There are a lot of undiscovered secrets in this universe such as what bizarre planets lie beyond Planet Earth and what more creatures swim agilely in deep waters of the oceans. However, that is all very dynamic and high-profile for a low-key poetess like me. So, I uncovered a paltry secret this April that changed my life more than ever. I acknowledged the presence of #NaPoWriMo: National Poetry Writing Month wherein you write thirty poems until the Sweltering April comes to a halt and Moody May begins.
I took part as well, of course. And, while I had been apprehensive of the response I would get, I did not back out. After all, I have written close to two hundred poems till date and they could use some rehashing. Again, I was scared of being crushed under the hoofs of internet trolls and other cynical writers who consider themselves the best out there. Thankfully, none of that happened and I surpassed the month by garnering some likes here and there on my Instagram page. YOU CAN FIND THE PAGE IN THE SIDEBAR TO YOUR RIGHT.
What? That’s me being subtle.
So, I awaited likes and comments that would follow right after I had grilled my poem under a phone application that would make it look pretty, accessible and presentable.
However, poetry does not need to look pretty, you know. It can be just as grotesque as my nephew’s habit of eating his own boogers.
Anyway, I wanted to share my labors of all those 30 days. However, I cannot post all of them here. So you know what you need to do. Head over to my Instagram page and show ME some love. Or preferably, my WORK for that matter. Ahem. You can always take part in this 30-day challenge next April yourself. But I know how impatient you are to share your words with the world, so that means you have free rein to start your own poetry month this very second!
For the record, you do not participate in this challenge to get more “likes” or to get more “famous”. You do it for YOURSELF. You do it so that the bright flame of poetry is always glimmering in the darkness and does not need any rekindling every so often. I welcome feedback as easily as I welcomed Ben Affleck as Batman. Seriously, that was quite hard, wasn’t it?