The Tuesday Platform    at   imaginary garden with real toads

thank you, Kerry!



Filed under Creative Every Day, imaginary garden with real toads, micropoetry, NaBloPoMo, NaPoWriMo, National Poetry Month, poetry, Poets United, Post-A-Day

18 responses to “30 poems in 30 minutes {not really} #NaPoWriMo + #giveaway

  1. What a delightful bounty of poems :D

  2. You have collected quite a few gems here .. the moonbeam beauty and no regrets.. wonderful Dani.

  3. Wow you have quite a nice collection…wonderful work!

  4. This is amazing. I have trouble writing a poem once or twice a week. Your mind really churned this morning. I was only going to read one, but I was mesmerized by the diversity of thoughts you came up with. I loved this! Congratulations on 30 poems. (Were there 30? I didn’t count. Just enjoyed.)

  5. Holy cow! I thought it was hard doing one a day – you did the month in one day. Some wonderful nuggets and gems in this collection……wonderful!

  6. Wow, Dani, you really wrote some fine poems here…. I really enjoyed your love poem. I am so happy you found this love. And no, the ghosts of sins should never haunt a person. Always good to move on….

  7. wow Dani 30 gems in one day!

  8. i lost my faith before virginity is very intriguing. i like that

    My Brain is a Cheap Gadget That Spins

  9. Really!! I thought I’d read five or six but what a beauty ride!! you made the impossible possible!! Wowzers!!!

  10. Wow, this seems like a tough task! I like the personification of a poem :-)

  11. amazing judso to you

  12. peggygoetz

    Wow amazing to write so many very good poems in even one day. I enjoyed visiting and hope you are doing well. I remember you from Poetry Jam very early on. Thank you for visiting my blog!

  13. Thanks for sharing that set.

  14. Snakypoet (Rosemary Nissen-Wade)

    You surely didn’t expect anyone to stop at one? I loved them all, I think they’re terrific, and it was great to read them al in one joyous continuum.

  15. Beautiful abundance of poems… spring brings forth blossoms in many forms.

  16. I take my hat off to you, Dani! There are some real gems here.

  17. Well, boom dee ya da! And huzzah! What fun this was to read.

  18. I love the train one!

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