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 J Forrester is a writer and a history geek. Her debut collection 'It's All In The Blood' came out November 2019. She has a 2:1 BA degree in history from Bath Spa University, enjoys judo at least twice a week, and tries to attend poetry events around the Midlands when she can. 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. Her poems ‘Sunsets’ and ‘Clear Out‘ were featured on Eyes Plus Words, and two of her poems were included in the DVerse Poets Pub Publication ‘Chiaroscuro’ which is available for purchase on amazon.Her poem ‘Until The Light Gets In‘ was accepted and published at The Drabble and her poem ‘Newborn’ was published by Ink Sweat & Tears. She has been lucky enough to write guest posts for sites such as Inky Tavern and Song of The Forlorn and has hosted a number of guest bloggers on her site Writing and Works.


  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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