NaPoWriMo 2016, Poetry
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NaPoWriMo Day Nine

Before Sleep Comes

Those nights in bed,

spine bent tight against the arch

of every thought using my brain

as a stage for their dancing,

hammering feet.

I can still feel my gut clench,

against every memory

where I said something stupid,

or didn’t quite manage

to find the right words in time.

These days,

I have managed to learn

how to keep my spine straight,

and give the memories

at little less room to parade.

At night I remind myself,

I did the best I could.

I didn’t know if I was going to use the prompt for today’s post as it’s rare that I find a topic I won’t write about at least once. Poetry is one of the few outlets that I find I have no fear. However, in the rest of the life it’s not quite the same. I worry over pretty much everything and it’s taken time for me to work out that most of my worrying is useless and I have to take things as they come a little bit more.

In other news we now have five wonderful poets lined up for the guest posts starting on Monday!

Monday 11th April – Tina Raja

Tuesday 12th April – Anna Ghislena

Wednesday 13th April – Chloe Westphal

Thursday 14th April – Varsharmada

Firday 15th April – Chandri Asnani

That still leaves plenty of space in April for other poets so if you want to get involved make sure you email me at

More information on this event can be found here.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting a page for the schedule of poets.

This entry was posted in: NaPoWriMo 2016, Poetry


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.


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