Small Treasures (2022 NaPoWriMo #21)

With a little digging I found another series of poetry prompts being provided by NaPoWriMo – 30 Poems in 30 Days. I’m starting in the middle and I’ll see how it goes as to whether I work to catch-up with the prior prompts or just carry on forward.

Prompt 21

Write a poem in which you first recall someone you used to know closely but are no longer in touch with, then a job you used to have but no longer do, and then a piece of art that you saw once and that has stuck with you over time. Finally, close the poem with an unanswerable question.

What an “interesting” prompt. I’m trying to think how I would tie each of these elements together to make something that feels cohesive. Well, I guess we will find out. Let’s get poetic!

Small Treasures

This is twice today that you come to my mind. We spent 10,000 miles together. Intimate in proximity if not emotionally. I’ve so many treasured memories of our time together. Firsts for me. Firsts for you. Firsts for both of us. What a joyous adventure we shared — then never to meet again.

How funny, this memory is back so soon. I was just writing about you not more than a moon ago. Laughing at the memory of bouncing up and down as I tried to break down the concrete slab below. I should have called the story “the boy and the jack-hammer”. It was a comedy.

I hadn’t thought of you for years until I sat down to contemplate this poem. You were my first creation that I thought was actually kinda cool. I loved your curves as you balanced upon your drift-wood surfboard. I lost you in one of my many moves. You’d already lost an eye and arm by then.

I wonder what other treasures are hiding within my mind?

What do you think? Without the context of the prompt, do you think this poem can stand on it’s own. I tend to think so.

Be well,


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