NaNoWriMo Events, Poetry
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The Boy I Knew

Well that isn’t worrying at all.

And there is no conceivable way,

in your mind or mine,

that this could go wrong.


I am utterly fine,

with you scaling that wall,

I mean really!

There are clear handholds,

that gutter seems securely attached,

and your mother always said:

‘That son’ of mine,

part boy, mostly monkey.’


It has by no means reached the point,

where nine, nine, nine

is firmly punched into my phone

and my thumb

is simply hovering over call.


I have complete faith in you.


Just remind me again.

How much is too much

when sarcasm is used?



As I have shown in my previous poems, I have not really been paying too much attention to the NaPoWriMo prompts. Mainly because I really didn’t like the one for the day, or because I have already a poem that echoes the prompt and I do not wish to repeat myself.


A valediction – ‘Incomplete’


So instead I used a prompt that I found on Poets’ Pub which was to write a poem saying exactly what you do not mean. After quite a few failed attempts I actually found my inspiration from commenting on a poem about a car covered in rubber ducks.

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Carol Forrester is a twenty-four year old writer trying to be a better one. Don’t ask her what her hobbies are because the list doesn’t get much beyond, reading, writing and talking about the same. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University and various poems and stories scattered across the net. Her flash fiction story ‘Glorious Silence’ was named as River Ram Press’ short story of the month for August 2014 and her short story ‘A Visit From The Fortune Teller’ has been showcased on the literary site Ink Pantry’s. Most recently, her poem ‘Sunsets’ was featured on Eyes Plus Words, and her personal blog Writing and Works hosts a mass of writing from across the last five years. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and is always open to writing more and hosting guest bloggers here on Writing and Works. With hopes of publishing a novel in the next five years and perhaps a collection or two of smaller works, Carol Forrester is nothing if not ambitious. Her writing tries to cover every theme in human life and a lot of her work pulls inspiration from her own eccentric family in the rural wonders of Shropshire life.


  1. Thanks for the mention! And I had no idea there were actually prompts for NaPoWriMo. I just like writing about things I read and/or see. But knowing this, I might use those when I’m stuck.

  2. ha. i am sure if there were cell phones in my younger days my mom would have had a finger hovering over the send button a few times…actually life seemed much looser then…we used to walk miles from home through the woods….but i got a reckless boy myself…so i know what you are saying..

    • I’m glad that you liked the poem, and I think mothers always worry, no matter how safe something may seem. There are always what ifs?

  3. …aww… you had me on your finale stanza… that was so clever i think i must bookmark it…def life is suppose easy… mind gets it complicated at times… well that’s unavoidable for it’s inherent to us… smiles… thanks for sharing this…

    • I’m glad that you liked it. I’m a little bit smug with myself I must admit, I’m not normally too adept when it comes to humorous pieces.

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  5. oh can be quite challenging to watch them climb that high..watched a tv report recently where they also did some overhead climbing in big height and i had to close my eyes a few times.. over here it’s 112 for emergency calls…smiles

    • I’m quite paranoid when it comes to heights, I would love to be able to climb as fearlessly as some of those freestyle climbers though.

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  8. Love these lines! “Just remind me again. How much is too much when sarcasm is used?” Weighted question!

    I don’t use the prompts either…I’m doing Haikus which I’ve discovered recently are actually Senryu’s! No matter!

    • As long as you enjoy what you write, I don;t think it really matters.
      I may use the prompts at some point, so far they seem a little… well dull.

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