2023 NaPoWriMo #22 (Dickinson)

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 and if I can keep on track I’ll achieve the 30 poems in 30 days goal. So enough chatter…let’s go! It’s time for NaPoWriMo!

Work with an Emily Dickinson poem and remove all the dashes and line breaks. Rebreak the lines. Add or remove words as desired. Make it your own.


I Came Down the Walk
From Emily Dickenson’s “A Bird, came down the Walk -“

I came down the walk
bit a worm in half and ate the fellow raw;
drank cool dew from the grass
And hopped sidewise to let a beetle pass.

She sat there on a bench
Not knowing that I saw her watching me;
Her eyes like frightened beads
Like one in danger, cautious.

I offered her a crumb
unfurled my feathers
and toward the light I flew
hoping she got the clue.

What more could I do?

I picked the poem at random (it was my second random selection. I passed on the first as it was too short to do much with). My first intuition was to change to the bird as first person, then I let things flow from there.

Be well,


1 Comment

  1. Kathleen says:

    Wonderfully wrought.

    Liked by 1 person

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