NaPoWriMo 2015 – Day 20

Today, our Cedar Bark Poets have been challenged to write a poem that states the things they know. For example, “The sky is blue” or “Pizza is my favorite food” or “The world’s smallest squid is Parateuthis tunicata. Each line can be a separate statement, or you can run them together. The things you “know” of course, might be facts, or they might be a little bit more like beliefs. Hopefully, this prompt will let your poem be grounded in specific facts, while also providing room for more abstract themes and ideas.

Submission #1

Galactic Granny

The days are numbered for us all
Chest soon to stop its rise,fall
Bucket list spilled,over turned
Clay feet no longer,sojourn
Human time long,so it seemed
Only now,see,shortness of the dream
Body transforms into it’s next turn
All our death questions then learned
Tears that so sparkled run dry
Carbon animated matter,last earthly sigh

Been near death a few times
Heard loves laughter like wind chimes
Flew about free,alive,a soul
Aware,happy and still whole
Saw much beautiful light in the dark
No fear to transform,Joyfully I’ll Hark
Spirit majestic,once more unbounded
All afterlife worries,gloriously unfounded
What I know, I’d never trade
Risen up,in perfection,are we still made

We are not separate or anomaly
One with all,you and me
Breath not necessary,forever be
Cosmic children,dancing eternally
Infinite work to be done,other suns
With each last breath,a new begun
Black holes,galaxies,multi-verses
Maybe still compiling poetic verses
Wondrous options,conscious fun
Beliefs I ponder when life’s Day is done.

K

Submission #2

I know change

I know there used to be trees here, I know I miss those days dear

I know that I could get my fingers to wrap around them, and I know count them in un-gridded blocks ten by ten

I know the world is about change, I know the tectonic plates rearrange

I go to the mountaintop to know the sight below, I go to the edge of the sea to know water and wind that across other continents did flow

I know the world by careful examination of its pieces, I know the whole turns beneath my feet, I know the forces and their releases

I know the world as it was, I know I’ll alway remember just because

I know there are certainties of memory lodged, and as the world transforms itself and things become bodged, I know of the memory will stay of this place before it was logged

I know many have known it no other way, I know one day they may see things they know go away.

I know I can close my eyes and see it as it used to be, I know it will always make me feel just a little more free

I owe, for the memories that I know, even if I sometimes forget to show.

I know change, and I know that what I know could one day change.

I know that I now know I know

I know

– W.B.

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