NaPoWriMo Day 29: I Remember

I remember the young girl
Gentle, trusting and kind

I remember taking leaps of faith
My heart and soul, still unscathed

I remember falling prey
To the vagaries of time

I remember the world
Destroying my very essence

And everything that made me
Wilting, slowly dying

I remember the burning flame
That defined my existence

Now, it stands doused
Into tiny spark of hope

I remember the world
Slowly turning darker

With each passing year I realized
Everything doesn’t shimmer and sparkle

And the darkness of the world
Slowly took hold of my soul

Engulfing me in the shadows
Lurking in every corner

But my darkened soul still holds on
To that tiny spark of hope


Prompt: Today, I’d like to challenge you to write a poem based on things you remember. Try to focus on specific details, and don’t worry about whether the memories are of important events, or are connected to each other. You could start by adopting Brainard’s uniform habit of starting every line with “I remember,” and then you could either cut out all the instances of “I remember,” or leave them all in, or leave just a few in. At any rate, hopefully you’ll wind up with a poem that is heavy on concrete detail, and which uses that detail as its connective tissue. Happy writing!

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