NaPoWriMo 2017, Poetry
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NaPoWriMo – Day One – ‘Later’

Later, when the tulips had dropped their petals. Later when the cards had been tucked away. Later when the phone stopped calling. Later when the house was cold and empty and the latch on the gate caught in the wind… That was when the tears came.

Night is a solitary endeavour. When the world shrinks to the size of a skull. Memories are painted on the darkness, dissected in the gloom, relived, reviled, returned to the boxes where the came from at the break of dawn. Doors hang looser on their hinges, those memories of chanced lost, wonders of what could have been.

Break my mind with words

when the darkness is deepest

and the hour is lost.


It’s day one of NaPoWriMo, [National Poetry Writing Month]. I haven’t used the prompt for today with this piece but I might put up another poem later if there’s time. I managed to forget that today was the start of NaPoWriMo until a few minutes ago so I’ve had a slight panic seeing as it’s half nine at the moment here in the UK.

Instead of the NaPoWriMo prompt I’ve used today’s Daily Post Prompt: Later

If you’re taking part in NaPoWriMo as well let me know in the comments below. If not then why not check it out! It’s a fantastic month of poetry and people. Why not give it a try?

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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. ‘Night is a solitary endeavour. When the world shrinks to the size of a skull.’ I found that so rich – conveying a sense of the weight of times when we feel aloneness and overwhelm that I’m sure any human can relate to

  2. sandrinespycher says

    Very beautiful. I like the repetitions. I think “relived, reviled” sounds awesome. Well done!

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