April is here again and that means its National Poetry Writing Month and for my second year I’ll be joining the 30 poems in 30 days challenge hosted by napowrimo.net. For this challenge, a poetry prompt will be provided daily during the month of April. I’m also participating in the the A to Z Challenge, so this could be a bit tricky in making the timing work, but I’m going to give it a try. Worst case I stretch into May a bit. That is what happened last year.
Anyway, napowrimo.net was nice enough to provide an early bird special for those of us spinning across the international dateline first. And since I’m sitting home sick today I thought I would take up the chance to give it a go rather then just wallow in my ‘mucous-sy’ existence. My first task was to create a graphic for the series. I’ve kept it simple. Hope you like it. Ok, here we go! Welcome to #NaPoWriMo 2023!
Did you know…
Did you know there are more “germ-cells” living in and upon our bodies than human cells? By a factor of 1.3 in fact. Our bodies host 10-100 trillion microbial cells. Without these microbes we couldn’t function. We’d die. Or more accurately, we would never have lived. We exist as a symbiotic living ecosystem comprised of trillions of life-forms.
That is a fact. Arguably a fun fact. Certainly interesting at the very least. But a fun fact doesn’t make a poem.
Fair enough. I could argue that what makes poetry poetry is in the eye of the beholder. But let’s not debate the point. I’ll give it a go.
Ode to Microbial Me
I write this ode to the many microbes
making me their permanent abode
From those of you living in my gut to those hanging out in my butt,
I owe you a big thank you;
For without you I couldn’t eat, let alone poo.
But I’d also like to thank the silent heroes,
More of you than I can count…way too many zeros,
Without you I’d be inflamed
Riddled with more diseases than I could name;
So thank you for making your home me
Thank you, thank you, Microbial Me.
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I love it!! I am all about the microbes!!
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I thought you might like this one!! Haha!
Love it, Monty!
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