NaPoWriMo 30/30 Challenge – Prompt 2

Continuing this year’s poem-a-day for April using prompts given by Rachel McKibbens over the past few weeks. I will be writing the poems and putting them into a book which I will divide the profits between Rachel’s campaign The Outlast Project and the local women’s shelter. If you would like to pre-order this book, you can do so for $15 via PayPal to and please be sure to include your shipping address. THANK YOU!  And now for the prompt:

Write your mother as a forest and all that was lost in it.

If you are participating in the 30/30 this month I would love to know about it! Let me know in the comments. If you are sharing your poems, please put a link to your site or blog! ^_^



Last time I did a separate post for the process… This time I decided to put the process here.

Write your mother as a forest and all that was lost in it…

Mother as a forest. OK. All that was lost? Hmmmm… What did I lose IN my mother? In her life she never gave me a full story of herself or her family so I feel that as a gap but I can’t really lose what I never had. What have I lost? In my life I have lost much but I don’t attribute the loss to her (thankfully). I lost my mother last year. But I don’t really want to write that out in this poem. What have I lost that can fit into this poem?

I want to walk through the forest the way I walked through the church in the last poem. I want to feel the cool earth under my bare feet and smell the pine and see the sunlight sifting through the tall trees. I want to touch the trunks of the trees to hear the voices of the symbiotic soul of the woods, the way the whole is made of many and all the things are continually humming in the harmony of life.
I think I have found what I am looking for… a poem has been born. <3


What is your process when you write? Is there anything that is your standard “go-to” method? Do you use prompts or just write from your own thoughts? I would love to hear your take on this in the comments!

Thanks for reading! ^_^

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