#NaPoWriMo – Day Nine – Fate Speaks

Once there is time
I must download one of those meditation apps
and learn how to let go
of the little things out of my control.
I should make space for more me-time,
worry less about the lives of others
and untangle their questions
from my existence.
I read a quote once,
it said we are more than what people make of us,
which was nice but not so accurate
when you’re an idea rather than a flesh sack
and what people make of you, makes you more
and more…
I should learn how to trim down for summer maybe?
Shed the unnecessary pounds,
find a way to slip back inside a double handled jar,
put a lid on it,
Tell them all to make their own way for once,
that I am done guiding
or being blamed
for every bad decision that was ever made.

write a poem in the form of a “to-do list.”

NaPoWriMo 2021 – Day 9 Prompt

I love a “to-do” list. I have them at work every day, and outside of work I jot down little lists of things I want to achieve with my free time or important tasks that must not be forgotten. My own list for today looks a little like this:

  • Write NaPoWriMo Day Nine Post (Done!)
  • Deal with house stuff. (Done!)
  • Submit rejected short story to the journal suggested by the editor of the journal that rejected it.
  • Submit a poem (or poems) to Spelt.
  • Compile submission document for Interpreter’s House.
  • Make a list of submission calls for the rest of April.
  • Write 1,000 words for NaNoWriMo

I always find that if I get the first couple of things ticked off first thing, I’ve got the momentum to get the rest of the list done. If I leave it all to the last hour of the day, nothing will be achieved and I’ll just file the list away with the rest of the good-intentions that never saw the light of day. Have any of you got “to-do list” tips for an expert procrastinator?


  1. I’ve tried this to-Do List thingy that clearly works so well for you, but usually by the time I get around to writing Item #3, I’m somewhat worn-out and totally discouraged. My Beloved Sandra has taken to calling me Mr Wing-it.
    I’m not sure it works for me, but I’m ancient and I’m stuck in my ways, so…
    I’ll just sit here, reading everyone else’s fine To-Dos Especially yours, Carol and then maybe I’ll take a nap. Maybe.

    1. Some days the list works and others it really doesn’t. The trick is to not be too ambitious I’ve found and start with a couple of things you’ve already completed or nearly completed.

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