NaPoWriMo celebrates National Poetry Writing Month, where one writes a poem a day for the entire month of April. As I did last year, I am participating by responding to the prompts given at the site NaPoWriMo. net.
The “early bird” prompt for today: “Today, we’d like to challenge you to write a poetic self-portrait. And specifically, we’d like you to write a poem in which you portray yourself in the guise of a historical or mythical figure. “
So here we go!
Self-Portrait as a Sasquatch
It seeks me out,
hunts me down…
the commotion, the cacophony, the confusion.
I want none of it. It hurts my head.
I seek refuge in the cooling shadows of the forest.
I become curious, though, and
come out of the woods,
down from the mountain,
dare to be seen
only to discover nothing has changed;
the commotion, the cacophony, the confusion…
my head hurts.
Retreating back to the shadows, I content myself
with the serenity of keeping my own company.
The warmth of the sun brings sustenance to my soul,
but it’s not yet time.