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 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.


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